There are some options to get to Cat Ba island:
1. By private car/van Hanoi – Hai Phong (about 2 hours) then direct speedboat (45 mins – 1 hour) to Cat Ba. The speedboat leaves at 9.00 AM; 1.00 PM and 3.00 PM. We can pick up/drop off at any hotel around the old quarter.
2. By private car/van directly to Cat Ba without using the speedboat. You will pass by a short ferry. Normally it takes around 3.5 hours. It is good for the group size from 6 people above to save the cost. It is not recommended take this option during summer time and our public holidays. We can pick up/drop off at any hotel around the old quarter.
3.The open bus (27 -45 seats) and it is only 10 USD/person.
For this option, the same bus will go directly to Cat Ba town.
They pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter around 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM to Hai Phong then crossing the new bridge to Cat Hai (northern part of Cat Ba)- over the short ferry then continue driving to Cat Ba center. It is about 3.5 hours driving.
Pick-up timings from Hanoi: 7:30 – 8:00; 9:30 – 10:00; 12:00 – 12:30; 14:30-15:00
Pick-up timings from Cat Ba: 7:00 – 7:30; 9:30 – 10:00; 13:00 – 13:30; 15:30-16:00
Notes: they pick up up from your hotel in the Old Quarter but only drop you off at certain places in the Old Quarter (closest your hotel if possible). It is not recommended take this option during summer time (our summer holiday) and our public holidays.
Notes: The prices can be changed seasonally. It can be more expensive around 30 April to 2 September (summer holidays).
The trip can be longer depending on the traffic.
4.The new open bus-boat service at 13 USD/pax/way.
Inclusive services: pick up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter by bus ( about 2 hours) + speedboat (about 10 minutes) + bus to Cat Ba town (about 45 minutes).
Timings: Hanoi => Cat Ba
7:30 => 11:15
10:45 => 14:30
14:00 => 17:30
Timings: Cat Ba => Hanoi
9:00 => 12:30
12:30 => 16:30
15:45 => 19:30
The pick-up time takes around 30 minutes so you should be ready at the time supposed above.
The arrival time can be later depending on the traffic.
Notes: they only pick up/drop off at the hotel in the Old Quarter