Transportation

How to Get from Sapa to Halong Bay: By Bus, Train and Taxi

The distance from Sapa to Halong Bay is about 480km (298 miles). There are a couple of ways to transfer from Sapa to Halong Bay. Passengers can take a direct bus from Sapa to Halong, a train over Hanoi, or a private taxi.

How to Get from Sapa to Halong Bay: By Bus, Train and Taxi

1. Bus

Phuc Xuyen bus is the most recommended option as being the only transport company that provides direct transfer from Sapa to Halong and vice versa.

This 42-seat luxury bed car is well-appointed with all necessary amenities such as air conditioner, LCD screen, free WIFI, blankets, bottles of water, and free cold towels. Therefore, passengers will always feel comfortable with this extremely convenient journey.

Phuc Xuyen Bus from Sapa to Van Don, Quang Ninh. 

After arrive at the bus station, you need to take a taxi to the cruise port or hotel in Halong City.

Information:

  • Frequency: 4 times per day
  • Estimated price: US$16 ~ 370000 VND
  • Hotline: 02033662662
  • Website: phucxuyen.com.vn

Bus schedule from Sapa to Halong:

Pickup-timeDrop-off timeDepartureArrivalDuration
08:0016:40Phuc Xuyen office (80 Phan Đình Phùng, Phố Mới, Lào Cai)Van Don Bus Station8h40m
11:0019:40Phuc Xuyen office (80 Phan Đình Phùng, Phố Mới, Lào Cai)Van Don Bus Station8h40m
16:0000:10 (next day)Phuc Xuyen office (80 Phan Đình Phùng, Phố Mới, Lào Cai)Van Don Bus Station8h10m
18:3002:30 (next day)Phuc Xuyen office (80 Phan Đình Phùng, Phố Mới, Lào Cai)Van Don Bus Station8h

Alternatively, you can book through vietnamlocalbus.com for a bus that picks you up at the hotel in Sapa town or Sapa bus station to transfer directly to the bus station in Halong city.

Information:

  • Pick-up time: 17:00 pm
  • Drop-off time: 4:00 am (next day)
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Transfer: Sapa – Lao Cai (seating bus) and Lao Cai – Halong city (sleeping bus)
  • Website: vietnamlocalbus.com

The price is US$25 and includes a taxi pick up from the hotel in Sapa town and a bus ticket to Halong Bay.

2. Train and bus

2. Train and bus Overnight train from Sapa to Hanoi!

Traveling by train is an ideal choice for those who get sick of a bus ride and look for a good night’s sleep. However, this is the most time-consuming transfer option.

From Sapa town center, you need to take a bus or a taxi to Lao Cai train station to catch a train to Hanoi. The total journey time is 8.5 hours.

Train schedule from Lao cai train station (Sapa) to Hanoi:

TrainTypeLao cai Station (for Sapa)StopsHanoi Station (Tran Quy Cap)
SP2Express train20:0503 stops04:35 am (next day)
SP4Express train20:4504 stops05:10 am (next day)
SP6Express train18:5504 stops03:40 am (next day)
SP8Express train19:3004 stops04:05 am (next day)
LC2Regular train21:2015 stops06:55 am (next day)
LC4Regular train (slowest)09:1027 stops20:15 (11h5m)
LC8Regular train22:0513 stops07:25 am (Long Bien station)

Notes: Train times and schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Upon Hanoi arrival, take a bus from My Dinh or Yen Nghia bus station to Halong city (~4.5 hours). The price for a one-way ticket is from 70000 VND – 150000 VND. See our bus guide from Hanoi to Halong.

3. Taxi and private transfer service

3. Taxi and private transfer service Mai Linh taxi Lao Cai - (0214) 3 76 76 76

The fastest and most comfortable yet most expensive way to transfer from Sapa to Halong Bay is by a private taxi. Normally, the cost ranges from US$280 to US$310 for a 7-hour drive depending on the car size.

Recommended taxi & private transfer

Mai Linh taxi group 

  • Tel: (0214) 3 76 76 76
  • Website: mailinh.vn

Sapa transfer service:

  • Address: Linh handicraft, Cat Cat village, Sapa, Lao Cai
  • Tel: +84 243 99 155 99; +84 91 235 82 82
  • Website: http://sapatransferservice.com/private-transfer-sapa-to-halong-66/

You can also use Grab app for private transfer for an upfront price quote.

Last updated: October 16, 2019

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