Manila to Cebu

Manila to Cebu

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How to get from Manila to Cebu

There are two main ways to get to Cebu City from Manila.

You can either fly from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Mactan-Cebu International Airport or go by sea.

Technically it is possible to get to Cebu from Manila via a combination of RORO buses and ferries, too, though the journey will be a long and not the most comfortable one.

How far is Cebu from Manila?

The air distance between Manila and Cebu is approximately 570 km.

The sea distance between the Port of Manila and the Port of Cebu is roughly 770 km.

The overland distance via Pan Philippine Hwy/AH 26 or via Western Nautical Hwy is slightly under 900 km.

How long does it take to get from Manila to Cebu?

Flying normally takes between 1 hour 15 minutes and one and a half hour.

The sea voyage is likely to rob you off your whole day of your life, and anyway will not take less than 22 hours.

Similarly, travelling by a combination of land transport and ferries, be ready to spend 30 hours and more.

What means of transport to choose?

Flying is definitely the fastest and the most convenient way to get to Cebu from Manila.

Taking a boat is slow and not necessarily cheap yet it is quite a picturesque way to get to Cebu as you will be sailing past several islands on your way from Luzon to Cebu.

Travelling by bus & ferry is exhausting though may prove slightly cheaper than flying or travelling by boat.

How much does it cost to get from Manila to Cebu?

The airfare for Manila-Cebu route typically ranges between PHP2,500 and PHP9,000.

The sea travel can cost anywhere between PHP2,200 and PHP7,000 depending on the type of the cabin you choose.

A combination ticket for bus and ferry should cost within PHP2,500–PHP5,000 range.

How to get from Manila to Cebu by ferry

There are direct ferries between port of Manila and port of Cebu operated by 2GO vessels. Crossing the ocean is not for the faint-hearted as the sea can be rough.

How long does it take to sail from Manila to Cebu?

It normally takes about 22 hours providing the weather is good.

How much do ferry tickets cost?

The price varies depending on the type of the cabin. The cheapest options are Tourist Class and Mega Value Class, both priced at about PHP2,200. Though air-conditioned, they are nothing more than spacious rooms you will share with other travellers.

Cabins for 4 or 6 are pricier and cost slightly under PHP3,000.

There are plusher Staterooms and Suitrooms for two from PHP6,500.

When do ships leave Manila for Cebu?

There are scheduled departures from Manila to Cebu every day of the week except Tuesday and Saturday.

Note that some ticket classes can be unavailable on certain vessels.

Travelling by ferry – what to expect?

On-board facilities may vary depending on the vessel but as a rule vessels feature at least a dining area and a café. Some have salons, karaoke and spa centres.

There are common cabins with bunk beds and private cabins similar to hotel rooms complete with an en-suit toilet and a bathroom.

How to get from Manila to Cebu by bus and ferry

Though technically possible, travelling from Manila to Cebu by bus and ferry is time consuming, exhausting and not that cheap hence not recommended. Yet you can consider it – this is the plan of how it works.

How long does a trip take?

It takes 22 hours from Cubao terminal in Manila to Ormoc by a RORO bus followed by a two-hour ferry journey from Ormoc to Cebu. A layover may add over 6 hours to your trip. There is only one bus a day from Manila to Ormoc, but four ferry trips a day from Ormoc to Cebu.

Similarly, it is about 14 hours from Cubao to Masbate by a RORO bus with four departures a day, and the same 14 hours from Masbate to Cebu by ferry, but there is only one scheduled departure a week.

How much does it cost?

Travelling via Ormoc is the most budget-friendly way. A bus ticket should cost about PHP1,800, a ferry ticket – under PHP800.

A bus to Masbate is about PHP1,300 and you can get ferry tickets to Cebu from Masbate for as low as PHP1,000 (and up to PHP3,700).

How to get from Manila to Cebu by plane

Manila–Cebu is one of the most popular routes in the Philippines served by over two dozens of daily flights.

Which companies fly between Manila and Cebu?

There are three airlines that fly daily from Manila to Cebu. Out of the three, there are two budget carriers, namely Cebu Pacific and AirAsia and then there is the country's flag carrier, Philippine Airlines.

How long does a flight take?

Flying to Cebu is a whisk – expect to spend under an hour and a half but throw in the time to get to/from the respective airports, time for check-in and luggage claim and you easily get to about 4-5 hours totally.

How much is the airfare between Manila and Cebu?

For the cheapest tickets (PHP2,500-PHP4,000) book much in advance. During the high season, even if buying one month ahead, you are more likely to score PHP5,000-PHP7,000 seats even with the lowcost carriers. Flying with Philippine Airlines can cost up to PHP9,000.

Transportation from Manila to Cebu

Facts about the transport from Manila to Cebu

Cheapest Transport$56
Fastest Transport1h 20m
Earliest Departure12:00 AM
Latest Departure11:05 PM
Departures per day27
Distance1500 kilometers
Transport Companies2GO, Cebu Pacific, Garuda Indonesia, Philippine Airlines, Philippines AirAsia, Sunlight Air

Manila to Cebu Destination Reviews

great easy friendly will use again thanks
Ferry Tourist Class, 2GO (2GO), Apr 10, 2024
Not clear it was in terminal 3 by the 12go map, I had to pay taxi twice
flight Economy, Cebu Pacific, Jan 27, 2024
Massive delay, bedbugs and cockroaches all over the place
Ferry Tourist Class, 2GO (2GO), Feb 12, 2023
Stay 5 hours delayed.
Ferry Mega Value Class, 2GO (2GO), Nov 6, 2022
It seems like im in ceuise ship,buy the meal/dishes being serve were too little not enough.
Ferry Super Value Class, 2GO (2GO), Aug 27, 2022
The entertainers/singers aboard had amazing voices. Bathrooms did not have toilet paper. Rooms did not resemble the pictures shown. But overall ride was ok.
Ferry Business class for 4, 2GO (2GO), Aug 4, 2022
The ship is good but not the policy is clear, they have a lot of hidden chargers. Like what u did to my booking the price of my booking is around 6200 but ur deduction to my debit is 6770 is to much, and also about the cargo they get 5000 pesos for my cargo it's generator by the way, then when we arrive at cebu terminal they took again 1000 for the terminal fee but they not show any receipts.
Ferry Mega Value Class, 2GO (2GO), Jun 21, 2022
flight Economy, Cebu Pacific, May 14, 2021
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