Last updated: Sep 19, 2019


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How To Get From Boracay to Manila?

If your beach holiday on Boracay Island in the Philippines has come to an end, there are a few travel options for getting back to Manila. However, none of them are direct.

First, you’ll need to take the 15-minute ferry to Caticlan. From there you can directly fly to Manila (1 hour 30 minutes). If you want to save some dollars you can also continue by ferry to Caticlan, a van to Kalibo and fly from there to Manila. The third option is not preferred as this includes two ferries and a bus.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Flight2h3,950 PHP ($75) + 180 PHP ($3.30)Check available flights
Flight3h2,400 PHP ($46.50) + 380 PHP ($7.50)Check available flights
Ferry13hTotal of 1,800 PHP ($40) Check ferry tickets


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Boracay to Manila via Caticlan by Flight

Duration: 2 hours
Costs: 3,950 PHP ($75) + 180 PHP ($3.30)

Step 1: Boracay to Caticlan by Ferry

Duration: 30 minutes
Costs: 30 PHP ($0.60) + 100 PHP ($1.90) + 50 PHP ($0.90)

Because Boracay doesn’t have its own airport, you need to travel via ferry from Boracay to Caticlan first if you wish to travel from Boracay to Manila. Local ferries or ‘bangka’ operate from 05:00 to 21:00, so there are lots of options. For this 15-minute trip, you’ll pay 30 PHP ($0.60), plus a port fee of 100 PHP ($1.90).

Once at the Caticlan Jetty Port, you can hop on a tricycle heading to the airport. This should take about 15 minutes and will cost 50 PHP ($0.90).

Step 2: Caticlan to Manila by Flight

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Costs: 3,950 PHP ($75)

AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines (PAL) all have flights going from Caticlan Airport to Manila. Tickets are not cheap, so it’s best to plan your trip in advance.

Ticket prices start at 2,400 PHP ($46.50), and the flight time is a little over an hour.

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Tip: Cebu Pacific and AirAsia offer many promotions annually. Keep an eye out for these flight promos so you can book cheap flights for this route!


Boracay to Manila via Kalibo by Flight

Duration: 3 hours
Costs: 2,400 PHP ($46.50) + 380 PHP ($7.50)

Step 1: Boracay to Caticlan by Ferry

Duration: 15 minutes
Costs: 30 PHP ($0.60) + 180 PHP ($3.30) 

Hop on a ferry to go to Caticlan, exactly as mentioned above. Ferries operate early until late at night, so it’s pretty convenient.

Step 2: Caticlan to Kalibo Airport by Van

Duration: 1.5 hours
Costs: 230 PHP ($4.40)

Once at the Caticlan Jetty Port, ask around for where the vans to Kalibo are located. If there are no vans waiting by the port, you may have to take local transport to find the vans.

The van costs 230 PHP ($4.40), and it takes 1.5 hours to reach Kalibo Airport.

Step 3: Kalibo to Manila by Flight

Duration: 1hr 05min
Costs: 2,400 PHP ($46.50) 

You can either book with AirAsia, Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines for flights from Kalibo to Manila. The first two often have cheaper rates, with tickets starting at 2,400 PHP ($46.50). The journey takes about an hour.

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Tip: Cebu Pacific and AirAsia offer many promotions annually. Keep an eye out for these promotions so you can book a cheaper flight for this route!

Boracay to Manila by Ferry

Duration: 13 hours excl transfer time
Costs: 1,800 PHP ($34) 

Want to travel by ferry from Boracay to Manila? It is certainly doable, but bear in mind that because there are a few transfers, it will take much longer than a flight to reach Manila.

Step 1: Boracay to Caticlan by Ferry

Duration: 25 minutes
Costs: 30 PHP ($0.60) + 100 PHP ($1.90)

Take a local ferry to go from Boracay island to the Caticlan Jetty Port. It takes just about 25 minutes.

Step 2: Caticlan to Batangas by Ferry

Duration: 9 hours
Costs: 1,450 PHP ($27.50)

Ferries going from Caticlan to Batangas are operated by 2Go Travel. It’s best to go to their website to see the latest schedules, as they tend to change them regularly.

The cheapest ferry ticket (the super value class) starts at 1,450 PHP ($27.50) when you book on their website. This price already includes VAT. The ticket price may also vary depending on how early you book. The earlier, the better.

Ships dock at the Batangas Pier.

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Step 3: Batangas to Manila by Bus

Duration: 3.5 hours
Costs: 200 PHP ($3.90)

Jam Liner has buses running from Batangas Pier to Manila which is pretty convenient. Bus operations start at 6:00 and end at 19:00, with departures almost every 30 minutes.

It takes about 3.5 hours for this trip. It’s best to align your bus trip with the schedules for the ferry trip so you don’t have to wait too long when you reach Batangas Pier. Also, the bus company requires you to book your bus ticket at least 2 days in advance.

Jam Liner

  • Departs from Batangas Pier in Barangay Santa Clara
  • Arrives at the Jam Liner Bus Terminal in Cubao, along EDSA Road, near the Trinity Lutheran Church

Jam Liner is known for providing good standard bus services from Batangas to Manila.


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