Last updated: Sep 19, 2019


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Flight or Ferry from Boracay to Manila?


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-min ferry to Caticlan. From there you can directly fly to Manila (1 hour 30min). 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.


Your options at a glance

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Flight2h4.100 PHP (€68,50) + 180 PHP (€3)Check available flights
Flight3h2.500 PHP (€42) + 380 PHP (€6,50)Check available flights
Ferry13hTotal of 1.837 PHP (€31) Check ferry tickets




Flight from Boracay to Manila via Caticlan

Duration: 2 hours
Costs: 4.100 PHP (€68,50) + 180 PHP (€3)

Step 1: Ferry from Boracay to Caticlan

Duration: 30 minutes
Costs: 30 PHP (€0,50) + 100 PHP (€1,70) + 50 PHP (€0,80)

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 (€0,50), plus a port fee of 100 PHP (€1,70).

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 (0,80).

Step 2: Flight from Caticlan to Manila

Duration: 1hr 10min
Costs: 4.100 PHP (€68,50)

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 2.500 PHP (€42), 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!


Flight from Boracay to Manila via Kalibo

Duration: 3 hours
Costs: 2.500 PHP (€42) + 380 PHP (€6,50)

Step 1: Ferry from Boracay to Caticlan

Duration: 15 minutes
Costs: 30 PHP (€0,50) + 100 PHP (€3) 

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: Van from Caticlan to Kalibo Airport

Duration: 1,5 hours
Costs: 250 PHP (€4)

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 250 PHP (€4), and it takes 1,5 hours to reach Kalibo Airport.

Step 3: Flight from Kalibo to Manila

Duration: 1hr 05min
Costs: 2.500 PHP (€42) 

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 2.500 PHP (€42). 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!


Ferry from Boracay to Manila

Duration: 13 hours excl transfer time
Costs: 1.837 PHP (€31) 

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: Ferry from Boracay to Caticlan

Duration: 25 minutes
Costs: 30 PHP (€0,50) + 100 PHP (€1,70)

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

Step 2: Ferry from Caticlan to Batangas

Duration: 9 hours
Costs: 1.500 PHP (€25)

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 1.500 PHP (€25) 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: Bus from Batangas to Manila

Duration: 3,5 hours
Costs: 207 PHP (€3,50)

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.