How to get from HANOI to HA GIANG?

How to get from Hanoi to Ha Giang
How to get from Hanoi to Ha Giang in Vietnam? You can travel by bus, van, minivan or motorbike.

Bus to Ha Giang
 Minivan to Ha Giang
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    • Ha Giang – the most beautiful and still untouched place. Vietnam is full of beautiful places, but sometimes these places are overcrowded by tourists. Mountains, parks, nature, hills, ethnic villages, authenticity of the village life, beautiful sceneries and no mass tourism (it will change slowly). Ha Giang has almost everything. If you want to explore this exceptional province, try to rent a motorbike and go on your own. Ha Giang Motorbike Loop is very popular by tourists. There are also some local buses in this province, but traveling by these buses is not so comortable. If you will be traveling to the farthest places (and the most beautiful – Dong Van, Meo Vac, Lung Cu Flagpole…) you will have to buy a permit ($10/pp). Read the information about Ha Giang – read this article > Ha Giang.

From Hanoi to Ha Giang you can travel by bus, van, motorbike or private car.

    • Travel distance from Hanoi to Ha Giang is about 300 km by land. The only way how to get from Hanoi to Ha Giang is to travel by bus/van (if you do not have your own motorbike or your private tour company). There are reliable private bus companies and bus tickets start already at $8-10/pp. You can travel by sleeper (+overnight) bus or you can take modern minivan or limousine. You can also travel by private taxi/car to Ha Giang, the most comfortable, but the most expensive option. There is no train connection and no airport in Ha Giang province, so you need to go by bus/van, taxi/car (or motorbike – IDP necessary, for the most experienced drivers). Buses depart from various stations in Hanoi, but there are also some buses or private minivans from Noi Bai Airport.
    • The closest railway station is in Lao Cai (about 200 km from Ha Giang town). So, you can also take a train to Lao Cai and from Lao Cai you can travel by local bus to Ha Giang. But this option is not a good idea, because it takes a lot of time. There are also some tourist agencies in Hanoi – these companies with private cars offer for example 3-day tours or motorbike loops to Ha Giang province. Ha Giang has no airport, so it is not possible to travel by plane. Book your bus e-tickets or taxi/car, motorbike or private tour from Hanoi to Ha Giang easily online. You can also book and choose online your accommodation in Ha Giang (local homestays, guesthouses, hotels…).

How do I get from Hanoi to Ha Giang?


1. BUS from Hanoi to Ha Giang

    • travel by bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang takes about 5.5-7 hours
    • several direct buses run from Hanoi to Ha Giang and from Ha Giang to Hanoi
    • comfortable and modern tourist sleeper buses but also VIP luxury vans + minibuses and limousine
    • bus companies from Hanoi to Ha Giang: Cau Me, Grouptour, Hung Thanh, Quang Nghi, Trully Ha Giang, Full Moon, Good Morning Cat Ba, Express Ha Giang, Bang Phang, Quang Giang, Khanh Hang and other bus companies
    • price of the one-way bus tickets from Hanoi to Ha Giang is about $9-22/pp
    • buses depart from various bus stations in Hanoi, check this updated information online
    • there are also a few buses from Noi Bai Airport to Ha Giang (or Noi Bai Crossroad)
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets + schedule from Hanoi to Ha Giang on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
    • this is a top bus travel route from Hanoi to Ha Giang – recommended – book your bus tickets online!
    • you will receive your e-ticket by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present at the ticket counter of the station before boarding the bus or at the bus, read the information before you buy ticket
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Sleeper bus of Cau Me company from Hanoi to Ha Giang (photo: Baolau).
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Express Ha Giang sleeper overnight bus – VIP from Hanoi to Ha Giang (photo: Baolau).


