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How to get to Cat Ba island from Hanoi Capital

Being one of the biggest island in the north of VietnamCat Ba island is isolated from the main land with the South facing to ocean of East Sea, North East covered by Ha Long bay and the West facing to Hai Phong city. So the options of transportation to get here are: Junk boat, Ferry, Speed boat and Hydrofoil.

1. Hoang Long public bus package (recommended)

This is great package with reasonable price for the whole way from Hanoi to Cat Ba island with out extra cost on the way. It’s also easy, convenient and quite comfort

- Route: Bus (Hanoi – Hai Phong city) – Speed boat (Hai Phong city to the North of the island) – shuttle Bus (transferring to Cat Ba town)
- Departure: 05h20; 07h20; 11h20; 13h20
- Cost: 240.000 VDN/one way ticket
- Duration: 4 hours
- Bus company: Hoang Long
- Bus station: LUONG YEN

Note: You should show up at the bus station 20 minutes before departure time

2. Private van (best choice for traveling with children)

Being more expensive than other options but it deserves for the convenient and comfort and punctual. You will be pick up by private van for transferring to Hai Phong city (the third largest costal line city in Vietnam), then connecting with hydrofoil to Cat Ba town.

- Route: Private van (Hanoi – Hai Phong) – Hydrofoil (Hai Phong – Cat Ba island)
- Departure: 07h30; 09h30; 12h00
- Private Van Cost: 1.400.000 VND ($70USD)/one way /group for the van from 4 – 7 seats
- Hydrofoil: 240.000 VND ($12USD)/ one way ticket
- Duration: 3hours 30 minutes
- Pick up: Hotel in Hanoi

3. Train (recommended for slow travel)

Being built by French Colonial in the late 19 century, the railway system in Vietnam aimed to transferring the natural resources back to France. Nowadays this railway system is becoming a new travel experience for local and international tourist.

- Route: Train  (Hanoi – Hai Phong) – Taxi (Train station in Hai Phong – Ben Binh pier) Hydrofoil (Ben Binh pier – Cat Ba island)
- Departure: 08h30
- Train ticket: 60.000 VND ($3USD)/one way ticket
- Hydrofoil: 150.000 VND ($7.5USD)/ one way ticket
- Duration: 3hours
- Train station in Hanoi: Long Bien

How to get to Cat Ba island from Hai Phong

It’s quite easy to travel to Cat Ba island from Hai Phong city by hydrofoil or speed boat. You just need to go to Ben Binh pier to buy the ticket (highly recommend to have ticket booked in advanced from June – September as it’s high season. Below is the list of Speed boat company:

1. Mekong Hoang Yen

- Departure time: 08h45
- Duration: 1hour
- Cost: 240.000 VND
- Speed boat station: Ben Binh

Note:

- Oldest transportation company
- New upgrade boat
- Friendly staff
- Punctual

2. Cat Ba island resort & spa

- Departure time: 09h00; 13h00; 16h00
- Duration: 1hour
- Cost: 240.000 VND
- Speed boat station: Ben Binh

Note:

- The most professional
- New boat
- Friendly staff
- Punctual

3. Hadeco

- Departure time: 09h00; 13h00; 15h00
- Duration: 1hour
- Cost: 240.000 VND
- Speed boat station: Ben Binh

Note:

- New boat but small
- Crowded always

4. Van Tai Cat Ba

- Route: Ben Binh by bus – Dinh Vu pier to Cat Ba by speed boat – Shuttle bus to Cat Ba island
- Departure time: 08h30; 10h30; 13h30; 15h30
- Duration: 1hour 30 minutes
- Cost: 1500.000 VND
- Speed boat station: Ben Binh

Note:

- New boat and bus
- Friendly staff
- Punctual
- Calm way ridding

5. Hoang Long

- Route: Ben Binh by bus – Dinh Vu pier to Cat Ba by speed boat – Shuttle bus to Cat Ba island
- Departure time: 09h00; 14h30
- Duration: 1hour 30 minutes
- Cost: 120.000 VND
- Pick up: # 4 Le Thanh Tong str, Hai Phong city

Note:

- First company offer the transportation to and from Hai Phong city
- Friendly staff
- Punctual
- Calm way ridding

6. Thong Nhat

- Departure time: 12h00; 12h30
- Duration: 2hour
- Cost: 110.000 VND
- Speed boat station: Ben Binh

