10 LUXURY TRAINS from Hanoi to Sapa (Lao Cai)

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Victoria Express Train (photo: Baolau). 10 luxury trains from Hanoi to Sapa (Lao Cai) – Train tckets, fares, schedule.


Do you want to travel from Hanoi to Sapa (Lao Cai) by luxury train?


No problem. Many tourists head north of Vietnam from Hanoi to Lao Cai by night sleeper train and continue to Sapa or Bac Ha, Ha Giang. You can travel from Hanoi to Lao Cai by bus or luxury night trains. These luxury private trains can offer much better service for tourists than regular vietnamese trains. Of course, these luxury trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa) are a little bit more expensive than regular trains, but they compensate for the services and comfort they offer. All of these luxury trains to Lao Cai offer comfortable berth cabins for 2 or 4 people. These luxury trains run only from Hanoi to Lao Cai, Lao Cai is the end station.

You can travel by these trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai:

1. Oriental Express Train (SP1)

  • Sleeper 4-Berth (Deluxe) or Sleeper 2-Berth (VIP) train
  • designed with modern style, the air-conditioned
  • pure private bathroom cabin at the end of each carriage
  • price of the train tickets is about $32 or $66/pp
  • departs from Hanoi at 21:35, arrives to Lao Cai at 05:30
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Oriental Express Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai - Sapa (photo: Baolau)

2. Fanxipan Express Train (SP1)

  • Sleeper 4-Berth (Deluxe) or Sleeper 2-Berth (VIP) train
  • wood paneled, individual reading lights, baggage storage
  • pure private bathroom cabin at the end of each carriage
  • oversided windows, a mini bar and medicine cabinet
  • price of the train tickets is about $36 or $80/pp
  • departs from Hanoi at 21:35, arrives to Lao Cai at 05:30
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Fanxipan Express Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai - Sapa (photo: Baolau)

3. Violette Trains (SP3)

  • Sleeper 4-Berth (Deluxe) or Sleeper 2-Berth (VIP) train
  • well equipped with clean and modern furniture
  • a comfort service inclusive mattress, blankets, pillows…
  • air-conditioned, a complimentary of mineral water, snack
  • price of the train tickets is about $32 or $66/pp
  • departs from Hanoi at 22:00, arrives to Lao Cai at 06:05
Violette Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai - Sapa (photo: Baolau)

4. Livitrans Express Train (SP1)

  • Sleeper 4-Berth (Deluxe) train
  • one of the most luxurious trains in Vietnam
  • mini bar on the head of each carriage
  • air-conditioned, a complimentary of mineral water, snack
  • price of the train ticket is about $32/pp
  • departs from Hanoi at 21:35, arrives to Lao Cai at 05:30
Livitrans Express from Hanoi to Lao Cai - Sapa (photo: Baolau)

5. King Express Train (SP3)

  • Sleeper 4-Berth (Deluxe) or Sleeper 2-Berth (VIP) train
  • wood-paneled bed and installed it equipped air conditioners
  • each bed is equipped with reading lights, storage containers, mineral water and napkins
  • price of the train ticket is about $32 or $66/pp
  • departs from Hanoi at 22:00, arrives to Lao Cai at 06:05
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King Express Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai - Sapa (photo: Baolau)

6. Chapa Express Train (SP3)

  • Sleeper 4-Berth (Deluxe) or Sleeper 2-Berth (VIP) train
  • air-conditioning, reading lights, comfortable beds and Sapa-inspired décor, complimentary welcome drinks, snacks
  • high-speed internet, restrooms, toiletries, hot/cold water
  • price of the train ticket is about $36 or $80/pp
  • departs from Hanoi at 22:00, arrives to Lao Cai at 06:05
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Chapa Express Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai - Sapa (photo: Baolau)

7. Sapaly Express Train (SP3)

  • Sleeper 4-Berth (Deluxe) or Sleeper 2-Berth (VIP) train
  • decorated with wooden floor; graceful curtains
  • warm light system, baggage storage, flower, wet towels
  • price of the train ticket is about $36 or $80/pp
  • departs from Hanoi at 22:00, arrives to Lao Cai at 06:05
Sapaly Express Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai - Sapa (photo: Baolau)

8. Laman Express Train (SP3)

  • Sleeper 4-Berth (Deluxe) or Sleeper 2-Berth (VIP) train
  • private check-in with complimentary welcome drink
  • welcome set consisting of refreshing towelette, Hanoi beer, coke, mineral water, and sweet pastry
  • price of the train ticket is about $40 – $80/pp
  • departs from Hanoi at 22:00, arrives to Lao Cai at 06:05
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Laman Express Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai - Sapa (photo: Baolau)

9. Victoria Express Train (SP3)

  • Sleeper 4-Berth (Superior) or Sleeper 2-Berth (Deluxe) train
  • wooden furniture, red curtains, white blanket, and pillow
  • water, toothpaste, and toothbrush are provided on a small kit on your bed, there is also wifi and electric plug on board
  • train serves excellent evening snacks and also breakfast
  • both of the toilets on board are clean and modern, equipped with a touchless toilet flush kit
  • price of the train ticket is about $105 or $154/pp
  • departs from Hanoi at 22:00, arrives to Lao Cai at 06:05
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Victoria Express Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai - Sapa (photo: Baolau)

10. Pumpkin Express (SP1)

  • Sleeper 4-Berth or Sleeper 2-Berth (1st class) train
  • wooden furniture, comfortable beds, washing room
  • price of the train ticket is about $32 or $60/pp
  • departs from Hanoi at 21:35, arrives to Lao Cai at 05:30
Pumpkin Express Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai - Sapa (photo: 12go.asia)

Additional important Information:


1. For bookings with private railway companies Victoria Express, Fanxipan Express, King Express, Orient Express, Sapaly Express, Chapa Express, you will be required to complete the payment before submitting your order. Your reservation will be processed and you will receive a voucher by email to collect the physical ticket at the station before boarding the train.

