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How to take a bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang? I will answer this question in the most detailed and easiest way based on my backpacking experience from Hanoi to Ha Giang.
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1. Where is Ha Giang?
Ha Giang is situated to the northmost of Vietnam which is 300 kilometres away from Hanoi and shares the border with China. The province borders other Vietnam provinces (namely Cao Bang, Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Tuyen Quang) and China.
Ha Giang province consists of 10 districts and 1 city with Ha Giang city is the capital city which is the main transportation transit stop if you want to travel to other parts of Ha Giang. Meanwhile, Hoang Su Phi, Meo Vac, Dong Van, Yen Minh and Quan Ba are the most common tourist destinations.
2. How to transport from Hanoi to Ha Giang?
There are different ways to transport from Hanoi to Ha Giang such as taking sleeper bus, limousine and driving a motorbike. While sleeper bus or limousine are the most common and easiest way to reach Ha Giang from Hanoi, many adventurous travellers would want to drive a motorbike from Hanoi for more than 300 km as well.
From my experience, I totally suggest you to go for sleeper bus as it is the most convinient, cheapest, and safiest option of all.
3. How to take a sleeper bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang?
Where to take a sleeper bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang?
To catch the sleeper bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang, you need to go to My Dinh bus station. Here is the address: Pham Hung street, My Dinh 2, Tu Liem, Hanoi.
How to buy bus ticket?
There are 3 ways to buy tickets.
At the bus station: Once you reached My Dinh bus station, you can see a lot of ticket counters inside the station. Try to find the word “Ha Giang”, and go to that counter. Once you get the ticket, you can go inside the parking area to choose whichever bus operator you want and remember to give the ticket to the bus conductor.
Contact with bus operator directly: If you know which bus operator you want to take. Then try to get their contact number and call/ text them to book in advance. Once the booking is confirmed, you can just go to the station, call them when you reached, they will come to find you at the station. No advance payment is needed, you will only pay once you get on the bus. I will also list down some trustworthy bus operators below, so you can consider it.
Note: The bus operators might not speak English, ask for help from hotel front desk staffs or any local Vietnamese that you know.
Book online: You can consider 12go.asia, this is one of the most famous sites to book bus tickets online.
Bus schedule from Hanoi to Ha Giang
There are many departure times, but the most common time slots are 9:30, 16:30, and 21:30 (depart from My Dinh station). It takes about 6-7 hours to travel by bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang. The bus may depart later than the time stated on the schedule (can be up to 30 minutes) but it doesn’t mean that you can come late.
As from my experience, it’s better to take the bus departing at 21:30 because the bus will reach Ha Giang bus station at around 4:30am – 5:00am, thus, you can sleep during transportation. In addition, if you rent a motorbike in Ha Giang city, do contact the rental store and inform them that you will reach in the early morning, they will give you a dorm bed to rest FOR FREE.
Note: You can also ask the bus driver to drop you off at the motorbike rental store if it’s near Ha Giang bus station. You contact Anh Anh motel to rent the bike, their service is very good and location is perfect.
Which bus operators are trustworthy?
Companies providing buses from Hanoi to Ha Giang are a lot out there, but here are the reliable ones that you can take:
- Cau Me bus: tel 0913217218 (this is the one I took)
- GroupTour bus: tel 19006772
- Hung Thanh bus: tel 02436337575
How much is the bus ticket?
Ticket price: 200,000-250,000 vnd/ person/ way.
My experience to take the bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang
As stated above, I prefer the overnight sleeper bus as I can sleep on the bus and save my time. I booked a bus from My Dinh bus station to Ha Giang bus station operated by Cau Me bus at the price of 200,000vnd/ person/ way. I think this is a quite famous bus in Ha Giang as I saw many of them along the road.
Some of my feedback about Cau Me bus:
- The bus driver and ticket conductor were friendly and funny;
- The bed is comfortable with blanket and pillow provided;
- In the middle of the road, there will be a stopover where you can find W.C for free. BUT don’t expect a clean modern one, it’s smelly and dirty; and sadly, even you find another bus, nothing can be improved as Ha Giang is in the countryside. You can buy some food or a local speciality here as well. If you order cooked food, I have to warn you that it’s just at the most basic standard and a bit more expensive than normal, and there are not many options. So if you are midnight hunger, bring some snacks from Hanoi would be a wise choice.
- It’s convenient as they drop me off at the place I want to (where I rented my motorbike).
4. How to take a limousine from Hanoi to Ha Giang?
A limousine would be more expensive than a sleeper bus because its capacity is only 9-16 people. The advantage of limousines is that you can ask the bus driver to pick you up and drop you off at your hotel (not all brands but the ones I recommend below do), as long as it’s located inside Hanoi Old Quarter and Ha Giang centre. Just remember to call the operator at least 1 day before your departure and confirm with them the pick-up point.
Here are some limousine operators providing routes from Hanoi to Ha Giang:
- Ha Giang Epic Limousine: tel 0866680000
- Limousine Luxury Van: tel 0243 9036.036 / 0936 33 00 66
- Ha Giang Limousine Bus: tel: 0913096281
Ticket price: about 350,000 – 400,000vnd/ person/ way.
Departure time: 7:00, 10:00, 16:00, 17:00, etc. ( you should check with the operators for more details).
5. What to bear in mind?
Firstly, in the national holidays or high season, the sleeper buses might be overbooked and some people will have to sit/sleep on the aisle. So if you don’t want that, book a limousine instead.
Secondly, if you book directly with the bus operator, ticket fare will be collected once you get on the bus. So don’t give them if they ask you to pay before departure.
Thirdly, if you buy the ticket online or at the ticket counter at the station, just show the driver your ticket, you don’t need to pay any extra money.
6. Take bus from Ha Giang back to Hanoi
For bus back to Hanoi from Ha Giang, you can just ask the same bus/limousine operators that you take from Hanoi to Ha Giang and confirm with them the pick-up point (normally should be nearby the Ha Giang bus station).
Alright, above is my experience on how to take bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang. I hope the post is helpful. Share your experience on the comment box, I would really like to listen about it.