Note:

- Old boat and slow
- Travel with local (sometimes having chicken and pig on the boat)

How to get to Cat Ba island from Ha Long bay

There is no ferry from Ha Long to Cat Ba directly, so below is how it is:

1. Ferry from Tuan Chau island – Gia Luan Pier

- Take taxi from BAI CHAY pier to TUAN CHAU ISLAND: 130,000 VND ($6.5USD)
- Catch ferry from TUAN CHAU ISLAND to GIA LUAN pier: 50,000 VND/ticket
- Catch public bus from GIA LUAN to CAT BA town (20,000 VND)
- Pick up by car at Cat Ba town to Cat Ba Eco Lodge

Note:

- Ferry departure at 15h00 PM
- We have private bus drop off our client at Gia Luan Pier at 17h00, so if you can wait for us there, we can take you to Cat Ba Eco Lodge. It costs you only $10US for 2 people. Arrive in our lodge at 18h00

2. Junk overnight package from Hanoi (just applied to whom being on booked package junk overnight from Hanoi)

Please double check with your tour guide about any chance to get to Cat Ba island during your travel with them on the Junk, it's good if you can get on Cat Ba island at BEN BEO pier or GIA LUAN pier any time of the day

3. Third option:

- Get to BAI CHAY pier, buy the ticket to Cat Ba town on group Junk.This costs you $10US/person for everything.
- Departure at BAI CHAY pier at 12h00 AM
- Arrive in Cat Ba town at 19h00 PM​

How to get to Hanoi capital from Noi Bai airport

There are many different ways to get to Hanoi capital from Noi Bai airport (Hanoi airport). All ways is possible upon your arrival.

1. Taxi

This is more comfortable, scenic, fast and convenient which is available right out side of arrival gate all day and night.

-  Recommended brand name: Hanoi airport taxi, Viet Thanh taxi
-  Duration: 40 minutes
-  Cost: $15 USD (max 4 people)

Note: There are many records about taxi scam at Hanoi airport, especially at night time, so it’s strongly recommended to have arranged pick up if you have flight arrive late at night.

2. Private van

This is the best options as normally driver will be waiting for you at the arrival gate with welcome board, help you with your luggage and avoiding all kind of scams.

-  Duration: 40 minutes
-  Cost: $25 USD (max 4 people)

Note:

-   It cost you extra of $5US for night time pick up and the big car or van (from 4 – 60 seats) are available upon your request.
-   Some travel agency have travel desk inside airport where you could have private transfer arrange upon your arrival but you normally will have to wait around 20 minutes to have it ready.

3. Airport Bus

It’s easy to buy the ticket upon your arrival but it only departures when it’s getting full (around 20 – 30 munites)

-   Recommended brand name: Jet Star, Hanoi mini bus airport, Kumho Viet Thanh
-   Duration: 1 hour and 20 minutes
-   Cost: $2 USD (min 10 people, max 60 people)
-   Drop off: Quang Trung str (5 minutes away from Hoan Kiem lake)

4. Public bus

Departure every 30 minutes from 06h00 AM till 20h00 PM, this option is good for whom travel light

-   Recognition: red and yellow 45 seats bus
-   Duration: 1 hour
-   Cost:  50 cent USD (max 60 people)
-   Drop off: Kim Ma str (15 minutes away from Hoan Kiem lake)

Get out

To Hanoi, the easiest way to leave Cat Ba is through Bus + speed Boat + Bus . You can find these on the main beach road by the docks. HOAN TUYEN Travel and Hoang Long company sells combined tickets daily for 220,000 VND for 1 ticket from Cat Ba to Ha Noi. Takes about 4,5 hours (Oct, 2014).

Leaving town, bus and boat to Hai Phong city (150,000 dong; almost hourly from 6AM to 4PM),takes about 1,5 hours. Also with high speed boat takes about 1 hour(220,000 VND/1 ticket, from 8AM, 10AM, 2PM and last time 4PM) are available from the square on the waterfront near the boat pier or HOAN TUYEN Travel office. Hotels can book tickets for you at a slight premium.

From Bến phà Tuần Châu harbor to Halong City : 150,000 VND (May, 2012). From Ben Beo harbor to Halong City : 170,000 VND - 3hours - wonderful (May, 2012). You can then go back to Hanoi by bus for 100,000 VND (May, 2012).