How to get from SAPA to HA LONG BAY?

How to get from Sapa to Halong Bay
Halong Bay and tourists on the boats. How to get from Sapa to Halong Bay?

Bus – Sapa to Ha Long
Taxi/Car – Sapa to Ha Long
Bus + Train to Ha Long
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    • Travel distance from Sapa to Halong Bay is about 480 km by land if you travel via Hanoi. From Sapa to Ha Long you can travel by sleeper tourist bus, it is a popular and cheapest option of transport between these sites. Travel by sleeper bus to Ha Long takes about 8-9 hours and bus tickets cost about $15-19/pp. These buses arrive to Bai Chay bus station, it is the main bus station in Ha Long town. Another option is to travel by private car. Travel by private car or taxi from Sapa to Ha Long takes about 10 hours and it costs about $230-240/car (minivan for 9 passengers). You should also know, there are also various buses and private cars from Sapa to Hanoi and from Hanoi to Ha Long or Hai Phong. You can also travel by bus + train via Lao Cai and Hanoi. There is a local bus from Sapa to Lao Cai Railway Station and from Lao Cai you can travel by train to Hai Phong via Hanoi. From Hai Phong you can travel by boat to Cat Ba. There is no flights from Sapa to Ha Long, Sapa has no airport, so the only way how to travel is by bus, train or taxi.
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets from Sapa to Ha Long online on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square

From Sapa to Halong Bay you can travel by combination of bus + train or taxi.

    • Halong Bay is a popular tourist site in northern Vietnam. It belong to the one of the most visited places in southeast Asia, so you should know, thousands of tourists visit this site every day. But if you are already in northern Vietnam, you should not miss this place. The most visited island in this bay is Cat Ba Island, easily accessible from Tuan Chau Island or from Hai Phong by boat or ferry. A lot of boat trips to Halong Bay are organized from Tuan Chau Island. Now, it is a modern tourist resort full of hotels. If you want to take a flight to Halong Bay, you can take a sightseeing flight of Hai Au Aviation (Seaplanes) from Hanoi to Ha Long. Ha Long is a large modern city and it is a full of services, hotels, resorts and also tourist attractions and activities. The closest airports to Ha Long town are in Hai Phong or in Van Don, from these airports you can travel by plane to central or southern Vietnam. From Ha Long or Tuan Chau you can also travel to another popular site – Ninh Binh, there are some tourist buses and you can search and book tickets online.

How do I get from Sapa to Halong Bay?


1. SLEEPER BUS from Sapa to Halong Bay

    • there is a sleeper tourist bus from Sapa to Ha Long
    • sleeper and comfortable buses of Cung Lan, Phuc Xuyen or Sao Viet
    • departures from Sapa: 8:00, 11:00, 16:00, 18:00
    • travel by tourist bus from Sapa to Ha Long takes about 8-9 hours
    • one-way bus ticket from Sapa to Halong Bay costs about $15-19/pp
    • bus arrives to Bai Chay bus station in Ha Long (Bến xe Bãi Cháy)
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets from Sapa to Ha Long online on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Halong Bay by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present when boarding the bus in Sapa, read carefully the information on Baolau
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Sleeper tourist bus from Sapa to Ha Long of Phu Xuyen company (photo: Baolau)


2. PRIVATE CAR from Sapa to Halong Bay

    • from Sapa to Halong Bay you can also travel by private car/taxi
    • you can book private modern minivan for 9 passengers to Tuan Chau Island
    • travel by private car/taxi from Sapa to Halong Bay takes about 10 hours
    • travel by private car from Sapa to Halong Bay costs about $230-240/car
    • there are also various private cars from Sapa to Hanoi and from Hanoi to Ha Long
    • Book private car/taxi from Sapa to Ha Long online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
    • You may either print or show the voucher on your smartphone/tablet, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure
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Private car/taxi from Sapa to Ha Long – Tuan Chau by Grouptour (photo: 12go.asia)


How to get and travel from Sapa to Hanoi?


