Cebu to Manila

Cebu to Manila

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1h 25m First: 7:30 Last: 19:20

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Cebu to Manila Schedule

Cebu to Manila Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Cebu Pacific Economy #5J57607:30 - 09:10₱ 1,535
Cebu Pacific Economy #5J56814:55 - 16:20₱ 1,535
Cebu Pacific Economy #5J57017:35 - 19:05₱ 1,535
Philippines AirAsia Economy #Z278219:20 - 20:50₱ 2,881

How to get from Cebu to Manila

The two major means of transportation that connect Cebu City to Manila are airplanes and ships.

Travelling by a combination of ferries and RORO buses though technically possible, is not recommended due to the long travel time and inconvenience.

What is the distance between Cebu and Manila?

As the crow flies, it is only 570 km between Cebu and Manila.

Ships cover 770 km to complete their journey.

Overland distance is about 900 km, partly covered by bus and partly – by ferry.

What is the travel time between Cebu and Manila?

Travelling from Cebu to Manila can take as little as one hour and a half to as long as 30 hours and up.

Going by plane is obviously the fastest and most comfortable way (under 90 minutes). Ferries need at least 22 hours to bring you back to the capital while a combination of a ferry and a bus takes even longer due to the necessary layover which will rob you off several hours at best – expect to spend 30-32 hours.

How much do Cebu–Manila tickets cost?

Whichever means of transport you choose, you are unlikely to spend less then PHP2,200 with PHP3,000-4,000 being a more realistic figure.

Airfare ranges between PHP2,500 and PHP9,000; ferry tickets can cost PHP2,200-PHP7,000; and even the backpacker-style ferry & bus trip will set you back no less than PHP2,500 – and up to PHP5,000.

How to get from Cebu to Manila by ferry

Sea vessels that cross the sea between Cebu and Manila are huge vessels accommodating over 2,000 passengers. They offer different types of cabins and a choice of on-board facilities. In general, it is a comfortable though somewhat boring journey – unless you are a buff of seascapes.

How long does a sea journey from Cebu to Manila last?

Getting to Manila from Cebu by ferry will take no less than 22 hours. You can either make an adventure out of it or sleep it off.

What is the fare for Cebu-Manila ferry tickets?

The cheapest tickets for Tourist or Mega Value Class with bunk beds in a spacious shared room cost from PHP2,200.

Tickets for more comfortable and private 4-6 passenger cabins are sold at about PHP3,000.

Staterooms and Suitrooms for two, complete with an en-suit toilet and bathroom and resembling more a hotel room than a cabin, will set you back from PHP6,500 and up.

What is the vessels’ schedule for Cebu-Manila route?

There are no departures on Monday and Thursday.

On other days of the week there are both morning, afternoon and evening departures of 2GO vessels. The schedule changes depending on the season and sometimes every month.

Ferry travel tips

If you are prone to seasickness, come prepared and have the necessary medicine at hand.

Depending on the vessel, you can expect facilities like the reception and dining areas, convenience stores, charging stations, cafes, salons, spas, and even a karaoke room. There are both air-conditioned areas and open areas.

How to get from Cebu to Manila by ferry and bus?

Though time consuming and not necessarily cheap, it is possible to take a ferry from Cebu to Masbate or Ormoc and then change for a bus to complete your journey to Manila overland with a couple of RORO stretches.

How long does it take to get to Manila by ferry & bus?

Expect to spend 30 hours or more due to layovers.

How much will the ferry & bus trip cost?

Be ready to pay from PHP2,500 to PHP5,000 for a ferry and a bus ticket.

Tips for a combination sea & land travel to Manila

There may not be many departures for the route you need. E.g. the ferry from Cebu to Masbate is operated by Cokaliong Shipping and departs once a week on Friday though once in Masbate there are four RORO bus departures daily.

Similarly, if travelling via Ormoc, there are four ferries from Cebu to Ormoc a day, but only one daily bus to Manila from Ormoc.

In Manila, buses normally arrive to Cubao bus terminal.

How to get from Cebu to Manila by plane

Flying has never been more affordable, especially when traveling between Cebu and Manila. Almost 30 flights operated by three different airlines ply the skies between Cebu and Manila daily.

