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Cat Ba island speed boat : The complete guide 2024 : Timetable, price, tips

Cat Ba island speed boat - The complete guide

Cat Ba island speed boat – The complete guide

In this article, you will learn about everything you need to know about Cat Ba speed boat, including schedule, rate, and useful tips, shows you details about how to travel to Cat Ba from either Hai Phong or Halong via speed boat.

About Cat Ba

Cat Ba island view

 

Cat Ba is known as the 3rd largest island in Vietnam, covering. 336 square kilometers, on the south of Halong Bay with the nickname “The Pearl Island”.

Cat Ba is known as the Unesco site since 2014 but is way less crowded than Halong Bay. Located in the Northeast of Vietnam, 30 kilometers from the city of Hai Phong and 3.5 hours drive,then ferry crossing from Hanoi to get to Cai Ba. 

Cat Ba is perfect for those who like to go off the beaten track, love nature, and outdoor activities and love the greenery with tons of activities: jungle trekking, hiking, stay in a homestay in the village, kayaking, swimming, cave visit, rock climbing and more. 

About Cat Ba Speed boat Terminals

There is only two speed boat terminal on Cat Ba Island to transfer tourists. All the speedboats are well-equipped with life jackets, fire alarms, Fire extinguishers, and first aid kits to meet the safety requirements of tourist standards.

Cai Vieng Pier

  • Location: Cat Hai, Hai Phong, For exact location on the map, click here 
  • Busy hours: 8:00 – 9:00 am and 2pm – 4 pm, during the weekend from Friday to Sunday – Super busy during the summer time from May to the middle of August. 

Located about 22 kilometers (13.6 miles)  from the town of Cat Ba,  Cai Vieng ferry (The main ferry crossing route from Hai Phong to Cat Ba), the pier serves hundreds of tourists daily from Got Pier, Hai Phong. It only takes half an hour from the city of Hai Phong via Tan Vu – Lach Huyen highway and bridge to Got pier, then another 8 -8-minute speed boat ride to get to Cai Vieng Speed boat terminal.

Gia Luan pier

  • Location: Cat Hai, Hai Phong, For exact location on the map, click here 
  • Busy hours: 8:00 – 9:00 am and 2pm – 4 pm, during the weekend from Friday to Sunday – Super busy during the summer time from May to the middle of August. 

Located about 22 kilometers (13.6 miles)  from the town of Cat Ba.  Gia Luan pier (The main ferry crossing route from Tuan Chau (Halong) to Cat Ba), the pier serves very few tourists daily from Tuan Chau harbour, Halong. During the peak season, if you are travelling by car and cross the ferry, it takes a few hours from May to the middle of August.  It only 15-minutes drive from Bai Chay or 25-minutes drive from Halong city, then another 15- minute speed boat ride to get to Gia Luan  Speed boat terminal (Cat Ba). 

Cat Ba island speed boat: Timetable, price and tips

Tuan Chau (Halong) to Gia Luan (Cat Ba)  and return speed boat guide 

Timetable and price 

Route Schedule Price : Per person (one way)
Halong to Cat Ba  8.30am, 12.30pm 165.000VND
Cat Ba to Halong 10am, 3pm 165.000VND

Paradise Express is the company that runs the 5-star speed boat from Tuan Chau to Cat Ba. There are 2 boats with a capacity of 198 seats and 300 seats. (They no longer operate the speedboat – Recent update)

Tips for taking a speed boat from Halong to Cat Ba 

  • If you are seasick, take the pill half an hour before departure
  • Present at the ticket booth 40 minutes or at least 30 minutes before departure. 
  • Buy the ticket online during the peak season from May to the middle of August to avoid being sold out. 
  • If you miss the speedboat, take the ferry instead or hire a private charter speedboat provided by Nam Tung company, about 200k VND per person. 
  • During public holiday like the 30th of April, May Day and 2nd of Sept, there is a huge crowd. Avoid them. 

We do offer private speed boat services from Tuan Chau (Halong Long) to Gia Luan, Cat Ba , eel free to contact us via Whatsapp at +84.974.313.104

Speed boat from Dong Bai Pier to Cat Ba (Cai Vieng)  and return

Got pier, Cat Hai, Hai Phong

Got pier, Cat Hai, Hai Phong

Timetable and price 

Route Schedule Price : Per person (one way)
Dong Bai Pier to Cai Vieng (Cat Ba) 6.50am, 8.20am, 10.00am, 1.10pm, 3pm, 4.40pm 165.000VND
Cai Vieng to Dong Bai Pier (Cat Hai)  7.00am, 8.30am, 10.10am, 1.10pm, 3.10pm, 16.50pm 165.000VND

Speed boat from Binh Pier to Cat Ba (Cai Vieng)  and return

Cat Ba island resort speed boat

Cat Ba island resort speed boat

Duration : 45 minutes

Timetable and price 

Route Timetable Price per person (One way)  Company name
Binh Pier – Cat Ba  7.00am, 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 6.45am (daily), 12.10pm (daily) 250.000VND Hoang Yen
Cat Ba – Binh pier 8am, 10am, 2.30pm (daily), 2.45pm, 16.30pm, 5.45am (daily), 12.30pm (daily) 250.000VND Hoang Yen
Hong Bang pier  – Cat Ba  9am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm 250.000VND Cat Ba island resort
Cat Ba – Hong Bang pier 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3.10pm, 4pm, 5pm 250.000VND Cat Ba island resort
Binh Pier – Cat Ba  7.00am, 8.00am, 10.00am, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm 150.000VND Hadeco
Cat Ba – Binh Pier 7.45a, 8.45am, 10.45am, 1.45pm, 3.45pm, 4.45pm, 4.45pm 15o.000VND  Hadeco

Where to take speed boat 

Pier’s name Thông tin
Binh pier
  • Address: No 1, Binh Pier, Minh Khai Ward, Hong Bang Dist, Hai Phong
  • Direction on Google Map
  • Opening hours: From 7am
  • Phone No: 0225.6617831
Got Pier
  • Address: DDT, Cat Hai town, Cat Hai, Hai Phong
  • Direction on Google Map
  • Opening hour: From 7am 
  • Phone number: +84.225.358.8999

Note : There is no speed boat services from Hai Phong to Cat Ba from September to Apirl (Low tourist season for Vietnamese visitors) 

How to get from Gia Luan or Cat Vieng to Cat Ba town

A private taxi works the best. The price is about 18 USD for a Sedan and 25 USD per trip for an SUV car, and 36 USD for a 16-seater minivan. 

Hanoi Eco Tour hopes this Cat Ba island speed boat complete guide provides you with enough information about speed boats from/to Cat Ba island. 

If you are looking for tours in Cat Ba, please see the list of tours from Cat Ba below

Private Lan Ha Bay cruise from Cat Ba/Hai Phong 

Cat Ba street food tour 

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