How to travel around in the Philippines?

How to get around in the Philippines?

Some taxi’s are corrupt or charge extra for tourists. We took Uber or Grab during our whole journey. By doing this, you know the price you’ll pay in advance and most of the time it is (even) cheaper than a regular cab.

To travel from island to island, taking the airplane or the boat are the most efficient options, depending on your destination:

 

From Manila to Cebu

We took the plane for Manila to Cebu. A ticket costs most of the time less then 100 EUR, to any place in the Philippines starting from Cebu. To get to the International Airport of Manila, the best and only option is to take the taxi. This will cost you almost nothing, but only a lot of time – around 1 hour coming from Makati/Manila Center.

 

From Cebu to Bohol

We took the ferry from Cebu to Bohol. This will cost you around 8 EUR per person and will take you 2 hours. Something horrible in the Philippines is the ‘terminal fee’ you need to pay for entering the terminal – Yes, even with a ticket! Next to this, they charge extra for luggage.

 

From Bohol to El Nido

There is an airport at Bohol, but not many flights take place. For this reason, we took the ferry back from Bohol to Cebu and a Grab to the airport of Cebu. This is the second biggest airport of the country and has daily flights to El Nido.

 

From El Nido to Coron

There is a daily ferry going from El Nido to Coron, leaving at 6AM. You need to book your ticket a day in advance, and this will cost you around 25 EUR. We forgot to book it, so went to the port at 5AM in the hope of being able to purchase a ticket… and yes we were lucky!  Oh, and the boat trip takes 5 hours, without air conditioning – worst part of our journey.

 

From Coron to Manila

In Coron, there are plenty of flights going to Manila, departing from Busuanga Airport. Cebu Pacific is a low-budget, but good airline to travel with.

 

Hopes this helps you a bit!

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