Hanoi to Lao Cai: 2019 Bus and Train Schedule

Schedule of train and bus trips from Hanoi to Lao Cai and Lao Cai to Hanoi in Vietnam. Last updated on July 20, 2019.

Lao Cai is the capital city of the mountainous province of Lao Cai, home to a number of ethnic hill tribes and stunning natural landscapes. It is reachable by train, bus, and van from Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital.

SCHEDULE OF BUS, VAN AND TRAIN TRIPS FROM HANOI TO LAO CAI AND VICE-VERSA

TRAIN SCHEDULE FROM HANOI TO LAO CAI

There are only two departures every night at 9:35 PM and 10:00 PM from Hanoi to Lao Cai but it is serviced by many different railway companies such as Pumpkin Express, Vietnam Railways, Orient Express, Fanxipan, Livitrans Express, Victoria Express, King Express, Sapaly Express, Violette Express, and Chapa Express.

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TRAIN FARE BETWEEN HANOI AND LAO CAI

The train fare varies depending on the class and the railway company. Fare starts at USD23 and goes as high as USD164. Check here for full fare rates.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM HANOI TO LAO CAI

Bus CompanyDepartureFare
Sapa Express6:30 AMUSD16
Sapa Express7:00 AMUSD12
Truly Hagiang7:00 AMUSD12
Sapa Dragon7:00 AMUSD13
Sapa Express3:00 PMUSD18
Sapa Dragon10:00 PMUSD11
Sapa Express10:00 PMUSD12

TRAIN SCHEDULE FROM LAO CAI TO HANOI

The train departs at 8:55 and 9:40 PM. As mentioned above this route is serviced by many different railway companies.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM LAO CAI TO HANOI

Bus CompanyDepartureFare
Sapa Express7:00 AMUSD18
Grouptour7:45 AMUSD11
Sapa Express1:15 PMUSD12
Grouptour1:15 PMUSD11
Truly Hagiang3:00 PMUSD12
Grouptour3:00 PMUSD11
Sapa Express3:15 PMUSD12
Grouptour3:15 PMUSD11
Sapa Dragon3:30 PMUSD11
Sapa Express3:30 PMUSD16
Grouptour3:45 PMUSD11
Grouptour9:45 PMUSD11

TRAVEL TIME

The travel time between Hanoi and Lao Cai is around 6 hours by bus and approximately 8 hours by train.

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