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|TRAINS FROM HANOI TO LAO CAI (FOR SAPA)|
|TRAINS FROM LAO CAI (SAPA) TO HANOI|
The Hanoi – Lao Cai tourist trains run every night and arrive very early in the morning or vice versa (normal departure time from 20h15 – 21h55 from Hanoi and arrive in Lao Cai (Sapa) about 5h00 onward)
Departure from Hanoi railway station at 120 Le Duan Street and Tran Quy Cap station, just behind 120 Le Duan streets.
The trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai (PM: SP1, SP3, SP7, LC1; AM: LC3) and from Lao Cai to Hanoi (PM: LC4, LC2, SP8, SP2, SP4) daily. The day time train sets offer only hard seats, whereas travelers enjoy soft-sleepers, air-conditioned, four-berth cabins or VIP cabin just for a couple on the night trains.
Sapa Tourist Trains including timetable and cost as listed below:
Victoria Express train is the best in terms of comfort and service from Hanoi to Lao Cai, Victoria Hotel’s “Orient Express” train offers one restaurant and two luxury sleeping carriages, all with air-conditioning. This is part of the normal run (LC5 and LC6) between Hanoi and Lao Cai.
Tulico train offers comfortable, air-conditioned soft sleepers. While this is not a luxurious train, it offers good alternative transportation to Sapa from Hanoi. It has soft sleepers, A/C and four-berth cabins. You are provided with one bottle of water, a small snack and a napkin.
In the LC5 and LC6, there are Victoria Cabins, Tulico Cabins, Friendly Cabins, and Ratraco Cabins. All of these are alternatives for travellers to Sapa from Hanoi. Ratraco train is one of the best trains to Sapa with wooden cabins.
Friendly train, like the Tulico train, is not a separate train, but offers soft sleepers, A/C and clean four-berth cabins in 2 carriages which go with local trains (LC5 and LC6) between Hanoi and Lao Cai. You are provided with one bottle of water, a small snack and a napkin.
To serve tourist requirements, the Livitrans train is also part of a regular train with 2 carriages in SP1 and SP2 which offers A/ C, soft-sleepers and clean four-berth cabins.
The TSC Express train is wooden carriage, soft sleeper A.C cabin with soft 4 berths and two toilet at either ends. Each berth is equipped with individual reading lights, baggage storage and spacious trunk for suite case and hand luggage. The train provide also water and cold tower.
The brand new Fansipan Express train has just been introduced to operate routing Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi with 4 fully decorated carriages with high standard soft sleepers with airconditioning wooden cabins. Each berth is equipped with reading lights, baggage storage, flower, mineral water and napkin.
King Express Train:
New generation of tourist carriage runs Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi, sister carriage with Fansipan Express. King Express train features VIP (2 berth), Deluxe (4 berths) as well as the Superior cabin.
Former Victoria train
The old Victoria Express Carriages have now returned to Ratraco group to feature wooden panelled cabins connect with SP1 and SP2 (Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi).
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