Lao Cai has a great connectivity through rail, bus and road. It has its own railway station and bus station, located just 300 metrers apart. However, it does not have an airport. The closest airport is Noi Ban Airport in hanoi.
Lao Cai does not have its own airport. The closest domestic and international airport is the Noi Ban International Airport in Hanoi, located 237 kilometers from the city. From Hanoi, you can reachg lao Cai either by train, bus or car.
Lao Cai has excellent bus connectivity. Buses run to Lao Cai from Sapa (80,000 VND), Hanoi (270,000 VND), Lai Chau (80,000 VND), Son La (190,000 VND), Thai Nguyen (220,000 VND). Buses from Sapa stop at the train station as they are all privately operated. The other buses stop at the bus station. You can also take a bus to Hekou in China from where Lao Cai is a short walk across the border.
Waterways cannot be used to travel to Lao Cai from outside.
Lao Cai is fairly small and you can get around either by foot or by Xe Om. Xe Oms are often found in high concentartion near the bus and train stations, border gate and the bridge.