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Fansipan Cable Car: All You Need to Know

February 27, 2024 - 93549 views

If you are in Sapa and intend to climb Mount Fansipan, the "rooftop of Indochina," with the practical and risk-free way of reaching this highest point, the Fansipan Cable Car will be the best option as it only takes fifteen minutes to reach the top, compared to the one or even two days of hiking it would take.

Before embarking on your exciting adventure, read through our introduction to the Fansipan Cable Car to acquire all the necessary details and prepare for a complete experience.

Fansipan Cable Car All You Need To Know

Where Is The Cable Car Station?

It would take two days of hiking to reach the 1,400 meters that separate the two cable car terminals, but only 15 minutes by cable car.

The cable car begins its journey at Hoang Lien Station, located in the Fansipan Legend tourist area, 3 km from the Stone Church in the heart of Sapa town. Each cable car can accommodate 30 to 35 people per cabin and transfer 2,000 passengers between the 2 stations in 1 hour.

Passengers Waiting For The Cable Car In Hoang Lien Station

The last stop is the Fansipan cable car station, from which you can either continue up 600 stairs to the peak of Fansipan, touch the landmark on the roof of Indochina, or explore the stunning Fansipan Legend, which features the Bamboo Garden, Bao An Thien Tu, Bich Van Thien, and so much more.


How To Get To Hoang Lien Cable Car Station 

From Hanoi to Sapa

The distance between Hanoi and Sapa is about 332 km, and there are different types of transfers you can choose to get to Sapa, depending on your preference:

  • Car: If you prefer a fast transfer, then car is a good choice for you. Moving from Hanoi to Sapa by car will take only 4 hours. The cost for a transfer by car is higher than other means of transportation, from US $110 - 200 /pax.
  • Bus: Sleeper bus is suitable for budget travelers, with an affordable cost of around US $15 - 20 /pax, depending on the facilities. The transfer time is longer than car, about 5 hours.
  • Train: Having the longest transfer time of 8 hours, train is a popular choice as this vehicle allows passengers to enjoy the countryside’s scenery along the way.

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From Sapa town to Fansipan

Sapa offers many modes of transportation for tourists to visit around. From Sapa town, you can take a bus or train or simply walk to the cable car stop.

  • Taxi

Getting to the Hoang Lien cable car via taxi takes only 10 minutes, and it is the quickest choice.

If you take a cab in Sapa, expect to spend 17,000 VND per kilometer instead of the average price of 10,000 VND to 12,000 VND.

  • On Foot

It is the best way to take in the stunning landscape of Sapa on foot while heading to Hoang Lien Station simultaneously.

From the Sapa Church, you can head to the Silver Falls crossroads, turn left onto Nguyen Chi Thanh and continue straight until you reach Fansipan Legend (about 1,7 km). The route to the cable car stop is well-marked, so you will be able to find it easily.

  • Train

A mountain train is famous and convenient since tourists can travel from Sapa town to the cable car terminal. The train runs from the MGallery hotel in Sa Pa to the Fansipan cable car stop, making it the longest mountain railway in Vietnam.

The train goes through several mysterious tunnels, crosses the viaduct, and offers passengers a view of the majestic natural beauty of Muong Hoa Valley and peaceful villages.

The Mountain Train In Sapa

The Mountain Train In Sapa


Sapa Fansipan Cable Car's Highlights

  • World record

Sunworld Fansipan Legend Cable Car System has been recognized with 02 world records – the most extended three-line cable car system in the world (6292.5 meters in length) and the highest altitude difference in the world (1410 meters).

  • Convenient and easy

Before the cable car ride was built, it took visitors at least a day to reach Fansipan Peak.

Tourists also required physical preparation for months in advance of trekking Fansipan. Not everyone is fit enough to conquer Mount Fansipan; you must also carry heavy luggage to get there. With the assistance of the Fansipan cable car, many visitors' aspirations of reaching Indochina's highest point can be fulfilled in just 20 minutes.

Reach Mount Fancipan Easily By Cable Car

Reach Mount Fancipan Easily By Cable Car

  • Stunning landscape

Passengers on the cable car get a bird's eye view of the picturesque scenery at the height of several thousand meters, including the poetic Muong Hoa and the majestic Hoang Lien Son mountain range.

Also, you'll be treated to a 360-degree panorama of the entire breathtaking landscape, from the golden rice fields to the quaint little towns, making Sapa seem like a secret paradise in the clouds.

On The Way To Reach The Peak Of Indochina

On The Way To Reach The Peak Of Indochina

  • Beautiful cable car and station to take photos

In addition to taking in the breathtaking scenery of Sapa, visitors who arrive at the Sun World Fansipan Legend cable car station also have the opportunity to view some exquisitely delicate artwork.

The North West area and Vietnamese culture, highlighted in the system, is an excellent spot for photos and captures the essence of Vietnamese culture.

