How to go → HANOI to MOC CHAU? ☀️

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How do you get from Hanoi to Moc Chau? You can travel by bus, minivan, limousine or motorbike

1. Van – Hanoi to Moc Chau
2. Bus – Hanoi to Moc Chau
3. Travel on motorbike
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From Hanoi to Moc Chau you can travel by bus, van, taxi/car, motorbike.

    • The travel distance from Hanoi to Moc Chau spans approximately 200 km by road through Hoa Binh and Mai Chau. Opting for a comfortable modern minivan or limousine presents the best means of transportation from Hanoi to Moc Chau. The journey by minivan typically lasts around 4 hours, with ticket prices ranging from $9 to $11 per person. Alternatively, there are tourist sleeper buses available from Hanoi to Moc Chau, with a travel time of about 5 hours and ticket prices ranging from $10 to $17 per person, making it the most comfortable option with sleeper berths.
    • For those seeking a quicker option, private taxi or car services are available, with a travel time of approximately 2.5 to 3 hours and fares ranging from $130 to $160 per car. If you prefer the flexibility of driving yourself, motorbike rental services are available in Hanoi, allowing you to journey via the QL6 road through Hoa Binh and Mai Chau. However, it’s essential to possess an International Driving Permit (IDP) when driving in Vietnam. For those with limited driving experience, it’s advisable to opt for a minivan or bus instead. Once in Moc Chau, renting a motorbike or bicycle is recommended for exploring the district, as there are limited transportation options available. You can embark on excursions to attractions such as the Dai Yem Waterfall (10 km from the town) or the Chieng Khoa Waterfall (approximately 30 km from Moc Chau town), or visit the Bach Long Glass Bridge.

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Moc Chau: An Accessible Haven amidst Nature and Tea Plantations.

    • Moc Chau is a quaint town nestled in Son La province, northern Vietnam, offering a serene retreat for travelers exploring the region. Situated between Son La town and the renowned Mai Chau, Moc Chau lies approximately 60 km away from Mai Chau and Hoa Binh Lake. While Moc Chau may not be a hotspot for international tourists, it provides an authentic experience frequented mainly by Vietnamese visitors.
    • Travelers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in local culture through homestays with the Hmong people. The area boasts expansive tea plantations, picturesque mountain landscapes, and ethnic Hmong villages. As Moc Chau lacks a railway station and airport, there are three popular transportation options for traveling from Hanoi: tourist sleeper buses, minivans or limousines, and motorbikes. To fully explore the beauty of Moc Chau and its surroundings, renting a motorbike or bicycle is recommended, as local bus services are limited.
Transfer Mode – Hanoi to Moc Chau: Travel Time Cost Range
Sleeper Tourist Bus 5 hours $10 – $17
Minivan / Limousine 4 hours $9 – $11
Motorbike 6-7 hours $7 – $15

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How do I get from Hanoi to Moc Chau?


1. MINIVAN / VAN from Hanoi to Moc Chau

The most popular and at the same time cheap transport option from Hanoi to Moc Chau in northwestern Vietnam is by minivan / minibus. Minivans are very popular for smaller groups of travelers and they also go to less touristy places in Vietnam. E.g. here they usually also go around the Mai Chau area in Hoa Binh, so you can use them to this place as well and then perhaps continue further.

On this route, companies such as Xuan Trang Limousine or Nhat An Limousine operate several such connections to Moc Chau from Hanoi every day and offer modern and comfortable minivans or minibuses. It could be said that these minivans are even more comfortable than the classic Vietnamese sleeper buses. Transfer by private minivan / minibus to Moc Chau from Hanoi costs about $8-11/pp.

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These minivans or minibuses from Hanoi to Moc Chau can hold 9-16 passengers in the vehicle, so they are also suitable for groups of travelers traveling in a group. You can find and book tickets for these minivans to Moc Chau from Hanoi online, e-tickets on mobile phones are usually accepted. However, always read carefully all ticket instructions and conditions of these transfers to Moc Chau.

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Minivan – Limousine from Hanoi to Moc Chau by Xuan Trang (photo: Baolau).


2. SLEEPER BUS from Hanoi to Moc Chau

Another possibility of the ground variant of transport from Hanoi to Moc Chau is a bus travel. Different buses can travel on this route, e.g. classic sleeper buses or smaller buses with seats. Again, these are mostly modern and comfortable buses that will offer you sufficient comfort on your journey.

Transportation by these sleeper buses from Hanoi to Moc Chau costs about the same as a minivan trip, in the range of $10-17/pp. Buses can depart from different stops and locations in Hanoi, eg some sleeper buses depart from the famous My Dinh station, other private buses depart from other stations.

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The journey time by bus to Moc Chau from Hanoi is again approximately the same as the journey by minivan, i.e. approx. 4-5 hours. You can use buses from various companies such as Hai Van (the best option), Xuan Trang, Moc Chau Travel, Thanh Chung, Thanh Thang.

