For travelers going from Caticlan to Batangas, there are two main forms of transport available. If your main destination is Manila, then you are better opting for a flight from Caticlan to Manila. It is similarly possible to fly to Manila and then to take a bus to Batangas from Pasay or Cubao – it will be the fastest and most convenient option. However, budget travelers may prefer to take a ferry from Caticlan to Batangas.
The distance from Caticlan to Batangas is 360 km. A flight from Caticlan to Manila takes just around an hour, then from Manila it would require traveling for around two and a half hours to Batangas. The journey by ferry from Caticlan to Batangas takes 9 or 10 hours. Depending on how much flexibility you have for your trip, you can choose to take a plane or a ferry.
The cost of traveling from Caticlan to Batangas by ferry ranges from around PHP 800 for a bunk bed in a common area shared with other travelers, to as much as PhP 4,000 for a private room for 2.
For flights, Cebu Pacific has the most reasonable options at around PHP 2,000 going from Caticlan to Manila; Air Asia tickets cost around PHP 2,500 one way, and with Philippine Airlines be ready to shell out around PHP 3,000.
Ferries from Caticlan to Batangas
Ferry ticket prices aboard 2Go vessels start from PHP 800 for bunk beds in the common area to PHP 4,000 for a private suite room for 2. However, prices vary depending on ferry bed availability as well as how far in advance you make your bookings.
2Go ferries need from 9 or 10 hours to complete the journey from Caticlan to Batangas, depending on the schedule and the vessel that you choose.
2Go has 2 vessels available serving this route: the St. Ignatius of Loyola and the St. Anthony de Padua. St. Ignatius of Loyola vessels depart Caticlan everyday of the week except Tuesdays, at 8AM and arrives in Batangas at 6PM. The St. Anthony de Padua vessel departs Sundays and Thursdays at 9PM and arrives in Batangas at 6AM, while it departs on Tuesdays at 8AM and arrives in Batangas at 6.15PM.
Note! 2GO sails from Caticlan to Batangas EVERY DAY.
If you decide to travel from Caticlan to Batangas by ferry, 2Go has morning and evening departures every day of the week. They rarely make cancellations although if you travel during the rainy season, it’s more prone to cancellations due to the possibility of bad weather.
The St. Ignatius ferry has more comfortable air-conditioned accommodation options available, although these are limited on the St. Anthony de Padua which only has the Super Value Class category and Tourist Class, which all have bunk bed options.
Travelers who worry about seasickness are recommended to book a private, comfortable room aboard the St. Ignatius of Loyola vessel. But no matter which vessel you choose, rides on the 2Go ferries are generally smooth-sailing and cozy.
Flights from Caticlan to Manila
Flying from Caticlan to Batangas via Manila will cost you anywhere between PHP 2,000 to PHP 3,000 one way with 7kg of free hand carry luggage, but the rates vary depending on seat availability, the season, and how long in advance you make the booking. It is always a good practice to book ahead of time if you want to save money on airline tickets. Note that while Air Asia tickets may cost less than those of the Philippine Airlines, no checked luggage is included, and the Philippine Airlines’ cheapest option comes at around PHP 3,000 one way but it’s already inclusive of 20 kg luggage.
The length of the flight from Caticlan to Manila is just around an hour. Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, and Philippine Airlines all offer direct flights. Connecting flights via Cebu are available with Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines only but it does not make much sense to travel this route via connecting flights.