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How To Get To Cat Ba Island

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How To Get To Cat Ba Island Vietnam

There are many ways to get to Cat Ba Island.  All the routes suffer seasonal (and sometimes random) changes in departure times so we keep this page updated.

The easiest, cheapest and most reliable route to Cat Ba Island is the public bus from Hanoi City but it is also relatively easy to arrive from Haiphong or Halong City

It is very easy to get to Cat Ba Eco Lodge from Cat Ba town, or anywhere on the island. We have two free daily shuttles that go to Cat Ba town and return to the lodge. If you are using the shuttles to arrive at the lodge, please call or email us 1 day in advance to confirm your spot.

How to get to Cat Ba From Hanoi

Bus Goodmorning Cat ba from Hanoi (recommended)

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  • Departure: Daily guarantee
  • Time from Hanoi : 07:30 and 13:30 From Hanoi to Cat ba ,
  • Time from Cat ba : 08:30 and 15:30 From Cat ba to Hanoi
  • Duration: 3,5 hours
  • Cost:   18 USD/person/one way

Hotline: +84 914607571
Email: info@goodmorningcatba.com

Private van – hydrofoil package (recommended if travel with children)

This route from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island is more scenic, more comfortable, faster and it avoids the need to find the bus station since the van will pick you up at your hotel.

Hotel Pick Up

Departure times:   6:30 AM;   7:30 AM

Duration:   3,5 hours

Cost:   $80 USD for the van (max 10 people)  +  $10 USD per person for the hydrofoil

Notes:   Purchase tickets in advance – this route can sell out.  The easiest way to buy the ticket in advanced  We can help to purchase your tickets and have them delivered to your hotel for a charge of $2.00 USD per ticket.

Return from Cat Ba to Hanoi:   7:15 AM;   9:15 AM;   1:15 PM;   3:15 PM

How to get to Cat Ba From Hai Phong

Hydrofoil

There are several companies that offer a hydrofoil boat service between Hai Phong and Cat Ba Town.  They all go from Ben Binh Pier in Hai Phong to the center of Cat Ba Town and offer a similar service.  This trip is a bit more scenic than the speed boat from Hai Phong.  All tickets can be purchases at the Ben Bihn Pier or in Cat Ba.

 

Hydrofoil Schedule from Hai Phong to Cat Ba

Departure Time Duration Cost Transportation Company
9:00 0:45 200,000  VND Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa
9:15 1:00 200,000  VND Mekong Hoang Yen
N/A 0:45 200,000  VND Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa
N/A 1:45 120,000  VND Thong Nhat 05
13:00 1:00 130,000  VND Thong Nhat 05
N/A 0:45 200,000  VND Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa

 

Hydrofoil Schedule from Cat Ba to Hai Phong

Departure Time Duration Cost Transportation Company
08:00 0:45 200,000  VND Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa
N/A 1:45 120,000  VND Thong Nhat 05
13:00 1:45 120,000  VND Thong Nhat 05
14:00 0:45 200,000  VND Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa
N/A 1:00 200,000  VND Mekong Hoang Yen
16:00 0:45 200,000  VND Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa

 

Alternative Routes from Hai Phong to Cat Ba

There are additional bus / speedboat options that go between Hai Phong and Cat Ba Town.  This route is slower than the hydrofoil and not as scenic.  The advantage is that it departs more frequently.  Tickets cost between 140,000 and 150,000 VND and can be bought at the point of departure for all companies.

 

Hadeco Speed Boat – Bus Schedule

How to get to Cat Ba From Halong City

Halong city is not highly recommended as it is filled with tourist scams and mafia.   There are two routes from Halong City to Cat Ba Island.  The first is a Tourist Junk to Shuttle bus.  It leavesHalong city at noon every day and costs 250,000 VND.  Tickets can be bought at Bai Chay Departure Pier.  Beware of scams.

The second route leaves from Tuan Chau Island and Resort (7 Km away). The ferry departs Halong City to Cat Ba at 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM, (return Cat Ba to Halong City 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM) but is sometimes cancelled.  The ferry costs only 50,000 VND, but transportation from Halong City to the depature point costs extra.  Also this ferry goes to the isolated northern tip of the island where there are no hotels (or anything).  A public bus is supposed to pass every 90 minutes (30,000 VND) but most tourists get scammed into taking a heavily over priced private van into town.So please contact us to book the private pick up which costs you 400.000 VND/car/one way

Hadeco is our recommended transport company because there is only one transfer instead of two. These tickets cost 150,000 VND and depart from Ben Binh Pier.  The journey takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Hai Phong to Cat Ba

7:00;  8:00;  10:00;  13:00;  15:00;  16:00

Cat Ba to Hai Phong

7:00;  8:00;  10:00;  13:00;  15:00;  16:00

Cat Ba Transportation Service Bus – Speed Boat – Bus Schedule

Cat Ba Transportation Service will pick you up at Ben Bihn Pier in bus to take you to another ferry port.  Bus > Boat > Bus.  These tickets cost 140,000 VND and depart from Ben Binh Pier.  The journey takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Hai Phong to Cat Ba

6:30;  8:20;  9:30;  13:20;  15:10;  16:25

Cat Ba to Hai Phong

6:00;  8:00;  9:00;  12:30;  14:30;  16:00

Hoang Long Bus – Speed Boat – Bus Schedule

Hoang Long Bus > Boat > Bus service departs from #4 Le Thanh Tong st. in Hai Phong.  These tickets cost 150,000 VND and the journey takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Hai Phong to Cat Ba

9:20;  10:20;  14:20;  16:20

Cat Ba to Hai Phong

7:15;  9:15;  13:15;  15:15

 

Note:Be careful with some over priced tickets scams at the pier

How To Get To Cat Ba Eco Lodge Resort

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How To Get To Cat Ba Eco Lodge Resort

Once you arrive on Cat Ba Island, getting to our lodge is very easy.  We have two free daily shuttles that go to Cat Ba town and return to the lodge . If you are using the shuttles to arrive at the lodge, please call +84 313 688 966 or email : info@catbaecolodge.com us 1 day in advance to confirm your spot.

