How to get from SAPA to CAT BA Island?

How to get from Sapa to Cat Ba Island
How to travel from Sapa to Cat Ba Island? You can travel by bus, train and ferry. Book tickets to Cat Ba Island online.

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Cat Ba Island – the largest tourist island in famous Ha Long Bay.

    • How to get from Sapa to Cat Ba Island? From Sapa to Cat Ba Island you can travel by various ways and routes. There are some buses from Sapa to Cat Ba Island (without stopover in Hanoi), but it is good to know this way of travel takes about 11 hours. Bus tickets from Sapa to Cat Ba Island cost about $15-25/pp. You can also travel by bus to Ha Long and from Ha Long (Tuan Chau Island) you can travel by boat to Cat Ba Island. Another possibility is to travel by train from Lao Cai to Hai Phong via Hanoi. In Hai Phong you can take a speedboat to Cat Ba Island.
    • You can easily book e-tickets from Sapa to Cat Ba on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square.

    • It is also possible to travel by regular train from Lao Cai (25 km from Sapa) to Hanoi and in Hanoi you can take a bus (+ferry from Hai Phong) to Cat Ba Island. There is a short transfer by boat/ferry in Hai Phong (Bến phà Gót port) to Cat Ba Island (Cái Viềng port). Travel distance from Sapa to Cat Ba Island is about 500 km, so you should know, it it takes a lot of travel time. You can book bus, train or ferry tickets to Cat Ba Island online. From Cat Ba you can travel to central Vietnam, e.g. train/bus or plane to Da Nang – the 4th biggest city of Vietnam.


How do I get from Sapa to Cat Ba Island?


1. BUS from Sapa to Cat Ba Island

    • there are some  tourist sleeper busese from Sapa to Cat Ba Island
    • semi-sleeper and comfortable bus of Ket Doan, Good Morning Cat Ba or Grouptour
    • travel by bus from Sapa to Cat Ba Island takes about 10-11 hours
    • one-way bus ticket from Sapa to Cat Ba Island costs about $15-25/pp
    • if you do not find your tickets try to change your date of departure
    • Book and buy bus tickets from Sapa to Cat Ba Island online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Cat Ba Island by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present when boarding the bus in Sapa, read carefully the information on 12go.asia


2. BUS from Sapa to Cat Ba Island (with stop in Hanoi)

    • there are also another buses to Cat Ba Island with stopover in Hanoi
    • bus companies: Ket Doan, Good Morning Cat Ba, Inter Bus Line, Hung Thanh, Hason Haivan, EcoSapa…
    • travel by bus from Sapa to Cat Ba Island with stop in Hanoi takes about 12-15 hours
    • bus ticket from Sapa to Cat Ba (with stop in Hanoi) costs about $25-40
    • if you do not find direct bus connection, try to change your arrival place (Sapa to Hanoi > Hanoi to Sapa)
    • Book bus tickets from Sapa to Cat Ba Island (with stop in Hanoi) on Baolau icon-external-link-square
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Cat Ba by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present when boarding the bus in Sapa, read carefully the information on Baolau
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Sleeper tourist bus by Ket Doan from Sapa to Cat Ba (photo: Baolau).


How to travel from Sapa to Ha Long Bay?


1. BUS from Sapa to Ha Long

You can also travel from Sapa to Ha Long Bay (Bai Chay bus station) in the town by bus. From Bai Chay bus station in Ha Long you can take a taxi to Tuan Chau Island (about 5 km) and in Tuan Chau Island you can travel by boat to Cat Ba Island (to the northern part of Island – Gia Luan port). From Gia Luan port you can take a local bus to the town of Cat Ba. You can also travel from Sapa to Ha Long Bay by combination of train from Lao Cai and bus from Hanoi, but it takes a lot of time, read this > How to get from Sapa to Ha Long Bay?