1. BUS / MINIVAN from Sapa to Hanoi

    • there are some sleeper tourist buses from Sapa to Hanoi
    • bus companies: Dragon Express, Hung Thanh, EcoSapa, Sapa Express, The SinhTourist, Grouptour…
    • travel by bus from Sapa to Hanoi takes about 5.5-7 hours
    • one-way bus ticket costs about 220 000 – 500 000 viet.dongs ($10-20/pp)
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets from Sapa to Hanoi online on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Hanoi by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present when boarding the bus in Sapa

2. TRAIN from Lao Cai to Hanoi

    • Lao Cai is about 33 km from Sapa, you can take a local bus (book tickets to Lao Cai on Baolau)
    • travel by train from Lao Cai to Hanoi takes about 8,5 hours (night trains or day train)
    • price of the one-way train ticket from 150 000 – 900 000 viet.dongs (depends on the type of train)
    • trains of Vietnam Railways or private tourist companies (Orient Express, Sapaly, King Express, Violette…)
    • read this article: How to reach Hanoi from Lao Cai?
    • you will receive your train e-ticket to hanoi by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present when boarding the train in Lao Cai Railway Station, if you order an train ticket for tourist trains in Vietnam (Orient Express, Sapaly, Chapa …), you must pick them at the station
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From Lao Cai to Hanoi you can travel by trains of Vietnam Railways (photo: Baolau)


How to get from Hanoi to Ha Long/Hai Phong?


1. TRAIN or BUS from Hanoi to Hai Phong

    • the end station is Hai Phong City (about 40 km from Ha Long)
    • from Hai Phong you can take a speedboat/ferry to the Cat Ba Island
    • travel by train or bus from Hanoi to Hai Phong takes about 2.5 hours
    • one-way ticket costs about 70 000 – 140 000 viet.dongs ($3-6/pp, train is a cheap option)
    • railway station in Hanoi – Hanoi Railway Station or Long Bien Railway station
    • railway station in Hai Phong – Hai Phong Railway station (75 Lương Khánh Thiện)
    • bus station in Hai Phong – Niem Nghia Bus station (275 Trần Nguyên Hãn)
    • read this article: Hanoi to Hai Phong – Bus + Train Schedule
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Hai Phong by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present when boarding the train or bus in Hanoi

2. BUS / MINIVAN from Hanoi to Ha Long

    • travel by bus takes about 4,5 hours from Hanoi to Ha Long
    • price of the one-way ticket from 70 000 – 150 000 viet.dongs (depends on the type of bus)
    • various companies – Hoang Phu, Phu Xuyen, Hai Au, and other smaller companies
    • bus Station in Hanoi – My Dinh and Yen Nghia
    • bus station in Ha Long – TP Ha Long and Bai Chay or Tuan Chau Island
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets from Hanoi to Ha Long online on Baolau icon-external-link-square
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Ha Long 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 in Hanoi

Hoang Long  bus – come to ticket boot of Hoang Long bus (Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Station, 2nd floor) and present your voucher to change for bus ticket.  PLEASE ARRIVE AT THE STATION AT LEAST 1 HOUR (60 MINUTES) BEFORE DEPARTURE TIME BECAUSE HOANG LONG MAY CHANGE DEPARTURE TIME AND WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE IF YOU MISS THE BUS IF YOU ARRIVE LATE AFTER THIS (more info on 12go.asia).


3. SPEEDBOAT from Hai Phong to Cat Ba Island

    • speedboat from Haiphong goes directly to the south part of the Cat Ba Island, to the town of Cat Ba
    • read this article if you want to travel by bus+ferry from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island by bus
    • travel by speed boat takes about 1 hour, boats from the Pha Binh Port
    • price of the one-way boat ticket is about 180 000 – 260 000 viet.dongs ($7-11/pp)
    • it is recommended to print your boat ticket
    • Book and buy boat/ferry tickets from Hai Phong to Cat Ba Island online on Baolau icon-external-link-square

Ha Long Bay + Islands – Tourist Map:

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Halong Bay – Tourist detailed map – Interesting sites, transport, islands…

What is Baolau? Search and book tickets online.

– a company specializing in train, bus, ferry tickets, flights mainly for Vietnam (also a tickets for Laos and Cambodia)
– company offers also a tickets larger bus companies (Mai Linh, Hoang Long, Hung Thanh, EcoSapa…)
– flights of Vietnamese airlines, JetStar, VietJet Air as well as flights to neighbouring countries
– ferry tickets in Vietnam (eg. ferry to Cat Baferry to Phu Quoc, ferry to Phnom Penh, ferry to Quan Lan…)
– ticket for travel routes in Vietnam (eg. Hanoi to Saigon, 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 select a seat in a train or berth, you will see the final price before making the payment transaction
– you can use online train ticket in mobile phone in Vietnam (I recommend to print a ticket)
– read in the order any other information about ticket, read also frequently asked questions on Baolau

What is 12go.asia? Search and book tickets online.

