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Hanoi to Sapa (09:35pm - 06:30am)

By Livitrans

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You want a no-frills yet comfortable way of travelling from Hanoi to Sapa. This overnight train has four-person shared rooms with bunk beds for you to rest in!


Less than 1 day 1 night
Group trip (28 travellers per group)
Train departs Hanoi Station at 9:30pm - Arrives Lao Cai Train Station at 5:00am. This option INCLUDES shuttle bus from Lao Cai station to Sapa Town, arriving at around 6:30am.***Voucher will be provided upon booking which can be redeemed for boarding pass at Hanoi Train Station. No need to print.***
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What's included

US$ 30.08 700,051 VND per person
  • Train ticket from Hanoi Railway Station (Ga Ha Noi) to Lao Cai train station
  • Bus transfer from Lao Cai train station to Sapa town
  • Bunk bed in 4-person shared room on train
  • Snacks and bottled water



Meeting details
Hanoi Railway Station
Sapa city centre
Other Notes

The train departs from Hanoi Railway Station at 9:35pm so it's recommended to get there at least 30 minutes before.


Trips available daily
Mar 04
Mar 05
Mar 06
Mar 07
Mar 08
Mar 09
Bookings should be made at least 7 days in advance. View the full calendar to request other dates.


Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Day 1: Hanoi - Sapa
Hanoi - Sapa

Today you'll depart from Hanoi to get to Sapa.

Accommodation: Livitrans Train - Cabin

  • 9:35pm: Train departs Hanoi Railway Station
  • 5:30am: Train arrives at Lao Ca station (the following morning), take a minibus from Lao Cai station to Sapa Town
  • 7am: Arrive in Sapa Town

Meet your guide


Livitrans is an experienced train service provider that has made its train cabins comfortable and equipped with great amenities. The friendly staff is there to make your journey comfortable and safe.
12 years experience
Basic English

What others are saying

3.2 out of 60 helpful reviews
dondeestoy, United States
22 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
The room was neat and tidy, and offers you a variety of snacks and drinks. We took the overnight train from Hanoi to Hue. The only problem is that if you. Get bunks you share with strangers, so we booked 4 tickets so we would have it all to ourselves. Be prepared that they do not serve dinner or breakfast so you should bring your own. We also saw a bug in our cabin.... Definitely should try it out, but by all means its totally fine if you want to take a plane.
amyrraj, United Kingdom
22 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
We booked through i2go Asia. Don’t book with them! The train was clean but the staff are unhelpful, noisy and rude. At the station and on the train. You can get some sleep but you may well have creepy blokes in your cabin which isn’t pleasant! This could easily be great if some thought and process was put in place.
yvetteg402, Croatia
22 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
Something we thought we should do, to experience a night train for our tour of Vietnam. We knew in advance that it wouldn't be luxurious. We booked the soft sleeper cabin. There were three of us & we regretted not paying for the 4th birth to have the cabin to ourselves. The cabin was equipped with pillows, sheets & a throw (we took our own covers). Be sure to take a jumper as the AC on the top bunk is cold & it can't be adjusted. We had another passenger join us at 3am, which we didn't expect. I'm just pleased I wasn't travelling alone, as we had locked the cabin door but the guard can over ride it. The toilet was pretty wet & smelly by the time we reached our destination. Do your research before you travel - it's definitely an experience. Glad I did it but will not be repeating it.
D8543ALannab, Hungary
22 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
We booked all of our train tickets for Vietnam at Baolau. We didn’t have any problems with switching a voucher for the ticket, an attendant came to us before boarding at the train station even when there was a change in schedule. There are some lockers at the train station at Hanoi for your backpacks. We took the overnight train in a Livitrans car from Hanoi to Danang. The cabin (including bedlinen) is clean, some snacks included. The toilets were clean. If you ever took a train in Central- or Eastern Europe, the quality is not worse than those. The last etap before reaching Danang was just breathtaking, the train goes immediately next to the sea with some good views. Overall, I would travel with Livitrans again.
O8872GDivanr, Thailand
22 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
Booked VIP Livitrans Express compartment from Hanoi to Da Nang through 12Go Asia. Nothing particularly VIP or even different than a normal compartment from what I could see, except I seemed to pay a lot more! Journey was great, awoke to spectacular Vietnamese scenery. However, sleeping was difficult due to constant interruptions from guards/workers knocking on my door for trivial reasons. e.g. Was asked which stop on 3 separate occasions and was still woken for the wrong stop, 2 1/2 hours too early! Air con was very cold and the beds a little hard. However, I would definitely take the train again although i would try to book directly with Vietnam railways.

Livitrans Policies

Strict Cancellation Policy
As Livitrans pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, you can only cancel for free within 24 hours of your booking, provided that this is at least 2 weeks before your trip starts.
Change of Date
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.

Other Things to Know

Packing list for the trip
Change of clothes
Small towel
Warm clothes if you are travelling in the winter months of December to February
How do I collect the train ticket?

Once you book your spot on the train with us, we will provide you with an e-voucher. You can show the e-voucher at the train operator's booth at the Hanoi or Sapa train station to exchange for the train ticket. There is no need to print anything out beforehand.

What's the difference between the different train companies?

The main thing travellers should know is that the train companies offering Hanoi-Sapa train tickets basically license separate train cabins on the same state-owned train. So regardless of how much you spend on your train ticket and which company you get your ticket from, you'll be getting on the same (fairly old) train. The main thing that will differ is the decor of your cabin - some train operators will maintain their train cabins a little better than others. All the toilets on the train are shared!

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