Train from Hanoi to Sapa: 9 Best Luxury Trains

Sapa, a small town on the plateau in northern Vietnam, is famous for its beautiful scenery of rice terraces and cultural diversity. Even though Sapa doesn't have a train station, the best way to get there is still by taking a train as Hanoi - Lao Cai (the nearest to Sapa train station) is one of the most popular train routes among tourists. If you are planning to take a train from Hanoi to Sapa, you can choose an ordinary train or one of these 9 best luxury trains.

Train from Hanoi to Sapa: 9 Best Luxury Trains

Train from Hanoi to Lao Cai

When taking a train to Sapa, you need to travel from Hanoi to Lao Cai Railway Station, which is located about 40 km from Sapa. After that, you need to travel from Lao Cai to Sapa by a local bus or taxi and the journey up the hill can take about 1 hour. Some of private train carriers offer shuttle bus service for this part of the trip.

As the route between Hanoi and Lao Cai is one of the most popular train routes in Vietnam, the train travel service on this route is offered not only by Vietnam Railways but also by private companies. Private companies have designed special carriages for tourists that are more luxurious and have higher standard than the ordinary train. Private cabins are provided for tourists where they can fully rest during the 7 to 9 hour journey from Hanoi to Sapa.

Luxury Train Sapa-Hanoi

Best Luxury Trains

The best luxurious trains between Hanoi and Sapa are as follows:

1. Victoria Express Train

Victoria Express Train is one of the most comfortable and luxurious trains on the route Hanoi-Sapa, providing a true luxury experience and privacy to tourists. This train can accommodate 40 passengers with the deluxe cabins, bar and restaurant.

Consider staying at Victoria Sapa Hotel in Sapa to be able to enjoy the full package of Victoria Express Train services.

Luxury Train Sapa-Hanoi

Cabins and facilities

Victoria Express Train has 2 types of cabins:

  • Victoria Superior cabin (4 berths)
  • Victoria Deluxe cabin (2 berths)

The cabins are beautifully designed with natural wood. Every cabin has air conditioning, personal reading lights, luggage storage, bathroom, oversized windows and other amenities.

Departure time

From Hanoi to Lao Cai (Train SP3): 22:00 - 06:00

From Lao Cai to Hanoi (Train SP4): 21:40 – 05:30

Train ticket price

Victoria Express Train ticket price starts at around 2,600,000 VND per person. Train tickets can be booked online here: Victoria Express Train.

2. ET-Pumpkin Express Train

ET-Pumpkin Express Train is a newly designed train with stunning cabins and attentive service. The train design was inspired by Halloween Festival and will impress everyone at the first glance.

Luxury Train Sapa-Hanoi

Cabins and facilities

The train has 7 cabins of 2 types:

  • Deluxe Cabin (4 berths)
  • Deluxe Cabin (2 berths)

The cabins have been designed to be comfortable and equipped with all the amenities. In each room, there is air-conditioning, reading light and luggage storage. The restroom is outside the cabin. The extra fruits, snacks, mineral water and napkins are served for free. This train is one of the best options for tourists traveling between Hanoi and Sapa as the price is really reasonable.

Departure time

From Hanoi to Lao Cai (Train SP1): 21:35 – 05:35

From Lao Cai to Hanoi (TrainSP2): 20:55 – 04:30

Train ticket price

ET-Pumpkin Express Train ticket price starts at around 670,000 VND per person. Tickets for this train can be booked online here: ET-Pumpkin Express Train

3. Fanxipan Express Train

Fanxipan Express Train is the famous company with modern and professional train services on the route Hanoi - Sapa.

Cabins and facilities

The train consists of 4 coaches with 14 cabins of 2 types:

  • Deluxe Cabin (4 berths)
  • VIP Cabin (2 berths) - set up from 4 berths cabin by folding 2 upper berths

The interior of the carriage is spacious if compared to other trains that run on the same route. Inside the cabin, there are various facilities that allow passengers to sleep comfortably such as comfortable bed, air conditioner, reading lights and clean bathroom. In addition, there is a small mini-bar counter serving fast food and beverages to passengers.

Departure time

From Hanoi to Lao Cai (Train SP1): 21:35 – 05:35

From Lao Cai to Hanoi (Train SP2): 20:55 – 04:30

Train ticket price

Fanxipan Express Train ticket price starts at around 880,000 VND per person. Train tickets can be booked online here: Fanxipan Express Train.

4. Sapaly Express Train

Sapaly Express Train is a train service company operating between Hanoi and Sapa. The highlights of this train are the service and cabins that matches 3-star standard as per Sapaly Hotel.

Luxury Train Sapa-Hanoi

Cabins and facilities

The train serves 2 special coaches on two trains, SP3 and SP4. There are 13 cabins in total of 2 types:

  • Deluxe Cabin (4 berths) - popular choice for families or people traveling as a large group of 4 people.
  • VIP Cabin (2 berths) - set up from 4-berth cabin by folding 2 upper berths and is suitable for couples or single people who want to enjoy privacy.

Each carriage has been specifically designed with only 6 cabinets instead of 7 cabins as usual. Therefore, each cabin has more space. The interior is beautifully decorated with natural wooden furniture, night lamps, reading lights, air conditioning, curtains. The mattresses, blankets and pillows are comfortable and clean.

Departure time

From Hanoi to Lao Cai (Train SP3): 22:00 – 06:00

From Lao Cai to Hanoi (Train SP4): 21:40 – 05:30

Train ticket price

Sapaly Express Train ticket price starts at around 860,000 VND per person. Train tickets can be booked online here: Sapaly Express Train Sapa.

