Cebu is a highly urbanized city in the Philippines’ Visayas region. Often, it is the gateway to the province’s world-famous gems – diving in Malapascua, sardine run in Moalboal, canyoneering in Alegria, and swimming with whale sharks (butanding) in Oslob.
But if you have at least an extra day, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to spend it here. The city played a huge part in Philippine history and you can learn all about it with a visit to Magellan’s Cross and Fort San Pedro. A thrill-seeker? Check out the Sky Experience Adventure at Crown Regency Hotel. They offer ziplining, skywalk, and edge coaster – all about 450ft above the ground. And whether you’re just passing through or staying the night, make sure to try out Cebu’s famous lechon (roasted pig), arguably the best in the country!
The most convenient way to travel the 75km distance from Bohol to Cebu is by ferry. This ferry journey takes 2 hours and fares start from 680 PHP ($13). You can also take a flight: a direct flight takes 20 minutes and an indirect flight takes 5.5 hours. Airfares starts at 2,650 PHP ($53).
We recommend taking the ferry to reach Cebu from Bohol. There are at least 15 ferry departures from Tagbilaran City daily, but you can also choose to depart from Tubigon Port if it is nearer your accommodation. A ticket costs start from 680 PHP ($13) for the 2-hour journey.
If you want to see this journey from a bird’s eye view, you can take a seaplane from 4,500 PHP ($89). However, we don’t think it’s worth spending that much for a 20-minute flight that is very harmful to the environment.
A flight doesn’t make much sense as all flights make a stopover at either Manila or Davao, making the travel time at least 5.5 hours. You can get a ticket from 2,650 PHP ($53).
There are 2 ferry ports in Bohol Island: Tubigon Port and Tagbilaran City Port. The latter is the island’s main hub and is closer to a lot of tourist spots. For that reason, we will recommend it as the exit point.
There are 3 ferry companies operating from Tagbilaran City to Cebu, all of which are trusted in the region. Oceanjet and 2go Supercat offer fastcrafts that take 2 hours to reach Cebu. Lite Shipping operates a RoRo, which takes 4.5 hours to complete the journey.
All ferries depart from Tagbilaran City Port and arrive at Cebu Pier 1. Below are their complete schedules and rates.
Note that the ferry ports on both islands require passengers to pay a small terminal fee of 25 PHP ($0.50).
Bohol (Panglao) to Cebu by Flight
Duration: 20-30mins Cost: 4,500 PHP ($89)
Air Juan offers the only direct flights from Bohol to Cebu. These depart from Panglao Airport from Wednesday to Sunday. It’s best to check with the company for the latest schedules. The flight takes 20-30mins.
The planes of Air Juan are not as big as most commercially-flown planes. The basic tickets only include 10kg of luggage, so bear in mind you’ll need to pay extra for the excess luggage if you choose the basic fare. Full-fare tickets include up to 23kg of luggage allowance.
Note that you might need a taxi or tricycle ride from your accommodation in Bohol to the airport in Panglao Island.
Bohol to Cebu by Flight via Manila/Davao
Duration: 5 hours Cost: 2,650 PHP ($53)
If you really want to take a flight from Bohol to Cebu but don’t have the budget for a seaplane, there are also many non-direct flights daily. Most of these flights are operated by AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, and Philippine Airlines. They make a stopover at either Manila or Davao.
Planes depart from Bohol-Panglao International Airport and arrive at Mactan-Cebu International Airport. To check the latest schedules and the cheapest flights, click on the button below.