Ways to go from Haiphong to Cat Ba for DIY, Solo, Backpackers, Adventure Travelers

[Updated 2024] Best ways to go from Haiphong to Cat Ba for DIY, Solo, Backpackers, Adventure Travelers

Haiphong to Cat Ba: What’s the latest ways to go for DIY, Solo, Backpackers, Adventure Travelers? You are on the right track. Check this out with Haiphong Tours.

Traveling from Haiphong to Cat Ba in the most convenient way always interests tourists. Let’s explore the following experiences with Haiphong Tours! (This article is super applicable to tourists from Hanoi or those near Haiphong, those who like to explore, travel independently, have a passion for food, and love seafood).

There are 4 ways to travel from Haiphong to Cat Ba:

  1. Take the high-speed boat from Hong Bang Port in Haiphong to Cat Ba town (~70 minutes)
  2. Travel from Haiphong to Dong Bai ferry, take the ferry, and then to Cat Ba town (~120-160 minutes)
  3. Take the bus from Haiphong to Cat Ba
  4. Travel from Haiphong to Cat Hai by cable car, then take the cable car to Phu Long station, and arrive in Cat Ba town (~100 minutes)

Take the speed boat from Hong Bang Port in Haiphong to Cat Ba town (~70 minutes)

Traveling from Haiphong to Cat Ba by speed boat is the most convenient way. The travel time is the shortest, and importantly, there are no transfers. How long does it take to get from Haiphong to Cat Ba this way? The time is only about 70 minutes! You will go straight from the center of Haiphong to the center of Cat Ba town.

The largest and most modern high-speed boat to Cat Ba is the Cat Ba Island Resort & Spa.

Cat Ba Island Resort & Spa high-speed boat ticket prices:

  • Adult price: 250,000 VND
  • Child price: 180,000 VND

(Children from 1 – 3 years old. From 4 years old and up, adult prices are applied)

NEW address for the high-speed boat to Cat Ba: HONG BANG Port at 432 Hung Vuong Street, So Dau Ward, Hong Bang, Haiphong.

Map of the Hong Bang port location at 432 Hung Vuong Street: https://maps.app.goo.gl/M3ErrHUL44RGaSx67

Speed boat from Hong Bang Port in Haiphong to Cat Ba town
Speed boat from Hong Bang Port in Haiphong to Cat Ba town
Inside Speed boat from Hong Bang Port in Haiphong to Cat Ba town
Inside Speed boat from Hong Bang Port in Haiphong to Cat Ba town

The schedule for the Haiphong to Cat Ba speed ferry is as follows:

Monday to Thursday (1 trip):

  • Haiphong to Cat Ba: 9:00
  • Cat Ba to Haiphong: 14:30

Friday to Sunday (2 trips):

  • Haiphong to Cat Ba: 9:00 and 13:00
  • Cat Ba to Haiphong: 10:30 and 14:30

Passengers are advised to arrive 30 minutes before departure to complete the boarding procedures.

Travel from Haiphong to Dong Bai ferry, take the ferry, and then to Cat Ba town (~120-160 minutes)

Traveling from Haiphong to Cat Ba via the Dong Bai ferry offers you three transportation options:

  1. Hire a Car from Haiphong to Cat Ba (renting a car with a driver; the car can board the ferry or not).
  2. Motorbike from Haiphong to Cat Ba
  3. Bus from Haiphong to Cat Ba

Dong Bai Ferry (Ben Pha Dong Bai)- New Ben Got

2.1. Haiphong to Cat Ba by private car and driver

Renting a car from Haiphong to Cat Ba is very convenient. If you are from another province and arrive in Haiphong, the driver will pick you up directly and take you straight to Cat Ba. If you are already at a hotel, the driver will come to pick you up from there. Renting a car is most suitable for groups of people with luggage who do not have their own means of transportation.

private car with driver haiphong
Private car with driver Haiphong

The price for a car from Haiphong to Cat Ba depends on the options provided by Haiphong Tours:

Option 1: One car, which boards the ferry with passengers:

  • 4-seat car: 1,800,000 VND
  • 7-seat car: 2,000,000 VND

(Ferry ticket for passengers is not included, priced at 10,000 VND per person)

Option 2: Two cars

Car 1 picks you up from the center of Haiphong and takes you to Dong Bai ferry terminal. You board the ferry on your own. Car 2 waits at the Cai Vieng ferry terminal and then takes you to your hotel in Cat Ba.

