Taking a Hanoi Lao Cai train is a great way to reach Sapa, one of Vietnam’s most popular travel destination. There is no train running to Sapa. You should take the trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai. From there you can either rent a car or take a public bus to reach Sapa.
There are both day trains and overnight trains from Hanoi. The day trains mostly serve soft seats and hard seats while the overnight trains provide soft berth. Most of Hanoi Lao Cai local trains have 4 soft berth per cabin (night train). There are also 2-berth cabins at higher rates.
The following trains are some overnight train serving the route Hanoi – Lao Cai.
Ratraco train is one of the good trains to Sapa with wooden cabins. With a special design including soft four berths and two toilets at either ends features four soft berths in each cabin with individual reading lights. The Ratraco train is also designed with baggage store and spacious trunk for suit case and hand luggage. The train provides also water and cold towel.
The TSC Express Train is wooden carriage, soft-sleeper AC cabin with 4 berths and two toilet at either ends. Each berth is equipped with individual reading lights, baggage storage and spacious trunk for suite case and hand luggage. The train provide also water and cold tower.
Tulico train offers comfortable, air-conditioned soft sleepers. It has good and clean cabin, especially the deluxe 2-berth cabin (for 2 persons only) between Hanoi and Lao Cai. The cabin is also secure with a solid lock. While this is not a luxurious train, it offers good alternative transportation to get to Sapa from Hanoi. It has soft sleepers, A/C and clean four-berth cabins. You will be provided with one bottle of water, a small snack and a napkin, which make the journey more pleasant.
Livitrans is a newly built train connecting Hanoi and Lao Cai. It is considered one of the most luxurious trains in Vietnam with its equipment equivalent to a high-class hotel.
The train is a joint venture between Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industry Corporation and Vietnam Railway Corporation which officially started its operation on 1st September 2007.
Livitrans Express Train, which comprises of 9 wooden cabins and one electricity generation compartment, is expected to expand to 15 carriages to be able to accommodate 420 passengers in the near future. it is equipped with a bar, LCD television sets and toilets of aviation standards. Passengers will be also offered drinks, confectionery and newspapers for free.
King Express Train
King Express carriages can accommodate 26 berths with superior and deluxe cabins. The enchanting luxury, the comfort facilities of the wood-paneling cabins will make your stay in these carriages memorable. Passengers are to hold the best opportunity to relax or simply let the beauty gliding over your spacious windows. Luxury, inspiration and refreshment are main character of these carriages. All berths are wooden-paneled, air-conditioned with individual reading lights, baggage storage. Passengers are served with a very tasteful drink in the morning upon the arrival to Lao Cai or Hanoi.
Superior cabins offer a cozy atmosphere with 4 berths in one compartment, relaxing to read or enjoy an intimate conversation.
Deluxe cabins create an intimate space for couples with 2 berths only. These cabins are lovingly designed to for those who desire to have the privacy with remarkable interior decor. They are the epitome of a small observation car.
Fansipan Express Train
Fansipan Express Train with air-conditioning wooden 2 berths and 4 berths cabins. Each berth is equipped with reading lights, baggage storage, flower, mineral water and napkin. Each passenger will be service food and drink such as fruit juices, tea and snack.
Fanxipan Express has a a mini bar on the corner of each carriage offering Vietnamese and western delights, snack and drinks. If need, please press the ring in the cabin.
Victoria Express Train
With its elegant carriages, the Victoria Express Train recalls a more romantic era. Passing through the exotic landscapes of North Vietnam, between the charming cities of Hanoi and Lao Cai (train station at a distance of 34 km (21 miles) from Sapa), it offers every visitor a wonderful traveling experience.
Watch the beautiful scenery in front of you, from the luxury of your seat, or take a nap in the comfort of our cozy sleeping carriage. If you prefer, you can indulge yourself in our dining carriage, “Le Tonkin”, where you can savor the delights of traditional Vietnamese and Western cuisine.
The train departs six times a week, linking Hanoi to Lao Cai. The Victoria Express Train is a 10-hour trip from Hanoi to Lao Cai, accommodating 48 passengers with comfortable seating, a dining carriage and two luxurious sleeping carriages.
Each sleeping carriage has 6 superior cabins (4 berths) and 1 deluxe cabins (2 berths), all are air-conditioned, wood paneled, with individual reading lights, baggage storage, toilets and oversized windows.
The Victoria Express Train is exclusively reserved for Victoria Sapa Resort’s in-house guests only. To make a reservation for the Victoria Express Train, you need to book Victoria Sapa Resort’s rooms too.