How to get to Cat Ba Island from Hanoi
Guide How to get to Cat Ba Island from Hanoi
Planning a trip to Lan Ha Bay or Cat Ba National Park? Let Catbaisland help you with the information on guide to Cat Ba Island from Hanoi below.
Go directly from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island
Cat Ba Island is the home to Lan Ha Bay, the Ha Long Bay in small scale, and Cat Ba National Park, a favorite destination for many trekkers. These are the top places to visit in the North Vietnam. The only way to get to the island is by boat.
If your starting point is Hanoi, the best tips when traveling to Cat Ba Island is to purchase the whole trip, including both bus and speedboat. First, you get on a bus to Cat Hai Island, Hai Phong, this trip takes about 2.5 to 3 hours, followed by a bus, shuttlebus to Got harbour, then you will have 10 minutes on a hydrofoil to Cai Vieng harbor, take another bus and you are at Cat Ba Town.
One such ticket costs around 12$ to15$ ~ 300.000 to 350.000 VND; you can purchase it at Bus Operator, Travel agency on the day of departure or you can book online ticket this number +84 91129 5225 (WhatsApp, Telegram).
Currently, there are many reputable bus operators such as Good Morning Cat Ba, Daiichi, CatBa Express that service Ha Noi – Cat Ba route. Their buses leave at 07:30, 10:30 and 14:00 and return from Cat Ba town to Hanoi at 09:00, 12:30 and 15:30 every day
For the return trip, most hotel, hostel, homestay and tour operators in Cat Ba Island can help you book the same bus – speedboat – bus ticket at similar price or you can book via this number +84 91129 5225 (WhatsApp, Telegram).
Stopover at Ha Long Bay
How to get from HaLong Bay to Cat Ba Island
This route is suitable for those who want to include Ha Long Bay in their trip. Take a bus from Hanoi to Tuan Chau, and then take a 45-minute ferry to Gia Luan pier. The ticket is around 80.000 VND (100.000 VND with a motorbike). From the pier, there are two options; one is to take the bus that usually shows upon the ferry arrival; the other one is taxi. From May to September, the ferry leaves at 7.30, 9.00, 11.30, 13.30 and 15.00 and return at 9.00, 11.30, 13.00, 15.00, and 16.00.
Another option is to book a tourist boat from Ha Long City. You cannot purchase such ticket at Bai Chay Pier so the only choice is to go for a tour operator. The price ranges from $18 to $25, including the fee to enter the bay. Be sure to check the schedule carefully since the boat might stop at some spots on the way for kayaking and sightseeing. Such trip can take up to 6.5 hours.
There are several and affordable ways to reach Cat Ba Island from Hanoi. If you find any other options, please let catbaisland know by leaving comments.