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Hanoi Airport to Sapa: Complete Guide to Transfer

January 20, 2024 - 2929 views

You are in Hanoi and want to travel to Sapa, or simply visit friends and relatives, but you do not know how to get to Sapa? Below is some advice for you to get to Sapa from Hanoi Airport (Noi Bai Airport).

Hanoi Airport To Sapa Complete Guide To Transfer

Sapa, Lao Cai is an ideal destination in the North for those who love mountain, forest nature and want to experience the exotic wildness of the Northwest. Choosing the most suitable means of transport is an important step for your trip's best experience. So if you are in Hanoi Airport (Noi Bai Airport), how to get to Sapa conveniently and suitably?


Distance from Hanoi Airport to Sapa

Distance from Hanoi Airport to Sapa

Sapa is about 285 kilometers from Noi Bai Airport. It takes about 4.2 hours to go from Noi Bai Airport to Sapa. Noi Bai - Lao Cai is one of the key routes in the North of Vietnam, so there are a lot of options for tourists in choosing means of transport. However, tourists need to be careful in considering prices, types of vehicles, and departure time.

Noi Bai Airport To Sapa Travel Map


How to travel from Hanoi airport to Sapa

Hanoi Airport to Sapa by bus

A lot of tourists choose to go by bus because of its convenience and suitable prices. You can take a bus at Noi Bai intersection where there are Noi Bai – Lao Cai sleeper buses running continuously day and night.

You can consider picking up a suitable bus depending on your travel demand. Most sleeper buses in Hanoi Airport go from 20 to 25 trips per day, departing from 06:00 to 23:00. The average price of traveling by bus is from US $16 per ticket.

Noi Bai airport to Sapa bus

Local bus from Noi Bai airport to Sapa

Here are several brands you can choose for Noi Bai Airport - Sapa transfers:


Departure time: 08:00, 15:00, 23:00, 23:45

Price: From US $16 /person

Contact: (+84) 936318736


Departure time: 22:00

Price: From US $16 /person

Contact: 0926112611


Hanoi Airport to Sapa by Limousine

Apart from taking a bus from Noi Bai to Sapa, tourists can also consider going by a 9-seat or 11-seat limousine. The average price of a limousine to Sapa is from US $18. You should ask for the departure time to choose the suitable one for your plan.

Limousine Noi Bai to Sapa bus

Limousine bus from Noi Bai Airport to Sapa


Departure time: 06:30, 07:30, 08:00, 15:30, 17:30, 20:30, 22:30,... depending on each bus type

Price: From US $90 - 200 /transfer for 4 - 9 people

Contact: 02471002020


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Noi Bai Airport - Sapa CTA


Self-drive Car Rental

The distance from Noi Bai Airport to Lao Cai is quite long, so it is not easy to self-driving. However, when the Hanoi – Lao Cai expressway is open, travel becomes more convenient. Therefore, some people choose to rent a car to drive from Noi Bai to Sapa. This helps you to be more active in traveling. When coming to Sapa, you also have a vehicle to go between the destinations.

However, the price of renting a new car with the ability to run well in a long distance during a long journey is not quite cheap (from US $200 depending on the type of car). Moreover, you may have to deposit money or ask a sponsor to rent a car. Driving constantly on the road is also quite stressful, making it difficult for the driver to enjoy the trip.


Actually, bus and sleeper buses are the most optimal means of transport to get to Sapa from Hanoi Airport. However, there are so many car and bus companies today, which makes it difficult to choose the most suitable one. So, you should search for information about different types of vehicles before going to Sapa to have the best experience for your trip.

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Hi I'm arriving at the Noi Bai Airport in the afternoon of the 1st of July. I would like to go to Sa Pa from the airport. Solo Traveler comfy bus preferred. Perhaps a sleeper cabin?

@Jacinta Ashby:

The sleeper bus leave a bit late about 10:30 PM, is it suitable for your flight?

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My friend and me (total 2 people) will arrive at Noi Bai International Airport Terminal 2 around 10:35am on April 30th, 2024, I wonder which time schedule is best for me to book a sleeper bus to Sapa? Please give me departure and arrival time. Where is the meeting point for taking the bus? If we reach at meeting point early, can we leave earlier? What is the cost per person? Sorry many questions, hope to clarify some concerns, thank you.

@Louis Wu:

We have bus schedule leave at 14:30, you can wait until this time and cost 25 USD/person.

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Is there a bus that will leave at 9:30-10:30am?

@Marielle Diaz-Gaviola:

Yes, please CHECK HERE for more information about bus schedule & price.

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Hi, I will land at the Hanoi airport at 5.30pm on 19th November, Saturday. Are there any available buses or limousine buses to Sapa? Thank you!


We have option overnight bus leaving at 10:00 PM, can you wait?

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hello, We are 5 passengers and landing at Noi bai airport in Hanoi on November 10th. - Do you have a bus or limo leaving for Sapa around 1pm ? - what is the price ? can we pay for our seats on the bus or do we need to book in advance? luggages are included ? - where do we find the bus or limo ? - where does it drop us off in Sapa? Thank you for your answer

@ANSELME Corinne:

For the bus from Hanoi airport, we have available trip at 3PM, luxury bus. If you rent private trip it cost 170 USD.

If you book the seat: 25 USD/ VIP seats + 23 USD/ normal seat + surcharge pick up at airport 10 USD for whole group.

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