To visit Cat Ba, the only transportation is traveling by boat. If your start destination is Hanoi, you will be highly recommended to buy a ticket from Luong Yen bus station. A bus-boat-bus ticket costs 240,000 VND for locals. The buses of Hoang Long (the main operator) leave Hanoi at 05:20, 07:20 and 11:20. You must spend 2 – 3 hours to go to Hai Phong city by bus, then ride on a hydrofoil for 25 minutes, and at the other end after an hour on the bus. If your departure point is Hai Phong, Pha Binh harbor services high-speed boat with several trips a day. The price which is written on the ticket is 150,000 VND.
In case of you travel from Ha Noi via Ha Long, minibus from Gia Lam (Ha Noi) to Bai Chay (Ha Long) is an ideal choice. At the ticket counter, you can buy one with 120,000 VND. After 3 – 4 hours on the ride, travelers go to Tuan Chau wharf by motorbike taxi (20,000 – 30,000 VND). Another option is – when you are experiencing a Ha Long tour or staying in this beautiful city – getting the ferry from Tuan Chau island. Tuan Chau is known as the departure position for some cruise operators, and you can find it easily thanks to signs in the highway into Ha Long city. A ticket for a passenger costs 80,000 VND and the journey takes 45 minutes. The arrival destination is Gia Luan pier. On the North of Cat Ba island, Cat Ba minibus will take you to the center of this place only with 20,000 VND.
Cat Ba tours’ hotels and operators are willing to help you book a bus-boat-bus ticket return with the same price. On the back trip, the time of travel service is available from 6:00 AM to 16:00 PM. Cat Ba Express Tour and Bus company service combined tickets (bus – high-speed boat – bus) daily for 240,000 VND. A journey often takes about 3,5 hours.
Many people decide to choose motorbike to experience their Cat Ba tours. To get around, you can rent a motorbike from hotels with a reasonable price – 5$ (however, it can be higher if you visit Cat Ba island in tourism seasons). There are official petrol stations Petrolimex located in Cat Ba town (smaller) and on the left side in case you leave the town (bigger). Another choice is the local bus. From the Western edge of Cat Ba town, you can explore many famous and interesting places of Cat Ba through bus stops. In addition, cycling is also a common option for travelers. It is wonderful to get a bike and visit the green hills and forests to contemplate the rustic scene of this beautiful island.
Do not forget some tourist attractions in your Cat Ba tour: the magic of nature in National Park, the stunning caves, the crystal water of Cat Ba beaches, the interesting Monkey Island and so on. Each place of Cat Ba has many impressive features with unique beautiful landscapes and friendly people.
We hope that this article will help you have some information about transportation for a memorable Cat Ba tour – one of the most well-known destinations you should not miss out when visiting Vietnam.