Cat Ba To Sapa By Private Car

Cat Ba travel guide 

Cat Ba Island, located in northern Vietnam, is a popular destination known for its stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, and diverse wildlife. Here is a travel guide with some key details to help you plan your trip to Cat Ba:

By Bus and Ferry: You can take a private car from Cat Ba to Sapa and then proceed to the Ben Binh or Dinh Vu Harbor to catch a ferry or speedboat to Cat Ba Island.

Best time to visit:

The best time to visit Cat Ba is during the dry season, which extends from October to April. The weather is pleasant, and you can enjoy outdoor activities without much rain.
Avoid the peak tourist season in July and August, as the island can get crowded.

See more : Taxi from Hanoi to Sapa 

Cat Ba National Park: Explore the park's lush forests, hiking trails, and diverse wildlife. The park is home to the endangered Cat Ba langur, one of the rarest primate species in the world.

Lan Ha Bay: Take a boat tour or kayak through Lan Ha Bay, known for its limestone karsts, emerald waters, and hidden beaches. It's less crowded than nearby Halong Bay.

Beaches: Enjoy the pristine beaches on Cat Ba Island, such as Cat Co Beach, Tung Thu Beach, and Cat Dua Beach. Relax, swim, or indulge in water sports like snorkeling and kayaking.


Hospital Cave: Visit the historical Hospital Cave, an underground tunnel complex used as a secret hospital during the Vietnam War.

Food and dining:

Cat Ba offers a variety of seafood options due to its coastal location. Try fresh local seafood dishes like grilled squid, fish hotpot, and crab noodle soup. There are also restaurants serving Vietnamese and international cuisines.

Sapa travel information 

Sapa, located in the mountainous region of northern Vietnam, is a picturesque town renowned for its stunning landscapes, terraced rice fields, and vibrant ethnic cultures. Here are some travel details to help you plan your trip to Sapa:

Getting there:

By Train: The most popular way to reach Sapa is by overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. From Lao Cai, you can take a minibus or taxi for the remaining 38-kilometer journey to Sapa.

By Bus: There are also direct buses available from Hanoi to Sapa. The journey takes around 6-7 hours.
Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit Sapa is from March to May and from September to November. During these months, the weather is relatively mild, and the terraced rice fields are at their most vibrant.

Avoid the rainy season (June to August) when heavy rainfall can make trekking and outdoor activities more challenging.



Sapa offers a range of accommodation options, including hotels, guesthouses, and homestays. You can choose to stay in the town center or opt for accommodations in nearby villages for a more immersive cultural experience.

It's advisable to book in advance, especially during the peak season.

Things to Do and See:

Trekking and hiking: Explore the surrounding valleys and mountains on trekking or hiking tours. Visit ethnic minority villages, encounter breathtaking landscapes, and witness the daily life of local communities.

Fansipan mountain: Take a cable car or challenge yourself with a trek to the summit of Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina.

Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lush valleys.

Cat Cat Village: Visit Cat Cat Village, located near Sapa, to learn about the traditions and customs of the Black Hmong ethnic group. You can also purchase handmade crafts and textiles.

Bac Ha Market: If your visit coincides with a Sunday, make sure to visit the colorful Bac Ha Market, one of the largest ethnic markets in the region. Experience the vibrant atmosphere and browse through a wide variety of local products.

Food and dining:

Sapa offers a range of dining options, including local Vietnamese cuisine and international dishes. Don't miss trying the regional specialty "thang co" (horse meat soup) and other local dishes like grilled pork, sticky rice, and bamboo-tube rice.

You can also visit the local markets to try traditional street food and snacks.

Transportation within Sapa:

Sapa is home to several ethnic minority groups, including Hmong, Dao, and Tay communities. Respect their culture, traditions, and personal space. It's advisable to dress modestly and ask for permission before taking photographs of individuals.


How to get to Sapa from Cat Ba?


Option 1: from Cat ba - Hai Phong - Sapa  by private car 

When traveling on this route, the private car with driver will picks up you in Cat Ba, crosses the sea to Haiphong on a ferry and then runs directly to Sapa. The route is as follows:

1. The bus picks you up from the hotels on Cat Ba Island and brings to Cai Vieng Pier.

2. Take a ferry from Cai Vieng Pier on Cat Ba Island to Got Pier on Cat Hai Island. The travel time is about 20 minutes.

3. The taxi and driver through Tan Vu - Lach Huyen Bridge, Vietnam's longest bridge, which is the bridge connecting Haiphong and Cat Ba.