2. VAN/MINIVAN from Hanoi to Ha Giang

    • travel by van/minivan – limousine from Hanoi to Ha Giang takes about 6 hours
    • the most comfortable way of transport from Hanoi to Ha Giang
    • luxury tourist vans, minivans or private limousines, air-conditioned
    • bus company – Truly Ha Giang, Quang Giang, Grouptour and other smaller companies
    • price of the one-way van ticket from Hanoi to Ha Giang is about $16-20/pp
    • there is also a van of Truly Ha Giang from Noi Bai Airport
    • Book van e-tickets + schedule from Hanoi to Ha Giang on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
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Luxury Van/Minivan of Truly Ha Giang from Hanoi to Ha Giang (photo: Baolau)


3. TRAIN + BUS from Hanoi to Ha Giang (via Lao Cai)

    • next way is to travel by train or bus from Hanoi to Lao Cai town (visitors heading to Sapa or Bac Ha)
    • travel by train from Hanoi to Lao Cai takes about 8 hours, by bus about 4 hours
    • you have to take a local bus from Lao Cai to Ha Giang town (this route by bus takes about 5 hours)
    • you can do a stopover in Bac Ha town and visit the Sunday ethnic market of the Flower Hmong
    • there is no train connection in Ha Giang province!
    • Book and buy train/bus e-tickets from Hanoi to Lao Cai on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
    • this is a top travel route from Hanoi to Lao Cai – recommended – book your train tickets online!
    • e-ticket by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present when boarding the train
    • for bookings with private railway companies Fanxipan Express, King Express, Orient Express, Sapaly Express, Livitrans Express and Chapa Express > you will receive a voucher by email to collect the physical ticket at the station before boarding the train

4. TAXI/CAR from Hanoi to Ha Giang

    • you can also travel by private vehicle/private taxi from Hanoi to Ha Giang
    • travel by private taxi/vehicle to Ha Giang from Hanoi takes about 6 hours
    • private taxi company from Hanoi to Ha Giang: Grouptour
    • it is a good way of transport if you travel in a group of people (minivan for 9 passengers)
    • to get by private car/taxi from Hanoi to Ha Giang costs about $120-215/vehicle.
    • Book your private vehicle/taxi from Hanoi to Ha Giang on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square

5. From Hanoi to Ha Giang on MOTORBIKE

    • you can also travel on motorbike from Hanoi to Ha Giang
    • it is a good way of transport only if you are an experienced motorbike driver!
    • you have to own your IDP – International Driving Permitt
    • travel by motorbike from Hanoi to Ha Giang takes about 8-10 hours (depends on your driving skills)
    • you will be driving through the various nice nature sceneries
    • Search and book your motorbike in Vietnam online on Bikesbooking icon-external-link-square

6. Book and join a private tour to Ha Giang

    • you can also search and book a tour to Ha Giang province
    • there are various types of tours (motorbike tours, trekking tours, loops…)
    • e.g. 3-6 days in Ha Giang province or about 9-20 days in northern Vietnam
    • local tour guides from Vietnam
    • Book your trekking or motorbike tour in Ha Giang online on Tourradar icon-external-link-square

Is there a flight from Hanoi to Ha Giang?

    • It is not possible to travel by plane, because there is no airport in Ha Giang province.

Ha Giang – Tourist Map (+ Motorbike Loop):

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Google map of Ha Giang – Interesting sites, motorbike loop, homestays…


What to avoid and not to do in Ha Giang:

    • Do not buy tourist items from small children
    • Do not give sweets to children and money
    • If you can avoid shopping in plastic goods (bags, bottles, waste disposal systems are unfortunately not in many villages)
    • Do not enter to the local schools without notice
    • Ask people if you can shoot them and respect privacy
    • Do not make too much noise in rural villages (you are not on a party)
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Chín Khoanh Pass (Nine Ramps) in Ha Giang province. You will be traveling through these similar sceneries.
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Ma Pi Leng Pass – one of the biggest “attraction” of Ha Giang province.
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Ha Giang province is a place of various ethnic minority people.
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Dong Van Karst Global Geopark covers a large part of Ha Giang province.
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Tham Ma Pass in Ha Giang, about 10 km from Yen Minh.


   Where to rent a motorbike in Ha Giang?


