Cat ba island resort & spa to haiphong


We travelled across Ha Long Bay on the Cat Ba Islvà Ferry khổng lồ Cat Ba Islvà, which is way cheaper than any local private boats or day trips.

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The total cost of the trip, ferry plus bus on Cat Ba Isl&, was around $4.60. Here’s how khổng lồ bởi vì it…

Head to Tuần Châu Island

After staying the night in an interesting, by which I mean slightly seedy, hotel near Ha Long Bay we phối out khổng lồ get over to lớn Cat Ba Island as cheaply as possible.

We walked the nearly 6 km from our khách sạn, over the Tuần Châu bridge & lớn the ferry terminal with our backpacks on.

It was slightly sweaty at times but we stopped at a spooky hotel, which appeared to have sầu no guests, for a cup of tea about half way. It reminded us a little too much of The Shining but we survived our visit regardless!

To save the sweat và tea you can just get a xe taxi over from Ha Long Bay, but this a very touristy place so be sure they turn the meter on before you mix off to lớn avoid a high fixed price.

Tuần Châu island is a curious place và in a few years will look very different from today. Giant billboards show the planned development to lớn turn it from a sleepy thoroughfare into what looks like the Dubai of northern Vietnam giới. Good luchồng with that.

Find Tuan Chau Ferry Terminal

We eventually reached the Cat Ba Island ferry terminal at the far kết thúc of the harbor on the south side of Tuần Châu isl&. To find it, walk past the main coach park & terminal from which all the day trips & private boats leave.

You’ll see the building below, this is where you can grab some ferry tickets. It’s all very clearly signed và easy lớn spot.


Our tickets cost 70,000 VND (now 80,000 VND – $3.40 USD in 2018) each for a one way trip lớn Cat Ba islvà.


If you’ve run out of cash, there’s a Vietcomngân hàng ATM conveniently located right next khổng lồ the Cat Ba Isl& ferry terminal, as shown below.

There’s also a cửa hàng and a couple of places to lớn grab a bit lớn eat if there’s a big wait for the next ferry.


Cat Ba Isl& Ferry Timetable và Prices

As mentioned it was 70,000 VND per person but below are the prices for motorbikes, cars etc as of 2016. Add another 10,000 VND or so to lớn these prices in 2018.

As shown at the bottom, the Cat Ba Isl& ferry runs in both directions just 3 times a day in the low season và 5 times in the high season.

Apparently, the service is prone lớn cancelations but was running fine when we did this journey in năm 2016.


We jumped onkhổng lồ the 3pm ferry và were soon enjoying the stunning views from the Cat Ba Isl& ferry as it weaved its way through the towering limestone karsts. The journey through Ha Long Bay took around 1 hour & was very relaxing & peaceful.

The vessel is just a basic open platform car ferry with plenty of seating if you climb upstairs. There’s very limited shelter if it rains though, just something to lớn be aware of.

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The Local Isl& Bus khổng lồ Cat Ba Town

We docked on the north kết thúc of Cat Ba islvà at Bến phả Gia Luận ferry terminal & looked for the local bus to lớn Cat Ba town. The bus is timed to lớn meet the ferry và transport locals across the islvà so was there when we arrived.

We jumped on board and paid once it had phối off. It cost 25,000 VND (now 30,000 VND $1.20 USD) per person và takes around 30 minutes lớn reach Cat Ba Town.

There are private taxis and minivans waiting around but these might scam you with a sky-high price.

The road is a bit bumpy in places but the isl& scenery itself is stunning with some small settlements along the way. It felt like we had been transported khổng lồ another world.

What Can You Do on Cat Ba Island?

Before you go there, be sure to check out our post on stuff to see and vì on Cat Ba Islvà for some ideas for when you arrive sầu. Including the super spooky Hospital Cave!

Also, rethành viên khổng lồ book your accommodation on Cat Ba Islvà ahead of your visit.

The isl& is a very popular getaway destination for locals & can become super busy during Vietnamese public holidays and celebrations.

Hydrofoil from Cat Ba lớn Hai Phong

We chose khổng lồ get the boat directly to Hai Phong rather than back to Hanoi. This is the igiảm giá khuyến mãi route if you plan khổng lồ head south along the coast of Vietphái mạnh from here.

The Hydrofoil departs from the Bến tàu Cát Bà pier in the centre of Cat Ba town just behind the big fancy monument. Make sure you get a ticket from the official vendor as there can be a few touts hanging around the pier.

After around 1 hour or so you’ll arrive at the Bến tàu khách Bến Bính in Hai Phong. It’s less than 1.5 km to the central area and train station from the pier so, easily walkable.

Hai Phong is a fairly industrial town with not a lot on offer to stiông xã around for but it seemed friendly enough. We stopped there for one night to break up the journey but you could just jump onto a bus or train and head on.

Book Onward Travel from Hai Phong

From the central rail station, you can catch a train west khổng lồ from Hai Phong to lớn Hanoi for around 130,000 VND. The journey is just over 2 hours.

If you want to head south then a bus is the best option. It’s a 2.5-hour journey down khổng lồ Ninh Binc & costs around 190,000 VND.

Here you can jump off the trail và chill after a short xe taxi ride khổng lồ the picturesque Tam Coc Village.

We always recommend 12Go Asia for booking any transport tickets in advance. In Vietphái nam, you can usually use the e-ticket which is emailed khổng lồ you so no messing around with printing or mạng internet cafes. Yay.

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