If you are going from Manila to Cebu you should consider three options; flying, going by ferry or going by bus and ferry. Flying is the most convenient and quickest way (1 h 15 min), but it’s also the most expensive way, costing on average Php 2,000 for a one-way ticket.
If you are willing to spend some more time to save money, then the 2GO Travel ferry is another option, taking 22 hours, but costing around half the price of a flight ticket. The ferry journey is quite pleasant and you will be sailing past many beautiful islands on your way from Manila to Cebu.
The third option, going by bus and ferry, is not really a recommended option, as it adds another 8 hours of travel compared to just the ferry trip (~30 hours total) and you’re really not saving much money for the inconvenience of switching transport midway through your trip.
The quickest way from Manila to Cebu is by flying, which takes approximately 1 hours and 15 minutes.
Taking a ferry is going to take a lot longer, on average 22 hours.
If you choose to go by bus and ferry you are looking at a trip that will take at least 30 hours.
If you fly, the distance between Manila and Cebu is around 570 kilometers.
If you choose to go by ferry, you will travel a distance of roughly 770 kilometers.
The road distance via the Philippine Highway/AH 26 or the Western Nautical Highway is just under 900 kilometers.
The flight to go from Manila to Cebu is going to cost you between PhP 3,000 (~60 USD) and PhP 9,000 (~170 USD) depending on airline and availability. If you can book your flight ticket early you will get the best price.
The ferry fare is normally between PhP 2,200 (~40 USD) and PhP 7,000 (~130 USD) depending on ferry company and cabin class.
A combination ticket with both bus and ferry is priced around PhP 2,500 (~50 USD) to PhP 5,000 (~100 USD).
Considering the prices and travel time, unless you are afraid of flying, your best option is to go by flight.
Daily schedule for Manila to Cebu
|Flight Manila - Cebu ₱ 1,873–8,466 1h 5m – 1h 35m|
|Ferry Manila - Cebu ₱ 1,442–2,861 22h|
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