How to get to Cat Ba Island from Hanoi (Info)

23 Oct

Post with two parts here. 1st info for other travellers, 2nd return to our normal programming

1. Getting to Cat Ba Island from Hanoi

I searched for ages for this information but there seems to be very little on it. So here’s how to do it WITHOUT booking a hideously expensive tour.

Some quick Info:

  • You can go direct from Hanoi’s Loung Yen to Cat Ba Town with one ticket
  • It costs around 190,000 Dong ($10 USD) at time of writing.
  • Ticket price includes coaches and boat.


In Hanoi go to Loung Yen bus station. Ignore anyone asking if you want to go to Halong Bay, just say Cat Ba. In the ticket office (which is pretty modern and well kept) there should be a bus company named Hoang Long, this is the company.

The price of the ticket includes:

  1. Coach- Hanoi –> Hai Phong
  2. Minibus- Hai Phong –> Ferry Port
  3. Boat- Hai Phong Port –> Cai Vieng (Cat Ba Island)
  4. Minibus- Cai Vieng –> Cat Ba Town

It seems complicated but its really well organised and you don’t normally wait in any of the change over places for very long.

Unfortunatley I forgot to take a picture of the depature from Hanoi, so I don’t have all the exact times. But here’s some info from what I remember and from what I wrote down from Cat Ba (24hour clock):

Hanoi -> Cat Ba

  • First bus 07:15
  • Last bus 13:20

Cat Ba -> Hanoi

  • 07:15
  • 9:15
  • 13:15
  • 15:15

7 Responses to “How to get to Cat Ba Island from Hanoi (Info)”

  1. lifeatnofixedabode October 25, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    Claire and Dom – Thanks very much for this info. I’ll be heading to Vietnam soon as my brother and his girlfriend are coming out for their holiday. Naturally Halong Bay is on their itinerary (and mine) so this info is going to come in very handy indeed. Do please post the timetable if you get a chance!

  2. Dom October 25, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Hi, Have updated with rough timetable from Hanoi and a full timetable from Cat Ba. Hope you find it useful!

    • Lifeatnofixedabode October 30, 2011 at 6:47 am #

      Thank you Dom- that’s incredibly useful and very much appreciated 🙂

  3. Ingrida April 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Full timetables and fares:

  4. mariuszpe October 16, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    hi Dom,
    how much does the journey take?

  5. Pegi May 2, 2014 at 7:58 pm #


    How long was the journey?
    It certainly sounds stress-free and organised but it may not be the quickest way to gat to Cat ba?
    Tickets can also be purchased as a return? or was that price you quoted a one-way?

  6. s10z December 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Current departures in Hanoi: 7:20 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. (13:20 has been crossed out and is skipped as they confirmed on request).

    Fare was 220.000 VND/person

    We arrived off about at 16h in Cat Ba Town.

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