Fly, take a bus or embark aboard a ferry – these are three ways to travel between Dumaguete and Cebu City. Flying is by far the fastest option, but when compared to the other options it very expensive. The bus is the cheapest and most convenient way to travel on this route. Taking a ferry is another option.
How far is it from Dumaguete to Cebu City?
It is about 130 km from Dumaguete to Cebu City as the crow flies. The overland journey is slightly longer at 170 km.
How long does it take to get from Dumaguete to Cebu City?
Depending on the means of transport, your journey can take from about one to 6+ hours. It takes just 45 minutes to fly from Dumaguete to Cebu City on a direct flight. A bus journey takes about 6 hours and the quickest ferry takes a little over three hours with slower boats taking six hours.
How much does it cost to travel from Dumaguete to Cebu City?
Flying from Dumaguete to Cebu City costs on average, 2,500PHP, the ferry will cost you about 800 PHP and the bus 450PHP.
How to get from Dumaguete to Cebu City by ferry
Every day there are several direct ferries between these two destinations. To get a good deal including low prices it is advisable to book in advance.
Where in Dumaguete do ferries to Cebu depart from?
From Dumaguete all the ferries bound for Cebu depart from the same place. To get to the port you can take a jeepney or tricycle and ask for the port or ferry terminal for ferries to Cebu City.
How long does it take to get from Dumaguete to Cebu City by ferry?
Weesam Express operates the fastest ferries with a journey time of just over three hours. The craft used by Ocean Fast Ferries (OceanJet) take from 3hr 40 minutes up to 5 hours. The slowest ferries are operated by George and Peter Lines, and Cokaliong Shipping Lines and take 6 hours to complete the journey.
The Weesam Express ferry departs at 1.15pm and arrives at Cebu’s pier 4 at 4.30pm.
Ocean Fast Ferries (OceanJet) depart at 7.30 am, arriving at pier 1 at 11.10am. Their second daily sailing departs at 2.20pm and arrives at the same pier at 7.20pm.
Cokaliong Shipping lines has two departures each day, they operate at 12 noon and midnight, each arriving 6 hours later at pier 1.
George and Peter Lines have just two sailings each week. Mondays sailing departs at 3pm arriving at pier 2 six hours later, while Friday’s overnight departure leaves at 11pm, arriving at 5am the next morning.
How much does it cost to get from Dumaguete to Cebu City by ferry?
The ferry fare depends on the operator, class of the vessel, your travel dates and travel class. As an idea, a tourist class will cost you about 800 PHP.
Ferry travel tips
The sea crossings in this area can be extremely rough during bad weather so we would strongly advise you to take medicines – even if you are normally not prone to seasickness.
How to get from Dumaguete to Cebu City by bus
Bus is the cheapest way to travel between Dumaguete and Cebu though not as scenic as a farry journey.
Where are bus stations in Dumaguete and Cebu located?
In Dumaguete, buses bound for Cebu depart from the bus terminal close to Robinson’s Place.
In Cebu the buses arrive at the Southbound Bus Terminal.
Are there direct bus routes between Dumaguete and Cebu City?
Yes. But there is just one bus operator (Ceres Liner) that covers the entire route with a direct bus.
How to get to Cebu by ferry & bus?
A slightly more complicated way which gives your though more flexibility with the schedule is to cross the sea from Dumaguete to Liloan first and then hop onto a bus there.
There are several bus operators with buses from the Liloan Ferry Terminal to Cebu City. There are seven direct buses every day with the first bus leaving Dumaguete at 3.15am with the last bus leaving for Cebu at 10.30pm. Buses from the ferry terminal at Liloan are more frequent with the first at 4am. They operate at 30 minute intervals although some of these buses may not have air-conditioning.
How long does it take to get from Dumaguete to Cebu City by bus?
On a direct bus this journey takes around 6 hours. This includes the time it takes waiting to load onto the ferry at Santander.
The crossing to Liloan takes another 30 minutes and then it is another 4.5 hours to Cebu City. If you choose to take a bus from Liloan then you will need to take a jeepney from Dumaguete to the ferry terminal, once you depart the ferry you then have to find the bus to Cebu City.
How much does it cost to get from Dumaguete to Cebu City by bus?
On a direct bus this journey will cost you 450 PHP, including the cost of the ferry. A bus from Liloan to Cebu City will cost around 350PHP, it will cost you at least 10 PHP for a jeepney to the ferry terminal and the ferry will cost you another 70PHP.
Bus travel tips
While taking the direct bus is not cheaper, it is still less hastle particularly if you have luggage which can be stowed underneath.
At every stop you will be pestered by hawkers although you may want to buy enough snacks before you begin the journey, particularly water.
The best views inland are seen from the seats on the driver’s side of the bus, for sea views you should sit on the other side of the bus.
How to get from Dumaguete to Cebu City by plane
A direct flight from Dumaguete to Cebu takes mere 45-50 minutes thus making it an easy hop.
How to get to Dumaguete airport?
The airport at Dumaguete is known as Sibulan Airport and the easiest way to reach the airport is by using a motorised tricycle. They, along with the jeepney are the most popular forms of transport in and around the city. It will cost you less than 10 PHP to get to the airport.
How to get from Cebu airport?
On arriving at Mactan-Cebu International Airport you can take an airport bus into the city at a cost of 40 PHP. The buses are operational from 7am until 10pm and run at intervals of 20 minutes. Taxis are available 24 hours and all operate from a meter, there is no fixed charge for journeys.
How long does it take to fly from Dumaguete to Cebu City?
It takes just 45 minutes on one of the eight daily direct flights from Dumaguete to Cebu City. There are indirect flights available through Manila but these take several hours and naturally should not be considered.
How much does it cost to fly from Dumaguete to Cebu City?
An economy class ticket on this route costs on average 2,500PHP. A full price first class seat can cost more than 8000PHP.
Air travel tips
If you can travel midweek or on a Saturday you will find cheaper seats available. Another way to secure reductions on your ticket is to make an advanced booking at least three weeks prior to the date you are flying.