Traveling to the Ha Giang Loop from Hanoi, Sapa, Cat Ba, Ninh Binh
The Ha Giang Loop, also known as the Extreme Northern Loop, is home to some of the most awe-inspiring mountain karst views, remote tribal village life, and breathtaking winding roads in Vietnam. If you’re wondering how to get to Ha Giang, look no further than this comprehensive guide on traveling to Ha Giang from various parts of Vietnam. This article covers how to get to Ha Giang from Hanoi, Sapa, Cat Ba, Ninh Binh and more, including routes, booking transportation to Ha Giang, and more.
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Things to know
There is no train service directly to Ha Giang. There is also no airport nearby. As such, the only ways to arrive in Ha Giang is via land transport such as a bus/minivan, private car, or motorbike. Driving by motorbike is only recommended if you are an experienced and licensed motorbike driver, as the terrain can be quite rugged.
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff at Cheers Hostel will be happy to help arrange transportation for you to or from Ha Giang, no matter where you’re coming from.
Traveling from Hanoi to Ha Giang
Travel Time: 6-8 hours
Methods of transportation: Sleeper bus or van, private car, motorbike
Our Recommendation: VIP Bus
The most comfortable and reasonable way of traveling from Hanoi to Ha Giang is via VIP sleeper bus or limousine van. Taking a sleeper bus is ideal because it allows you to take the bus overnight and wake up ready for the journey along the Ha Giang Loop. The Ha Giang Epic Tour includes roundtrip VIP sleeper bus transportation from Hanoi.
Even if you aren’t taking the Ha Giang Epic Tour, you can hop on Epic Travel’s Ha Giang Limousine Bus to and from Ha Giang, departing 4 times per day.
Epic Travel Limousine Daily Bus Times
Hanoi – Ha Giang: 7am – 10am – 16pm – 17pm
Ha Giang – Hanoi: 7am – 10am – 16pm – 17pm
To book, email us at Cheershostel1@gmail.com or call +84 986 635 986.
Booking a private car from Hanoi to Ha Giang is also possible.
Traveling from Sapa to Ha Giang
Travel Time: 5.5-7 hours
Recommended Method of Transportation: Bus or van
Sapa is a famous destination also in the far north of Vietnam, west of Ha Giang. As such, if you’re already planning a trip to Sapa it makes more sense to go from Sapa to Ha Giang instead of traveling back to Hanoi.
Traveling from Ninh Binh to Ha Giang
Travel Time: 10-12 hours
Recommended Method of Transportation: Bus
Ninh Binh, often referred to as Halong Bay on land, is rife with stunning limestone karsts and rivers where you can hire boats to float you along the gorgeous scenery. If you’re lucky, you may even end up with a local lady who can paddle you down the river with her feet!
There are tourist sleeper buses from Ninh Binh to Ha Giang. Alternatively, you may opt to return to Hanoi before heading to Ha Giang, since it’s on the way.
Traveling from Cat Ba to Ha Giang
Travel Time: 10-12 hours
Recommended Method of Transportation: Ferry > Bus to Hanoi > Bus to Ha Giang
Cat Ba is an island around world-renowned Ha Long Bay. As you may well guess, in order to travel from Cat Ba to Ha Giang you must first take a ferry back to the mainland Hai Phong port. The most straightforward way to travel from Cat Ba to Ha Giang is to take a ferry to Hai Phong port, then a bus back to Hanoi. From there, book a sleeper bus or VIP van to Ha Giang.
Wondering when to book your Ha Giang Loop adventure? Check out our post on the best times to visit Ha Giang.