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 station in Ha Giang so when traveling the 235km distance from Sapa to Ha Giang, you only have 2 options: you can either take a bus ($12) or a van ($11). Travel time takes 6-7 hours.
Below we share which bus companies you can choose from for this journey.
|Bus||6-7 hours||280,000 VND ($12)||Check bus tickets|
|Van||6 hours||255,000 VND ($11)||Check van tickets|
View itinerary from SaPa to Ha Giang
Sapa to Ha Giang by Bus
Duration: 6-7 hours
Costs: 280,000 VND ($12)
Ha Giang, with all its grandeur, remains to be one of Vietnam’s least-visited tourist destinations. 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 take 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 |
|280,000 VND ($12)
280,000 VND ($12)
|Quang Tuyen (Sleeper)||20:10-03:10||7h||250,000 VND ($11.50)|
When booking with Quang Tuyen, you can book online via Baolau.
Vietnam’s northern territory boasts of amazing views and taking a 6-hour journey from Sa Pa to Ha Giang is an experience in itself. If you are interested in seeing the pretty landscapes throughout the journey, we suggest booking a daytime bus.
Taking an overnight bus is a great option if you want to save 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 ($20). 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.
Sapa to Ha Giang by Van
Duration: 6 hours
Costs: 255,000 VND ($11)
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 and this is a dollar cheaper than the bus.
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.
- 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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