2. For bookings with  private railway companies New Livitrans Express and Violette Train, you will be required to complete the payment before submitting your order. Your reservation will be processed and you will receive your e-ticket by email, ready to print and present when boarding the train (you can use your e-ticket in your smartphone, but it is recommended to print this ticket).

Trains to Lao Cai depart from Tran Quy Cap (Ga Trần Quý Cáp) railway station in Hanoi, it is a part of Hanoi Railway Station (see map), in this station you can collect your physical ticket and board the above-mentioned trains. Tran Quy Cap is about 300m from the main Hanoi Railway Station. Some trains can be boarded from the main Hanoi Railway station, but this is situation changed several times in recent months, it is better to ask at the Hanoi Railway Station.

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Trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai run over the Long Bien bridge in Hanoi.

Do you want to travel from Hanoi to Sapa (Lao Cai) by regular train?


No problem. You can also travel by regular trains of Vietnam Railways – SP1 and SP3. There are soft seats for $6-7 and soft berths in 4-berth cabin for $17. These regular trains of Vietnam Railway feature the luxury trains to Lao Cai mentioned above. If you want to travel by direct bus from Hanoi to Sapa, read this: How to travel from Hanoi to Sapa?

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Seats and berths - Train of Vietnam Railways in Vietnam (photo: Baolau).

My personal experience with the Oriental Express train:


I had an opportunity to travel twice aboard by Oriental Express train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. I value this travel positively and accomplish roughly what I expected. Oriental Express train was perfectly clean, the cabin just like the pictures, the warm blankets, a slightly harder bed for my taste. A small snack was prepared in the cabin – mineral water, canned beverage, some waffles and some fruit. On the train in the cabin with the toilet there was also the possibility of a little rinse, the towels and the cabin were clean. The train left Hanoi at the exact time and also arrived to Lao Cai in the exact time (with minute differences).

  • Trains to Lao Cai from Hanoi go through the historic and still functional Long Bien Bridge. It is good to say, this is a train and trains make a noise, so those who need a lot of quite, it should be noted that the ride itself is quite noisy, but still I slept for some time. These tourist trains are overnight, so you can not see much behind the train windows.
  • There is an interesting passage in Hanoi, where the train passes through the aisle where the houses are glued to the dormitory, the windows are practically visible in the Vietnamese living quarters, such a small point of interest.
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Oriental Express Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai (luxury tourist train).

A few quick facts about traveling by luxury trains to Lao Cai:


How much does it take to travel by train from Hanoi to Lao Cai?

  • Travel by overnight luxury sleeper train from Hanoi to Lao Cai takes about 8 hours.

From which railway station in Hanoi these luxury trains depart?

  • Tourist trains to Lao Cai depart from Tran Quy Cap Railway Station (Ga Trần Quý Cáp).

When these luxury trains to Lao Cai depart from Hanoi?

When these luxury tourist trains arrive to Lao Cai?

  • All these luxury trains arrive and end in Lao Cai city (5:30 or 6:05 – Lào Cai Railway Station).

These luxury trains run also to the south of Vietnam?

  • Trains of Violette and Livitrans depart also to the south of Vietnam – Dong Hoi, Hue, Da Nang…).

How much does it cost to travel by luxury train from Hanoi to Lao Cai?

  • Prices of these train tickets are within the range $32-155/pp.

What is the allowed carry-on baggage in the train?

  • Carry-on baggage is 20 kg in the all trains.

In which trains are these tourist luxury trains added?

  • All these luxury trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai are added to SP1 and SP3 trains of Vietnam Railway. There is also regular train of Vietnam Railways from Hanoi to Lao Cai – SP7.

What is the best train from Hanoi to Sapa?

  • The best train from Hanoi to Sapa is Victoria Express. There are sleeper 4-berth (Superior) or sleeper 2-berth (Deluxe) cabins.

How to get and travel from Lao Cai to Sapa?


Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa) – Schedule/Timetableicon-angle-double-down

Train Schedule – Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa)

Departs in Hanoi

Arrival in Lao Cai

Train Ticket

Train SP1 (soft seat, sleeper)

21:35

05:30

From $6-8

Train SP3 (sleeper)

22:00

06:05

From $12-17

Orient Express SP1 (sleeper)

21:35

05:30

From $27.60

New Livitrans Express SP1 (sleeper)

21:35

05:30

From $31.90

Violette Trains SP3 (sleeper)

22:00

06:05

From $27.60

King Express SP3 (sleeper)

22:00

06:05

From $31.90

Fanxipan Express SP1 (sleeper)

21:35

05:30

From $36.20

Chapa Express SP3 (sleeper)

22:00

06:05

From $36.20

Sapaly Express SP3 (sleeper)

22:00

06:05

From $32.00

Laman Express SP3 (sleeper)

22:00

06:05

From $40.50

Victoria Express SP3 (2-4 beths, sleeper)

22:00

06:05

From $101-147

Pumpkin Express SP1 (sleeper)

21:35

05:30

From $36.00

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