How to get from SaPa to Ha Giang
Ha Giang is the rising star of the Northern region of Vietnam. Many travelers choose to visit to Ha Giang because it’s not as busy as Sapa, but still offers magnificent landscapes. The landscapes are filled with granite mountains, winding roads and lush forests.
The highlight of this town is Dong Van Karst Global Geopark, a plateau that is mostly covered in limestone. To enter, you will have to go through Quan Ba Pass or Heaven’s Gate. The view from its highest point is worthy of paradise.
The Ha Giang province borders China and boasts 17 different ethnic minorities. Their unique traditional ways make Ha Giang a very interesting destination.
There is no railway in Ha Giang province so your best option is to travel by bus or van from Sapa to Ha Giang. Below we share which bus companies you can choose from, for this 6-7 hour journey.
Your options at a glance
|Bus||6-7 hours||205.000 VND (€10)||Check bus tickets|
|Van||6 hours||255.000 VND (€16)||Check van tickets|
Are you a fast decision maker? Simply use the links above to book your tickets!
If you haven’t found your best transport option yet, no problem. This was just the intro. Below we share our step-by-step guide of how to get from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh.
Bus from Sapa to Ha Giang
Duration: 6 hours
Costs: 256.000 VND (€10)
Ha Giang, with all its grandeur, remains to be one of Vietnam’s least-visited tourist destination. Currently, there are two companies offering affordable and convenient sleeper and semi-sleeper buses.
If these don’t fit your schedule or if you’re in Vietnam during a busy holiday, you can inform for a local bus with the help of tour companies. However, the journey by local bus will take longer and requires a change of buses in Lao Cai.
Seats on the buses below are guaranteed as long as you book online a few days prior to your trip. See the schedules below:
|Quang Giang (Semi-Sleeper)||10:00-16:00 |
|205.000 VND (€8)
205.000 VND (€8)
Quang Tuyen (Sleeper)
256.000 VND (€10)
Take note that Quang Giang and Tien Phuong offers free hotel pick up while Quang Tuyen and Cuong Thinh depart at 573 Dien Bien Phu.
Vietnam’s northern territory boasts of amazing views though, taking a 6-hour journey from Sa Pa to Ha Giang is an experience in itself. If you take the day bus, you will be rewarded with heavenly views.
Taking an overnight bus is a great option if you want to save on accommodation. Conversely, if you are interested in seeing the pretty landscapes throughout the journey, we suggest booking a daytime bus. If you’re hoping to save a few bucks on accommodation, we recommend Quang Giang’s night bus. They allow passengers to sleep in until 6AM.
Each bus company has different departure and arrival points. Be guided accordingly:
- Departs from 573 Duong Dien Bien Phu, east of the city center
- Arrives at Hai Ba Trung Street, west of the city center
- Departs from Sa Pa Bus Station in the city center
- Arrives at Ha Giang Bus Station in the city center
There is also the option to book a local bus that comes to pick you up for a total price of 460.000 VND (€18) pp. However, this bus won’t be as comfortable and might make several stops on the way to pick-up passengers. For that reason, we recommend to book with either Quang Giang or Quang Tuyen.
Van from Sapa to Ha Giang
Duration: 6 hours
Costs: 256.000 VND (€10)
If you’re not used to long bus rides, taking a minivan could be a more comfortable option. Quang Giang operates one minivan trip daily.
See here some important information about the minivan:
- Note that allowed luggage is limited to 10kg, as opposed to the 20kg allowed in the bus. It has the same departure and arrival point as the bus and is a little bit more pricey.
- The van leaves Sa Pa at 08:00 and arrives in Ha Giang at 14:00. The trip takes 6 hours.
- The minivan departs from the east of the city center in Sa Pa and arrives in the west of the city center in Ha Giang.
Frequently asked questions
How to get from Sapa to Ha Giang?
- There are daytime and overnight buses that directly operate from Sapa to Ha Giang.
Does Ha Giang have its own train station?
- There is no railway in Ha Giang province so your only option is to travel by bus or van.
How long does it take to travel from Sapa to Ha Giang?
- The journey will take 6-7 hours and is about 250 kilometers by road.
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