It is also easy to arrive at the lodge by taxi, bicycle or motorbike.

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Free pickup:

When you book rooms from our resort, you will have free pickup on these days. When you arrive Cat Ba town, please find our office at 265 Nui Ngoc, Phuc Hung Hotel, from there, our staffs will give you motor bikes to go our resort, and the day you leave our resort, you can leave your motor bikes at our office also in Cat Ba town.

Getting to Cat Ba Eco Lodge

Cat Ba Eco Lodge is located 13 km from Cat Ba town on the south-eastern side of the island near the town of Xuan Dam.  We have a free shuttle that picks up guests from the big arch in Cat Ba town 11:30 AM and 4:00 PM.  Please notify us at least 1 day in advance to confirm your spot in the shuttle.  If no one is coming, the shuttle will not run

cat-ba-town

If you will not be arriving into Cat Ba town (ie the ferry from Halong City may drop you at the northern tip of the island), or you would like to be picked up before or after 4:00 PM please send us an email and we can arrange a taxi to pick up your group for a cost of $20 USD.

Arriving by Car, Motorscooter or Bicycle

There are many places in Cat Ba Town that rent motorcycles for $5 – $6 US (100,000 – 120,000 VND) per day.

Leave Cat Ba Town and follow the road always to the left.  After 12 km you will go down a small hill into tiny town (Xuan Dam) and a large agriculture valley.  When you first get to the valley take a hard right off the main road and follow the cement road (which turns into dirt) for about two kilometers.  We are at the end of the road!

Activities on Cat Ba Island

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Activities In The Lodge

Relax in a hammock

Enjoy our incredible restaurant

Hang out in the lounge

Learn about Cat Ba Island

 

Play cards, dice, chess or one of our other games

Use our computers with free Internet or the WIFI

Karaoke!!!

Take advantage of our 2X1 drink specials

 

Go to the Cat Ba Zoo

The local zoo is only a 15 minute walk away and there is no admission charge for Cat Ba Eco-Lodge guests.  At the zoo you will find a bear, camines, monkeys, porcupines and more.

Rock Climbing on Cat Ba Island

The island’s main rock climbing wall is a beautiful 25 minute walk away.  We can help you rent rock climbing gear from town.  And if you travel with your own rock climbing gear then Cat Ba Eco-Lodge is the perfect spot for you.

 

Rent one of our Trek Mountain Bikes and go to:

The nearest beach:  10 minutes

Our private beach:  15 minutes

A million other beautiful beaches:  15 minutes, 25 minutes, 30 minutes…. everywhere

The National Park:  1 1/2 hours

Circle tour of the southern half of the island

Hiking Opportunities on Cat Ba Island

There are an inexhaustible supply of hiking trails leaving from our lodge’s front door.  We encourage you to take advantage of these beautiful trails – we will supply the maps!

Walk to the beach:  Easy 20 minute walk.

Self guided nature tours outlining the natural geography and ecology

Butterfly Valley Trail:   Medium trail, 2 hour return trip.  Goes to a small village and the rock climbing face.  Grab a beer and watch the rock climbers!

Lookout Summit Loop:  Difficult (steep) trail, 2 1/2 hour return trip.  See incredible views of natural Cat Ba!

Zoo Trail:  Easy, 30 minute return trip.  Ends at the local zoo.  Free admission for Cat Ba Eco-Lodge guests.

Waterfall Sunset Trail:  Very steep, 40 minute return trip.  Look down on the hotel and the bay from the mountain right behind the hotel.

Cat Ba National Park Hiking Opportunities

There are two main hiking opportunities in Cat Ba National Park

Lookout Tower Trail:  Medium (many stairs) 1 1/2 – 2 hour return trip to a rusty tower that overlooks Cat Ba’s incredible eggbox landscape.  This trail gets a lot of use – to escape the crowds go early in the morning or after 2:00 PM.  Most visitors combine this activity with a visit to the Hospital Cave.

Cang Viet Hai Trail:  18 km each way – highly recommended for .  Most people who take this trail opt for a guided tour leaving from the park entrance heading to the east coast and then returning to Cat Ba Town by boat.  It is possible to go on your own, if you can make the return trip on foot.

Tours and Adventures

There are a wide variety of fun and exciting tours around Cat Ba Island.  Everyday we set our guests up with the best operators for each type of tour.  Here are just a few of the possibilities. See more detail at local tour operator

Daily trip Lan Ha Bay >>http://vietnaminsidertravel.com/cat-ba-island–lan-ha-bay_typ126_en-US.htm

We offer the day trip kayaking to Lan Ha bay everyday from our lodge. This trip focuses on small group (min 2, max 6 people) in order to make sure our guests have more contact with local and nature. The riding on local fishing boat (water taxi) around the bay to visit floating fish farm and secluded beaches is one of the highlight.

Hospital Cave

This cave oozes historical significance: it served as a secret, bomb-proof hospital and safe-house for VC leaders during the American War.  Incredibly well-constructed, the three-storey feat of engineering was in constant use until 1975. A guide will show you around the 17 rooms and point out the old operating theater and cinema. (3D Video of Hospital Cave)

Bus from Hanoi to Cat ba

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Hotline: +84 914607571
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