Manila to Legazpi

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How to get from Manila to Legazpi

Legazpi is the capital of Albay province, in the Bicol Region of the Philippines. It’s home to Mayon Volcano, which is famous for its “perfect cone.” It’s also known for adventure activities such as skydiving, zip-lining and water sports.

Around Legazpi are many beautiful beaches perfect for lounging after a long day of adrenaline rush. So whether you’re interested in more daring activities or just want to relax on the beach with a book, it’s worth including Legazpi in your Bicol itinerary.

COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Since the beginning of 2022, the Philippines eased travel restrictions for foreign travellers and locals alike. The main requirement is to be fully vaccinated.

Taking a flight? As of November 2022, all international travellers bound for the Philippines are required to register an eArrival Card. You can fill it out upon arrival, but it’s recommended to register 72 hours prior to your flight to avoid queues and delays at the airport.

2 ways to get from Manila to Legazpi

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Flight1hr 10m1,200 PHP ($20.50)Check Flights
Bus13-14 hours1,200 PHP ($20.50)Check Bus Tickets

If you want to travel the 500 km journey from Manila to Legazpi, you have 2 options. You can take a quick flight for 1 hour 10 minutes or hop on a bus for 13-14 hours. Rates start from 1,200 PHP ($20.50).

The flight is the quickest and most convenient option to get from Manila to Legazpi. This flight journey takes only a little over an hour. With airfares from 1,200 PHP ($20.50), taking a flight can be as cheap as a bus ride as long as you book your ticket months in advance.

With the bus, you have to travel for at least 13 hours from Manila to Legazpi. The good thing though is that buses travel by night so you don’t lose a lot of daytime on the journey and also save a night on accommodation. Rates for a bus seat start from 1,200 PHP ($20.50).

TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to reduce your impact on the environment.

Itinerary from Manila to Legazpi

Manila to Legazpi by Flight

Duration: 1hr 10m
Cost: 1,200 PHP ($20.50)
Duration: 1hr 10m
Cost: 1,200 PHP ($20.50)

Flying from Manila to Legazpi takes just over an hour. Cebu Pacific, CebGo and Philippine Airlines (PAL) offer multiple trips for this route on a daily basis. Fares range from 1,200 PHP ($20.50) to 2,300 PHP ($40) for a one-way ticket.

Note that rates can go higher during peak season and when you book near the travel date.

For this route, Cebu Pacific and CebGo depart from Manila Airport Terminal 3 and PAL departs from Terminal 2. All flights arrive at Bicol International Airport.

From the airport, you can take a tricycle or a jeepney to your next destination in the city. Trike fares start at 50 PHP ($0.85) and jeepney fares start at 9 PHP ($0.15).

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Tip: Cebu Pacific and PAL offer many promotions annually. Keep an eye out for these promotions so you can book a cheaper flight from Manila to Legazpi!

Manila to Legazpi by Bus

Duration: 13-14 hours
Cost: 1,200 PHP ($20.50)
Duration: 13-14 hours
Cost: 1,200 PHP ($20.50)

There is not much price difference between taking a flight and taking the bus from Manila to Legazpi. But if you’re looking to save a night on accommodation and don’t mind sitting on a bus for 13-14 hours, then read on.

Departure and arrival station

All buses depart from Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), the main bus terminal in Metro Manila. Penafrancia Tours and Bicol Isarog, however, also pick up passengers in Alabang, a great alternative if you’re coming from southern Metro Manila.

All buses arrive at Grand Central Terminal in Legazpi City, near Ibalong Centrum for Recreation.

Bus schedule from Manila to Legazpi (from PITX)

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts (cheapest seat)
DLTB Co.19:30-08:40
20:30-09:40
1,200 PHP ($20.50)
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Penafrancia Tours19:00-08:40
20:00-09:40
20:30-10:10
1,400 PHP ($24)
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Bicol Isarog17:00-06:40
18:00-07:40
1,410 PHP ($24.50)
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*Prices shown are for the cheapest seats available.

Bus schedule from Manila to Legazpi (from Alabang)

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts (cheapest seat)
Penafrancia Tours21:00-10:16
21:30-10:46
1,760 PHP ($30.50)
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Bicol Isarog17:30-06:461,410 PHP ($24.50)
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*Prices shown are for the cheapest seats available.

Which bus to take from Manila to Legazpi?

All companies (DLTB, Penafrancia Tours, and Bicol Isarog) are trusted for this route, so it doesn’t really matter which one you choose.

For this route, it’s not about the company, but the type of bus you pick. There are 3 types of buses available for this route.

  • Standard tourist: cheapest at 1,200 PHP ($20.50), but provides only regular seats that can be uncomfortable for the long journey.
  • New normal: almost like a regular tourist bus, but with 2 aisles for social distancing. A ticket also costs 1,200 PHP ($20.50).
  • Skybus: more spacious buses with toilet onboard. Rates start from 1,400 PHP ($24).
  • Lazyboy: buses with reclining seats that make the journey more bearable. Fares are from 1,450 PHP ($25).
  • Elite: also offers lazyboy seats, but even more spacious and luxurious. A seat costs 1,760 PHP ($30.50).

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