How to travel from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Lao Cai Province is the Northwest of Vietnam. The provincial capital city is Lao Cai City, 320km from Hanoi via the expressway Noi Bai – Lao Cai.

 By private car: the road trip by private car is the most convenient way to travel from Hanoi to Lao Cai. The highway from Noi Bai Airport makes the road trip from Hanoi to Lao Cai to only 4 hours compared to over 9 hours previously.

By local bus: There are several local buses from Hanoi to Lao Cai from the Opera House or near the Old Quarter of Hanoi. The trip by bus takes 5 hours.

By overnight train: You can take a day train or an overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai which takes 9 hours. There are air-con soft sleeper carriages on the night trains.

By motorbike: You can travel via Route 70 from Hanoi through Phu Tho, Yen Bai to Lao Cai. The road is in dilapidation and dangerous with several blind curves.

By bicycle: It’d be a long way from Hanoi to Lao Cai by bike. You may want to break the journey at Phu Tho and Yen Bai before reaching Lao Cai. The road is quite flat but mind the several blind curves.