Guide For Fansipan Cable Car Trip in Sapa

Guide For Fansipan Cable Car Trip in Sapa

Would you like to conquer the rooftop of Indochina – Mount Fansipan with a height of 3143m in Sapa tours? Fansipan cable car is recommended as the fastest and safest way to reach this mountain peak. Follow our Fansipan Cable Car guide to gain essential information before your adventurous journey.

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Sapa is Much More Fantastic with Fansipan Cable Car

Opened since February 2016, Fansipan cable car has rewarded two Guinness World Records and welcomed thousands of travelers. A tourist said that he has never thought that he could set his foot on Fansipan peak – the roof of Indochina, but now thanks to the cable car he and his family can stand on this 3000 meters height mountain. Many tourists feel very excited though they have gone to Sapa many times and admit that their tours become more interesting with the cable car system.

Fansipan Sapa Cable car

How to Reach Fansipan Cable Car?

Travel to Sapa

To enjoy the Fansipan cable car you have to go to Sapa first. There are many ways to go to Sapa from Hanoi day trips, you can go by motorbike, car or train.

Go by Motorbike

Many young people who have a passion for discovering new things and places like going to Sapa by motorbike. However, there are many risks when you drive for over 3000 kilometers long road. Moreover the road to Sapa quite hard to drive with a lot of bend hills and mountain roads. Give it a try if you have good health and a steel spirit and an adventurous heart.

Go by Night Train

There are many Sapa night trains going to Lao Cai with different qualities and prices. Trains often start at 9 pm or 10 pm from Hanoi and arrive in Lao Cai the next morning. To get to Sapa you have to take a car from Lao Cai to Sapa.

Go by Touring Car

If you travel in a group or go with your family, you can rent a 4-seat car, 7-seat car or 16-seat car.

Go by Coach

Taking a coach to go to Sapa is the best and most popular choice. Since the Hanoi-Lao Cai Highway is opened to the public, the journey by car becomes faster, more safety and more convenient.

Conquer Fansipan by cable car

There are many companies offer high quality touring cars which go from Hanoi to Sapa such as Sapa Express, Camel Travel, Queen Café, Sao Viet, Hung Thanh, Inter Bus Liner, etc, which you can enjoy a high-quality car with all modern facilities such as leather chairs, air conditioner, TV, free water for drinking, Wi-Fi and European standard toilet. It takes you about 5 or 6 hours going to the center of Sapa town. You can relax in the car or check into the hotel to relax before sightseeing.

From Sapa to Fansipan Cable Car Station

Located in the Fansipan Legend tourist area, Fansipan cable car station is 3 km away from the Stone Church – the center of Sapa town. You also have multiple choice to get to the cable car station, such as taking a taxi, a train or going on foot.

Go by Taxi

Taking a taxi is the option to get to the Fansipan cable car fastest which only takes you about 10 minutes

Go on Foot

If you want to walk to the station you can go from Stone Church to Thac Bac Crossroad, turn left to Nguyen Chi Thanh Street and go straight to Fansipan Legend (about 1.7 km). With many signs along the road, you can get to the station easily.

Go by Train

From March 2018, visitors will have an even better option for going, which is the Muong Hoa mountain train connecting Sa Pa town with the Fansipan cable car station. With a total length of approximately 2 km, this is the longest mountain railway in Vietnam up to the present time. The train departs from the MGallery hotel in Sa Pa town and finishes its journey on the Fansipan cable car station. The train goes through several mysterious tunnels, crosses the viaduct and offers passengers a view to looking down the majestic natural beauty of Muong Hoa valley and peaceful villages.

train to fansipan cable car

Buy Fansipan Cable Car Tickets

You will buy tickets directly at the Cable Car station and they are only valid for one day. The tickets are circular magnetic ones and are magnetic cards so you have to keep it carefully because you will have to give it back.

Note that the cable car tickets are only valid for use during the day of buying so do not buy in advance to keep tickets if you do not have time to go to Fansipan that day. The best way is when you go to the station to buy tickets directly because the payment process for cable car tickets quite fast and easy now, you do not have to wait for long as before.

