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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Withlocals host
Kate Julie

Best Ever Bicycle Tour of Hanoi

Thank you to June who took us on our bicycle tour ! We had an amazing morning exploring Hanoi - June made us feel incredibly safe and comfortable amongst the chaos of Hanoi’s traffic ! He was incredibly enthusiastic about Hanoi and it’s history - and had a great sense of humour. We would thoroughly recommend anyone of any age to take this tour - we ranged from 22 to 66!

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Desiree Julie

Best Ever Bicycle Tour of Hanoi

Unfortunately Julie was ill on the day of our tour. We did the tour with Lucia and she was great. She showed us some very beautiful places in Hanoi and told a lot about some highlights. Thank you for this nice experience!!

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Withlocals host
Ben Anh

Hanoi's Old Quarter Street Food Experience

Me and my partner had a great time experience a variety of Vietnamese foods and got to learn about them and there origin along the way ! We can recommend the tour to people that want to experience Vietnamese street food but aren’t sure the best places to go to safely