Which airlines serve Cebu-Manila route?

The route is served by two lowcost carries, namely Cebu Pacific and Air Asia. They are your best bet if you are traveling light. Both airlines offer a fly-only alternative without having to pay for luggage or any other add-ons like meals or insurance.

Philippine Airlines may be a bit on the pricier side but their tickets are already inclusive of some checked luggage and a light snack.

How long is the flight?

Flying time between Mactan-Cebu International Airport and Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport is 90 minutes.

How much do air tickets cost?

The cheapest tickets – PHP2,500-PHP4,000 – can be booked much in advance and during off-season.

The major Philippine holidays like Christmas, New Year's Eve, Holy Week, and All Saint's Day is the busiest time with ticket prices rocketing to PHP7,000-PHP9,000.

Transportation from Cebu to Manila

Cebu to Manila Destination Reviews

ferry Super Value Class, 2GO (2GO), Mar 11, 2021
It was great!
ferry Mega Value Class, 2GO (2GO), Feb 6, 2020
I didn’t like the food
flight Economy, Philippines AirAsia, Feb 5, 2020
good journey
flight Economy, Cebu Pacific, Jan 25, 2020
I did not pre check or pre pay for check in bags bc I was unsure at time of early previous booking weeks before. Lady said we will pay overage, but instead in the end we paid flat fee to check 4 bags for more expensive but better value. She could have save time and mention that it’s better deal to pay flat fee for 4 bags instead of kg overage. But maybe communication error on both parties her and us, or bc my spouse was rushing and making me nervous to understand. Overall it went ok and satisfied with check in.
ferry Super Value Class, 2GO (2GO), Jan 21, 2020
Terribly delayed, no information in the pier. Said boarding at pier 6, but was in pier 1. Hard to get food onboard. But quite comfortable journey, there were showers and other facilities
ferry Super Value Class, 2GO (2GO), Dec 31, 2019
flight Economy, Philippines AirAsia, Dec 21, 2019
The delayed flight is really unbelievable! We have a baby with us that needs to be pacified all the time but then the smooth flight & the FA dis good.
ferry Mega Value Class, 2GO (2GO), Dec 12, 2019
It's great and convenient ????
flight Economy, Philippines AirAsia, Dec 8, 2019
Nothing bad
ferry Tourist Class, 2GO (2GO), Oct 29, 2019
Not so fine, delayed with the schedule of arriving.and comfort room.smell so bad.but at the end thank you for the trip...and arriving so safe.
flight Economy, Philippines AirAsia, Oct 3, 2019
No problem so far. I just learned that a Chuckie Nestle will become 4x more expensive if it is bought thousand meters up in the air, haha
ferry Mega Value Class, 2GO (2GO), Aug 27, 2019
This is my 1st time and I really like it the fact that we have free bfast, lunch and dinner how amazing?! Thanks 2go!
ferry Mega Value Class, 2GO (2GO), Aug 15, 2019
Well good
flight Economy, Philippines AirAsia, Jul 27, 2019
Besides the awkward check-in line, the staff seemed to be a little 'unfocused' and demur in attitude... As well, it was difficult to get any attention from the flight associates, as they were busy serving meals and drinks to 'paying' customers, that took way too much time... perhaps that process could be improved much better for all future flights - there's got to be an easier way to go about that.
ferry Mega Value Class, 2GO (2GO), Jun 20, 2019
need more customers service
ferry Mega Value Class, 2GO (2GO), Apr 11, 2019
So amazed with my trip thanks a lot.
ferry Mega Value Class, 2GO (2GO), Mar 25, 2019
It was a nice experience. Not sure if for security reasons but lights on all night in the dorm. Better to choose bottom bunk. Satisfactory method of travel for the price. Fine print of rules and regulations of ticket is very unprofessionally written. Very surprised a company of this stature would permit such writing. An insult to people’s intelligence.
flight Economy, Philippine Airlines, Jan 29, 2019
Good flight and on time. I wish 12go had suggested options for the overnight boat as well. I might have chosen that option. That said, the flight was good, on time and well-priced.
flight Economy, Cebu Pacific, Dec 28, 2018
I was transferred to an earlier flight ????
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