Enjoy Poetic Scenery Of Sapa During The Journey

Enjoy Poetic Scenery Of Sapa During The Journey

  • The weather in Fansipan varies depending on the height - the higher you climb, the colder you feel
  • At the top, the temperature ranges from 5°C (41°F) - 25°C (77°F) in the summer and from 0°C (32°F) - 9°C (48°F) in the winter. The humidity is high, from 66% - 95%, with 2 distinctive seasons - wet and dry season
  • Remember to keep an eye on weather forecasts before traveling to prepare proper things for the trip


Fansipan Cable Car Ticket Price & Opening Hours

Opening hours

Services Monday - Friday
Trip toward Fansipan Last trip toward Sapa
Muong Hoa Funicular 07:45 – 15:45 18:00
Cable Car 08:00 – 16:00 17:30
Fansipan Funicular 08:30 – 16:30 17:00
Ticketing 07:30 - 15:30
Van Sam Restaurant 11:00 - 15:00


Services Saturday & Public Holidays
Trip toward Fansipan Last trip toward Sapa
Muong Hoa Funicular 07:15 – 16:15 18:30
Cable Car 07:30 – 16:30 18:00
Fansipan Funicular 08:00 – 17:00 17:30
Ticketing 07:00 - 16:00 
Van Sam Restaurant 11:00 - 15:00


Services Sunday
Trip toward Fansipan Last trip toward Sapa
Muong Hoa Funicular 07:15 – 15:45 18:00
Cable Car 07:30 – 16:00 17:30
Fansipan Funicular 08:00 – 16:30 17:00
Ticketing 07:00 - 15:30
Van Sam Restaurant 11:00 - 15:00

*) The schedule will be changed due to the weather conditions and will be notified as far in advance to customers as possible.

Get Your Ticket Before Taking The Cable Car


The SunWorld Group provides the quoted price in the table below. The payment process for cable car tickets is relatively fast and easy now, and you do not have to wait for long as before. The ticket is valid for one day, and you need to return it, so keep it carefully.

Services Adult (>1.4m) Children (1m-1.4m)
Round Trip Cable Car
  • Non-Lao Cai Citizens: 800,000 VND
  • Lao Cai Citizens: 600,000 VND
  • Non-Lao Cai Citizens: 550,000 VND
  • Lao Cai Citizens: 450,000 VND
  • Muong Hoa Funicular (Round Trip): 150,000 VND
  • Fansipan Funicular (Way-Up): 150,000 VND
  • Fansipan Funicular (Way-Down): 120,000 VND
  • Fansipan Funicular (Round Trip): 270.000 VND

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    • The ticket is only valid for the selected visit date. There will be no exchange or refund available.
    • Price for children below 1m in height will not be charged.
    • On Sunday Morning and Public Holiday Morning, adults above 1.4m (Non-Lao Cai Citizens) will have to pay an additional charge of 100,000 VND with Round Trip Cable Car
    • Scheduled maintenance: Please note that the Fansipan cable car and Funicular system will be closed temporarily from 11th - 15th Sep, 2023
    • Surcharge at the gate applies from 1st April 2023 to 20th May 2023:
  Adults Children

For 3 packages:

  • Cable Car Ticket
  • Combo Cable Car & Muong Hoa
  • Combo Cable Car + Muong Hoa + Afternoon Train to Fansipan Peak

156,000 VND

On Saturdays and public holidays (29th April- 2nd May)

110,000 VND

On Sundays

110,000 VND

On Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays

For package:

  • Combo Cable Car + Buffet at Van Sam Restaurant

110,000 VND

On Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays for all guests


How to book the ticket

A ticket to Fansipan Cable Car can be purchased directly at the cable car station. However, for better experiences, booking in advance via a travel agent is much more time-saving since you don't have to wait in a long line to enter the station, as well as keep the reservation.

Please refer to booking the Sapa Fansipan Legend Cable Car Ticket at BestPrice Travel for the fastest confirmation and reasonable price.

Fansipan Cable Car

If you want to explore more of Sapa, it is best to book a package tour so you can visit the local villages of North Vietnam, then get on the cable car to see Sapa and these villages from above!

Must-remembered Things Before Experiencing The Fansipan Cable Car

  • Health problem

Those with heart or lung conditions should not take the Fansipan cable car, as the route rises to more than 3,000 meters, with high humidity and oxygen-deficient air.

If you have any unusual symptoms, such as signs of difficulty breathing, you should contact the station staff for help.

  • Things to pack

To avoid getting hungry or dehydrated, everyone should bring food or other snacks since services on the mountain are typically more expensive than usual.

  • What to wear

It is recommended to dress neatly and be warm enough for climbing. You can dress in clothes quickly taken off when it is hot, and bring gloves, towels, and a woolen hat if you take the cable car in the morning or afternoon.

If you prefer climbing 600 steps to the peak of Fansipan instead of taking a train from Do Quyen Station, make sure you wear a good pair of walking shoes.

  • Best time to visit

The best time to experience the Fansipan cable car is from March - May and October - November, as the climate during these months is gentle and more comfortable, enabling adventure seekers to join various outdoor activities such as hiking.

Take A Picture At The Highest Point

Conquering Fansipan Peak is never as easy as it is now. Book a tour to reach the top of Indochina by contacting us, and you will not be disappointed!

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Questions & Answers (49)

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Hi, I am interesting in Hiking up Fansipan and then taking down the cable car. May I know if that is possible and how can I purchase the cable car tickets? Also I plan to go in July, isit a bad time of the year to go?


if you want to buy 1 way, it is better buy there when you arrive. July is nice weather to go.

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I will be there in Nov this year. what clothes should I wear cuz I guess it can be quite cold at the top


Hi! It depends. But usually, you should prepare light jacket or puffer jacket (all waterproof).

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We will be staying in Sapa town center. We are interested in going up to Fansipan peak but not explore SunWorld. What kind of tickets should we purchase (round trip)?


Hi! The cable car ticket price has already included Sun World and can't be separated (cable car belongs to Sun World). If you prefer adventure more, you can book a trekking tour and climb the Fansipan on your own (with local porter for safety, of course), but it will be much more expensive than buying cable car tickets.

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Hi, is there any place where we can keep our luggages?


No, we suggest you should leave your luggage at your hotel (your room or receptionist).

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Is there any discount for senior citizen?

@Kho Lee Kui:

No it all same rate, except local people in Sapa.

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