HOW TO GET CAT BA ISLAND FROM HA NOI AND FROM OTHER PLACES
Cat Ba Island is about 140km ² and 50 kilometres away from the port of Haiphong, located in the southern part of Ha Long Bay. Cat Ba island attracts visitors from its pristine natural areas and its sense of mystery. Coming to Cat Ba Island is to come to green virginal forests and majestic mountainous landscapes. You can also deeply understand the lifestyle and culture of the friendly local Vietnamese people.
There are several ways to travel to Cat Ba from Ha Noi. For example by public buses, by motorbike and by boat. Each different method of transportation has its individual benefits. In the past, how did tourists get Cat Ba from Ha Noi? Normally, they had to travel from Ha Noi to Hai Phong, then from Hai Phong, buy a boat ticket in Binh harbour to go to Cat Ba. In total, It would take more than 6 hours to get Cat Ba. At present, there are many transport companies operating routes directly to Cat Ba from Ha Noi.
For those, who have limited time to travel in Viet Nam, booking a tour from Ha Noi to Cat Ba would be considerable. In this article, I only mention about how to get Cat Ba from Ha Noi by bus and by bike.
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HOW TO GET CAT BA FROM HA NOI AND FROM OTHER PLACES BY BUSES?
If you are travelling in Ha Noi, you would never miss visiting in the Old Quarter. The good news is that you will get picked up at your hotel in the Old Quarter if your hotel is located in the Old Quarter. Most of the public buses from Ha Noi to Cat Ba are new and staff on the buses are able to speak English really well. It takes you more than 3 hours to get Cat Ba. Furthermore, you can ask a bus driver to take you to your hotel if you have a reservation.
If you are not in Ha Noi, wanting to get Cat Ba, you can consult the routes from other places to Cat Ba
HOW TO GET CAT BA FROM HA NOI AND FROM OTHER PLACES BY BIKE?
Cat Ba island belongs to Hai Phong city – that is 100 kilometres away from Ha Noi to the east. Logically, you should travel to Hai Phong then from Hai Phong to Cat Ba.
Although there are 2 ways to travel from Ha Noi to Hai Phong but if you ride a bike, you are only allowed to go on the old way. It would take around 3- 4 hours to travel from Hanoi to Hai Phong by bike. Once you’ve arrived you have two choices as to how to get to Cat Ba:
You find your way to the Binh harbour in the centre of Hai Phong city, buy a boat ticket and leave your bike on board ( you might have to pay for the bike fee). It takes 45 minutes to reach Phu Long in Cat Hai island – the middle island between Hai Phong and Cat Ba island. Continue on the road across the island to Cat Ba town.
After arriving in Hai Phong, continue on Dinh Vu road and find your way to Tan Vu Bridge – the newest, longest bridge in Southeast Asia, which connects Cat Hai (the island before Cat Ba) to the mainland.. The length of the bridge is 15 km. Continue along the bridge, crossing Cat Hai island to the harbour. At the port, you board on a ferry to continue your journey to Got ferry harbour. After getting off the ferry, you ride your bike crossing the island to go to Cat Ba town
For those, who are not in Ha Noi, please, following the same route, the first destination should be Hai Phong then you can choose between suggestion 1 and suggestion 2.
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