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Express Train Ha Noi – Sapa – Lao Cai

Ha Noi – Sapa – Lao Cai Express Train Information

Laocai – Sapa Transfer :

The Hanoi – Laocai train stops at Valley Laocai, just 40 km from Sapa; in order to reach Sapa, you will need to travel an hour and a half more through a connecting bus or private car. The bus stops at Sapa’s main Post Office, leaving you with some minutes walk into town. It can also stop at your hotel, depending upon the location of the hotel. Ticket prices for connecting buses Laocai – Sapa are 30000VND or US$2/way.

The tourist bus back to Laocai leaves from outside Sapa’s church, but usually it can pick you up at your hotel. You can inquire with the staff at your hotels for getting a bus ticket back to Laocai Railway Station.

Sapa Train Schedule: Ha Noi – Sapa – Ha Noi
Ha Noi – Lao Cai Route:

Station SP7 SP1 SP3 LC1 LC3
Ha Noi 20:35 21:10 21:55 22:05 06:10
Yen Bai 00:20 01:01 01:53 02:30 10:40
Bao Ha 02:56 04:17 05:08 13:32
Pho Lu 03:42 04:11 05:03 05:53 14:19
Lao Cai 05:05 05:03 06:30 07:10 15:40

Lao Cai – Ha Noi Route

Station SP8 SP2 SP4 LC2 LC4
Lao Cai 19:30 20:15 20:45 18:45 09:45
Pho Lu 20:40 21:22 22:07 20:04 11:34
Bao Ha 21:45 22:53 20:49 12:20
Yen Bai 00:10 00:17 01:10 23:10 14:59
Ha Noi 04:30 05:00 06:00 04:00 19:55

SP1 & 2: Fansipan Express, Tulico Express, Hara Train, Royal Express, Pumkin Express Train.
SP7 & 8: King Express, Livitrans Express Train.
SP3 & 4: Orient Express, Green Train, Victoria Express Train, Sapaly Express Train

Victoria Train Schedule :

Date Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Ha Noi – Lao Cai (21:55 – 06:30) Dinning carriage No Dinning carriage Dinning carriage No Dinning carriage Dinning carriage No Train No Dinning carriage
Lao Cai – Ha Noi (20:45 – 06:00) No Dinning carriage Dinning carriage No Dinning carriage Dinning carriage No Dinning carriage No Train Dinning carriage
Type of sleeper Round trip One way    
With DC Without DC 1way with DC & 1way without DC With DC Without DC    
Superior 175 155 165 130 115    
Deluxe 285 255 270 215 195    

Note on The Ticket :

– We recommend that you choose the soft sleeper and the Pumpkin, Ratraco, Royal, Tulico trains for cleaner cabins and berths. Normal train can easily buy at train station in Hanoi train.

– We only can purchase the return tickets from Hanoi for the Victoria Express, Pumpkin, Tulico, Ratraco, Royal train. For other normal trains, you need to purchase the return ticket yourself, when you are in Laocai or Sapa , or request the hotel to buy it for you (you cannot be guaranteed a soft sleeper if you buy on short notice).

– Child fare: under 5 years: free of charge if sharing bed with parent; 5 years/up: adult rate.

How to Book :

Tulico train offer comfortable, air-conditioned soft sleepers. While this is not a luxurious train, it offers good alternative transportation to Sapa from Hanoi. It has soft sleepers, A/C and clean four-berth cabins. You will be provided with one bottle of water, a small snack and a napkin.

Tulico Train’s Pictures :

Tulico train’s carriage Tulico train’s cabin Tulico train’s VIP room

Ratraco Train :

In the LC5 and LC6, there are Victoria Cabins, Tulico Cabins, Pumpkin Cabins, and Ratraco Cabins. All of these are alternatives for tourists to Sapa from Hanoi. Ratraco train is one of the best trains to Sapa with wooden cabins.

Ratraco train’s carriage Ratraco train’s carriage


Ratraco train’s corridor Ratraco train’s cabin Ratraco train’s washing room

Pumpkin Train :

Pumpkin train, like the Tulico train, is not a separate train, but offers soft sleepers, A/C and clean four-berth cabins in 2 carriages which go with local trains (LC5 and LC6) between Hanoi and Laocai. Pumpkin train is one of the best choice for tourists to Sapa.

Pumpkin train’s carriage Pumpkin train’s cabin Ratraco train’s washing room
Pumpkin train’s corridor Pumpkin train’s carriage Tourists’ satisfaction

Royal Train :

To serve tourist requirements, the Royal Train is also part of a regular train with 2 carriages in SP1 and SP2 which offers A/C, soft-sleepers and clean four-berth cabins.

Royal train’s carriage Royal train’s cabin Royal train’s berth
Royal train’s corridor Royal train’s snack and water Royal train’s toilet

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