How to get to Cat Ba Island from Hanoi.

Hanoi to Cat Ba Island, Cat Ba Island is the biggest and one of the most visited islands in Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay and nearby islands (eg. Cat Ba Island) is one of the most visited places by foreign tourists in northern Vietnam. It is an fascinating place, but sometimes overcrowded by visitors. There are 2 ways how you can get to Cat Ba Island. You can go to Ha Long City and from Tuan Chau Island you need to take a ferry to Cat Ba Island or you can go to Hai Phong and here you can take a speedboat. NEW – from August/September 2017 it is possible to travel by a direct bus from Hanoi.
Travel distance from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island is about 160 km.

Hanoi to Cat Ba Island

Speedboat from Hai Phong goes directly to the southern part of the Cat Ba Island, to the town of Cat Ba. There are many hotels or homestays in the southern part of this island. In my opinion, a direct bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island or speedboat/ferry from Hai Phong to the town of Cat Ba is the best and fastest way how to reach Cat Ba Island. Book and buy your bus+ferry tickets online – recommended.

BUS from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island 

– the fastest way how to get from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island (new from August/September 2017).
– travel by a direct bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island takes about 3-3,5 hours.
– bus company: Cat Ba Express
– bus ticket price is only about $14.
– bus is going directly to the Cat Ba town on the island over the Cat Hai Island.
– bus is going over the longest bridge in Southeast Asia – Tan Vu – Lach Huyen.
– a short boat transfer of bus (10 minutes) from the Got Port (Bến phà Gót) to the Phu Long port.

+ Departure: Daily
+Time pick up from Hanoi to Cat ba : 07:30  / 10:45 / 14:00
+ Time pick up from Cat ba to Hanoi : 09:00 /  12h00/  15:45
+ Duration: 3 hours – 3,5 hours
+ Full payment:   14 USD/person/one way
+ Free pick up at Hotel in Hanoi old quarter, Drop off at Hotel in Cat Ba Island.
+ Free Wifi + Water + Tissue + Snack.
+ Tour Guide during the trip.

 
Departure time:  daily 3 trips/day
 Pick up time  HA NOI – GOT
by bus
GOT - CAI VIENG
By speed boat
CAI VIENG - CAT BA
By bus
Arrial time
 7.30 -8.00 ~ 2 hours ~ 10 minutes ~ 40 minutes 11.15
 10.45 -11.15 ~ 2 hours ~ 10 minutes ~ 40 minutes 14.30
 14.00 -14.30 ~ 2 hours ~ 10 minutes ~ 40 minutes 17.30


Cat ba Express Speed boat
Private speed boat from Got port to Phu Long port.

Cat Ba Express Bus
 

TRAIN + SPEEDBOAT from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island

1.step – Train from Hanoi to Hai Phong
– travel by train from Hanoi to Hai Phong takes about 2,5 hours
– train ticket price is about $6 (seat)
– Railway station in Hanoi – Gia Lam Railway Station (481 Ngọc Lâm)
– Railway station in Hai Phong – Hai Phong Railway Station (75 Lương Khánh Thiện)

2.step – Speedboat from Hai Phong (Pha Binh port) to Cat Ba Island
– travel by speedboat from Hai Phong to the Cat Ba Island takes about 1 hour
– Pha Binh port in Hai Phong (4 Bến Bính)
– this boat go to the Cat Ba Pier (Cat Ba Island)
– boat ticket price is about $11.

Train to Hai Phong
 

BUS + SPEEDBOAT from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island 

1.step – Bus from Hanoi to Hai Phong
– travel by bus from Hanoi to Hai Phong takes about 2,5 hours
– the one-way bus ticket from Hanoi to Hai Phong costs about $4-5
– verified bus company: Hoang Long, Hai Au....
– bus station in Hanoi – Nước Ngầm Bus Station (Km số 8 – Đường Giải Phóng)
– bus station in Hai Phong – Niem Nghia Bus Station (275 Trần Nguyên Hãn)

Bus of Hoang Long – come to ticket boot of Hoang Long (Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Station, 2nd floor) and present your voucher to change for bus ticket.  PLEASE ARRIVE AT THE STATION AT LEAST 1 HOUR (60 MINUTES) BEFORE DEPARTURE TIME BECAUSE HOANG LONG MAY CHANGE DEPARTURE TIME AND WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE IF YOU MISS THE BUS IF YOU ARRIVE LATE AFTER THIS.

2.step – Speedboat from Hai Phong (Pha Binh port) to Cat Ba Island
– Pha Binh port in Hai Phong (4 Bến Bính)
– this boat go to the Cat Ba Pier (Cat Ba Island)
– boat ticket price is about $11

FLIGHT from Hanoi to Tuan Chau Island (Seaplane)  

– several direct flights from Hanoi to Tuan Chau Island, operated by Hai Au Aviation
– Tuan Chau Island is about 10 km north of the Cat Ba Island
– from Tuan Chau Island you can take a boat/ferry to Cat Ba Island.
– from Tuan Chau to Gia Luan speed boat 10 minute.
– from Tuan Chau to Gia Luan by ferry: 50 minute.
– from Gia Luan to Cat Ba Town by bus: 40 minute.
– there will be opened a new Ha Long Bay Airport in 2017.

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