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Transportation

You could travel to Cat Ba Island from different ways, but please note that  all the routes suffer seasonal (and sometimes random) changes in departure times, delay or canceled so we keep this page updated.  

 

The easiest, cheapest and most reliable route to Cat Ba Island is Combo Package Sharing Bus but it is also relatively easy to arrive from Haiphong or Halong City

    

Once you arrive in Cat Ba town, our man will meet you up at the last bus stop for free pick up (Only applied if you use other services like accomodation, tours, etc)Please reserve your seats in advanced by email or call us this hot line number: +84 (0) 985758866
 


How to get to Cat Ba island  From Hanoi capital


1. Combo Package Hanoi - Cat Ba island (recommended for the most economical way)  

With one combo package ticket, we will take care all the logistic of your journey from Hanoi to Cat Ba island. The advantage of this package is the pick up at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Hai Phong city by Share - Tourist - Van (not local public bus) before catching sped boat to Cat Ba town which make your trip more comfortable and faster. For the return way, we will drop you at any hotel in Hanoi. This also aims to avoid taxi scams at local bus station in Hanoi. 

Free hotel pickup: hotel located in Hanoi Old Quater only. If yours is not, please be at Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi - Cat Ba island: 7:30, 11:00, 14:00

Cat Ba island - Hanoi: 08:30, 12:00, 15:30 

Duration:   3.5 hours

Cost:   18 USD/person/one way

For booking, please drop an email at info@vietnaminsidertravel.com Or urgent booking call : +84(0) 98 575 8866

Note: 

- For instant confirmation, please make it clear in your email: Travel date, group size, departure time, hotel address, your booking name, one or 2 ways ticket.

- Additional cost for airport pickup: $25/ group max to 4 people

2 Private van - hydrofoil package (recommended for family travel with kids)

This route from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island is more scenic, more comfortable, faster and it avoids the need to find the bus station since the van will pick you up at your hotel.

Free hotel pickup: any hotel within 7km away from Hanoi Old Quarter.

Departure times from Hanoi:   6:00 AM;   09:30 AM ; 13h00

Return from Cat Ba to Hanoi:   08:00 AM; 10:00 AM; 14:00 PM; 16:00 PM

Duration:   3 hours

Cost:   $80 USD for van transfer (4-7 seats  +  $14 USD per person for the hydrofoil

For booking, please drop an email at info@vietnaminsidertravel.com Or urgent booking call : +84(0) 98 575 8866

Note:

- For instant confirmation, please make it clear in your email:  Travel date, group size, departure time, hotel address, your booking name, one or 2 ways ticket.

Additional cost for airport pickup: $25/ group max to 4 people

3. Public bus – boat – bus package 

Altenative way to get to Cat Ba Island.  You only need to buy one ticket.  The people from the bus company will guide you through all the simple transfers. It's 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, it's moved out of city to Yen Nghia bus station where is 17km away from down town. Unless you would like to have real local experiences, otherwise we do not recommend this option any more

 

Bus Station: Yen Nghia - 30 minute taxi ride from the Old Quarter

Bus Company: Hoang Long -Buy your ticket inside the building at the bus station

Departure times:5:20 AM; 7:20 AM; 11:20 AM; 1:20 PM

Duration:4 hours

Cost:$12 USD per person

 

Notes:   Show up to the bus station 20 minutes before departure.  Motorcycle taxi to the bus station from the Old Quarter should cost 150,000 VND per person; normal taxi should cost 120,000 VND.

 

 

 

 ​How to get to Cat Ba island from Hai Phong city

Hydrofoil

There are several companies that offer a hydrofoil boat service between Hai Phong and Cat Ba Town.  They all go from Ben Binh Pier in Hai Phong to the center of Cat Ba Town and offer a similar service.  This trip is a bit more scenic than the speed boat from Hai Phong.  All tickets can be purchases at the Ben Bihn Pier or in Cat Ba.


