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1. Posted by irisjo (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

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Does anyone know if the train to Sapa/Hanoi is usually on time?
Also, what is the train station for this train? Thanks!

2. Posted by louloul (Full Member 75 posts) 8y

was on time for us. an overnight train but cant remember the nme of the station. Easy to find out and book once in Hanoi.

Louise

3. Posted by Mark3287 (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

Hi yes the trains do seem to run on time they did for us. The train station is at 120 Le Duan Street, we travelled on the Victoria "Orient Express" train which is alot more expensive but the cabins are so much nicer PS i am sure you already know but the train does not go to SAPA it stops at LAO CAI

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 28, 2007, at 3:46 PM by Mark3287 ]

4. Posted by Moony Moon (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

I was there in March this year on a charity trek with 40 people.

The station was a tad crazy (as they always are :)) but the train went pretty much on time.

I would say get there early as it seemed to take an age find the carriages that we were meant to be on and that was with good guides.

But other than that it was a great experience!

5. Posted by miguel_es (Full Member 114 posts) 8y

The train arrives at LaoCai railway station at around 6.45.
Usually most of the people book packs all included (train +transfer lao-cai/sapa+hotel+trek). I recomend that if you book your hotel before to arrive Sapa, spend and at least one night homestay at the national park.

I book my tour in Sinh Office (Hanoi) about 80$ (3days-4 nights). I miss stay two or three days more travelling around Sapa.

Sinh Office Tour Service Office
43 Hang Be St, Hanoi
Tel 84.4 2 120 555
Fax 84.4 8 287 373

[ Edit: Sorry no website promotion ]

6. Posted by fyadali (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Train leaves on time generally. I recommend you to book tickets at Tulico, Ratraco and Victoria. Ha Noi train station is Le Duan, Train stattion for Sapa is Lao Cai, driving distance from Laocai to Sapa is 1hour. Good luck.

7. Posted by DieuThuy (Budding Member 22 posts) 8y

yeah, trains to Sapa start from Tran Quy Cap station, it is also known as Hanoi Station Gate B, most of trains go to the North of Vietnam will start running from here.
I have been Sapa twice, and always want to go back there
if you pick the SP trains instead of LC trains, it would takes less time to reach Lao Cai (2 hourse earlier, i guess) and ofcourse it is more expensive, time table and tickets price could be searched on the website of Vietnam Rail Way at this link http://www.vr.com.vn/ it has english version.
you also can book tickets online.
trains are usually on time and start at night inoder to arrive Laocai in early morning. Then you will take a bus to Sapa, vietnamese price is 25 000 VND per person, but have no idea how much to a foreigner, lol...people always treat foreigners in so different way, that's suck, i know...lol...

that's it, good luck

8. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 8y

The Hanoi Ga is split in 2 parts, and your train to Lao Cai (for Sapa) can leave from either one, and you should go to the exact address printed on your ticket. I took the King Express on SP1 which left from Station B. There is more than one train going to Lao Cai, and the departure times are different.

In Lao Cai, many people neglect the chance to see the border with China. I took a cab from the Ga to the border for 100,000 VND round trip.

Yes, I found the trains to be quite punctual. I returned on the Livitrans train (supposed to be brand new, but found it no better than the cheaper one!)

9. Posted by DieuThuy (Budding Member 22 posts) 8y

i got an advice for ya, who wanna travel by train in short time ( 3-4 hours ect).I usually use soft seat with aircondition, but yes it is pretty cost much. I tried this last time I travel to the North of Vietnam. I bought the cheapest ticket , this means you have no chairs to sit, then I went to the dinning car - ordered a coke, and sit there till the train reached Hanoi, he he...the dinning car is clean, cool and fresh air, much better than the air-conditional car...but it works if you have to spend only few hours, you can't sit all day there, i bet...lol....in case there are too many people who also do the same thing, they come to the dinning car and order somthing to have a seat, the waitors have to ask other people who had sit there for long time, give seats to newcommer, but trust me, if you are speaking english or any language that those waitors don't understand, they won't ask you anything, ha ha...vietnamese are afraid of foreign language, that is a tip, not work in all cases...lol..he he...

10. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 8y

Quoting DieuThuy

i got an advice for ya, who wanna travel by train in short time ( 3-4 hours ect).I usually use soft seat with aircondition, but yes it is pretty cost much. I tried this last time I travel to the North of Vietnam. I bought the cheapest ticket , this means you have no chairs to sit, then I went to the dinning car - ordered a coke, and sit there till the train reached Hanoi, he he...the dinning car is clean, cool and fresh air, much better than the air-conditional car...but it works if you have to spend only few hours, you can't sit all day there, i bet...lol....in case there are too many people who also do the same thing, they come to the dinning car and order somthing to have a seat, the waitors have to ask other people who had sit there for long time, give seats to newcommer, but trust me, if you are speaking english or any language that those waitors don't understand, they won't ask you anything, ha ha...vietnamese are afraid of foreign language, that is a tip, not work in all cases...lol..he he...

I would point out that Dieu Thuy is probably not talking about the Lao Cai train when he mentions the dining car. The only section of the Lao Cai train to have dining facilities is the Victoria (luxury class) section. Most tourist sections on the Lao Cai train are provided with bottled mineral water and some sort of snack.