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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From city highlights to hidden gems.
From food essentials to home dinners.
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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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Hill Tribe Adventure


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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

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Stefan Toan

Adventure day in Trang An & Mua caves

In der Vorbereitung meiner Reise habe ich einige Berichte zu Touren anderer Anbieter nach Ninh Binh gelesen (Stopps an Verkaufsständen, Massenabfertigung bei den Bootstouren usw.) und ich bin sehr froh das ich die Tour mit Toan gebucht habe. Es war einfach alles bestens organisiert. Abholung, Fahrt, Getränke, Essen, Wanderung, wirklich alles perfekt. Toan ist ein ausgesprochen lieber, netter und zuvorkommender Mensch. Darüber hinaus ist er sehr hilfsbereit und hat eine Menge an Informationen zur der Tour parat. Es war ein sehr lustiger Ausflug der ganz viel bleibende Eindrücke bei mir hinterlassen hat. Ich kann Toan als Tour Guide nur wärmstens empfehlen. Das war meine schönste Tour in 4 Wochen Vietnam/Kambodscha. Danke, Danke,Danke!! Beim nächten Mal sehr gerne wieder.

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Gréta Julie

Best Ever Bicycle Tour of Hanoi

We met Julie on our first day in Hanoi. She showed us a lot of interesting places in a short time. It was very nice to ride the cycle around the city and it actually made it easier to walk around the city in the traffic after riding in it. Julie talks very good English and is very easy to be around. We recommend this tour for anyone that wants to explore Hanoi as you get to see a lot more in less time.

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Mateo Hang

A customized trip with Hang

I had an amazing time playing football! Hang and her son are really nice and kind, and both have a great English level, so there are no problems when communicating. Utterly recommended experience, specially if you are as passionate about football as me.