Train Timetable

Train Timetable

If you want to head for the hills at Sapa, the best way to get there is to take the train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. Sapa has no railway station, but it's about 38 km (24 miles) from Lao Cai railway station and easily reached from there by bus, jeep or taxi in about 50 minutes.  There are both daytime and overnight sleeper trains between Hanoi & Lao Cai, and on the sleeper trains you can choose between the normal Vietnamese railways sleepers or a whole series of privately-run sleeping-cars of a higher standard aimed at tourists.
SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4:  All run daily, recommended trains with very few stops.  Air-conditioned soft sleepers, air-con hard sleepers, hard sleepers, air-con soft seats, soft seats, hard seats,
SP1/SP2: also convey a whole series of privately-run sleeping-cars for tourists, including Fansipan Express Train  ( recommended ), Ratraco Express Train, TSC Express Train,  Friendly Express Train, Tulico Express Train, Hara Express Train, Royal Express Train, Pumkin Express Train, Orient Expess Train
SP3/SP4: also conveys several private sleeping-cars including the  Orient Express Train, Green Express Train, Hara Express Train,Sapaly Express Train (recommended ), Victoria Express Train ( recommended )
SP7, SP8:  Daily.  Recommended train.  Also conveys privately-run 'Livitrans' sleeping-cars for tourists, King Express Train,Livitrans Express Train ( recommended )
LC3, LC4:  Daily.  One carriage of air-conditioned soft seats, many carriages of wooden-seated non-air-con hard seats.  Tea, coffee & snacks are available on board.  would be appreciated if you use this train,

LC1, LC2:  Daily.  Air-conditioned soft sleepers, air-conditioned hard sleepers, hard sleepers, soft seats, hard seats.

Price from USD37 to USD 45 per ticket per way (Except Victoria train)

Hanoi - Lao Cai Route
Station SP7 SP1 SP3 LC1 LC3
Hanoi 20:25 21:10 21:50 22:00 06:10
Lao Cai 04:55 05:30 06:25 07:35 15:55

Lao Cai - Hanoi Route
Station SP8 SP2 SP4 LC2 LC4
Lao Cai 18:50 19:35 20:20 18:00 09:00
Hanoi 03:52 04:10 04:10 03:30 20:15

Station/Train mark SE1 SE19 SE3 SE5
Hanoi 19:00 19:35 23:00 09:00
Ninh Binh 21:10 21:40   11:15
Dong Hoi 04:55 05:50 07:40 19:15
Dong Ha 06:30 07:50 09:25 21:05
Hue 07:50 09:10 10:35 22:20
Da Nang (Hoian) 10:30 12:10 13:00 01:20
For Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City Timetable please click here 

Price in USD per ticket per way
Station/Train mark SE1 SE19 SE3 SE5
Ninh Binh   16   16
Dong Hoi 48 48 50 47
Dong Ha 52 52 54 51
Hue 54 54 58 53
Da Nang (Hoian) 58 58 63 57
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