Bus from Hanoi to Sapa
Since the construction of the new highway in north Vietnam, getting to Sapa by bus became the most convenient way, instead of the train which costs more and takes more time.
The bus is an air conditioned weird sleeper bus. The agencies arrange a van to pick you up from your hotel and drop you at the bus station. From there it's a direct drive to Sapa bus terminal. A taxi to Sapa center costs about 40,000 VND (2 USD).
- Avoid sitting in the back where the toilet is located.
- bring warm clothes, the air-con can be very strong.
Train from Hanoi to Sapa
The sleeper train leaves from Hanoi Train Station every evening and arrives to Lao Cai in the morning. From there take a local bus to Sapa Bus Station or a taxi, it's an hour ride.
Normally the sleeper train cabins are for 4 people, so it is best to get tickets with people you wanna be stuck with for the night :)
Hanoi to Sapa Distance Map
Hanoi Sapa distance by driving: ( )
Hanoi to Sapa air distance: ( )