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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Nicola Julie

Best Ever Hanoi Culture Tour

We had a great time exploring the city with Julie! She brought us to places we'd never had found on our own. 1000 thanks again! :)

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Dominique Manh

Farm tour & Cooking in Hanoi with local family

My family and I spent almost 3 weeks traveling through Vietnam and our time with Manh was by far one of our favorite moments. Manh toured us through her market and then through her city and through the streets toward her home. Along the way we had the opportunity to talk with the market vendors, and Manh even took the time to explain the market operations to us. Then we ventured through the farmland and listened to the experiences of the people on the farms and learn about the fruits and vegetables that were planted. The amount of time that Manh spent just talking with us and letting us into that part of the culture was really something truly special. And of course, then cooking her delicious recipes was just the cherry on top of the whole experience. My family and I really enjoy Vietnamese cuisine so to be able to see the tricks of the chef was very fun. Manh's hospitality was unforgettable and nothing short of amazing. We are so thankful to have had such an experience!! It is very admirable that Manh opens her home for people like us to get a glimpse into the wonderful world she lives in. Absolutely unforgettable!!!!

Manh- Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!

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Jason Jessica

Scary but Tasty! - Hanoi's weird food tour

Our strange but tasty tour with Jessica was excellent... Even though the weather didn't co-operate , Jessica was super accommodating and flexible and took us to some amazing spots for some great food. If you get the chance this is a great tour to experience some foods you probably haven't before