LAO CAI to SAPA — Bus, Taxi, Car or Train?

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How do you get from Lao Cai to Sapa? You can travel by local public bus or private taxi to Sapa from Lao Cai.

Local Bus – Lao Cai to Sapa 
 Taxi – Lao Cai to Sapa
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    • Sapa is a top tourist and visited site in northern Vietnam. Every year thousands of tourists visit this place and enjoy this place. There are various activities like stay in homestay, visiting local ethnic villages, visit the Fansipan mountain – the highest mountain of Vietnam. Sapa is also a home of Hmong ethnic minority. Sapa has no airport and no railway station (the closest railway station is in Lao Cai). There is only one small railway tourist route from Sapa town to Fansipan cable car. Lao Cai is the closest big city to Sapa, from Lao Cai you can travel by train/bus to Hanoi. Lots of tourist from Sapa also continue to travel to Ha Giang – one of the most impressive province of northern Vietnam. Another option is to travel by tourist bus to Dien Bien Phu in the northwest of Vietnam.
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets from Lao Cai to Sapa online on Baolau icon-external-link-square

From Lao Cai town to Sapa you can travel by local bus or private taxi.

    • Travel distance from Lao Cai town to Sapa is about 35 km by road. There are 2 ways how you can travel to Sapa from Lao Cai if you do not have your own motorbike or scooter. The most popular option is to travel by local public bus. Travel by local bus to Sapa takes about 1-1.5 hour and bus ticket costs about $1.30/pp. This bus route is operated by Lao Cai Public Bus. Buses depart from Lao Cai Railway Station (Đường Khánh Yên) and arrive to Sapa town center (Notre Dame Cathedral). So this option is good if you arrive to Lao Cai by tourist train from Hanoi. Another option is to travel by private taxi or car from Lao Cai town to Sapa. There are a few private taxis in the city center of Lao Cai and also at the railway station, so you can take a taxi. Travel by private taxi takes about 1 hour and it costs about $10-35 (vehicle, car). You can book and buy bus e-tickets to Sapa easily online, follow the instructions below. If you want to go back to Lao Cai you can travel by same way how you arrived to Sapa.

How to travel from Lao Cai to Sapa?


1. LOCAL BUS from Lao Cai to Sapa

    • you can travel by local public bus from Lao Cai to Sapa
    • travel by local bus from Lao Cai to Sapa takes about 1-1.5 hour
    • one-way bus ticket from Lao Cai to Sapa costs about $1.30/pp
    • bus company to Sapa from Lao Cai: Lao Cai Public Bus
    • public bus is the most cheapest way of transport between Lao Cai and Sapa
    • Book your bus e-tickets from Lao Cai to Sapa online on Baolau icon-external-link-square
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Sapa by email, ready to print or carry in your smartphone/tablet and present at the ticket counter of the station before boarding the bus in Lao Cai
    • read carefully all the information before you book and buy your bus tickets to Sapa!
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Local public bus from Lao Cai to Sapa (photo: Baolau).


2. TAXI / MINIVAN from Lao Cai to Sapa

    • you can travel by private taxi/minivan from Lao Cai town or railway station to Sapa
    • travel by private taxi from Lao Cai to Sapa takes about 1 hour
    • taxi from Lao Cai to Sapa costs about $10-35 (vehicle, car, minivan)
    • there are taxis at the Lao Cai Railway station or in the city center
    • there are also comfortable private minivans at the Lao Cai Railway station
    • private taxi company from Lao Cai to Sapa town: Tiim Charter (van for 9pax)
    • Book your your private taxi/minivan from Lao Cai to Sapa on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
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Private minivan/taxi of Tiim Charter from Lao Cai to Sapa (photo: 12go.asia)


Info + Faqs – Travel route from Lao Cai to Sapa:

How to book and buy bus tickets or taxi from Lao Cai to Sapa?

    • You can book e-tickets or taxi/car from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island online on Baolau or 12go.asia.

How to book a tour / hike in Sapa?

    • You can book your trip in Sapa online, search and book a tour in Sapa with Tourradar.

How long does it take to travel from Lao Cai to Sapa?

    • Travel by local public bus to Sapa from Lao Cai takes about 1-1.5 hour.
    • Travel by private taxi/car to Sapa from Lao Cai takes about 1 hour.

What is the travel distance from Lao Cai to Sapa?

    • Travel distance to Sapa from Lao Cai is about 35 km by local public bus or private taxi.

How much does it cost to travel from Lao Cai to Sapa?

    • Travel by local public bus to Sapa from Lao Cai costs about $1.30/pp.
    • Travel by private taxi/car to Sapa from Lao Cai costs about $10-15/pp.

How long to stay in Sapa?

    • It depends what you want to visit and see, where you want to stay. There are various nice tourist villages around Sapa and various local homestays. In my opinion it does not make a sense to stay in Sapa 1-2 days. You should stay longer. I recommended to stay in Sapa about 4 days.

Does Sapa have an airport?

    • No, there is no airport in Sapa town. It is not possible to travel to Sapa by plane.

What is the cheapest way of transport from Lao Cai to Sapa?

    • The most cheapest way of transport from Lao Cai to Sapa is to travel by local public bus, ticket costs about $1.30/pp.

Is there a railway station in Sapa town?

    • There is no railway station in Sapa town. The closest railway station is in Lao Cai City, from Lao Cai you can travel by train to Hanoi. There is only a tourist train from Sapa town to Fansipan cable car for tourists (railway has about 2 km).

How to move in Sapa? It is possible to rent a motorbike?

    • The best way how to explore and move around Sapa is to rent a motorbike/scooter and travel on your own. You can rent a motorbike or scooter at the hotel. To rent a motorbike in Sapa costs about $7-12/1 day.

How to travel from Sapa to Lao Cai?

    • The same way how you arrived to Sapa from Lao Cai, so you can travel by local public bus or private taxi.

Where to stay in Sapa? Hotel or homestay?

    • There are various cheap and also luxury hotels or guesthouses in Sapa town. But you should definitely to try some local homestay in the ethnic village, e.g. in Tavan, Ta Phin or Lao Chai.
    • Choose and book from these selection of accommodation facilities: Book your hotel/homestay in Sapa icon-external-link-square.

Where to go and travel from Sapa?

    • From Sapa you can travel by tourist bus to Dien Bien Phu or by bus to Mu Cang Chai. Ha Giang is an amazing mountain province in the north, full of authentic atmosphere, nature and friendly local ethnic people. The best way how to explore the area of Ha Giang province is to travel by motorbike.

Bus from Lao Cai to Sapa – Bus Schedule / Timetable + Bus Tickets:

FULL UPDATED BUS SCHEDULE – CLICK HERE

Bus Schedule - Lao Cai to Sapa

Departs in Lao Cai

Arrival in Sapa

Lao Cai Public Bus

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Lao Cai Public Bus

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Lao Cai Public Bus

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Rice terraces in Muong Hoa valley in Sapa.
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Fansipan in Sapa is the highest mountain of Vietnam, accessible by cable car.
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Muong Hoa valley in Sapa is the most visited site by tourists.

Book your bus tickets from Lao Cai to Sapa + Schedule:

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


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