Lots of travelers rent a motorbike in Ha Giang town and then go to the far north (Dong Van, Meo Vac, Lung Cu, Ma Pi Leng Pass …). Renting a motorbike for 1 day costs around $7-15/pp. You can search and book your motorbike or scooter in Ha Giang online at Bikesbooking icon-external-link-square or there is also a possibility to visit and rent a motorcycle in QT Motorbikes+Tours (about 500m from the bus station in Ha Giang city). There are contacts on their websites where you can find their premises. I recommend to choose a bit more of a powerful bike, not a scooter, for this mountainous area. A good choice is a semi-automatic bike. Before you set off, check and try your motorbike.

Important:
Ha Giang motorbike loop and traveling on a motorbike in Ha Giang province is a good choice for experienced drivers – these mountain roads are dangerous. You must also have an international driving licence or vietnamese driving licence if you want to avoid problems with the police.


Baolau – Search and book tickets / flights easily online
– train, bus, ferry tickets + flights mainly for Vietnam (also a tickets for Cambodia and Laos, Thailand, Malaysia…)
– Baolau offers also a tickets of the bus companies (Mai Linh, Hoang Long, The SinhTourist, Hung Thanh, InterBus Lines…)
– flights of Vietnamese airlines, VietJet Air, JetStar, Air Asia as well as flights to neighbouring countries
– ferry tickets in Vietnam (eg. ferry to Cat Ba, ferry to Con Daoferry to Phu Quoc, ferry to Phnom Penh, ferry Con Dao – Saigon…)
– various travel routes in Vietnam (eg. Cat Ba to Sapa, Da Lat to Hoi An, Lao Cai to Hanoi…)
– the price of tickets or flights is from the official price of transport company or airlines
– you can use online train ticket in your mobile phone in Vietnam (for sure I recommend to print a ticket)
– read in the order any other information about ticket, read also frequently asked questions on Baolau

    • For bookings with Vietnam Railways, 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 or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present when boarding the train.
    • For bookings with private railway companies Fanxipan Express, King Express, Orient Express, Sapaly Express, Livitrans Express and 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.
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15 best and not expensive hotels in Ha Giang. (photo: Ha Giang Historic Hotel)
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15 best homestays in Ha Giang province.


FAQ + TIPS – Travel route from Hanoi to Ha Giang:

How to book bus tickets or taxi/car from Hanoi to Ha Giang?

    • You can book and buy bus tickets from Hanoi to Ha Giang on Baolau or 12go.asia.

How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Ha Giang?

    • Travel by bus / van or limousine from Hanoi to Ha Giang takes about 5.5-7 hours.
    • Travel by train+bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang (via Lao Cai) takes about 12-13 hours.
    • Travel by motorbike from Hanoi to Ha Giang takes about 6-8 hours.
    • Travel by private car/taxi from Hanoi to Ha Giang takes about 6 hours.

How we can book a tour to Ha Giang province?

    • It is easy to book a tour to Ha Giang. You can find and book a tour to Ha Giang province at Tourradar. It is one of the biggest tour company focused in Vietnam. There are various tours and trips in northern Vietnam.

How much does it cost to travel from Hanoi to Ha Giang?

    • Travel by bus / van or limousine from Hanoi to Ha Giang costs about $9-20/pp.
    • Travel by train+bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang (via Lao Cai) costs about $15+/pp (depends on the train).
    • Travel by private car/taxi from Hanoi to Ha Giang costs about $120-215/car.

How to move in Ha Giang? How to explore Ha Giang?

    • The best way is to travel on your own. If you can and you are an experienced motorbike driver and you have your international driving licence – rent a motorbike. You can book your motorbike in ha Giang online on Bikesbooking. It is good to know, some roads are not in a good condition and roads in these mountains are dangerous, drive carefully. There are also some local buses in Ha Giang province (eg. between Ha Giang town and Dong Van…), but it is limited.

What is the travel distance from Hanoi to Ha Giang?

    • Travel distance from Hanoi to Ha Giang is about 300 km by bus / minibus or minivan.