Cable Car Ticket PriceMuong Hoa Funicular Ticket PriceFansipan Funicular Ticket Price
Adult700,000 VND50,000 VND70,000 VND

(from 1 to 1.4 Meters)

500,000 VND50,000 VND70,000 VND


  • Only valid for the selected visit date
  • No refund or exchange
  • Return ticket value (Fansipan Funicular Ticket Exclusive)

Fansipan Cable Car Itinerary

Each cabling can accommodate from 30 to 35 people, the capacity of the whole system is about 2000 passengers/ hour. Sapa station is in Muong Hoa valley, the station is a 3000 meters high point and very close to Mount Fansipan. The distance between the two stations is over 1400 meters. The cable car journey is 15 minutes instead of 3-day climbing two to four days as before. The journey is not too long, but it is enough for visitors to admire the beautiful natural landscape at an altitude of thousands of meters. It is the primitive forest Hoang Lien Son, poetic Muong Hoa, the magnificent Hoang Lien Son mountain range, etc.

more and more travelers using Fansipan cable car

The higher you go, the more clouds you see, the temperature will also decrease and the wind can make your cable swing a little. Do not fear. It is just a little challenge for your courage!

After arriving at the station, visitors will take about 20 – 30 minutes to climb 600 more ladders to reach the top of Fansipan peak, and touch the landmark in the roof of Indochina. It is no longer a dream far away with many people as before since the cable car Fansipan was born. Besides the Fansipan peak, you can also visit the beautiful Fansipan Legend with Bamboo Garden, Bao An Thien Tu, Bich Van Thien, restaurant, shopping center, etc. You should spend half of a day to enjoy all the beauty of Fansipan Legend.

Things to Remember When Taking the Fansipan Cable Car

  • Opening hours: 7.30 am to 5.30 pm every day
  • Visitors with a history of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases are highly recommended not to conquer Fansipan because the elevation above 3,000 meters, high humidity, and oxygen-deficient air can endanger your health.
  • Bring snacks, drinking water or some favorite food so you do not get hungry or thirsty because food and services on the mountain are expensive
  • Do not bring too many things, bulky items because the management will not allow you to take  the cable car cabinets
  • Dress neatly, warm enough for climbing, dress clothes which can be easily take off if it is hot. Whether you take your cable car tour in the morning or afternoon, remember to bring your gloves, towels, and woolen hat because the temperature on top of the mountain is just about 8 degrees Celsius
  • When climbing, you should remember to take a break and should not be too hard because the steps are high and steep. Fansipan is nearly 3000 meters high so the oxygen rate is quite low. You have to go slowly to avoid low blood pressure and shortness of breath.
  • When climbing, absolutely do not smoke because it is easy to cause the forest fire
  • Do not litter along the way as you will affect the surrounding landscape

Now your Fansipan journey becomes easier and so much fun with amazing cable car journeys.
With those useful tips above Viet Vision Travel hope that you get some ideas for your Vietnam vacation as well as new experiences in Fansipan, Sapa in the near future!

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18 thoughts on “Guide For Fansipan Cable Car Trip in Sapa


    we want to hiking to the peak of fansipan and on the way down can we take the cable car

  2. Joy Koo says:

    Can we buy the cable car tickets in advance as they ate having discounts now? Any website we can go to buy e-tickets?

  3. Harry says:


    At present, ticket for Fansipan Cable Car has no discounts but you can buy a combo of Fansipan Cable Car and related services for a discount.
    As a ticket is only valid in one day so you cannot get it online.


  4. Harry says:

    Hi, Corine

    Ticket price for Fansipan Cable Car at present is VND 700,000 (about $30) for both foreigners and locals. It is a round-trip trip.


  5. Harry says:

    Dear Verene,

    Yes, of course. The ticket price of Fansipan Cable Car for kids is cheaper than adults.

  6. Marilou S. Concha says:

    I want to spend my holidays this coming Oct. 31 to Nov.3, 2019 in Fansipan. Is there available tour guide that you can recommend from the airport of Hanoi to the cable car and to go at the top of fansipan?

  7. Mr. Warasan F. says:

    Dear Sir,

    Our gruup plan for Holiday at SAPA about 18 – 25 December 2019. Can we go by Train from SAPA to Fansipan Cabel Car Station at that time ?

    And Can we go to Fansipan Paek by Cable Car at that time ?

    Thank you very much
    Best Regards
    Warasan F.

  8. Harry says:

    Hi Mr. Warasan F,

    Yes! You can can go by train to Fansipan Cable Car Station from Sapa and reach its peak by Fansipan Cable Car.


  9. Harry says:

    Hi Winson,

    Thanks for your request. Could you please check our email sent to you so that we can help you create your wonderful Fansipan Cable Car Trip.

  10. Alan Deem says:

    700000VND is this the return total price from Sa Pa town to the Fansipan cable car station by train and the Cable Car to the Summit and return???

  11. Alan Deem says:

    on your ticket prices you show three prices for obviously three sections? This is confusing. Does the total trip cost 820000 VND?
    Please advise.

  12. Harry says:

    700,000 VND is the total price for a return ticket to the Fansipan Summit. Muong Hoa Funicular and Fansipan Funicular are optional if you want to have more experiences at Sapa.

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