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How To Travel From Hanoi To Cat Ba Island

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How To Travel 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) is one of the most visited places by foreign tourists in northern Vietnam. It is an 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.

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 4-5 hours
– bus companies: Inter Bus Lines, Cat Ba Express, Hoang Long
– bus ticket price is about $9-17 (seat)
– InterBus Lines has cheap bus tickets > ticket costs about $9/person
– bus is going over the longest sea-crossing bridge in Southeast Asia – Tan Vu – Lach Huyen (opened in September 2017)
– 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 (Ben Pha Got) to the Cai Vieng 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)

2.step – 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 Ben Binh)
– this boat goes to the Cat Ba Pier (Cat Ba Island)
– boat/ferry ticket price is about $10

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 about $4-8
– verified bus company: Hoang Long (express tourist bus or luxury limousine)
– bus station in Hanoi – Nước Ngầm Bus Station (Km số 8 – Đường Giải Phóng)
– bus station in Hai Phong – Niem Nghia Bus Station (275 Trần Nguyên Hãn)

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

 

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