How to get from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai?

By Mr Hoang Dinh - December 28, 2020
How to get from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai?

Mu Cang Chai is a mountain district in Yen Bai province. To get to Mu Cang Chai, tourists have to go through Khau Pha pass – One of the four great passes in the Northwest Vietnam. Mu Cang Chai is located about 300km from Hanoi, in the ripe rice, it welcomes thousands of tourists from all over the country as well as the foreign tourists in the world.

To go to Mu Cang Chai, there some means of transportation:

This is the detail information

1/ Travel to Mu Cang Chai by local bus

These public vehicles are mainly for local people, the price is cheaper than other means but it is not suitable for tourists. The buses usually departs from My Dinh bus station.

  • Price: About 250.000 VND/pax
  • Travel time: 7 hours
  • Time schedule: 19.00 – 22.30
  • Advantages: Low cost, safe
  • Disadvantages: Passengers have to take taxi to bus station and from bus station to hotel or home stay in Mu Cang Chai.
    In case, the bus is broken on the way, you may miss your travel plan.
    Could not communicate with driver to drop off the right bus station. If getting off in wrong, you may lose the way and you will not find other transportations in the mountainous area. Not many foreign tourists choose this mean of transportation.

hanoi to mu cang chai by local bus

>>>Book local bus ticket online at:
Or directly at bus station with some bus companies: Cuong Lan ( pick up at 14 Ho Tung Mau str) Ha Trang, Khanh Thuy.

2/ Travel to Mu Cang Chai by high quality bus

Recently, high quality – Limousine buses are the favorite vehicles and considered as VIP buses. Fresh air in the bus and only 9 seats in the bus, are designed and easily controlled for the most comfortable as a sofa. Included other facilities: wifi, USB port, reading lamps, ceiling lamps.

  • Price: 300.000 – 380.000 VND/pax
  • Travel time: 6-7 hours
  • Time schedules: 6 – 7 AM and 22 – 23 PM
  • Advantages: nice and clean bus, not stop on they to get more passengers, the route is guaranteed.
  • Disadvantages: Not proactive in time, still have to take taxi to the pickup point.

hanoi to mu cang chai by limousine dcar

>>>Reference to book the high quality bus:
or directly with the bus companies: Limousine Toan Anh, Anh Khang Authentic

3/ Travel to Mu Cang Chai by motorbike

This is the vehicle that many young people are interested in. Especially, people are adventurous and thrilling experience. However, to ride from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai needs a good preparation, health and riding skills, good motorbike because this route is very complicated terraces with passes, steeps and high mountains such as: Ach pass, Khau Pha Pass. Also brings the motorbike repair tools as not many repair shops on the way.

  • Motorbike rental: 12 – 15 USD/day. Not included gasoline
  • Travel Route: From Hanoi – Ho Tung Mau str – National Road 32 – Nghia Lo – Khau Pha pass – Mu Cang Chai
  • Travel time: about 7- 8 hours
  • Advantages: Proactive in time, low cost, could stop anywhere on the way for photos and enjoy the beautiful landscapes
  • Disadvantages: Really tired for 7-8 hour riding. For amateurs, this is dangerous as there are lot of bends and edges two sites of the road.

hanoi to mu cang chai by motorbike

Advice for tourists: Not ride continuously from Hanoi to Mu Chang Chai. Should stop to overnight at Nghia Lo valley and then keep going on to Mu Cang Chai next day. So, you also visit Nghia Lo – the beauty spots on the way and ensure the safe for riding next day.

Reference to rent motorbike in Hanoi:

Flamingo Travel:
Add: 66 Dao Duy Tu str, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Tel: +84 243 926 0938

Add: 1 Trang Tien str, Hoan Kiem,  Hanoi
Tel: 0966 456 969

4/ Go to Mu Cang Chai by taxi

This is an easy means of transportation but not a good choice for a mountainous roads, the vehicle is not suitable, the driver does not have much experience in this road. Addition, the cost is high than the private car. Or even much higher if you get the wrong taxi. Not many tourists choose this kind of transfer. Average price is from 3.500.000 VND/way

5/ Travel to Mu Cang Chai by private car

Private car for travelling along distance in 7 hours is a great choice. To visit Mu Cang Chai, tourists need at least 3-4 days, and also need a professional driver or tour guide who knows well the destinations to help  you to visit all the beautiful places in Mu Cang Chai

  • Travel time: 7 hours
  • Price: 2.000.000 VND/day ( for at least 2 day trip)
  • Advantages: Proactive in time, safe, and your travel routes are guaranteed, private space, no wasting time for waiting.
  • Disadvantages: High cost than other public transportations.

hanoi to mu cang chai by private car

>>>Reference to book the private car from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai

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We are 4 adults travelling to North Vietnam with the following itinerary; 12/9/22 - 15/9/22 Hanoi - Mu Cang Chai 15/9/22 - 18/9/22 Mu Cang Chai - Sapa - Y Ty - Hanoi Can you provide a suitable car ( Innova / Fortuner / similar ) that can carry us and our luggage for this trip ? Let me know your rates. Thanks and regards, Sudhir Kochhar, Whatsapp: +919810100006
ReplyJul 1, 2022
  • Hi Sudhir,
    Thank you for your requirement.
    For this route, I recommend you a tour guide to support you. It is in mountainous areas and it is complicated for foreigners. Our driver could not speak English and he could not take you to discover the real beauties in this route. If possible, please consider a full package with accommodation and meals, in this area, if the meals are not arranged in advance, you will not find the restaurant.
    Thanks a lot.

    Jul 1, 2022

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