TRAVEL FROM HANOI TO SAPA: 5 TRANSPORTATION SUGGESTIONS
Sapa is a mountainous town at Lao Cai Province, Vietnam. It is located about 38 km from the center of Lao Cai Province and 370 km away from Hanoi. Hanoi to Sapa transport varies such as motorbike, train, coach, limousine, taxi and so on.
In this article “Travel From Hanoi To Sapa: 5 Transportation Suggestions”, we will help you find the most suitable way to travel from Hanoi to Sapa.
MOTORBIKE from Hanoi to Sapa
Going by motorbike is an advisable choice for backpacker. With the cost up to 150.000 VND (~7USD), you can explore the long route of 400km, enjoy the exotic scenery or take a rest whenever you want.
To make it easier for you, we suggest you 2 main routes:
- Route go through Lao Cai
- Hà Nội – Vĩnh Phúc – Việt Trì – Phong Châu – Đoan Hùng – Yên Bái – Lào Cai – Sapa (Total: 360km)
- Hà Nội – Hòa Lạc – Sơn Tây – Trung Hà Bridge – Phong Châu Brigde – Phong Châu – Đoan Hùng – No.70 highway – Lào Cai – Sapa (Total 370km)
- Route go through Lai Chau
Detail: Hà Nội – Hòa Lạc – Sơn Tây – Thanh Sơn – No.32 Highway – Sapa (Total: 420km)
However, going by motorbike requires you to have good health, persistence and adventurous personality. Moreover, you need to know the best time and weather to go. The rainy season can be difficult for you to choose motorbike as transportation from Hanoi to Sapa.
LIMOUSINE from Hanoi to Sapa transport
Limousine is another traveling transportation from Hanoi to Sapa which is convenient, comfortable and has reasonable price. For Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi way, there are two types of Limousine (9 seats and 29 seats). The Limousine driver picks up tourists at Hanoi Old Quarter. The fee for one person ranges from 350.000VND (~17USD) to 450.000VND (~22USD).
The disadvantages of Limousine are high price and the limited number of seats so the tickets might run out quickly, especially at weekend.
TRAIN from Hanoi to Sapa transport
Another way on the Hanoi to Sapa transport option is travelling by train.
Lots of tourists choose train as transportation from Hanoi to Sapa as it is cheap and safe. Usually there are two types of train: SP (quick) and LC (slow) departing from Hanoi Train Station at night (7pm – 10pm) and arriving Lao Cai Train Station in the morning (5am – 7am). This is overnight train.
Price for train to Sapa from Hanoi
There are different types of seats for you to choose: soft seat, wooden seat, bed capsule with air conditioner, etc. Wooden seat costs 150.000VND. Soft seat costs 280.000VND. The bed capsule (for 6 people) with air conditioner costs 560.000VND/person. The bed capsule for 2 people costs 3.200.000VND/person. All departs from Hanoi.
However, going by train wastes time and you need to take another bus (fee: 50.000VND) to go to Sapa, but it is still worth a try to go from Hanoi to Sapa.
In addition, it is hard to book a train ticket at weekend and you need to book tickets as early as possible.
COACH from Hanoi to Sapa (Buses)
If you choose sleeping berth coach, the fee is from 230.000VND to 280.000VND/person and it takes 8-9 hours to go from My Dinh/ Luong Yen or Gia Lam (Hanoi) to Sapa. Choosing coach as transportation from Hanoi to Sapa has one advantage is that it goes non-stop.
However, with the berth on the second floor, you might feel motion sickness, easy to get carsick when at slope or bumpy surface. Besides, you need to wait for a long time or be subjected to change to another car if there are not enough passengers.
TAXI (CABS) (4 or 7 seats) from Hanoi to Sapa transport
Taxi is the fastest and most convenient transportation from Hanoi to Sapa. It takes only 5 hours. You can stop, take a rest or enjoy the scenery on the way and are not tied to the schedule. But the price for taxi from Hanoi to Sapa is relatively high and counted by km. On the other hand, not every taxi driver knows the way to go.
We’ve helped you find information about 5 transportations from Hanoi to Sapa. If you have plan to go to Sapa, take the considerations carefully on the Hanoi to Sapa transport.