Sapa to Ha Giang

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How to get from SaPa to Ha Giang?

Ha Giang is the rising star of the Northern region of Vietnam. Many travellers 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.

2 ways to get from SaPa to Ha Giang

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus7 hours350,000 VND ($15)Check bus tickets
Van6 hours370,000 VND ($15.50)Check van tickets

There is no railway station in Ha Giang so when travelling the 235km distance from Sapa to Ha Giang, you only have 2 options: you can either take a bus ($15) or a van ($16). Travel time takes 6-8 hours.

Below we share which bus companies you can choose from for this journey.

Itinerary from SaPa to Ha Giang

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Sapa to Ha Giang by Bus

Duration: 7-8 hours
Cost: 350,000 VND

Currently, there are two companies offering affordable and convenient sleeper buses from Sapa to Ha Giang.

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:

Bus Schedule from SaPa to Ha Giang

Bus OperatorScheduleCosts
Quang Tuyen20:10-03:10350,000 VND ($15)
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The Long Travel09:30-17:30400,000 VND ($17)
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Vietnam’s northern territory boasts of amazing views and taking a 7-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.

If you take the night bus of Quang Tuyen, note that you will arrive in the middle of the night in Ha Giang.

Each bus company has different departure and arrival points. Be guided accordingly:

Quang Tuyen

  • Departs from Sa Pa Bus Station in the city center
  • Arrives at Ha Giang Bus Station in the city center

The Long Travel

  • Departs from 393 Duong Dien Bien Phu, east of city center
  • Arrives at Moc May Hostel 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 ($19.50). 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 Tuyen or The Long Travel.

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Sapa to Ha Giang by Van

Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 370,000 VND

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. A seat only costs a dollar more than taking the bus and that already includes free pick-up from your hotel in Sapa.

See here some important information about the minivan:

  • The van leaves Sa Pa at 08:30 and arrives in Ha Giang at 14:30. The trip takes 6 hours.
  • The minivan departs from the east of the city center in Sa Pa and arrives in the city center in Ha Giang.

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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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