5. King Express Sapa Train

King Express Sapa Train is one of the most popular trains connecting Hanoi and Lao Cai. With a slogan “Serving you as serving the King and the Queen on board” they do their best for the passengers to get the maximum satisfaction.

Luxury Train Sapa-Hanoi

Cabins and facilities

The train has a total of 26 cabins spread across multiple coaches and can accommodate nearly 100 passengers. There are 3 types of cabins:

  • Deluxe Cabins (4 berths)
  • VIP Cabins (2 berths)
  • VIP Plus Cabin (2 berths)

The cabins are inspired by the Oriental King of Vietnam, beautifully designed and decorated in a unique style with the aroma of lemongrass essential oil. The VIP cabin is placed in the middle of the coach in order to give passengers deep sleep. Every cabin has air conditioning, private reading light and large luggage storage. In addition, the staff serve free drinks such as tea, coffee, Coca-Cola to all cabins.

Departure time

From Hanoi to Lao Cai (Train SP3): 22:00 – 06:00

From Lao Cai to Hanoi (Train SP4): 21:40 – 05:30

Train ticket price

King Express Sapa Train ticket price starts at around 690,000 VND per person. Train tickets can be booked online here: King Express Sapa Train.

6. Chapa Express Train

Chapa Express Train is considered to be one of the best trains going from Hanoi to Sapa and vice versa. The train was recently renovated and decorated with the inspiration of the landscape and people of Sapa.

Cabins and facilities

The train has two carriages with 3 types of cabins:

  • Deluxe Cabin (4 berths)
  • VIP Cabin (2 beds)
  • Suite Cabin (2 berths)

The cabins are decorated with modern and luxurious furniture and have air conditioning, clean bathroom, cold and hot towels, reading lights and charger. The train provides other amenities such as earplugs, slippers, paper cups, mineral water, tooth kits, combs, and tissues for everyone. The deluxe 4-berth cabin can be set up into a 2-berth cabin according to customer needs. The VIP cabins are placed in the middle of the carriages to make sure a better comfort of VIP passengers. In addition, the passengers of this train can take a shower at Chapa Lounge inside Lao Cai train station for free.

Departure time

From Hanoi to Lao Cai (Train SP3): 22:00 – 06:00

From Lao Cai to Hanoi (Train SP4): 21:40 – 05:30

Train ticket price

Chapa Express Train ticket price starts at around 940,000 VND per person. Train tickets can be booked online here: Chapa Express Train.

7. New Livitrans Express Train

New Livitrans Express Train is one of the popular trains for traveling to Sapa from Hanoi.

Luxury Train Sapa-Hanoi

Cabins and facilities

The train consists of 9 cabins that come in 2 types:

  • Deluxe Cabins (4 berths)
  • VIP Cabins (2 berths)

The interior is modernly designed with luxurious decoration. The space between the berths in each cabin is very spacious if compared to other trains, allowing passengers to have more space. All rooms have air conditioning, power sockets, personal reading lights, luggage storage and large windows. In addition, the train company also offers slippers, fruits, snacks, mineral water, refreshing wipes and large luggage storage for free.

Departure time

From Hanoi to Lao Cai (Train SP1): 21:35 – 05:35

From Lao Cai to Hanoi (Train SP2): 20:55 – 04:30

Train ticket price

New Livitrans Express Train ticket prices starts at around 800,000 VND per person. Train tickets can be booked online here: New Livitrans Express Train.

8. Orient Express Train Sapa

Orient Express Train Sapa is one of the well-known companies that provide tourist trains from Hanoi to Sapa. Train is designed with modern and elegant style.

Luxury Train Sapa-Hanoi

Cabins and facilities

The train has 2 types of cabins:

  • Deluxe Cabins (4 berths)
  • VIP Cabins (2 berths)

Every cabin is equipped with the same modern amenities as the standard hotel room. The cabins are designed for those who want privacy with a distinctive interior. Each cabin has air-conditioner, cozy light system, clean toilets, reading lights and luggage storage space. In addition, there is a large bathroom which is larger than on the other trains that run on the same route.

Departure time

From Hanoi to Lao Cai (Train SP1): 21:35 – 05:35

From Lao Cai to Hanoi (Train SP2): 20:55 – 04:30

Train ticket price

Orient Express Train ticket price starts at around 720,000 VND per person. Train tickets can be booked online here: Orient Express Train Sapa.

9. Dream Express Train

Dream Express Train is a newly renovated train that is ready to serve tourists traveling from Hanoi to Sapa. This train is not as luxury as other trains on the same route as it has only 1 carriage which goes with local trains between Hanoi and Lao Cai. However, the price of this train is lower than prices of other top-class train coaches that run on the same route.

Cabins and facilities

The train has 2 types of cabins:

  • Deluxe Cabins (4 beds)
  • VIP Cabins (2 Bed)

Each cabin is beautiful designed to offer comfortable soft berths. There is air conditioning and other facilities such as luggage storage. Free mineral water, snacks, fruits, paper cusp and wet towels are given to everyone.

The bathrooms on this train have tiled flooring and are decorated with wooden walls.

Departure time

From Hanoi to Lao Cai (Train SP3): 22:00 – 06:00

From Lao Cai to Hanoi (Train SP4): 21:40 – 05:30

Train ticket price

Dream Express Train ticket price starts at 700,000 VND per person. Train tickets can be booked here: Dream Express Train.

Other Transportation

If taking a train from Hanoi to Sapa doesn’t look attractive, you can choose another mean of transportation for getting there. Detailed information about various ways of traveling between Hanoi and Sapa can be found here: How to travel from Hanoi to Sapa by Train, Bus, Car.