Hydrofoil Schedule from Hai Phong to Cat Ba


Departure time Duration Cost Transport Company

9:00 13:00 240,000 VND Cat Ba isalnd Resort and Spa

9:15  240,000 VND Mekong Hoang Yen

N/A 0:45 150,000 VND Cat Ba isalnd Resort and Spa

N/A 1:45 120,000 VND Thong Nhat 05

13:00 1:00 130,000 VND Thong Nhat 05

N/A 0:45 150,000 VND Cat Ba isalnd Resort and Spa


Hydrofoil Schedule from Cat Ba to Hai Phong


Departure time Duration Cost Transport Company

8:00 0:45 240,000 VND Cat Ba isalnd Resort and Spa

N/A 1:45 120,000 VND Thong Nhat 05

13:00 1:45 120,000 VND Thong Nhat 05

14:00  240,000 VND Cat Ba isalnd Resort and Spa

N/A 1:45 240,000 VND Mekong Hoang Yen

16:00  240,000 VND Cat Ba isalnd Resort and Spa


Alternative Routes from Hai Phong to Cat Ba

There are additional bus / speedboat options that go between Hai Phong and Cat Ba Town.  This route is slower than the hydrofoil and not as scenic.  The advantage is that it departs more frequently.  Tickets cost between 140,000 and 150,000 VND and can be bought at the point of departure for all companies.

 

Hadeco Speed Boat - Bus Schedule


Hadeco is our recommended transport company because there is only one transfer instead of two. These tickets cost 150,000 VND and depart from Ben Binh Pier.  The journey takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Hai Phong to Cat Ba

7:00;  8:00;  10:00;  13:00;  15:00;  16:00

Cat Ba to Hai Phong

7:00;  8:00;  10:00;  13:00;  15:00;  16:00

 

Cat Ba Transportation Service Bus - Speed Boat - Bus Schedule

Cat Ba Transportation Service will pick you up at Ben Bihn Pier in bus to take you to another ferry port.  Bus > Boat > Bus.  These tickets cost 140,000 VND and depart from Ben Binh Pier.  The journey takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.

 

Hai Phong to Cat Ba

6:30;  8:20;  9:30;  13:20;  15:10;  16:25

Cat Ba to Hai Phong

6:00;  8:00;  9:00;  12:30;  14:30;  16:00

 

Hoang Long Bus - Speed Boat - Bus Schedule

Hoang Long Bus > Boat > Bus service departs from #4 Le Thanh Tong st. in Hai Phong.  These tickets cost 140,000 VND and the journey takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Hai Phong to Cat Ba

9:20;  10:20;  14:20;  16:20

Cat Ba to Hai Phong

7:15;  9:15;  13:15;  15:15

 

​How to get to Cat Ba island from Ha Long city

Halong city is not highly recommended as it is filled with tourist scams and mafia.   There are two routes from Halong City to Cat Ba Island.  The first is a Tourist Junk to Shuttle bus.  It leaves Halong city at noon every day and costs 250,000 VND.  Tickets can be bought at Bai Chay Departure Pier.  Beware of scams.

The second route leaves from Tuan Chau Island and Resort (7 Km away). The ferry departs Halong City to Cat Ba at 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM, (return Cat Ba to Halong City 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM) but is sometimes cancelled or re-scheduled.  The ferry costs only 50,000 VND, but transportation from Halong City to the departure point costs extra.  Also this ferry goes to the isolated northern tip of the island where there are no hotels (or anything).  A public bus is supposed to pass every 90 minutes (20,000 VND) but most tourists get scammed into taking a heavily over priced private van into town.

  


Getting here and there in Cat Ba island.

Motorbike Rental: If you did try and know how to ride motorbike, then it’s the best way to discover our island by yourself. There are plenty of travel shops in Cat Ba town offering the motorbike rental service which cost you $5US/day (not included gas). At Cat Ba Eco Lodge, the motorbike rental is available but cost you $10US/day (not included gas) as we are 12km from the town and we have to get the motorbike here and back.

 

The scams sometimes happens not with the price but repairing after the trip if you have crash. This might costs you few hundred time more than the rental costs. In order to avoid this, please contact us for arrangement.

 

Taxi: there is no taxi company in Cat Ba Island but there is some local – family – run taxi available. As there is no meter on, so you should make a agreement on how much it cost before hook up. The furthest destination will cost you maximum $25US/one way and the waiting time will cost you $5US/hour.

Motorbike: is the most prefer and popular for local. For traveling less then 3km, it normally cost you 10.000 VND – 20.000 VND (1$-2$)

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