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

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Mitchell Brian

East meets west on a motorbike around Hanoi

Brian was great! He offered us insight and recommendations to places we would never of been able to find on our own. Great guy! Thanks a ton! Keep up the great work. Highly recommend Brian!

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Evy Hanoi Photography Tour Team

Hanoi Photography Tour

My guide Ewie (apologies for incorrect spelling!) was very good at picking out interesting scenes to photograph as well as introducing me to local markets, cafe and spots I wouldn’t have probably seen myself. He was also very helpful in assisting me set up my camera for great shots. Highly recommended!

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Karolina Thanh

Visit a Unique Ceramic Village with a Local

We truly loved our pottery class with Thanh. And not only that. She is a very knowledgeable and curious person. She took us to some porcelain and pottery workshops to see beautiful things. We booked a full day tour. So we also tried lacquer painting. We visited artist’s workshop. If that’s not all we learned about Vietnamese culture and society. We took home with us egg shell decorated plates and hopefully will soon receive our pottery bowls. Thank you for the great experience, Thanh!