The most convenient way to get to Cebu from Bohol is by sea. Although it is also possible to travel by air, it requires a layover in Cagayan de Oro, Davao or Manila what makes the whole process longer, more expensive and quite a hassle.
How far is Cebu from Bohol
The distance between Tagbilaran, the capital of the island of Bohol, and Cebu City is about 90 kilometres.
How long does the journey from Bohol to Cebu take?
Cebu is a mere 2-hour ferry ride from Tagbilaran. If travelling by plane, two connecting flights will take two hours totally plus the time for a layover – from 45 minutes to four hours.
Note that flights depart from the New Bohol airport on Panglao island – you will require additional time to get there.
How much does the ride cost?
The cheapest (and the least comfortable) ferry tickets are available for as low as PHP400.
Flying can set you back PHP4,000 or more if you choose to fly with a more upscale Philippines Airlines instead of Cebu Pacific.
How to get from Bohol to Cebu by ferry
There are several ferries that regularly serve the Tagbilaran-to-Cebu route. Some of these ferries are equipped with an open-air deck from where you can enjoy the journey with smaller islands dotting the sea. It's also quite safe with the staff providing safety instructions before departing the pier.
Ferry schedule from Bohol to Cebu
The Bohol–Cebu route is quite popular thus there are over 20 departures a day operated by three main ferry companies.
The earliest ferry is SuperCat’s 5.50 am ferry followed by a 6 am Ocean Jet’s departure.
The last ferry of the day leaves Bohol at 6.30 pm.
Which ferry company to choose for a Bohol–Cebu trip?
All the companies plying the route, offer comfortable ferries with open-air decks and tourist and business class cabins. It is important to note, that in Cebu they dock at different piers.
Ocean Jet sails to Cebu Pier 1 and offers more departures a day than other companies do – over a dozen.
SuperCat via 2Go
SuperCat via 2Go has 6 daily trips from Tagbilaran to Cebu Pier SuperCat.
Lastly, there's also Weesam which has just three daily boats to Cebu at 6.15 am, 11.30 am, and 4 pm.
How long is the sea journey to Cebu from Bohol?
All fastcrafts cover the distance between Tagbilaran and Cebu City in about two hours.
What if the cost of a ferry ticket to Cebu?
The cost of the ticket depends on the operator and the class of the cabin.
Weesam has the cheapest non-aircon options at PHP400 though we would not recommend them. It is worth investing another PHP100 and get a comfier tourist class seat. They also offer tourist and first class tickets for PHP500 and PHP600 respectively.
There are open-air, tourist and business class tickets for Ocean Jet ferries priced PHP600, PHP800 and PHP1300 respectively.
SuperCat is slightly cheaper with PHP550 for tourist class tickets and PHP850 for business class.
How to get from Bohol to Cebu by plain
The airport in the capital of Bohol, Tagbilaran, was closed in November 2018. It has been replaced by the New Bohol International airport, or Panglao Island International airport on Panglao Island.
If flying from Bohol to Cebu with Cebu Pacific, expect to shell out PHP2,900-PHP3,700. There is a layover of several hours in Cagayan de Oro, Davao or Manila, but the actual flight time should not be more than 2 hours.