Is there a train from Hanoi to Ha Giang?

    • No, there is no train from Hanoi to Ha Giang town because there is no railway station in Ha Giang. The only way how to get to Ha Giang is to travel by bus/taxi or motorbike.

Where is the closest railway station at Ha Giang town?

    • The closest railway station is in Lao Cai city, it is about 200 km from Ha Giang town. From Lao Cai you can travel by train or bus to Hanoi. There are also some local buses between Lao Cai and Ha Giang.

Which bus you should take to Ha Giang? Day or night bus?

    • In my opinion, it is better to travel by day bus, a good idea is to take a bus in the early morning. You can see a large part of the north of Vietnam and it is safer to travel in the morning.

What to do if I do not want to drive a motorbike in Ha Giang?

    • You can use an organized motorbike tours in Ha Giang province. You have your own motorbike driver/guide and you only sit on a motorbike. Some private motorbike tours can provide eg.QT Motorbikes in Ha Giang city.

How to get from Ha Giang town to Ma Pi Leng Pass (Dong Van)?

    • If you want to visit Ma Pi Leng Pass, you have to travel to Dong Van ancient town in the north (about 150 km from Ha Giang town). Ma Pi Leng Pass begins about 5 km from Dong Van town and pass has about 20 km. If you do not have a motorbike, there are some local buses from Ha Giang town to Dong Van town.

How to get back from Ha Giang to Hanoi?

    • The same way how you came to Ha Giang. You can travel by bus/van from Ha Giang or by your own motorbike.

How long to spend on Ha Giang motorbike loop?

    • Lots of people travel by motorbike on the well-known “Ha Giang Motorbike Loop” about 3 days. In my opinion it is very limited, if you can, stay in this amazing mountain place a bit longer (eg. 6 days) and try to visit also another places (small remoted villages), there is not only the Ma Pi Leng Pass.

Is there an airport in Ha Giang province?

    • No, there is not an airport in Ha Giang province so forget about direct flight to Ha Giang. The only way how to get to Ha Giang is to travel by bus/van/motorbike. The closest airport to Ha Giang is Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, about 260 km south of Ha Giang. In the future there should be opened a new airport in Lao Cai.

What is the best time to visit Ha Giang?

    • The best time to visit Ha Giang is Autumn (October, November) or Spring (March, April, May). If you can, skip the monsoon season (summer months). In winter it can be very cold, prepare warm clothes. Before you go to Ha Giang by motorbike – check the weather.

Is it necessary to travel to Ha Giang with a tourist guide?

    • No, it is not necessary, you can travel in Ha Giang province on your own, for example on a motorbike (recommended only for the experienced drivers with your international driving licence). If you do not have any experience with driving a motorbike it is better to have a tourist guide. Bus transportation in Ha Giang province is limited. You can use your Google maps in your smart phone for the orientation.

Is it possible to get from Ha Giang town to Dong Van or Meo Vac by bus?

    • Yes it is possible, there are some local buses. Travel by local bus from Ha Giang town to Dong Van takes about 5-6 hours. You can find and book bus tickets on Baolau. Bus connections from Ha Giang town to Dong Van are a bit limited. You can also travel by local bus to Meo Vac.

From which bus stations the buses from Hanoi to Ha Giang depart?

    • Tourist buses or minivans from Hanoi to Ha Giang depart from various bus stations in Hanoi. You can check their updated schedules on Baolau/12go.asia.

Where to travel from Ha Giang?

