HANOI to SAPA (Lao Cai) → Train Schedule

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Trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa) – Train schedule + Timetable + Fares + Train tickets.


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

    • Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa) – one of the most frequented train tourist routes in northern Vietnam
    • there are overnight sleeper + seat trains – these trains are marked as SP1 and SP3
    • train tickets from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa) start at $6-8/pp (soft seat) and $17/pp (soft sleeper)
    • travel by sleeper overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa) takes about 8 hours
    • Lao Cai is the end train station, from Lao Cai to Sapa you can travel by local bus (1.5 hour)
    • regular trains of Vietnam Railway + Luxury tourist trains
    • luxury tourist trains are added to SP1 and SP3 trains
    • luxury tourist trains have sleeper cabins for 2, 4 or 6 people
    • the most cheapest way how to travel by train from Hanoi to Lao Cai is a soft seat $6-8/pp
    • Book train tickets (+bus tickets to Sapa) on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square

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

BOOK TRAIN TO SAPA



What type of trains depart from Hanoi to Lao Cai?


1. Regular trains of Vietnam Railways from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa)icon-angle-double-down

    • (From Hanoi to Lao Cai-Sapa you can travel by SP1+SP3 regual trains of Vietnam Railways, seats and 4,6-berth cabin)
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Train of Vietnam Railways in Vietnam, seats and 4-berth cabin (photo: Baolau)


2. Tourist luxury sleeper trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa)icon-angle-double-down 

    • (From Hanoi to Lao Cai-Sapa you can also travel by tourist luxury trains, sleeper trains, 2,4-berth cabins)
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Tourist sleeper train – Oriental Express from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa), photo: Baolau.
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Tourist sleeper train – Victoria Express from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa), photo: Baolau.
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Tourist sleeper train – Sapaly Express from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa), photo: Baolau.
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Tourist sleeper train – Laman Express from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa), photo: Baolau.
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Tourist sleeper train – Violette train from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa), photo: Baolau.
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Tourist sleeper train – Livitrans Express from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa), photo: Baolau.
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Tourist sleeper train – King Express from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa), photo: Baolau.
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Tourist sleeper train – Fanxipan Express from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa), photo: Baolau.
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Tourist sleeper train – Chapa Express from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa), photo: Baolau.
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Tourist sleeper train – Pumpkin Express from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa), photo: 12go.asia.


icon-info-circle Faqs + Information – Travel by train from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa)icon-angle-double-down

How to book and buy train tickets from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa)?

    • You can book train tickets (+bus tickets to Sapa) on Baolau or 12go.asia.

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

    • Travel by train from Hanoi to Lao Cai (visitors to Sapa) takes about 8 hours.

How to get and travel from Lao Cai to Sapa?

    • From Lao Cai to Sapa you can travel by local bus/taxi. You can book bus tickets from Lao Cai to Sapa online. Travel by local public bus from Lao Cai to Sapa town takes about 1.5 hour and bus tickets costs about $1.30.

How much does it cost to travel by train from Hanoi to Sapa?

    • Travel by train from Hanoi to Lao Cai costs about $7-100. It depends on the type of train. Regular trains of Vietnam Railways are cheapter then a tourist luxury trains. Travel by regular sleeper train costs about $16-17/pp.

What is the travel distance by train from Hanoi to Lao Cai?

    • Travel distance from Hanoi to Lao Cai by train is about 290 km.

Which train from Hanoi to Lao Cai to choose? Which train is better?

    • The most comfortable trains are luxury tourist trains (e.g. Laman Express). But also the regular sleeper trains are not so bad.

What to watch out when traveling by train to Lao Cai?

    • The most important thing is to watch your baggage in the train. Arrive at the railway station in Hanoi at least 1 hour before departure.

Is an e-ticket from Hanoi to Lao Cai in smartphone or tablet acceptable?

    • For bookings with private trains – 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 and then you can collect the physical ticket at the station before boarding the train.
    • For bookings with private trains – 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).
    • For bookings with regular trains – Trains SP1+SP3 – seats and berths. You can use your train e-ticket in your smartphone, but it is recommended to print this ticket. Read carefully the instructions before and after booking.

I do not want to travel by train, is there a different way how to get to Sapa?

    • Yes, you can also travel from Hanoi to Sapa by bus/minibus/van or private car. There are various private tourist buses and private limousines/minibuses. Bus ticket from Hanoi to Sapa costs about $10-22.
    • Read this full article about transfer to Sapa> How to get from Hanoi to Sapa?

From which railway station in Hanoi these trains depart?

    • Tourist trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai depart from Tran Quy Cap railway station (Ga Trần Quý Cáp). You can come to Hanoi Railway Station at 120 Le Duan street. Tran Quy Cap is about 300m from the main Hanoi Railway Station, it is a part of this station.

Where are the luxury tourist sleeper overnight trains added?

    • The luxury tourist trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai (Sapa) are added to the SP1 and SP3 trains of Vietnam Railways. These luxury trains do not run separately. After you arrive at the train, you will probably be directed to the wagon.

How to travel from Sapa town to Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi?

    • From Sapa town to Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi you can travel by tourist bus or private taxi. There are sleeper buses or comfortable modern minivans. Read this article > How to go from Sapa to Noi Bai Airport?
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Map of train route from Hanoi to Lao Cai, trains to Sapa.


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