Travel options in Sapa

The best way to travel to Sapa is by departing from Hanoi. Check out the section below to see how to get to Sapa, and how to get around in Sapa.

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Travel to Sapa from Hanoi

  • Train
    The train from Hanoi to Sapa takes approximately 9 hours, and costs around 949.000 VND. Taking a train to Sapa is the safest option, and can be recommended over taking a bus or motorcycle. 
  • Bus or motorcycle
    There are also busses and motorcycles driving from Hanoi to Sapa. However, the road to Sapa can be quite hazardous and bumpy, so make sure to travel with a bus driver who knows the road. The distance between Hanoi and Sapa is around 380 km.

Travel to Sapa from China

  • Bus
    The town on the border of Vietnam and China is called Lao Cai, and minibuses are regularly departing from Lao Cai to Hanoi. The journey takes around 1,5 hours and costs 25.000 VND.

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Travel within Sapa

  • The town of Sapa is very small, so you will be able to go everywhere within walking distance. However, if you want to go a bit further, to for instance the village of CatCat, you pay around 40.000 VND to go there by car or motorcycle.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Natalie Loc

A customized trip with Loc

We enjoyed our tour with Loc. She took us to places we would not have tried on our own. Loc gave us great knowledge of the city with some good tips. Most of Hanoi is not very vegetarian friendly with street food but my hubby had a good feast. Would definitely recommend Loc. Thanks

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Withlocals host

Visit a Unique Ceramic Village with a Local

We had an interesting trip to the ceramic village with an ever engaging guide in Lee. Walking thru the zig-zag lanes was fun too.

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Tim Toan

Adventure day in Trang An & Mua caves

We decided to make a change to our itinerary and needed to change our tour date. Toan immediately switched for us, he was very responsive to any questions we had before the trip. The actual trip was amazing, it was amazing the views and having toan there to help give some of the history made it even better. When we took the boat ride Toan explained how most guides didnt join the boat tour and would put them on the shortest route to save time. That wasn't the case with this tour, Toan joined us giving us onsite along the way and picked the longest route which gave us an incredible 10 minute boat ride through a cave that you almost had to lay down in the kayak in order to not hit your head. Lunch was great and he ordered food catering to a vegetarian. Highly recomend to anyone visiting hanoi.