08 Oct 2020
Sapa and Halong are two of the most beautiful destinations everyone must visit in northern Vietnam. The transfer between these two places is quite convenient, in this article, we would like to provide some recommendations to get from Sapa to Halong Bay as follows:
Previously, tourists who wish to travel from Sapa to Halong Bay would have to spend an irritatingly long time of interrupted moving via a tedious 480 km route that requires a transit in Hanoi.
Now that the construction of Noi Bai - Lao Cai expressway was finished, getting directly from Sapa to Halong is becoming much more convenient and faster than ever before.
Here are different possible means of transportation that you may take, depending on your own preference and budget.
Among many possible options, travelling on a sleeping bus is a perfect choice thanks to the fact that it is time-saving and doesn’t require any transit point. However, the downside is that this direct bus doesn't support customers in foreign Language, as the driver can't speak English.
The bus is provided with the latest technology such as free wifi and television, which guarantees you a comfortable and just-like-home experience. Travelling blanket and mineral water are included so that your time on the bus would be as pleasant as possible.
Ideally, it would take about 9 hours to get from Sapa to Halong, which is much shorter if you compare it with the normal route that requires a transit in Hanoi. This already includes 2 breaks so that you can have a light meal and go to the toilet.
(Anh Sapa Halong bus)
The service offers you both a one-way option and a round-way option so that you might choose according to your preference. The price is $22/ adult/one way and $40/adult/roundtrip. Click here if you need.
If you do not have a rush schedule, aren’t annoyed by 8-9 hours of continuous moving or simply want to enjoy the landscapes as much as possible, you can take tourist bus with a transit at Hanoi as illustrated below:
Sleeping bus or Limousine van from Sapa depart to Hanoi at 08:00 AM. Arrive Hanoi around 13:30 - 14:00, then change to Luxury van to Halong bay. After around 2.5 hours transfer via Expressway, van will drop passengers off at around Halong city.
To get from Sapa to Hanoi, you can take our Green Sapa Bus or Luxury Limousine (with hotel pick up service). Those vehicles offers a comfortable transfer between Sapa and Hanoi on a high quality shuttle bus, you can relax on plush seats or bunk beds with top-notch services and amenities.
The price is really cheap at only $11/person for sleeping bus or USD 20 for Limosine van, but it can take up to 6 hours.
Continuing the trip to Halong, it’s convenient to take our Limousine Van. The bus will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and drop you off at Tuan Chau harbor and Hotel in Halong Bay. It takes only 2.5 hours to reach the destination.
The price is relatively cheap, only $16/person/normal ticket.
There are no directly train from Sapa to Halong bay, however train can join a part of your transfer from Sapa to Halong as follows:
From Sapa take shuttle bus of car to Lao Cai train station (should be leave Sapa around 6 PM) and take overnignt train from Lao Cai to Hanoi that arrive Hanoi at around 5:30 AM of the next day, spend some tome for a breakfast then take limosine van (pick up at your request address) or Private car from Hanoi to Halong bay that will arrive Halong around after about 2.5 hours.
You also This schedule is suitable for passengers who need to check-in for their cruise tour at 12 pm (all cruise check-in start around 11:30 - 12:00)
Total price will be around at least around USD 40 for person break down as: USD 3 for shuttle bus Sapa - Lao Cai (private car Sapa - Lao Cai will cost from USD 25); USD 25 for Overnight train Lao Cai Hanoi and another USD 16 for Limousine van from Hanoi to Halong bay.
Note: there is a train from Hanoi to Halong, but we do not recommend you using train on this route as the travel time again is quite tedious for about 7 hours and train condition is not good for tourist.
For a more private and comfortable experience, choosing a private car from Sapa to Halong would be ideal. You can be picked up at either your hotel in Sapa town, Lao Chai, Ta Van or Ta Phin Village. The travel time is also quite short (ideally 8 hours) when using the expressway route.
A big advantage of this option is that you can choose the type of car according to your need, either a 4-seat, a 7-seat or a 9-seat. Therefore, it’s perfect for a family trip or a group of friends.
The price for a 4-seat, a 7-seat and a 9-seat is $300, $350 and $400 respectively, which is quite reasonable considering how superior it is compared to the other means of transportation. (The price is per car, not per person)
In conclusion, there is no direct tourist bus serve on this route (like Hanoi - Sapa, Hanoi - Halong) so you need to choose bettwen direct local bus (saving time but just acceptable quality) or Joined-transfer toursit bus with a transit in Hanoi (cost you extra 1 or 2 hours and more expensive a bit).
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