Cebu to Bohol

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How to get from Cebu to Bohol?

Bohol is an island located in the Philippines’ central Visayas region. It is one of the country’s more classic destinations, so don’t be surprised to find many locals here any time of the year.

Known for the Chocolate Hills, other attractions in Bohol are also worth your itinerary. Sail along Loboc River through a cruise that includes a sumptuous local buffet, or snorkel near Balicasag Island. If you’re lucky or persistent, you can also spot the Philippine tarsier, which is endemic to the region.

The easiest way to travel the 75km journey from Cebu to Bohol is by ferry. This ferry journey takes 2 hours and costs 430 PHP ($7). An alternate option is to take a flight. However, the direct flight can be very expensive at 4300 PHP ($74) and indirect flights take at least 5 hours.

3 ways to get from Cebu to Bohol

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Ferry2 hours430 PHP ($7)Check Ferry Tickets
Flight*20 mins4300 PHP ($74) Check Flights
Indirect Flight5 hours3,000 PHP ($52)Check Flights
*COVID-19 UPDATE: The direct flight option has not yet resumed. Please check the provided link to see if anything has changed.

The ferry is a cheap and convenient way to reach Bohol from Cebu. You can choose to dock at either Tubigon or Tagbilaran port. Note that Tagbilaran Port is nearer the tourist attractions in Bohol.

We don’t recommend taking a flight. Direct flights take only 20 to 30 minutes, but they cost at least 4300 PHP ($74). Also, short-haul flights like this are not worth the emissions they bring to the environment.

Indirect flights, on the other hand, make a stopover at either Manila or Davao, so they take at least 5 hours to reach Bohol. Fares for the indirect flight cost around 3,000 PHP ($52).

Itinerary from Cebu to Bohol

Cebu to Bohol by Ferry

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 970 PHP ($16.50)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 970 PHP ($16.50)
Fastcat ferry Cebu to Bohol. boat trip
Fastcat Ferry from BookAway

Most travellers going from Cebu to Bohol take the ferry. It’s an easy way to reach the island and the ferry ride only takes about 2 hours.

There are two ferry companies operating from Cebu to Bohol: Oceanjet and Lite Shipping. Oceanjet are fast boats which is also why they are more expensive. If you’re on a tight budget, Lite Shipping is your best bet.

Departure and arrival of the ferries to Bohol

The ferries depart from Cebu Pier 1, which is only a 10 minute drive from Cebu City centre.

In Bohol, there are 2 gateways the ferries from Cebu arrive: Tubigon port and Tagbilaran port.

Tubigon port

Tubigon port is on the west side of Bohol. It’s a great option for those who want to stay in Bohol and be close to sightseeing points like the Chocolate Hills.

Tagbilaran port

On the other hand, Tagbilaran port is the most popular arrival port for travellers going from Cebu to Bohol. Serving as a hub city, it’s a lot easier to get transfers going to other destinations in Bohol like Panglao Island which is famous for its’ white sand beaches.

As Tagbilaran port is the most popular option, this is also where most ferries from Cebu arrive at. See here the ferry schedules from Cebu to both ports in Bohol:

Ferry schedule from Cebu to Bohol

Ferry CompanyScheduleCosts
(to Tagbilaran)
15:20 -17:20
960 PHP ($16.50)
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Lite Shipping
(to Tubigon)
430 PHP ($7)
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Tickets for the Oceanjet ferrry range from 960 PHP ($16.50) to 1,140 PHP ($19.50). Note that you have to pay a small excess baggage fee if your luggage exceeds 15kg. The fee is 10P HP ($INF) p/kilo plus a possible charge from porters to carry the luggage on board for 50 PHP ($0.85)100 PHP ($1.70).

Lite Shipping ferry

Lite Shipping tickets start from 430 PHP ($7) for the standard ferry, while tickets for Toursit ferry start from 485 PHP ($8). There are also a few night schedules, but as the journey only takes about 2 hours, we wouldn’t recommend anyone taking the night ferry. Fro that reason, we left out the night schedules.

Liteshipping also hcarges an extra luggage fee if it exceeds 15kg, but they will charge you the full amound of 150 PHP ($2.60) per 10kg.

Cebu to Bohol (Panglao) by Flight*

Duration: 20-30 minutes
Cost: 4300 PHP ($74)
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Cost: 4300 PHP ($74)
Air Juang airplance from cebu to Bohol
Photo by: Air Juan plane

*COVID-19 Update: Air Juan has not yet resumed its flight schedules. Please visit the Air Juan website to see if anything has changed.

Air Juan offers flights from Cebu to Panglao, one of the most popular destinations in Bohol. Planes depart from Mactan-Cebu Airport and it only takes about 20-30 mins to arrive at Panglao International Airport.

The planes utilized by Air Juan are small, which means they cannot carry a lot of passengers and luggage. The basic ticket only includes 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.

The basic fare starts at 4300 PHP ($74) per person, one-way. Note that they only operate on this route on Wednesdays through Sundays.

Cebu to Bohol by Flight via Manila/Davao

Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 3,000 PHP ($52)
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 3,000 PHP ($52)
A320 Cebu to Bohol via Davao Philippine_Airlines_

It’s not practical to book an indirect flight from Cebu to Bohol as they take at least 5 hours, after a stopover at either Manila or Davao. This means that it will take more hours to fly through this route than to take a ferry.

Most of these flights are operated by Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, Philippines Airlines (PAL), or a combination of these carriers. Planes depart from Mactan-Cebu International Airport and arrive at Bohol-Panglao International Airport. The flight fare ranges from 3,000 PHP ($52)6,000 PHP ($100) but can go as low as 2,000 PHP ($34.50).

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