Sapa – about 376 km from the capital of Hanoi – attracts many tourists by the romantic natural scenery, majestic mountains, peaceful villages, terraced rice paddies hills.
There are 3 ways to travel between Hanoi and Sapa:
- By Hanoi Sapa bus: cheapest – the range of price from $10 – $20 / ticket, various of departure time (morning, afternoon and night bus)
- By Overnight train: safest and most comfortable way, the price varies from $20 t0 over $100/berth
- By motorbike: most adventurous and exciting way, but it takes you at least 12 hours as you cannot ride on the expressway.
Hanoi to Sapa By Bus
Since the Ha Noi – Lao Cai expressway has been put into operation, the time for moving from Hanoi to Sapa by bus is only 5 hours – compared to 7 hours traveling by train. Moreover, traveling by bus, you could go straight to Sapa town, not having to stop at stop point Lao Cai as the trains do. The buses run many trips during the day, departing from Hanoi at 7 am, 2 pm and 10 pm. However, traveling by bus can be a problem in the rainy season.
On the Sapa – Hanoi route there are two options: Sleeper bus (fare starts from $ 10) and Luxury limousine (fare starts from $ 19). You may take the night bus, departing from Hanoi at 10 pm to save one night staying at the hotel. However, the opportunity to enjoy the view of the mountains through the window would be missed.
Most highly recommend Hanoi Sapa bus
Green Sapa bus $10
Sapa express bus $11
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Hanoi to Sapa By Train
There are many kinds of train, such as normal trains, air-conditioned sleeper trains, etc. Hanoi Sapa trains run at 9 or 10 pm to Lao Cai early in the next morning. From Lao Cai to Sapa you could catch a shuttle bus at the cost of about $2 to Sapa. These vehicles are at the train station gate.