Travel Guide

How to get from 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) are one of the most visited places by foreign tourists in northern Vietnam. It is a fascinating place but sometimes overcrowded by visitors.

There are 4 ways how you can travel to Cat Ba Island. The best and fastest way is to take a direct bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island, or you can go to Ha Long City and from Tuan Chau Island (10 km from Ha Long city center) you have to take a ferry/boat to Cat Ba Island or you can go to Hai Phong and there you can take a speedboat to Cat Ba Island.

How to get from 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. NEW – from September 2017 it is possible to travel by a direct bus from Hanoi over the longest sea-crossing bridge in Southeast Asia – Tan Vu-Lach Huyen (opened in September 2017). Book your bus+ferry tickets from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island online.

1. BUS from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island

– The fastest and cheap way how to get from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island by bus

– Travel by a direct bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island takes about 3,5-5 hours

– Bus companies: Inter Bus Lines, Cat Ba Express, Hoang Long, Sapa Express…

– Cheap bus tickets to Cat Ba Island, prices are about $9-17 (seat)

– Group tour, Hoang Long have cheap bus tickets > ticket costs about $11-12/pp

– The bus is going over the longest sea-crossing bridge in Southeast Asia – Tan Vu – Lach Huyen (opened in September 2017)

– The bus is going directly to the Cat Ba town on the island over the Cat Hai Island

– A short boat transfer of bus (10 minutes) from the Got Port (Bến phà Gót) to the Cái Viềng port

2. TRAIN+SPEEDBOAT from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island

1.Step – Train from Hanoi to Hai Phong (LP3, LP5, LP7, HP1)

– Travel by train from Hanoi to Hai Phong takes about 2,5 hours

– Train ticket price is about $3-4 (hard or soft 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)

Train to Hai Phong

2.Ttep – 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 goes to the Cat Ba Pier (Cat Ba Island)

– Boat/ferry ticket price is about $10

ben binh
ben-tau-binh

3. 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 only about $4-8

– Verified bus company: Hoang Long (express tourist bus or luxury limousine)

– The bus station in Hanoi – Nước Ngầm Bus Station (Km số 8 – Đường Giải Phóng)

– The bus station in Hai Phong – Niem Nghia Bus Station (275 Trần Nguyên Hãn)

– Read all current information on Baolau or 12go.asia, before you buy tickets

The bus of Hoang Long – come to ticket boot of Hoang Long (Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Station, 2nd floor) and present your voucher to change for a bus ticket.

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/ferry ticket price is about $10

4. 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

– there will be opened a new Ha Long Bay Airport in December 2018 (more information)

– this new airport will be somewhere around the Van Don Island (50 km from Ha Long)

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