– a specialist for the train, bus, ferry tickets, flights mainly in Thailand (also tickets for Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos)
– bus tickets for Vietnam, Thailand… (eg. Sapa Express, Mai Linh, Mekong Express, TheSinhTourist, Phuong Trang…)
– ferry/boat tickets in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, eg. ferry to Vung Tau, Koh Rong, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao
– tickets for the main routes in Thailand, eg: Bangkok to KrabiBangkok to Chiang Mai, Bangkok to Phuket
– you can not use an online train ticket in Thailand, you have to print it (12go can deliver these train tickets)
– you can use an online train e-ticket in your mobile phone in Vietnam (not in Thailand)
– more information about train tickets and trains in Thailand
– if you buy a ticket of private trains in Vietnam to Lao Cai on 12go.asia or Baolau (Orient Express, Sapaly…), you must pick it up at the station

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One of the bay and tourists boats in Halong Bay.


icon-info-circle FAQ + TIPS – Travel route from Sapa to Halong Bay:

How to book and buy tickets from Sapa to Halong Bay?

    • You can book bus / train tickets from Sapa to Halong Bay or Cat Ba online on Baolau or 12go.asia.

Do you want to book a cruise or boat in Ha Long Bay?

    • There are various types of boats, you can search and book your cruise to Ha Long Bay with Tourradar.

How long does it take to travel from Sapa to Halong Bay?

    • Travel by sleeper tourist bus from Sapa to Halong Bay (via Hanoi) takes about 8-9 hours.
    • Travel by train+bus from Sapa to Halong Bay (via Lao Cai, Hanoi) takes about 14 hours.
    • Travel by private taxi/car Sapa to Halong Bay takes about 10 hours.

How much does it cost to travel from Sapa to Halong Bay?

    • Travel by sleeper tourist bus from Sapa to Halong Bay costs about $15-20/pp.
    • Travel by train+bus from Sapa to Halong Bay (via Lao Cai, Hanoi) costs about $15+/pp.
    • Travel by private taxi/car from Sapa to Halong Bay costs about $230-240/car.

What is the travel distance from Sapa to Halong Bay?

    • Travel distance from Sapa to Halong Bay is about 480 km by train+bus/bus/minivan.

How to get from Sapa to Lao Cai?

Is it possible to travel by plane from Sapa to Halong Bay?

    • No, it is not possible to take a flight from Sapa to Halong Bay, there is no airport in Sapa.

We would like to travel from Hanoi to Hai Phong, what are the ways?

Is it possible to travel from Sapa to Halong Bay by direct train?

    • No, it is not possible to travel by direct train from Sapa to Ha Long. The closest railway station to Sapa is Lao Cai Railway Station (it is about 33 km from Sapa). From Lao Cai you can travel by train to Hanoi and from Hanoi you can take a train to Ha Long (via Kep). From Hanoi to Ha Long by train it takes about 6.5 hours.

What is the most cheapest way of transport from Sapa to Ha Long?

    • The most cheapest way of transport from Sapa to Halong Bay is to travel by tourist bus.

Where you can go and travel from Halong Bay?

    • From Halong Bay or town you can travel by bus to Tam Coc in Ninh Binh. Travel by tourist bus from Ha Long to Tam Coc takes about 3-4.5 hours and travel distance is about 180 km. Tam Coc in Ninh Binh is a big tourist place, you can see amazing karst sceneries or take a boat ride. If you are already in Tam Coc you can go to Trang An scenic complex, Mua Caves or Hoa Lu. There is no direct train between Ha Long and Tam Coc.

Bus Schedule / Timetable – Sapa to Halong Bay + Bus Tickets:

FULL UPDATED BUS SCHEDULE – CLICK HERE

Bus Schedule - Sapa to Ha Long Bay

Departs in Sapa

Arrival in Ha Long Bay

Bus ticket - Price

Phuc Xuyen (sleeper)

08:00

16:40

From $15.96

Phuc Xuyen (sleeper)

11:00

19:40

From $15.96

Phuc Xuyen (sleeper)

16:00

00:00

From $15.96

Phuc Xuyen (sleeper)

18:00

02:00

From $15.96

Cuong Lan (sleeper)

16:00

00:30

From $19.50


icon-arrow-circle-right Book bus, train tickets from Sapa to Ha Long and see the schedule:

(You can change your departure, arrival, eg. Sapa to Hanoi, Hanoi to Ha Long, Hanoi to Cat Ba…)


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