Getting Sapa & Away
BUS, MINIBUS & MOTORBIKE
Sapa, proximity to the border region makes it a possible first or last stop for travelers crossing between Vietnam and China.
The gateway to Sapa is Lao Cai, 38km a on the Chinese border. Buses to points west such as Lai Chau and Dien Bien Phu pass through a few times a day from Lao Cai, the main transport hub. Sapa’s bus station (for minibuses in this case) is in the north of town.
Minibuses make the trip from Lao Cai regularly between 5am and 5pm (25,000d, 1.5 hours). In Sapa, minibuses wait in front the church but do not run to any particular schedule. However, in Lao Cai minibuses wait the train that arrives from Hanoi. If you arriving from China, you can pick one up Lao Cai bus station.