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Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Island

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4 ways to get from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Island

Taking a Bus from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba IslandDuration: 4h 30m
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If you want to avoid sea travel by ferry, you can book a bus-only service option to take you from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Island. The bus you're on will board a ferry. The cabins are very clean and modern, with reclining seats, and are well air conditioned. You can even bring onboard a piece of luggage.

  • Pros
    • Low cost
    • Easy contact with suppliers
    • Blankets provided
    • Multiple departures per day
  • Cons
    • Pick up in city center only
    • Narrow seats
    • Speedy drivers
    • Possibly patchy WiFi
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Taking a Minivan from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba IslandDuration: 4h 30m
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There is 1 operator that run from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Island. If you decide to take a Minivan, you can take the Standard option.

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Taking a Private rides from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba IslandDuration: 4h 30m
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There are 2 operators that run from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba Island. If you decide to take a Car, you can take the Standard and Economy options.

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Taking a Bus+Ferry from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba IslandDuration: 4h
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In order to get to and from Ninh Binh and Cat Ba Island, you need to take a prearranged combination of a bus and ferry. There are options where the bus is transported by ferry, and others where you are driven up to a ferry. A/C is present in both the buses and ferries.

  • Pros
    • Comfortable cabins
    • Lots of cabin class options provided
    • Inexpensive
    • Luggage allowance
    • Transfer schedules of bus and ferry are aligned
  • Cons
    • Possible motion + sea sickness
    • Makes no personal pick ups
    • No time advantage
    • Weak WiFi signal
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About the ride from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba

The town of Ninh Binh, located around 60 miles (95 km) from Hanoi, is the gateway to some of Vietnam’s most unforgettable scenery. Located a short distance from Ninh Binh is Trang An, a region known for its foliage-covered limestone karsts and lush surroundings. Explore the region’s caves and pagodas on a relaxing boat tour or head out to the equally stunning Tam Coc region. 

Cat Ba Island is the largest of 367 islands that make up the Cat Ba Archipelago and is known for its rugged landscapes and outdoor activities. While there, go on a hike in Cat Ba National Park or head to its sandy beaches. Spend the day cruising the waters of Lan Ha Bay, famous for its majestic limestone karsts, and discover secluded beaches and picturesque islands.

The distance from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba is around 123 km (76 miles) and takes about four and a half hours to cover. Depending on your budget and preference, you could either book a combined bus and ferry ticket or choose a private taxi and hop on a ferry to get to Cat Ba Island. 

Depending on which operator you pick, you will get to stay on the bus as it boards the ferry to take you across to Cat Ba, or you may need to disembark from your bus for the ferry crossing and board a new bus once the boat reaches Cat Ba Island.

Buses are a popular and economical option and provide travelers with multiple departure times, starting from morning, with the last in early evening. On the other hand, if you want to have flexibility, space, and privacy, you can choose to book a private taxi or even a luxurious limo!

 

How to get from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba

Taking a bus

If you want a hassle-free ride with minimal transfers, taking a bus is a good option. Passengers stay on the bus as it boards the ferry and makes the crossing. Cushioned seats and a travel time of around 4.5 hours make this a good choice for those looking for a comfortable and convenient ride.

Taking a bus/ferry 

With 11 departures every day, the bus and ferry combination ticket is the most popular way to travel to Cat Ba Island. Passengers can choose from early morning, late morning, and early evening departures. Travel time varies from four to five and a half hours. Ticket prices start from $11 per passenger, making it the most cost-effective way of traveling. 

Hiring a private car/taxi 

Perfect for those traveling as part of a bigger group or with children, private taxis provide privacy, extra space, and flexibility in timings. You can book a standard car, which is suitable for solo travelers and those traveling in small groups (up to 3). Bigger vehicles that can accommodate up to 5 passengers are also available. If you want to travel in style, you can book a luxurious limo that comes with plush seats and plenty of legroom. All private taxis offer hotel pick up and drop off, making the journey a convenient and relaxing one. 

 

What to see when traveling from Ninh Binh to Cat Ba?

The journey from Ninh Binh to Hai Phong, the town from where ferries to Cat Ba Island originate, takes around two and a half to three hours. Take a quick nap or sit back and take in the sights of the Vietnamese countryside. The fields and the surroundings take on a sparkling green hue after the monsoons. 

If you take the bus and ferry option that requires you to disembark at the Hai Phong harbor and onto the ferry, you can sit back and enjoy the cool breeze as you come upon the first views of Cat Ba Island. 

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Bookaway's customers prefer Tourist Bus+Ferry by Daiichi Travel

Tourist Bus+Ferry by Daiichi Travel which usually takes 4h

BUSDiscovery Travel

MINIVANThe Long Travel

CARThe Long Travel | Ninh Binh Village 1990

BUS-FERRYDaiichi Travel | The Long Travel | Good Morning Cat Ba | Cat Ba Discovery

128 Km (Air)

Tourist Bus+Ferry by Daiichi Travel starting at US$11

Approximately, there are 8 departures each day. You can also book a private ride and leave whenever you want.