4. The private car with driver will make rest stops along the way.

5. Approximately 10-11 hours after starting the trip in Cat Ba, the private car arrives at Sapa. However, it might take more than that if the bus will be stopping to pick up passengers on the way (sometimes they do).

Option 2 : Cat Ba Island - Hanoi - Sapa by bus option.

Another route is to take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi and to make a stop in Hanoi before taking another bus to Sapa.

This route is more popular between tourists because the trip is less tiring than taking a direct bus and also you get a chance to visit the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi.

There are many companies offering trip by a bus on Cat Ba-Hanoi-Sapa route. Most of the companies will tell you that this is a direct route from Cat Ba to Sapa.

Actually, when traveling on this route, you will have to take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi and will stop in Hanoi first.

There you will need to wait for another bus (can be a bus of another company) to take you from Hanoi to Sapa.


The tour company will arrange both buses for you, but sometimes waiting in Hanoi might take few hours.

You can easily book a bus ticket from Cat Ba Island to Hanoi and from Hanoi to Sapa by yourself. It can actually be even better as you can choose your travel schedule.

The important thing is to check the time of departure and arrival (leaving flexibility for potential delays) as well as pick up and drop off points because each bus company uses different locations, meaning that your arrival and departure points in Hanoi might be quite far away.

There are other ways to travel both parts of this route so you combine them according to your preferences.


Tips travel to Sapa from Cat Ba by private car 


Booking a private transfer is the most convenient way to travel from Cat Ba to Sapa. A private transfer will normally pick you up from Ben Binh Pier in Haiphong, which can be easily reached from Cat Ba by hydrofoil.

The car will drive you through Hanoi area before heading directly to Sapa. The distance from Cat Ba to Sapa is about 420 kilometers and it takes about 7 hours to get there.


Taking a private transfer has many advantages as most of them come with English-speaking drivers and you can also stop by to visit various places along the way if you wish.

Private transfer is the best choice for people traveling as a group or family. But if you travel alone or with a small group, it might be too expensive.

Our car fleets information:


Sedan 4 seat.

Sedan or Vios :  Vietnam-Budget-Car-Rental-Fleet-cars-1 3 people & Vietnam-Budget-Car-Rental-suitcase 3 luggages + handbags.


(Toyota Vios, Mazda 3, Honda Civic, Kia Stinger, Kia Selto)

SUV 7 seat 

SUV or Innova: Vietnam-Budget-Car-Rental-Fleet-cars-1 5 people   & Vietnam-Budget-Car-Rental-suitcase 5 luggages + handbags.

(Mux Isuzu, Toyota Fortuner, Inova, Avanza, Rush, Ford Everest, Nissan Terra, Kia Sorento, Xpander, Suzuki Ertiga)

Mini van 16 seat
Minivan : Vietnam-Budget-Car-Rental-Fleet-cars-112 people &Vietnam-Budget-Car-Rental-suitcase16 luggages + handbags


(Mercedes Spinter, Huyndai Solati).


Journey - Rates USD Km /hrs  Type of car Price in USD/day
Cat Ba - Sapa 7hrs 4-7-12 $189-$229-$349

Note: we will chare more a bit if pick up the car and drop off at the difference location.

*Please, book and confirm the self car service with us in advance because we may require for the payment deposit contracted.

5-Vietnam-Budget-Car-Rental-ImagesService includes: English speaking driver, all of fuel and driver expenses, parking and airport fee, water, tissue.

5-Vietnam-Budget-Car-Rental-ImagesService excludes: Entrance fee, tour guide, meals, accommodation, and other services not clearly mentioned.

*An English speaking driver means our driver may communicate basic English at all as says hello, time to pick up and return, tell him to drive you to any tourist attractions, spots & restaurant on the tour as our driver is not a local tour guide and his English speaking is not perfect as the professional tour guide.

Professional English speaking tour guide will be 29$USD/ day.

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