Cat Ba Transportation

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    Haiphong to Cat Ba

    by akikonomu Written Aug 6, 2005

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    Slow boat

    At the time we were there, ferries from Haiphong to Cat Ba only have two runs (hydrofoils and slow boat at 930 am and 130pm). During the peak season, do not be surprised that hydrofoils are fully booked way ahead, leaving us with little choice but to take the slow boat (which was a rather pleasant ride).

    The hydrofoils take 50 minutes but with no view of the surrounding - my friend calls that the "flying coffin" as the boat is fully enclosed and windows are two-ply (leaving little space for escape) . The slow boat takes 2 hours and you can get out onto the deck for wind or phototaking.

    The return trip from Cat Ba are usually after noon (around 2 to 3pm).

    Wherever possible, book the ferries as soon as you arrive in Haiphong or Cat Ba to ensure you return on time (if you are hard pressed for time)

    Also note that the jettys for the hydrofoils and slow boats are different, so make sure you ask the hotel staff to confirm the point of departure.

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    Slow Boat Ride to Halong Bay

    by akikonomu Written Aug 9, 2005

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    If you choose to tour Lan Ha Bay or Halong Bay from Cat Ba instead of Halong city, it may be good to hire the services of a local boatman to bring you around. The charge at our point of visit was about US$35 for 7 hours.

    You will ride on xe-om to the tourist harbour on the East of Cat Ba town. From there, the small boat (can carry about 6 people or so) will weave its way out to the bay. A very slow and relaxing ride.

    You have the freedom of going to some less explored areas, if you wish and if the tide conditions permit.

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    Hoang Long Buses out of Hanoi

    by evert_h Written Mar 17, 2011

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    As is mentioned in the Lonely Planet it is possible to get a bus-boat-bus ride from Loung Yen busstation to Cat Ba city. But you need to buy the ticket at the Hoang Long booth at Loung Yen station NOT from the driver. I went with the HL bus of 05.15 AM and they just dropped me in Haiphong. I went to the jetty for the ferry and they charged me Dong 300.000; which is double the standard-price, some other tourist on the boat paid D 400.000 each. SO BEWARE.
    In the Haiphong section in the LP is mentioned that you can also get to Cat Ba via a bus-boat-bus route from the minibus-station on P Quang Trung. That is the same route as Hoang Long is taking. HL charges now(11.03.17) D 190.000 for the bus-boat-bus out of Loung Yen; Hanoi.

    So you can do it by yourself or via Hoang Long but do not take the ferry at D Ben Binh in Haiphong because you will guaranteed be overcharged.

    Departures from Loung Yen station to Cat Ba are at 05.20 AM, 07.20 AM, 11.20 AM, 01.20 PM.
    It takes 3 hours and 10 minutes to get to Cat Ba.
    Departures from Cat Ba village are: 07.15 AM, 09.15 AM, 01.15 PM, 03.15 PM.
    I got this info from Hoang Long buscompany themselves.

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    Getting Cat Ba Island from Hanoi

    by amandavid Written Jul 24, 2013

    I - From Hanoi, you can take a local bus to go to Hai Phong city, then go by taxi to Ben Binh harbour to take a speed boat to Catba town. You will come to our re.office in Catba or contact us for pick up.
    Local bus station in Hanoi to go to Hai Phong city:
    * LƯƠNG YÊN BUS STATION: No1, Nguyễn Khoái, Hà Nội.

    II - HAI PHONG - CATBA: You can take speed boat from BEN BINH HARBOUR
    Address: No 1 Ben Binh street, Hai Phong city. It take you about 1 hour to go by speed boat from Hai Phong to Catba town. SPEED BOAT NAME IS NOW:
    * HOANG YEN HYDROFOI
    Address: 1 Ben Binh street, Hai Phong city.
    Speed boat Haiphong - Catba timetable:
    + HAI PHONG - CATBA START AT: 09H00; 13H00
    + CATBA - HAI PHONG START AT: 14H00; 16H00

    * CATBA ISLAND RESORT & SPA HYDROFOI
    Address: 1 Ben Binh street, Hai Phong city.
    Speed boat Haiphong - Catba timetable:
    + HAI PHONG - CATBA START AT: 07H00; 09H00; 10H00; 13H00; 15H00; 16H00
    + CATBA - HAI PHONG START AT: 07H00; 08H00; 10H00; 13H00; 14H00; 16H00

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