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How to Travel from Hanoi to Ha Giang

Like most provinces in the North-Western mountainous region of Vietnam, Ha Giang is a place of untouched beauty, filled with colors of ethnic minorities and mesmerizing landscapes. Planning a visit soon? Check out these ways to travel from Hanoi to Ha Giang.

Hanoi to Ha Giang Overview

Distance from Hanoi to Ha Giang: 320 kilometers

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Ha Giang is one of the provinces sharing the border with China

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Natural beauty in Ha Giang

Ha Giang is a province located in the Nort-Western Vietnam, characterized by breath-taking mountain passes, challenging motorbike trails, and lifestyles of ethnic minorities in Vietnam.

Ha Giang’s peak travel season starts from September and ends in late December – the blooming period of buckwheat flowers and wild mustard flowers. Since there’s no direct train route, the there most popular options for travelers would be taxis, buses or motorbikes.

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Ethnic minorities children herding their cattle

You can either rent a motorbike in Hanoi or rent one in Ha Giang (bike rentals are available at local hostels or homestays) to travel around Ha Giang.

Ways to Travel from Hanoi to Ha Giang

Motorbiking from Hanoi to Ha Giang

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Be best prepared to take on the challenge

Traveling from Hanoi to Ha Giang by motorbikes is the go-to option of most solo adventurers. It takes the longest to finish – a fair price for a chance to admire Ha Giang’s pristine beauty and take on the challenging trails.

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We promise the adventure will be worthwhile

Duration: 8 – 10 hours
Price: VND 150,000 – 300,000/day/bike
Recommended routes:

1. Hanoi city center – Kim Ma – Vo Chi Cong – Vinh Ngoc – Vo Nguyen Giap – QL 2A – QL 2C – An Hoa Bridge – QL 2C – Ha Giang (291 kilometers)
2. Hanoi city center – Ton Duc Thang – La Thanh – Tran Duy Hung – Thang Long Avenue – QL 21 – QL 32C – Ngoc Thap Bridge – QL 2 – QL 2C – Ha Giang (311 kilometers)

See our full guide on Completing the Ha Giang Loop by Motorbike

Tips:

  • You’re required by law to wear a helmet and bring a driver’s license (Vietnamese/IDP)
  • Double-check your bike (breaks, tires, headlights, mirrors,…)
  • Avoid rainy season since there’s a high chance of landslides
  • Manual bikes are better when driving in the mountainous terrain of Ha Giang, but automatic motorbikes work just fine, depending on your driving skill and preference
  • QL is an abbreviation of “Quốc Lộ” – or national highways
  • Have sufficient mobile data and bring spare batteries
  • Always start the trip will a full gas tank

For rental prices and procedures, check our Motorbike Rental in Hanoi

Stay safe on your adventure by getting travel insurance in Vietnam

 


Buses from Hanoi to Ha Giang

Traveling by bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang is a cheap, prevalent option and by far the safest. These private-owned buses can take you right to the Ha Giang Bus Station without any transits. They are operated by experienced local drivers who know the ins and outs of the province.

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Ha Giang Bus Station

Station: My Dinh Station
Destination: Ha Giang Bus Station
Duration: 6 – 8 hours
Price: VND 200,000 – 320,000/ticket
Recommended brands: Hai Van, Hai Van VIP, Bang Phan, Cau Me
Working hours: 5 AM – 9:30 PM
Frequency: one bus every 30 minutes

Tips:

  • Catch the lastest bus at 9:30 PM, sleep through the night, and you will reach Ha Giang at the crack of dawn. It helps to restore some energy for exploring the province
  • Only buy tickets online or directly from the office, stay away from anyone trying to get you on their bus
  • Keep an eye on your belongings

Trains from Hanoi to Ha Giang

Unfortunately, there’s no direct train route from Hanoi to Ha Giang; however, you can take a train to Lao Cai Station, then catch a bus to Ha Giang.

sapa mountain road terraced rice field

The scenery of Sapa is just as breath-taking

Train from Hanoi to Sapa: See How to Get from Hanoi to Sapa
Duration: 6 – 8 hours
Price: VND 300,000 – 2,000,000/ticket depending on the types of seats and train companies

Sapa – Ha Giang Bus

Destination: Ha Giang Bus Station
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes – 9 hours
Recommended brands: Ha Giang VIP; Cuong Thinh Limousine
Price: VND 250,000 – 350,000/ticket

See how you can Take your Motorbike on the Train in Vietnam

For bus and trains tickets, always book online for hassle-free trips and the best prices

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Taxi from Hanoi to Ha Giang

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The winding routes of Ha Giang will challenge even the most experienced driver (picture of the Tham Ma Pass)

A taxi ride is probably the most convenient way to travel from Hanoi to Ha Giang: no waiting, no hustling. However, it’s also the most expensive means of transportation. In addition, since you’re asking a random driver to take you through one of the most adrenaline-rushing routes in Vietnam, not many are capable of tackling such a challenge. For that reason, a taxi is not our ride of choice, only opt for it as a last resort.

Duration: 7 hours
Estimated cost: VND 2,400,000 – 3,000,000

Check the price first on the taxi apps or websites for the suggested price, and ask your hotel receptionist to book a taxi for you to avoid scams.

Enjoy a Safe Hanoi to Ha Giang Journey!

We hope our article can help you pick out the most suitable means of transportation for traveling from Hanoi to Ha Giang. If you have any comments or questions for us, feel free to share them down below. And remember to stay tuned for more of our insightful guides into Vietnam Travel!

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