    • there is a tourist sleeper bus from Sapa to Ha Long (Bai Chay bus station)
    • sleeper tourist bus of Phuc Xuyen company
    • departures from Sapa: 8:00, 11:00, 16:00 (check Baolau)
    • travel by bus from Sapa to Ha Long takes about 9-10 hours
    • one-way bus ticket from Sapa to Ha Long costs about 400 000 viet.dongs ($15)
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets from Sapa to Ha Long online on Baolau icon-external-link-square
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Ha Long by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present when boarding the bus, read carefully the information on Baolau
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Bus from Sapa to Ha Long of Phu Xuyen company (photo: Baolau)


Cat Ba Island + Halong Bay – Tourist Map:

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Cat Ba Island – Tourist detailed map – Transport, islands in Halong Bay…

Baolau – search and book tickets online
– you can book train, bus, ferry tickets, flights – Vietnam (+tickets for Laos and Cambodia, Thailand…)
– flights of Vietnamese airlines, Air Asia, JetStar, VietJet Air as well as flights to neighbouring countries
– ferry tickets in Vietnam (eg. ferry to Cat Ba, ferry to Phu Quoc, ferry to Nam Du, ferry to Quan Lan, ferry to Con Dao…)
– tickets for travel routes in Vietnam (eg. Da Nang to Ninh Binh, Hue to Nha Trang, Da Lat to Hoi An…)
– the price of tickets or flights is from the official price of transport company or airlines
– you can use online train ticket in mobile phone in Vietnam (I recommend to print a ticket)
– read in the order any other information about ticket, read also frequently asked questions

12go.asia – search and book tickets online
– you can book train, bus, ferry tickets, flights mainly in Thailand (+ Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, China..)
– ferry/boat tickets in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, eg. ferry to Vung Tau, Koh Rong, Koh Chang, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Tao
– tickets for the main routes in Thailand, eg: Bangkok to Hua Hin, Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Bangkok to Krabi
– you can not use an online train ticket in Thailand, you have to print it (12go can deliver these train tickets)
– you can use an online train e-ticket in your mobile phone in Vietnam (not in Thailand)
– read also information about train tickets and trains in Thailand
– if you book a ticket of private trains in Vietnam to Lao Cai on 12go.asia, Baolau (King Express, Sapaly…), you must pick it up at the station

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Viewpoint in Cannon Fort in Cat Ba Island.
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At the Cat Ba town you can visit various restaurants on the sea.
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Cannon Fort is only about 2 km from the Cat Ba town.
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Cat Ba Island and the bay in the western part of the island.
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Bến Bèo at the Cat Ba town in the Cat Ba Island.
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Town of Cat Ba and Cat Ba port (Bến tàu Cát Bà)


icon-info-circle Faqs + Tips – Travel route from Sapa to Cat Ba Islandicon-angle-double-down

How to book and buy tickets from Sapa to Cat Ba Island?

    • You can book e-tickets from Sapa to Cat Ba Island online on Baolau or 12go.asia.

How to search and book a tour to Cat Ba in Ha Long Bay?

    • You can search and book a tour or cruise to Cat Ba Island with Tourradar.

How long does it take to travel from Sapa to Cat Ba Island?

    • Travel by bus from Sapa to Cat Ba Island takes about 11-12 hours.
    • Travel by train+bus from Sapa to Cat Ba Island takes about 15-17 hours.

How much does it cost to travel from Sapa to Cat Ba Island?

    • Travel by bus/minivan from Sapa to Cat Ba Island costs about $15-25/pp.
    • Travel by train+bus from Sapa to Cat Ba Island costs about $25+/pp.

What is the travel distance from Sapa to Cat Ba Island?

    • Travel distance from Sapa to Cat Ba Island is about 500 km by train/bus/minivan + ferry.

Is it possible to travel by plane from Sapa to Cat Ba Island?

    • No, it is not possible to travel by plane because there is no airport in Sapa and on Cat Ba Island.

What is the fastest way of transport from Sapa to Cat Ba Island?

    • The most fastest way how to get to Cat Ba Island from Sapa is to travel by bus/van from Sapa to Hanoi (about 6 hours) and from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island by bus+ferry (about 4-5 hours).

What is the bus schedule from Cat Ba to Hanoi?

    • There are various buses from Cat Ba to Hanoi, read this article: Buses from Cat Ba Island to Hanoi. Travel by ferry+bus from Cat Ba Island can take up to 4 hours and bus tickets cost about $11-17/pp.

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15 best and cool hotels and resorts in Cat Ba Island.

icon-arrow-circle-right Book your bus, train or ferry tickets from Sapa to Cat Ba Island + Scheduleicon-angle-double-down

(you can change your departure and arrival, eg. Sapa > Hanoi, Hanoi > Cat Ba, Hai Phong > Cat Ba)

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