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Getting to Bohol, Philippines

IJsselstein, Friday, 18 May 2001 (updated: Wednesday, 1 June 2011)

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Bohol is located in the central Philippines, and can be conveniently reached by air and boat.

Coming from abroad, you have two options: you can fly to Manila or Cebu. Cebu is the most convenient, but only a limited number of international flights will arrive there. Coming from Europe, you'll need to have a stop-over in either Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong, however, it will save you the hassle of going through Manila (including a transfer from NAIA to the domestic airport, and dealing with stricter luggage-weight restrictions on domestic flights).

Among others, the following airlines fly international routes to Cebu: Silk Air, Malaysia Airlines, and Cathay Pacific.


If you come via Manila, you'll probably want to take a connecting flight to Tagbilaran, which takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is also possible to take a boat to Bohol, but will take 25 hours, and is only advisable if you have plenty of time at hand and enjoy a trip on sea, or have to travel on a rock-bottom budget or with a lot of luggage. Currently, there are numerous daily flights from Manila to Tagbilaran.

If you fail to catch a direct flight, you can also fly from Manila to Cebu, and then continue by boat. The flying time is about 50 minutes. The transfer by taxi from the airport to the pier takes about 30 minutes in normal traffic conditions, and should cost 165 pesos (2007). The following airlines fly from Manila to Cebu: PAL, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Asian Spirit, Astro Air, and Grand Air.

It is always worthwhile to look for a promotional fare if you fly. You can save a considerable amount of money by asking around a little.


If you come via Cebu, you can take the one and a half hour trip with a fast boat to Tagbilaran. The regular boat to Tagbilaran will take about four hours. It is also possible to take a boat to Tubigon and Talibon, and a number of other towns on Bohol, which may be more convenient if you want to be on the west or north coast of the island.

The most economical way to get from Cebu to Tagbilaran by boat is to catch a ferry to Tubigon, and continue by bus or V-hire from Tubigon to Tagbilaran. This is sometimes both faster and cheaper than taking a boat directly to Tagbilaran.

Note that security regulations on domestic flights in the Philippines no longer allow bringing liquids (such as perfumes and bottles of wine) as carry-on items into the cabin. Even if you had those liquids sealed by duty-free shops on the airport of origin, you may be forced to throw them away if you are not able to place them in your checked-in luggage.

See Domestic Flight Schedules, Fast Ferry Schedules, and Regular Ferry Schedules.

Jeroen Hellingman

What readers think...

Bert wrote:
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 17:11:07 PHT
Hi. I am looking for a Self-Drive Car for Rent, pick-up point will be in Tubigon for this Dec. 6, 2014. Ive been scanning the net for 3days now and so far, I couldnt find any. For those who could recommend, Id appreciate greatly! Thank you!
Neil wrote:
Friday, 3 October 2014 05:03:27 PHT
Saan pede maka rent ng van for 14-16 ka tao, self drive since may own driver kami then kahit saamin na din ang gasolina good for two days, then sa tubigon ang route namin? gusto kasi namin kami lang ang bahala sa pupuntahan namin since may taga bohol din kaming kasama, may taga turo kung saan ang hindi common na pinupuntahan tulad ng mga offer sa package tour? Yung rent na kung baga rentahan namin ang van tapos we can go na anywhere in bohol na gusto namin puntahan. kung may nag ooffer ng ganyan pm me nalang sa aking gmail

Hi Neil, you can rent a van for 16 persons in Bohol but I think normally that includes a driver. Some cars you can rent without driver. There are some companies that offers this service, like Ramyer travel and tours and myboholrentacar. We rented a van with driver back in 2011 from Ramyer Travel and Tours and we had a good family tour and the driver was nice. --Rodelyn

mitch wrote:
Thursday, 24 July 2014 17:40:32 PHT
planing to visit in bohol we have a car or motor bike cheap price car only 1500 per day or motor bike 500 per day self drive also we have a house fully furnish to rent out. call me 09276307926 mitch
Shira wrote:
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 20:35:44 PHT
Hello, I am going to be in Bohol in May, I need to get from Bohol to Manila for my flight back home at 11:30 pm at night. What is the best way to get to Manila? Should I fly straight or take boat to Cebu and fly from there? How long do you need to be in airport before domestic flights? Thanks
Joy wrote:
Sunday, 13 April 2014 14:22:03 PHT
Van/car for rent with driver and fuel included. Just call/text me at this number 09422592116 or you can email me at for more details!!!

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