If you are deciding what to use, whether a classic bus with beds or seats or a minivan, a comfortable and modern minivan is better. You can again search for bus tickets from Hanoi to Moc Chau online in advance. Always re-read the conditions and instructions for these bus transfers to avoid unnecessary complications.

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Sleeper bus of Hai Van from Hanoi to Moc Chau (photo: 12go.asia).


3. Travel by MOTORBIKE to Moc Chau

Another option, which is more suitable for more adventurous travelers and experienced drivers, is a trip by motorbike. You can use some of the agencies in Hanoi that offer motorbike tours to North West Vietnam or you can go on your own route. Well, you can rent a motorbike in Hanoi and hit the road.

To drive a motorcycle in Vietnam, you need to have an International Driving Permit, even with a valid license for the type of motorcycle. It is definitely also advisable to have some experience driving a motorcycle in Vietnam, as some roads and secondary roads may not be in good condition and the traffic is sometimes dangerous.

If you go from Hanoi to Moc Chau by motorbike, it is best to go around the Hoa Binh Lake area and visit the popular Mai Chau area on the way. This area is just off the main road QL6 heading then on to Moc Chau. And a short distance from this road is a popular tourist spot – Hoa Binh Lake. To navigate around Hoa Binh on the QL6 road, just use Google Maps navigation, it is the only main road that goes to Moc Chau from the south.

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The motorbike ride time from Hanoi to Moc Chau can be around 6-7 hours, if we include short breaks, but it depends on your motorbike driving experience. Renting a motorcycle in Vietnam for 1 day costs about $7-15/pp, but it depends on the type of motorcycle you choose, stronger motorcycles can be a little more expensive.

Always check the valid documents for the motorcycle, you should also receive them with the rental. In Vietnam, always ride your motorbike very carefully, rather slower, some roads can be unpredictable. The road from Hanoi to Moc Chau is interesting, you will pass some scenic areas of Son La and Hoa Binh province, so it is also a good experience to know and see the rural areas of northern Vietnam.

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From Hanoi to Moc Chau you can also travel by motorbike.


4. PRIVATE TAXI / CAR from Hanoi to Moc Chau

If you are looking for a private car/taxi to get to Moc Chau from Hanoi, this option is also possible, but of course it is one of the most expensive. You can use some private taxi companies like Vinasun Taxi or Mailinh Taxi that can offer you a transfer to Moc Chau from Hanoi with a driver. However, you need to find out about this offer and contact these companies.

Transportation by private car or taxi from Hanoi to Moc Chau could take up to 3 hours. This is the most expensive transportation option to Moc Chau, the cost of a car/taxi ride from Hanoi is approximately $130-200/car. It depends on the type of car you choose for your journey. This is more of an alternative replacement option for those looking for a private car transfer, it is not used much on this route.


FAQ + TIPS + Travel route from Hanoi to Moc Chau:

1. How to search and book bus tickets from Hanoi to Moc Chau?

    • Search and book bus tickets from Hanoi to Moc Chau online on Baolau ➜ or 12go.asia ➜
    • You can search also another route, e.g. Hanoi > Ninh Binh, Moc Chau > Hanoi…

2. What is the travel time from Hanoi to Moc Chau?

    • Travel by minivan / limousine from Hanoi to Moc Chau takes about 4 hours.
    • Travel by sleeper tourist bus from Hanoi to Moc Chau takes about 4-5 hours.
    • Travel by motorbike from Hanoi to Moc Chau takes about 6-7 hours.
    • Travel by private taxi/car from Hanoi to Moc Chau takes about 2.5-3 hours.

3. How far is Moc Chau from Hanoi?

    • Travel distance from Hanoi to Moc Chau is about 200 km by bus/motorbike via Hoa Binh and Mai Chau.

4. How much does it cost to get from Hanoi to Moc Chau?

    • Transfer by sleeper tourist bus from Hanoi to Moc Chau costs about $10-17/pp.
    • Transfer by van/limousine from Hanoi to Moc Chau costs about $9-11/pp.
    • Transfer by private taxi/car from Hanoi to Moc Chau costs about $130-160/car.

5. What is the best way of getting from Hanoi to Moc Chau?

    • The best, fast and comfortable option how to reach Moc Chau from Hanoi is to travel by modern minivan / limousine. Motorbike is the best way for the exploring of Moc Chau district, local buses in this city are very limited.

6. Is there a train from Hanoi to Moc Chau?

    • No, there is no railway from Hanoi to Moc Chau, it is not possible to travel by train. The only way how to reach Moc Chau is to travel by road – tourist bus, minivan, car or motorbike, bicycle.

7. Is there a flight from Hanoi to Moc Chau?

    • No, there are no flights to Moc Chau because there is no airport in this town.

8. Where do you keep your luggage in Hanoi?

    • If you want to keep your luggage in Hanoi you can try Radical Storage ➜ service. This service offers a few places in the city center of Hanoi, it is a cheap and your luggage will be safe.

