4 Best Ways to Get to Cat Ba Island

How to get to Cat Ba Island from Ha Long Bay is one of the biggest concerns for travelers wanting to enjoy a wonderful cruise in Ha Long Bay. In fact, like Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Island is renowned for its beaches and spectacular tourist sites. Here are some ways to get to Cat Ba Island.

The distance between Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island is 19.6 km. It is the largest island among nearly 2,000 islands in the Ha Long Bay region.

Take the Tuan Chau Ferry from Ha Long Bay to Cat Ba Island

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This is one of the most convenient ways to get from Ha Long Bay to Cat Ba Island, the most convenient way is to take a ferry from Tuan Chau port to Gia Luan port on Cat Ba Island. The Tuan Chau – Cat Ba ferry route began operations in 2009. At the same time, it is also the fastest ferry route.

Travel itinerary: A ferry will pick you up at Tuan Chau port and take you to Gia Luan port.

Duration: Usually, it will take you about 1h to 1h30 by ferry. On normal days, ferries depart at 7:30, 9:00, 11:30, 13:30, 15:00.

Price: It’s the cheapest and most convenient way for only 3 € per person.

How to book: Usually, it is recommended to purchase ferry tickets directly after reaching Ha Long. Otherwise, you can contact the ticket office via the hotline.

Advantages and disadvantages

  • Advantages: As mentioned earlier, this is the cheapest way to get to Cat Ba Island from Ha Long Bay. Therefore, you can easily opt for it when you come to Ha Long Bay.
  • Disadvantages: During the trip, you will have to share space with many other people, which is quite uncomfortable for those who prefer privacy.

High-Speed Boat Bai Chay Ha Long Bay to Cat Ba

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A high-speed boat is another option to choose when transferring from Ha Long Bay to Cat Ba. The main route is: “Bai Chay – Tuan Chau – Gia Luan – Cat Ba Town”, this type of transfer is quite fast and takes you about 30 minutes to Cat Ba Island. Ticket fees are about 12 € per person and a maximum of 13 guests per trip.

Travel itinerary: Most high-speed boats to Cat Ba Island follow a fixed route from Bai Chay to Tuan Chau and possibly to Gia Luan port.

Duration: Usually, a speedboat will only take you 20 to 30 minutes, which is much faster than by ferry. Moreover, there are more high-speed boats for Cat Ba than ferries. These high-speed boats depart at 7:15, 8:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:30, and 16:00.

Price: As a speedboat can take you faster to Cat Ba, its price is higher than that of a ferry. To get a speedboat, it will cost you about 12 €/person.

Advantages and disadvantages

  • Advantages: A speedboat can take you quickly; therefore, you can have more time to enjoy your vacation.
  • Disadvantages: Those who may get seasick should not choose this option, as the high speed will tire you out.

High-Speed Hydrofoil Tuan Chau Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba

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It is recommended to take a high-speed hydrofoil from Tuan Chau port (Ha Long Bay) to Cat Ba Island, which is safer and faster. In the case of a long ferry ride and a low-speed boat capacity, a hydrofoil could be the perfect alternative. The travel time is about 10 to 12 minutes. Rates of about €9.50 for a one-way (indicative only). Visitors will live new experiences by traveling on high-speed hydrofoils at an affordable cost.

Here are some hydrofoil companies for your reference:

  • Paradise Express: Price €7 one way – contact: (+84) 33 3842 368
  • Kalong Hydrofoil: Price €9.50 one way – contact: (+84) 912 729 627

There is actually no official English booking site for these boats. Therefore, booking can be inconvenient for tourists. You can ask your hotel’s receptionist to do it for you.

Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island Cruise

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Travel Itinerary: Now, you can freely choose from the itineraries that suit your taste for the Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Island cruise, as there are various cruise offers available. Each of them follows a typical route.

Schedule: Likewise, each cruise has its own schedule. Therefore, you should inquire before starting your journey. Generally, you have the choice between 4 options: a day trip, a 2-day and 1-night trip, a 3-day and 2-night trip, and a 4-day and 3-night trip.

Price: Depending on the type of cruise, the itinerary, tourist services, activities, etc., the price ranges from €90 (usually for a day cruise) to €600 (for a private cruise). Moreover, there may be additional charges for services such as spa treatments, massages, etc.

Originally from Lyon, I swapped the cobblestone streets of my hometown for the mystical mountains of Northern Vietnam. Trained as a journalist, I settled in Hanoi five years ago and quickly developed a passion for the cultural richness of the region. A specialist in Lào Cai province, I am also an experienced hiker, sharing my trekking experiences in remote areas and my encounters with local communities.

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