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 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 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 an interesting destination.

3 ways to get from SaPa to Ha Giang

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Van6 hours380,000 VND ($15)Check van tickets
Bus5.5 hours406,000 VND ($16)Check bus tickets
Private Transfer6 hours3,500,000 VND ($140)Book a private transfer

There are 3 ways to travel the 235 km from SaPa to Ha Giang: a 6-hour minivan, a 5.5-hour bus, and a 6-hour private transfer. Fares range from 380,000 VND ($15) to 3,500,000 VND ($140).

With reclining seats and good legroom, the minivan is a comfortable way to get from SaPa to Ha Giang. What we like about this option is that you can travel during the day — so you can appreciate the landscape and also arrive in Ha Giang before nightfall.

All buses operate at night, which means you will arrive in Ha Giang past midnight. For safety reasons, we think it’s better to take a minivan for this route.

For a door-to-door journey where you can decide your own schedule, you can also take a private transfer. Prices start from 3,500,000 VND ($140) for a 3-seater car.

Itinerary from SaPa to Ha Giang

Sapa to Ha Giang by Van

Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: 380,000 VND ($15)
Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: 380,000 VND ($15)

Quang Giang and SaPa Grouptour operate minivan trips from SaPa to Ha Giang daily. These are luxury minivans with reclining seats, unlike the bunk beds offered on sleeper buses.

The advertised travel time is 5.5-6 hours, although a few passengers have complained that the journey actually takes 7-8 hours because the minivans make a lot of stops.

Still, we recommend taking a minivan over the bus for this route. With a minivan, you can travel during the day, enjoy the scenic landscape along the way, and arrive in Ha Giang in the afternoon. With a bus, you will arrive in Ha Giang in the middle of the night.

Minivan ticket prices from SaPa to Ha Giang start from 380,000 VND ($15).

Departure & arrival station

Quang Giang departs from its office in SaPa town centre. The minivan drops you off at your hotel’s doorstep as long as it’s within Ha Giang town centre.

SaPa Grouptour departs from its headquarters in Sapa town centre and arrives at Ha Giang Hostel in the town centre.

Minivan schedule from SaPa to Ha Giang

Minivan OperatorScheduleCosts
Quang Giang
+ free drop-off
08:00-14:00400,000 VND ($16)
Check Bus Tickets
SaPa Grouptour06:30-12:00
07:00-12:00
07:20-12:20
380,000 VND ($15)
Check Bus Tickets

Sapa to Ha Giang by Bus

Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: 406,000 VND ($16)
Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: 406,000 VND ($16)

SaPa Grouptour offers 3 daily trips from SaPa to Ha Giang. All of these buses depart in the evening and arrive past midnight — not exactly the best time to arrive if it’s your first time in Ha Giang.

You will take a sleeper bus with basic bunk beds. SaPa Grouptour is known for its comfortable buses, although its drivers sometimes drive too fast.

Ticket fares start from 406,000 VND ($16). Travel time is around 5.5 hours, but like the minivan, there have been complaints of buses arriving late.

Departure and arrival station

SaPa Grouptour departs from its SaPa office, just 3 blocks north of Sapa Lake. The bus arrives at Ha Giang Hostel in the town centre.

Bus schedules from SaPa to Ha Giang

Bus OperatorScheduleCosts
SaPa Grouptour19:00-00:30
19:15-00:15
20:00-01:30
406,000 VND ($16)
Check Bus Tickets

SaPa to Ha Giang by Private Transfer

Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 3,500,000 VND ($140)
Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 3,500,000 VND ($140)

Private transfers are also available for the 6-hour journey from SaPa to Ha Giang. Fares start from 3,500,000 VND ($140) for a 3-seater car.

You can save on costs if you’re travelling in a bigger group. A 10-seater minivan costs 3,790,000 VND ($150). That’s 379,000 VND ($15) per person for a group of 10.

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FAQ How to get there

Frequently asked questions

Sapa to Ha Giang?

  • There are daytime vans 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, van, or private transfer.

How long does it take to travel from Sapa to Ha Giang?

  • The journey will take 6-7 hours and is about 250 kilometres by road.

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