Sapa Town is 38 km from Lao Cai city – the capital city of Lao Cai province. The most popular and convenient way to get to Sapa from Hanoi is by overnight train to Lao Cai Railway station (in Lao Cai City), then buy a mini bus ticket or hire a private vehicle to Sapa.
Overnight trains to Sapa:
1. The Tulico Express Train: This train reflects the charm of colonial traveling style in northern Vietnam. They offer an inspirational experience onboard as well as the time to enjoy the beauty of evocative destinations. The Tulico Express carriages feature various types of budget to ensure the most convenient trip for travelers to Sapa.
– Price: Approximately USD 45.00 per person one way.
Hanoi to Lao Cai (SP1) departs daily at 9:10pm (arrives 5:25am next day)
Lao Cai to Hanoi (SP2) departs daily at 8:15pm (arrives 4:55am next day)
2. The Sapaly train: Stunning and luxurious interior, European standards, travelers will pass the journey of 350 km from Hanoi to Lao Cai in just only one night with a wonderful sleep in your carriage which is like a luxury room in a four–star hotel. Each cabin has 04 comfortable beds with the wooden floor, graceful curtains, warm light system and an interior that will certainly make you feel satisfied.
– Price: Approximately USD 48 per person one way
Hanoi to Lao Cai (SP3) departs daily at 9:50 pm (arrives 6:15am next day)
Lao Cai to Hanoi (SP4) departs daily at 9:00 pm (arrives 5:15am next day)