How to get to Cat Ba Island
How to get to Cat Ba Island from Hanoi, Hai Phong, Halong, Ninh Binh
Cat Ba Island is getting more popular with all sorts of travellers, from backpackers on a budget to well-heeled honeymooners.
Along with them, solitary spa junkies and family holidaymakers, tourists come here in their millions.
How to get to Cat Ba from Hai Phong
I suppose you are not familiar with any of the places mentioned here so before we get down to the road of island - port – ferry terminal – flyover – etc., here are 3 parts of the journey with their associated spots:
(1) In Hai Phong City (mainland), we have a very important spot: Binh ferry terminal.
(2) Then we have the transit island called Cat Hai Island. In this island, please remember the Got ferry terminal.
(3) Finally, our final destination – Cat Ba Island. There’s two spots to remember: Cai Vieng ferry terminal and Phu Long port.
See the map below to have a better visualization.
Now it’s time to choose the route that fits you the best.
Option 1: You can take speedboat from Binh ferry terminal and go directly to Cat Ba Island (~250,000 VND – 60 mins). It’s fast but expensive.
Timeline of Binh speed boat
|Binh to Cat Ba||Cat Ba to Binh|
Option 2: You can go to the flyover called Tan Vu – Lach Huyen that connect the mainland to Cat Hai Island.
There’s a parking lot at the Got ferry terminal where you can park your motorbike/car or you can just bring them with you and pay some extra fees.
Then from Got ferry terminal in this island, you take ferry (12,000 VND – every 30 minutes from 5 AM to 19 PM - duration: 30 mins) or speedboat (80,000 VND – duration: 8 mins) to Cat Ba Island.
Depends of what means you choose, you will arrive in different places in Cat Ba Island. When you arrive in Cat Ba Island, take the bus to center town. Distance 23km.
Got Ferry price
|Traveler||12,000 VND / person|
|Motorbike||45,000 VND / bike|
|Under-9-seat car||190,000 VND / car|
|9-to-24-seat car||210,000 VND / car|
|24-to-32-seat car||240,000 VND / car|
|Over-32-seat car||330,000 VND / car|
Timeline of Got speed boat
|Time for Got||Time for Phù Long|
Option 3: Bus Hai Phong to Cat Ba
Bus Hai Phong to Cat Ba
|Price from:||150.000đ/ pax|
|Vehicle:||Car & Speed Boat|
Timeline of bus
|From Binh||From Cat Ba|
Office address: 16 Ben Binh and 41 Ben Binh, Hong Bang, Hai Phong
How to get to Cat Ba island from Hanoi
The beating heart of the nation, Hanoi can seem chaotic, but respite can be found in an island just 3 hours away from the capital.
With the endless list of newest bus and tour services from Hanoi to Cat Ba or even from way further points like Sapa to Cat Ba and the other way around from Cat Ba to Sapa, it has just become easier to reach many must-go places of the alluring island – Cat Ba.
Cat Ba Express provides the best transportation in the area with just from: 14 USD for variety of choices of buses.
So the options of transportation to get to Cat Ba Island are: Junk boat, Ferry, Speed boat, Cable Car.
Travel with Cat Ba Express Bus
|Hanoi - Hai Phong||Hai Phong - Binh||Binh - Cat Ba Island||Cat Ba Island - Cat Ba Town|
|Train||Taxi||Speed Boat||Local bus|
- Departure time: 08:30
- Train ticket: 60,000 VND (~3 USD) / one way ticket
- Hydrofoil: 200.000 VND (~7.5USD) /one-way ticket
- Duration: 3 hours
The advantage of this package is the pick-up at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Hai Phong city by Cat Ba Express (Eco Bus) before catching speed boat to Cat Ba town which make your trip more comfortable and faster.
For the return way, we will drop you at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter area. This also aims to avoid taxi scams at local bus station in Hanoi.
Free hotel pickup at your hotel if you are staying in Hanoi Old Quater, otherwise please arrive at Cat Ba Express Offices: No. 106 Tran Nhat Duat, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Round-trip bus Hanoi to Cat Ba timetable
|DEPART IN HANOI||ARRIVE IN CAT BA TOWN|
|7:45||11:00 - 11:30|
|14:00||17:15 - 17:30|
|DEPART IN CAT BA TOWN||ARRIVE IN HANOI|
|12:30||16:15 - 16:30|
|15:30||18:45 - 19:15|
How to book?
- Book online with the booking box on this website. We will confirm your booking immediately
- Book in our office at: No. 106 Tran Nhat Duat, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- Call our hotline to book: +84 84 824 4999
- Send your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local bus – boat – bus package
Altenative way to get to Cat Ba Island: It used to be the most economical way to get to Cat Ba island as its bus station Luong Yen was located right in Hanoi old quarter but from 2017 but now it's been moved out of city to Yen Nghia bus station which is 17km away from down town.
Unless you would like to have real local experiences, otherwise we do not recommend this option any more.
Train (recommended for slow traveling)
Being built by French Colonial in the late 19 century, the railway system in Vietnam is used for transferring the natural resources back to France.
Nowadays this railway system is becoming a new travel experience for local and international tourist.
How to get to Cat Ba island from Halong
Get to Cat Ba from Ha Long
You will get to Cat Ba at Gia Luan ferry terminal from Tuan Chau, Halong. There are different options for you to choose to travel to Cat Ba Island.
- - By 7 - to - 12 seat canoe: 120 - 150 USD / way
- - By ferry from Tuan Chau Island to Gia Luan port: 3.5 USD / ticket
Read more: → Lan Ha Bay one day from Cat Ba
Then you can rent a motorbike or a taxi to go to the center of Cat Ba town. This service is available at Gia Luan ferry terminal.
Summer schedule Tuan Chau ferry (30/04 - 30/09)
Tuan Chau – Gia Luan: 7:30, 9:00, 11:30, 13:30, 15:00
Gia Luan – Tuan Chau: 9:00, 11:30, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00
Winter schedule Tuan Chau ferry (01/10 - 29/04)
Tuan Chau – Gia Luan: 07:30, 11:30, 15:00
Gia Luan – Tuan Chau: 9:00, 13:00, 16:00
From Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Island
Travel to Cat Hai Island via highway 10, then take speedboat or ferry to Cat Ba Island. If you take the bus from Ninh Binh, it costs around 300,000 VND and takes 5 hours.
- Come to our office at: 106 Tran Nhat Duat, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- Call our hotline: +84 84 824 4999
- Send your request to: email@example.com
Enjoy your trip!
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