9. How to explore Moc Chau district?

    • The best option how to explore and visit some very nice sites in Moc Chau district is to rent a motorbike. It is not so hard to move there by semi-automatic motorbike and you can use your Google Maps navigation. If you want to rent a motorbike try to ask at your hotel/guesthouse or homestay.

10. Where to travel from Moc Chau?

    • From Moc Chau you can travel by bus/taxi to Mai Chau, by bus to Son La town and also by bus to Dien Bien Phu.

11. Where to stay in Moc Chau? Hotel or homestay?

12. How to travel solo in Vietnam?

    • Discover the wonders of solo travel in Vietnam as you explore ancient temples, cruise through scenic landscapes or karst sceneries, hike various national parks and ethnic villages and connect with the warm-hearted locals, creating a personalized journey of cultural immersion and breathtaking experiences.

13. What are the most interesting things or facts about Vietnam?

    • Vietnam, a country with a captivating allure, is celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes, including the mesmerizing limestone karsts of Halong Bay, the terraced rice fields of Sapa, and the bustling waterways of the Mekong Delta. Its rich history unfolds through ancient temples in Hanoi, the imperial city of Hue, and the Cu Chi Tunnels, providing a glimpse into Vietnam’s resilience during wartime. The country’s vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality further enhance the allure of this Southeast Asian gem. Read this: 15 Interesting Things of Vietnam.

14. What to expect from Vietnam Culture?

    • Expect a vibrant cultural tapestry in Vietnam, characterized by traditional values, a strong sense of community, and a deep-rooted respect for family. You’ll encounter a fusion of French, Chinese, and indigenous influences in art, architecture, and cuisine. Traditional water puppetry, folk music, and dance performances showcase the country’s artistic flair. The importance of rituals and festivals in daily life adds a colorful dimension, while the warmth and friendliness of the Vietnamese people make for a welcoming and enriching cultural experience.

15. What is the weather in Vietnam and what to expect?

    • Weather in Vietnam varies with a tropical climate featuring distinct wet and dry seasons. In the north, the dry season (October to April) brings cooler temperatures, while the wet season (May to September) is marked by higher humidity and heavy rainfall. Central Vietnam experiences a dry period (January to August) with lower humidity and a wet season (September to December) characterized by increased rainfall. In southern Vietnam, the dry season (December to April) offers warm temperatures, while the wet season (May to November) brings higher humidity and occasional heavy rainfall. For accurate information, check local forecasts.

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🚍 Bus from Hanoi to Moc Chau – Schedule / Timetable + Bus Tickets:

Bus Schedule - Hanoi to Moc Chau

Departs in Hanoi

Arrival in Moc Chau

Bus Ticket

Thanh Chung (sleeper)

09:30

14:30

From $8.00

Xuan Trang (van)

06:00

10:00

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

08:00

12:00

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

09:00

10:00

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

10:00

14:00

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

11:30

15:30

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

13:00

17:00

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

14:00

18:00

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

15:00

19:00

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

16:00

20:00

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

17:30

21:30

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

19:00

23:00

From $10.00

Hai Van (sleeper)

12:15

17:05

From $14.00

Hai Van (sleeper)

14:00

18:50

From $14.00

Hai Van (sleeper)

18:30

22:00

From $14.00

Hai Van (sleeper)

19:00

22:30

From $14.00

Hai Van (sleeper)

19:30

23:00

From $14.00

Hai Van (sleeper)

22:00

02:50

From $14.00

Hai Van (sleeper)

22:45

03:35

From $14.00


🚍 Bus from Moc Chau to Hanoi – Schedule / Timetable + Bus Tickets:

Bus Schedule - Moc Chau to Hanoi

Departs in Moc Chau

Arrival in Hanoi

Bus Ticket

Xuan Trang (bus)

07:00

11:10

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

08:00

12:10

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

09:30

13:40

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

11:00

15:10

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

12:30

16:40

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

15:00

19:10

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

16:00

20:10

From $10.00

Xuan Trang (van)

18:00

22:10

From $10.00

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You can also visit various amazing and large tea plantations in Moc Chau.


3 Ways of Transfer from Hanoi to Moc Chau:

1. BUS / MINIBUS from Hanoi to Moc Chau
There are some sleeper tourist buses to Moc Chau from Hanoi
Travel Time About 4-5 hours
Bus Ticket Price About $10-17/pp
Bus Companies Hai Van, Xuan Trang, Moc Chau Travel, Thanh Chung, Thanh Thang…
2. MINIVAN / VAN from Hanoi to Moc Chau
You can also travel by luxury minivan / limousine to Moc Chau
Travel Time About 4 hours
Ticket Price About $9-11/pp
Transport Operators Xuan Trang Limousine, Nhat An Limousine…
3. Travel by MOTORBIKE to Moc Chau
A good option if your driving skills are very good (IDP in Vietnam is necessary)
Recommended Route Via Hoa Binh (visit Hoa Binh Lake) and you can make a stop in Mai Chau
Travel Time About 6-7 hours
Motorbike Rental Cost (1 day) About $7-15 (semi-automatic motorbike)

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