    • You can travel and continue in Cao Bang province. This is another amazing place, not so visited and not overcrowded like another tourist places in the north of Vietnam (eg. Ha Long Bay, Sapa…)

Bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang – Schedule / Timetable + Bus Tickets:

Bus Schedule - Hanoi to Ha Giang

Departs in Hanoi

Arrival in Ha Giang

Book bus ticket

Bang Phan

19:00

02:00

Book from $9.00

Bang Phan

22:00

04:10

Book from $9.00

Khanh Hang

17:15

23:15

Book from $9.00

Khanh Hang

19:20

01:20

Book from $9.00

Cau Me

07:00

12:30

Book from $14.95

Cau Me

16:00

21:30

Book from $14.95

Cau Me

21:30

03:30

Book from $10.70

Quang Nghi

16:00

22:00

Book from $12.80

Quang Nghi

16:15

22:15

Book from $12.80

Quang Tuyen

10:00

16:15

Book from $12.80

Quang Tuyen

21:00

03:15

Book from $17.00

Grouptour

06:15

14:45

Book from $12.00

Grouptour

11:00

19:30

Book from $12.00

Grouptour

19:00

03:30

Book from $12.00

Grouptour (VIP27)

06:30

12:30

Book from $18.00

Grouptour (VIP27)

09:30

15:30

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Grouptour (VIP27)

15:30

21:30

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Grouptour (VIP27)

16:30

22:30

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Grouptour (VIP)

06:30

12:30

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Grouptour (VIP)

15:30

20:00

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Full Moon (Minivan)

06:30

12:48

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Full Moon (Minivan)

15:30

21:48

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Express Ha Giang

20:00

02:30

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Truly Hagiang (VIP)

07:00

13:00

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Truly Hagiang (VIP)

11:00

17:00

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Truly Hagiang (VIP Class)

06:40

12:40

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Truly Hagiang (Sleeper)

20:45

02:45

Book from $12.00

Truly Hagiang (Noi Bai Airport)

07:15

13:00

Book from $19.40

Good Morning Cat Ba

06:30

12:20

Book from $16.00

Good Morning Cat Ba

15:30

21:20

Book from $16.00

Ha Giang Limous. Bus

06:30

13:30

Book from $17.98

Ha Giang Limous. Bus

15:30

22:30

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Ha Giang Limous. Bus

15:30

22:30

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Quang Giang

07:00

13:00

Book from $12.00

Quang Giang

16:00

22:00

Book from $12.00


Bus from Ha Giang to Hanoi – Schedule / Timetable + Bus Tickets:

Bus Schedule - Ha Giang to Hanoi

Departs in Ha Giang

Arrival in Hanoi

Book bus ticket

Bang Phan

18:15

00:35

Book from $9.00

Bang Phan

19:30

02:30

Book from $9.00

Khanh Hang

13:30

19:30

Book from $9.00

Cau Me

07:30

13:00

Book from $14.95

Cau Me

16:30

22:00

Book from $14.95

Cau Me

21:30

03:30

Book from $10.70

Quang Nghi

07:00

13:00

Book from $12.80

Quang Nghi

07:15

13:15

Book from $12.80

Quang Nghi

16:15

22:15

Book from $12.80

Quang Tuyen

09:50

16:05

Book from $12.80

Quang Tuyen

21:00

03:15

Book from $17.10

Ha Giang Limous. Bus

07:00

13:30

Book from $17.98

Ha Giang Limous. Bus

16:00

22:30

Book from $17.98

Grouptour

09:45

15:15

Book from $12.00

Grouptour

20:45

02:15

Book from $12.00

Grouptour (VIP 27)

06:30

12:30

Book from $18.00

Grouptour (VIP 27)

09:30

15:30

Book from $18.00

Grouptour (VIP 27)

15:30

21:30

Book from $18.00

Grouptour (VIP 27)

16:30

22:30

Book from $18.00

Grouptour (Van)

6:30

12:30

Book from $16.00

Grouptour (Van)

15:45

21:45

Book from $16.00

Truly Hagiang

15:45

21:45

Book from $19.40

Express Ha Giang

20:00

02:30

Book from $19.30

Good Morning Cat Ba

07:00

12:50

Book from $17.00

Good Morning Cat Ba

16:00

21:50

Book from $17.00

Quang Giang

07:00

13:00

Book from $12.00

Quang Giang

16:00

22:00

Book from $12.00


Book and buy your bus ticket from Hanoi to Ha Giang + Schedule:

(You can change your departure, arrival, eg. Hanoi to Lao Cai, Ha Giang to Hanoi…)

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