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Hanoi to Sapa (10:00pm - 07:00am)

By Dream Train

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You want a no-frills way of getting from Hanoi to Sapa! While Dream Train is rather new, the services provided are exceptionable and affordable and has a cozy atmosphere!


Less than 1 day 1 night
Group trip (28 travellers per group)
Train departs Hanoi Station at 10:00pm - Arrives Lao Cai Train Station at 6:10am. This option INCLUDES shuttle bus from Lao Cai station to Sapa Town, arriving at around 7:00am.***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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Trip Inclusions

US$ 32.01 743,978 VND per person
  • Bunk bed in shared cabin
  • Bus transfer from Lao Cai station to Sapa town
  • Water



Meeting details
Hanoi Railway Station
Other Notes

The train departs at 10PM, but we recommend being at the station at least half-hour before your departure. You will need to redeem your ticket using the e-voucher we issue to you.

Scheduled Trip Dates

Trips scheduled daily
Feb 20
Feb 21
Feb 22
Feb 23
Feb 24
Feb 25
View the full calendar to try your luck for non-scheduled dates.


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

Overnight on train

Accommodation: Dream Train Cabin - Cabin

  • 10:00pm: Train departs Hanoi Railway Station
  • 6:05am: Train arrives at Lao Ca station (the following morning)
  • 6:15am: Depart by bus for Sapa town
  • 7:00am Arrive at Sapa Town

Meet your guide

Dream Train

Dream train is a relatively new train provider compared with other train providers. Launched in 2016, Dream offers exceptional services at very reasonable price. Offering really budget price compared with other high-class trains, Dream can still offer enjoyable and interesting trip thanks to its adequate facilities and cozy atmosphere.
4 years experience
Basic English

What others are saying

2.8 out of 10 helpful reviews
Igried Enita Darmawan
06 Jan 2020 on SeekSophie
Train's bed is smaller compare to other company I took. and no power plug for those sleep on the upper bed. But pick up arrangement is good
itsanaddiction, Australia
28 Sep 2019 on TripAdvisor
I took the King Express to Sapa and the Dream Express back. Both were clean enough with clean sheets. The toilets on King Express were surprisingly clean at the end of the journey, maybe I was lucky. I didn't use the restroom on the Dream Express. Both trains had bugs in them but not too many. I liked the King Express better overall. On King Express, the doona cover was cotton whereas on the Dream Express it was polyester so felt sticky. The carriage on Dream Express was freezing cold, King Express was a nice temperature. On King Express we got free coffee and tea. On Dream Express they bought us coffee, which we assumed was free but then they made us pay for it. Dream Express advertises that you get free fruit, free tea and coffee etc but we didn't get any of that. There was free water and some small snacks on both Dream Express and King Express. The train is bumpy and noisy so it's hard to sleep until you get used to it, but it's the same no matter which company you book with. In summary, both companies were very similar and I don't think it matters much who you book with.
JJHong, Singapore
23 Sep 2019 on TripAdvisor
I was on the Dream Express with my young son from Sapa to Hanoi. The difficult part was the wait for the train as most transport leave Sapa at around 5pm and you reach Lao Cai around 6-ish, leaving you 2-3 hours of waiting. Overall the train ride was ok - the aircon did seem pretty cold at first but it kind of normalised during the journey. Many others felt that it was to bumpy to sleep, I kinda felt that the bumps were pretty rhythmic which actually lulled me to sleep although i probably woke up in bits and pieces as i felt the train stop a couple of times. Sound proofing is not very good and you could hear the conversations next door but it didn't affect me much. Didn't use the washroom during the journey but it was clean when I went before the train departed. I did feel that Hanoi station was a mess in the early morning - I highly recommend using the Grab app to get a ride as it was too tiresome to decide which taxis were the real deal or bargain with taxi touts (i spent 25k VND to get to old quarters) Overall interesting experience but I'm glad I took the bus up to Sapa (saves the trouble of trying to arrange transport from Lao Cai to Sapa).
adelinechristanto, Indonesia
28 Apr 2019 on TripAdvisor
Overall, I do not have any negative comment on the facilities. The compartment was clean and comfortable enough. The noise wasn’t much (maybe because I was super tired from lacking of sleep 2 days in a row). The toilet is super basic but it’s still okay. The only drawback is those sharing the compartment with me. They are a Vietnamese family of 3 and a kitten. The teenage girl petted the cat on the bed and she threw used wet tissue on the table. To worsen the situation, they pushed the dust bin really close to my head. I am not allergic to cat, but I imagine if I were, that would have been a huge problem. So the experience would be perfect if I share the compartment with persons who appreciate cleanliness and tidiness.
annamO8897MA, Australia
27 Mar 2019 on TripAdvisor
We caught the Dream train express from Hanoi to Lao cai. It was with extreme trepidation due to the reviews I read. We booked a 4 berth for the 2 of us which was next to nothing but well worth the privacy. Yes it’s small but I figure it’s an overnight train, don’t expect the ritz and you’ll be fine. We brought some sleeping bag inserts with us and slept in them and used our plane pillows. It wasn’t that the beds were dirty on this train it was for my own peace of mind! We got pretty hot as I think the mattress is vynal but I think that’s the least of your problems. The train is loud and does shake around a lot. Think of it as white noise! We didn’t get much sleep, mostly broken. The train stops about 4-5 times during the trip. Don’t imagine where you are travelling as you’ll have a heart attack thinking you’ll tip off the track. You won’t! You will reach the station about 0600 and it takes about an hours car trip up the hill to sapa. On the way back it leaves about 2140 and you arrive at about 0530 in Hanoi. I imagined that the toilet would be a slush pit but it wasn’t! It was cleanish but really stank. I timed my break so I only had to go once! It’s not horrific, not exactly enjoyable either and we’re quite sleep deprived. But it’s ok too. If you’re precious go by car. Apparently takes around 5 hours. If you arnt fussed with a smelly toilet and being sleep deprived then go for it! You’ll laugh about it afterwards!!

Other Things to Know

Cancellation and Exchange Policy
While we understand that plans change, we also have to be fair to each supplier, who needs time to prepare logistics for your trip such as manpower, food, permits, and more.
Strict Cancellation Policy
As Dream Train 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.
Flexible Date Policy
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.
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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