  • 4-seat car: 1,200,000 VND
  • 7-seat car: 1,400,000 VND

Option 1 may have a higher price, but you don’t have to worry about your luggage as it will be in the car. However, during peak seasons, if there is ferry congestion, this might not be the best choice as cars have to wait in line to board the ferry, leading to waiting times ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours or more depending on the congestion.

Option 2 requires you to transport your luggage onto the ferry and buy your own ferry ticket. This option is more cost-effective if you want to save some transportation costs. It is especially beneficial during ferry congestion at Dong Bai. When cars have to wait in line to board the ferry, you can get off the car immediately and buy a ferry ticket to board via the lane designated for motorbikes, bicycles, and pedestrians.

The pathway designated for motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians at Dong Bai ferry terminal.
The pathway designated for motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians at Dong Bai ferry terminal.

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2.2. Haiphong to Cat Ba by motorbike

Traveling from Haiphong to Cat Ba by motorbike is always a good option! The admin of haiphongtours.com also enjoys traveling this way because it’s inexpensive and convenient.

From the city center, you can ride your motorbike to Dong Bai ferry terminal and then purchase tickets for both the motorbike and the rider to board the ferry.

After arriving at Cai Vieng ferry terminal, you can continue your journey by taking the solitary road back to the town. When you reach the intersection, you have the option to choose between heading towards Cat Ba National Park or following the coastal road.

Haiphong to Cat Ba by motorbike
Haiphong to Cat Ba by motorbike

2.3. Bus from Haiphong to Cat Ba

Thinh Hung Bus Haiphong – Cat Ba: You need to travel to Binh bus station (16 Ben Binh, Minh Khai, Hong Bang, Haiphong).

Ticket price: 120,000 VND (includes Bus & High-speed boat)

To book bus tickets from Haiphong to Got ferry terminal, you can also book at 16 Ben Binh, Minh Khai, Hong Bang, Haiphong. Additionally, you can catch Thinh Hung bus route 16C from Thượng Lý bus station to Got ferry terminal. There is a bus every 20 minutes.

Thinh Hung Bus route from Haiphong to Cat Ba: Thượng Lý bus station – Tam Bac bridge – Nguyễn Đức Cảnh street – Trần Phú street – Điện Biên Phủ street – Lê Hồng Phong street – Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm street – Đình Vũ street – Tân Vũ Lạch Huyện bridge – Got ferry terminal.

After arriving at Cai Vieng ferry terminal, the bus will continue to take you to Cat Ba town. Please note that bus reservations must be made in advance before departure. When you arrive at Cai Vieng ferry terminal, there will be no buses waiting there, only taxis.

3. Haiphong to Cat Ba by Cat Hai Cable Car, traveling on the cable car to Phu Long station, and then to Cat Ba town (~100 minutes)

This final method of traveling from Haiphong to Cat Ba is quite intricate. It is not the fastest way to get there. However, in return, you will enjoy the fascinating experience of riding the cable car, recognized by UNESCO as the world’s highest cable car tower (214.8 meters). You can admire the beautiful scenery of Cat Ba from above (similar to Vinpearl in Halong, Quang Ninh). The Cat Hai – Phu Long cable car route has a total length of 3,955 meters and consists of 60 cabins. Each cabin can accommodate 30 passengers. On weekdays, the cable car will temporarily stop… This is a suggestion for the best way to avoid congestion at Cat Ba ferry terminal.

