The beating heart of the nation, Hanoi can seem chaotic, but respite can be found in an island just 3 hours away from the capital.
With the endless list of newest bus and tour services from Hanoi to Cat Ba or even from way further points like Sapa to Cat Ba and the other way around from Cat Ba to Sapa, it has just become easier to reach many must-go places of the alluring island – Cat Ba. Cat Ba Express provides the best the transportation in the area with just from: $16 for variety of choices of buses. So the options of transportation to get here are: Junk boat, Ferry, Speed boat and Hydrofoil.
By Cat Ba Express Bus
With one combo package ticket (Bus, speed boat, water, cake... ) Cat Ba Express will take care all the logistic of your journey from Hanoi to Cat Ba. The advantage of this package is the pick up at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Hai Phong city by Cat Ba Express (Eco 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, and Cat Ba Express Offices 37b Nguyen Huu Huan Str, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi - Cat Ba island take: 7:30, 10:30, 14:00
Cat Ba island - Hanoi take: 08:45, 12:30, 15:30
Duration: 3 hours
Cat Ba Express Bus Timetable:
|| PICK UP TIME
|| HA NOI - GOT
||GOT - PHU LONG
||PHU LONG - CAT BA
|| PRICE USD/ PAX
|| SPEED BOAT
|| 2 hours
|| 8 minutes
|| 45 minutes
| DEPART - ARRIVE
| DEPART - ARRIVE
| DEPART - ARRIVE
Hotlines: 01248.244.999 - 043.873.4999
Add: 37b Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
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.
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: 220.000 VND ($10USD)/ one way ticket
- Taxi: 150 - 250,000VND
- Duration: 3hours.
How to get to cat ba island from halong bay?
1. From Tuan Chau island – Cat Ba Island
- From Hanoi to Tuan Chau Island by bus: 250,000VND/pax
- By cano 7 - 12 seats: 120 - 150usd/way
- From Tuan Chau to Gia Luan by speed boat: 100,000VND/way "10 minute"
- From Tuan chau to Cat Ba Town by speed boat: 220,000VND/way "1h10p"
- Catch ferry from Tuan Chau Tourist Wharf to Gia Luan pier: 80,000 VND/ticket
- Catch public bus from Gia Luan to Cat Ba town: 40,000VND/pax
In summer: 30-4 to 30-9:
Tuan Chau – Gia Luan: 7h30’, 9h00’, 11h30’, 13h30’, 15h00’
Gia Luan – Tuan Chau: 9h00’, 11h30’, 13h00’, 15h00’, 16h00’
And: 01-10 to 29-4:
Tuan Chau – Gia Luan: 7h30’, 11h30’, 15h00’
Gia Luan – Tuan Chau: 9h00’, 13h00’, 16h00’
How to get to cat ba island from Ninh Binh
With limestone outcrops amid serene rice paddies, Tam Coc is best appreciated on a languorous rowing-boat ride, with the soundtrack of the river lapping against the oars.
Unfortunately, you'll need to be prepared for a glut of fairly persistent hawkers. The guys photographing you will want to sell you the photos when you return, and overpriced drinks and snacks are sold at the turnaround point for boat trips.
Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Island daily bus:
Ninh Binh - 10 road - Cát Hải (Got ferry) - Cat Ba Town : 160km about 4 hours (stop 15 minute)
→You can also book a bus to Ninh Binh from Cat Ba here
→ Ninh Binh => Cat Ba Island: 7:45am , 8:45am, 13:00pm
→ Cat Ba Island => Ninh Binh: 7:40am, 12:50pm, 14:40pm
- Eco Bus Tam Coc Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Island: 7:45 ; 8:45 daily bus 29, 35 seats.
- Luxury Bus Tam Coc Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Island: 13:00pm daily bus "limousine"