Want to know how to get from Sa Pa to Ha Giang? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the three ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Ha Giang
The journey from Hanoi to Ha Giang is as beautiful as the destination, and Ha Giang is home to some of the most amazing landscapes in Vietnam. There are not too many travellers going to this side of northern Vietnam but it’s gradually becoming more well-known.
Ha Giang offers a beautiful green scenery close to the Chinese border. The town is characterized by winding roads, limestone mountains, and lush hills. If you want to reach Heaven’s Gate, Ha Giang is the place to be.
3 ways to get from Sa Pa to Ha Giang
There are three ways to travel the distance of 235 km (146 miles) from Sa Pa to Ha Giang: by bus (5h - 5h 30m), van (5h-6h) and private transfer (6 hours). The journey takes between 5h - 6h and the quickest way is by bus. The lowest priced tickets start from 380,000 VND ($15.40) for the van.
SaPa Grouptour and Quang Giang operate minivan trips from Sa Pa to Ha Giang daily. These are luxury minivans with reclining seats, unlike the bunk beds offered on sleeper buses.
The advertised travel time is 5h-6h, 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 Sa Pa to Ha Giang start from 380,000 VND ($15.40).
Departure and 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.
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