Haiphong to Cat Ba by Cat Hai Cable Car, traveling on the cable car to Phu Long station, and then to Cat Ba town
Haiphong to Cat Ba by Cat Hai Cable Car, traveling on the cable car to Phu Long station, and then to Cat Ba town

To reach the Cat Hai cable car station, you can follow similar methods as the ones mentioned above. You can take a bus, rent a car, or take a taxi to get there. Once you arrive, you can purchase tickets at the ticket counter.

After arriving at Phu Long station, you can continue your journey to the tourist area in Cat Ba town by bus. Alternatively, if you have rented a car in advance, the car will cross the ferry to Phu Long station and wait for you there.

The regulations for luggage on the Cat Ba cable car are as follows:

Passengers are allowed to carry 1 piece of carry-on luggage with specific dimensions as follows:

  • Height < 80cm
  • Length < 60cm
  • Width < 30cm
  • Total weight: not exceeding 30 kg

Prohibited items include:

  • Illegal goods, drugs, alcohol
  • Various types of knives, weapons (including toys)
  • Chemicals, paint, spray cans, compressed gas
  • Explosive or flammable materials
  • Glass bottles, glassware
  • Coolers, ice or ice bags
  • Opened beverages, food that may spill or leak
  • Main dishes, strongly scented or frozen food
  • Animals, pets
  • Motorcycles, scooters, any means of transportation

Special luggage items need to be inspected and may incur additional fees:

  • Bicycles
  • Luggage larger than 80cm
  • Luggage weighing more than 30kg
  • Commercial goods or large quantities of items
  • Fresh or frozen food…
Special luggage items need to be inspected and may incur additional fees:Bicycles
Special luggage items need to be inspected and may incur additional fees: Bicycles

The price list for parking at the Cat Ba cable car

The price list for parking at the Cat Ba cable car
The price list for parking at the Cat Ba cable car

How to get from Haiphong to Beo Pier:

Getting from Haiphong to Beo Pier is similar to the methods mentioned above. You can take a bus, taxi, or rent a car. If you take the bus, it will only stop at the center of Cat Ba town. From there, you can take a taxi, motorbike taxi, or electric car to get to Beo Pier. The distance from the center of Cat Ba town to Beo Pier is about 2km. Therefore, the taxi fare should not exceed 50,000 VND. If you take an electric car, the fare for one person is 10,000 VND per trip.

How to get from Haiphong to Beo Pier:
How to get from Haiphong to Beo Pier:

If you rent a car to go from Haiphong to Beo Pier, you won’t turn right onto 1 Thang 4 Street but instead continue straight onto Cai Beo Street. Just follow Cai Beo Street all the way, and you’ll reach Beo Pier. There is a spacious car park here. If you’re traveling by motorcycle, you can also leave your bike overnight here. There are many local households nearby offering parking services.

Currently, Beo Pier is undergoing upgrades to become more modern and appealing. Hopefully, in a year’s time, Beo Pier will become an even more attractive tourist destination.

How to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Cat Ba:

Although it may seem far, it only takes about 4 hours to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Cat Ba! The fastest way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Cat Ba is as follows:

From Ho Chi Minh City, go to Tan Son Nhat Airport and fly to Cat Bi Airport, Haiphong. The flight takes about 2 hours. Upon landing at Cat Bi Airport in Haiphong, Hai Phong Tours can pick you up directly from the airport and take you to Cat Ba immediately.

You will travel from Cat Bi Airport to Dong Bai ferry terminal (50 minutes). Then from Dong Bai ferry terminal, both vehicles and passengers take the ferry to Cai Vieng ferry terminal (20 minutes) if no waiting is required. From Cai Vieng ferry terminal, the vehicle will continue to take you to the center of Cat Ba town (30 minutes).

Conclusion: From Haiphong to Cat Ba

I hope this guide on how to get from Haiphong to Cat Ba will be very helpful for your trip. Also, make sure to book accommodation in advance! Especially if you’re traveling from far away places like Bac Giang, Hai Duong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Ninh Binh… pay special attention!

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