How to Travel from Hanoi to Sapa

Sapa is a fantastic destination to visit with beautiful nature and magnificent view. However, when the starting point is the capital, you may confuse about how to travel from Hanoi to Sapa. If that is the case, feel free to check out this post because we will show you some extremely useful information to reach this wonderful location.

1. Overnight Train

Train is the most popular mean of transportation to Sapa because of its convenience, safety and reasonable price. One notable feature is that there are various companies operating in one train. As a result, the price may vary from different carriages. The trains are different as well since some are faster than the others. For example, train SP1 is the fastest of all while LC1, LC2 are slower and take an extra hour to arrive. 

Hanoi to SapaInterior of a Carriage

The disadvantage of the train is the transfer duration which is around 8-9 hours on average. If you want to reach Sapa faster than that, we advise you to avoid train. Train will also not take you directly to Sapa as you will arrive in Lao Cai. From here, you will have to take bus or rent a private car in order to continue your trip to Sapa.

2. Private car

Other than that, you can also choose to rent a private car to Sapa. Private car will definitely faster than train and you will have the freedom of time. As such, you do not have to stop at Lao Cai and private car will take you to any destination in Sapa that you want. 

Hanoi to Sapa 1A Private car to Sapa

On the downside, private car is costly and there is no bed in the car. Take note to rent a car from a trustworthy provider since careless drivers can ruin your experience.

3. Overnight Bus

Overnight bus is an alternative option offering decent services. An overnight bus is extremely cheap yet provides beds for travelers to spend the night. 

Hanoi to Sapa 2Beds on Overnight Bus

However, overnight bus is only available in the bus stations so you have to reach there in time. The bus is not as comfortable as the train and still takes a lot of time to travel.   

4. Motorbike

Many adventurers believe motorbike as the best way to contemplate magnificent mountainous area and beautiful landscape in Sapa. Additionally, it is cheaper than most other options and does not restrict your plan.

Hanoi to Sapa 3Capturing the Magnificient Scene of Sapa 

Two things you should take into consideration are time and health if you want to travel by motorbike. This mean of transport will take time depending on your speed and require decent endurance. Remember to study about the route before setting off.

5. Tour Services

Finally, it is no doubt that tour is an extremely good choice for those who just like to relax and enjoy a thrilling trip without worrying. Tour operator will offer overnight train, private car or motorbike for tourists. If you take private car, it is possible to make a few stops and rest if you feel necessary. You will also have a tour guide to give and explain information on your way.

It may cost a little more, but if you want your travel to Vietnam and do not know much about how to travel and accommodation, consider booking a tour for the most pleasant experience.