There is the way from Hanoi to Cat Ba island through Ha Long city, this way may be a little farther than through Hai Phong. There are 2 options you can choose.
From Ha Noi you can take a bus or car to Ha Long city, stopping at Tuan Chau harbor. There are tourist boats to Cat Ba town, taking 4 hours (10 USD).
- From Tuan Chau: 13h00
- From Cat Ba : 8h00
Take a car, motor bike or bicycle from Hanoi to Ha Long city, then to Tuan Chau island. There is Tuan Chau ferry to Gia Luan harbor – Cat Ba island, you can drive 30 minutes from Gia Luan harbor to Cat Ba town. The daily ferry so easily as it is operated every 1 hour from 6h00 AM till 18h00 PM. It takes only 45 – 50 minutes per ferry journey. In the high season it departs in every 30 minutes.
The price is very reasonable but satisfaction and security guaranteed:
- Walker: 70 000 VND = 3 USD
- Motorbike: 10 000 VND = 0.5 USD
- Less than 9 pax Van: 100 000 VND = 4.5 USD
- From 9 pax to 16 pax Van: 350 000 VND = 16 USD