Legazpi to Donsol

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How to get from Legazpi to Donsol

Located in the province of Sorsogon is Donsol, a small but world-famous coastal town. What was once a quiet fishing village rose to fame just some 20 years ago when a group of divers discovered its hidden gem – whale sharks, locally called butanding, swimming freely in its waters.

The best time to see the whale sharks is from February to April, which is Donsol’s peak season. If you’re keen on swimming with Donsol whale sharks, you’ll be pleased to know that it is just a couple of hours away from Legazpi, another popular destination in the region for the iconic Mt. Mayon.

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.

While some Philippine regions still maintain minor restrictions the last time we checked (June 2022), Donsol Tourism is open to all tourists, whether foreign or local. There are no requirements to enter Donsol.

2 ways to get from Legazpi to Donsol

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Van1.5 hours100 PHP ($1.70)

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Jeepney2 hours70 PHP ($1.20)

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You have 2 options if you want to travel the 60 km journey from Legazpi to Donsol: you can take a public van for 1.5 hours or a jeepney for 2 hours. Fares range from 70 PHP ($1.20) to 100 PHP ($1.70).

The van is the most convenient option from Legazpi to Donsol, but it doesn’t run as often as jeepneys. If you prefer to travel the 1.5-hour journey in an air-conditioned vehicle, we think it’s worth waiting for a van to Donsol. Normally, a van departs only when it’s full. A seat costs 100 PHP ($1.70).

If you want to travel the local way, jeepneys are the way to go. Note that the journey can get really hot, especially from March to May. The jeepney ride from Legazpi to Donsol costs 70 PHP ($1.20) and takes about 2 hours.

Keep in mind that the last trip for both vans and jeepneys bound for Donsol leaves Legazpi at 17:00.

Itinerary from Legazpi to Donsol

Legazpi to Donsol by Van

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 100 PHP ($1.70)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 100 PHP ($1.70)

Most travellers prefer taking a van from Legazpi to Donsol. It’s more convenient, and it’s faster than local transport. Also, vans depart from and arrive at the centralized public transport terminals, which make them easy to locate.

Keep in mind that the vans don’t operate on regular schedules. They leave once they’re full.

Departure and arrival station

To catch a van to Donsol, head to Legazpi Grand Central Terminal located in the southern part of the city’s centre. It’s accessible by tricycle. The fare for the 1.5-hour van trip is 100 PHP ($1.70) per person.

The van will drop you off at Donsol Centralized Shuttle Station. Depending on where your accommodation is, you may have to walk or travel by tricycle within the town centre.

Legazpi to Donsol by Jeepney

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 70 PHP ($1.20)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 70 PHP ($1.20)

If you’d like to experience local transport, travelling by jeepney from Legazpi to Donsol is a good alternative. You might get to meet locals and can ask for recommendations. However, jeepneys take a little longer since they stop in Pilar. Travel time with a jeep takes about 2 hours.

Departure and arrival station

Like the vans, jeepneys depart from Legazpi Grand Central Terminal. You can also hail them from the streets, but it’s best to ask for assistance from your hotel on which roads they pass.

Jeepneys drop off passengers at the Donsol Centralized Shuttle Station. To be on the safe side, tell the driver that’s where you’d like to get off the jeepney.

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