Son La City

Son La city is a comprehensive travel guide about private car hire, car rental with driver, easy bus station pickup, transfers, transport from/to Son La, Vietnam. Rent a car with driver and make the most of your trip to Son La province.

Son La city covers an area of 325 square kilometres. It contains 7 wards including Chieng An, Chieng Coi, Chieng Le, Chieng Sinh, Quyet Tam, Quyet Thang, To Hieu. There are 5 communes including Chieng Co, Chieng Den, Chieng Ngan, Chieng Xom, and Hua La.

Son La map

Son La what to see

The city attractions include Son La Former Prison and Museum which is located right in the city centre. This site preserves historic objects – evidence of a difficult but heroic time during the war, and also exhibits the historical and cultural tradition of 12 ethnic groups living in Son La province, Vietnam.

How to get to Son La?

Son La province connects Hoa Binh province by National Highway No. 6, Yen Bai province by Highway No.37. The provincial capital – Son La city is 328km from Hanoi.

You can get to Son La city by private car, limousine shared transfer, shuttle, local bus, motorbike, or bicycle. You have many choices depending on your departure location, preferred means of transport, your trip duration, your personal interest and budget. There is an airport in Son La. Therefore it is no longer in operation. There is no train from/to Son La city.

Getting to Son La city from Hanoi

Hanoi to Son La city private car

The best way to get to Son La city from Hanoi is to rent a car with driver. Booking a private transfer from Hanoi to Son La offers you the chance to make as many stops on the way as you wish for coffee breaks, side-road visits, or just taking pictures. The option also enables you to discover the province at your own pace. Booking a private car with driver is recommended for a family holidays, and photography tour.

We have a big fleet of vehicle including 4, 5 seat Sedan, 7, 8 seat MPV, SUV, 4WD, 15, 16 Minivan, Minibus, 29, 35, 45 Coaches offering a wide selection of car rental packages. Options include easy bus station pickup, private transfers, car rental with driver, private car hire. We also have pickup trucks and box trucks to rent out (with driver) for overland trips, self-guided bicycle, motorbike tours to Son La city, Son La province, and the northern Vietnam.

No matter if in Son La city for travel, business, or pleasure you can find the right rental vehicle to match your budget and plans. Get around with more ease with a top quality car rental in Son La from Vietnam Car Hire!

Hanoi to Son La city bus

There are public buses going to Son La city from Hanoi. Taking local public bus or shared transfer are low cost options for getting from Hanoi to Son La. Most of Limousine service and shuttle buses depart from My Dinh bus station in the west of downtown Hanoi. While most of overnight buses leave from My Dinh bus station, you may also find some day buses departing from Giap Bat bus station. Please bear in mind local buses are usually full at weekend and/or during school holidays in summer.

We at don’t provide bus ticket booking service. Therefore we can help you with updated information of local bus schedule you may need for planning your upcoming trip to Son La city, Vietnam. More details about this budget option can also be found online at our partner’s site:

Hanoi to Son La city motorbike

Adventure travelers may like renting a motorbike from Hanoi for getting to Son La city. Taking this option they will have the opportunity to ride on less-busy traffic roads, small back roads where it is sometimes accessible by two wheels only. Please note a valid Vietnamese driving license is required for riding motorbike in Vietnam.

Hanoi to Son La city bicycle

Cycling from Hanoi to Son La city is not an easy activity. It requires at least 3 days to complete the journey by bicycle. The option is recommended for adventure travelers who like to travel northwest Vietnam at slow pace. Best time for taking this option is the winter in northern Vietnam (October through April). Good hybrid bikes can be rented in Hanoi bike shop.

Son La city when to go?

Son La city features a tropical monsoon climate, which is characterized by torrential rains in the summer (from May to September) and cold and dry in winter (from November to January). Like many provinces in Vietnam, Son La city also suffers from the influence of the dry and hot wind from Laos in summer which makes the weather intolerable sometimes.

Son La’s climate is divided into two distinct seasons. Winter lasts from October to March of the next year, and summer from April to September. The annual average temperature is 21.4oC (the highest temperature is 27oC and the lowest one is 16oC).

Son La city car rental packages

The following packages are only sample car rental packages, private transfers we design for travelers to travel to Son La city or from this city to other destinations in northern Vietnam. Please contact us for personalized routes, tailor-made travel plans, car rental options, best rates, deals, seasonal promotions, and service’s availability.

Private transfers to Son La city

Private transport from Son La to other destinations in Vietnam

Other routes

  • Transport from Dien Bien to Son La or v.v
  • Transport from Hoa Binh to Son La or v.v
  • Transport from Lai Chau to Son La or v.v
  • Transport from Lao Cai to Son La or v.v
  • Transport from Yen Bai to Son La or v.v

Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to rent a car for Son La city Vietnam?

Son La city car rental rates vary much depending on your travel plan, rental cars, routes, date of travel, as well as your trip duration. Please let us know your working agenda (business trip) or day-to-day itinerary (travel itinerary), we will provide a quote.

What is the most popular rental cars in Son La?

7 seat SUV Ford Everest, Isuzu Highlander and Toyota Fortuner are the most popular rental cars for individual travel in Son La, Vietnam. For small group tours (3-6 people), Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinters (Minivan and Minibus) are also popular rental cars. 4,5 seat Sedans and 45, 50 seat coaches are only recommended for traveling to Son La city or few districts of Son La province such as Moc Chau or Thuan Chau. Other mountainous districts of Son La province might be very difficultly accessible by sedan and/or big coach.

Why should I book Son La private transfer with Vietnam Car Hire?

When booking Son La car hire via, all your car rental options will be suggested by senior car rental agents who live in Vietnam. They are drivers, tour guides, and local people who have been to Son La city, Son La province. They can provide practical, updated information about this destination. There are no extra costs and no hidden fees involved in booking a rental car with Vietnam Car Hire.

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