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 )

Price:  from USD 29 to USD45 per ticket per way (Except Victoria train)
*Hanoi - Lao Cai Route:
Station SP1 SP3 SP7
Hanoi 21:30 22:00 22:30
Lao Cai 05:35 06:20 06:20

*Lao Cai - Hanoi Route:
Station SP2 SP4 SP8
Lao Cai 20:35 21.10 19.40
Hanoi 04:45 05.22 04:20

Station/Train mark SE1 SE3 SE19 SE5
Hanoi 19:30 20:10 22:00 09:00
Ninh Binh 21:46 21:50 00:10 11:20
Dong Hoi 05:35 06:40 07:25 19:25
Dong Ha 07:35 08:30 09:15 21:20
Hue 08:50 09:50 10:30 22:45
Da Nang (Hoian) 11:30 12:20 13:00 01:30

For Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City Timetable please click here :

Price in USD per ticket per way ( It's flexible price follow season):

Station/Train mark SE1 SE19 SE3 SE5
Ninh Binh   12   12
Dong Hoi 37 35 39 35
Dong Ha 41 39 45 39
Hue 51 49 55 47
Da Nang (Hoian) 59 55 65 53

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