How To Get From Moalboal to Bohol?
When travelling the 120km distance from Moalboal to Bohol, you have 2 options: you can take a combined bus and ferry via Argao ($8) or travel via a combined bus and ferry via Cebu City ($14). Both options take more or less 5 hours.
The cheaper option is to take this route via Argao. There are no direct buses operating from Moalboal to Argao, so you will have to take 2 bus rides before you can get on a 3-hour ferry ride going to Tagbilaran, Bohol. Total cost is around $8.
Travelling via Cebu City is simpler, but a few dollars more expensive. From Moalboal, you only need to take a 3-hour bus ride to Cebu City Pier. Then you can hop on a 2-hour ferry trip to Bohol’s capital. Combined fare is about $14.
Keep in mind that ferry ports require a $1 terminal fee.
|Bus & Ferry|
|5hr 10min||400 PHP ($8)||No online tickets|
|Bus & Ferry |
via Cebu City
|4.5 hours||710 PHP ($14)||Check ferry tickets|
View itinerary from Moalboal to Bohol
Bus & Ferry via Argao
- 1.5 hours
- 40 min
- 3 hours
- Tagbilaran, Bohol
Bus & Ferry via Cebu
- 2.5 hours
- Cebu City Pier 1
- 2 hours
- Tagbilaran, Bohol
Moalboal to Bohol by Bus & Ferry via Argao
Duration: 5hr 10min excl. transfer time
Costs: 400 PHP ($8)
To reach Bohol from Moalboal, you need to take a ferry from Argao Port. There are no direct buses from Moalboal to Argao, so you will need to take two bus trips. There is also an option to take a taxi from Moalboal to Argao, but this can be very expensive.
Note that ferries bound for Tagbilaran leave at 4:00 AM and 12:00 NN, so time your bus rides accordingly.
See the step-by-step guide below
Step 1: Moalboal to Carcar by Bus
Duration: 1.5 hours
Costs: 100 PHP ($2)
Ceres Liner and Librando operate aircon and non-aircon buses from Moalboal to Carcar. Considering traffic, travel time can take about 1.5 hours. Ticket prices start at 100PHP ($2) for an ordinary bus. You can pay for your ticket onboard.
You will need to take a bus bound for Cebu City. These buses operate 24 hours, but there might be fewer buses travelling late at night. You can ask your hotel where to find the nearest bus stop.
Get off at the rotunda in Carcar. You can also ask the bus driver or conductor to drop you off where buses bound for Argao pass by.
Step 2: Carcar to Taloot, Argao by Bus
Costs: 70 PHP ($1.40)
From Carcar, you will transfer to another bus bound for Oslob, Alcoy or Dalaguete. Ask the driver or conductor to drop you off at Taloot town in Argao, where you can take a ferry to Bohol.
Travel time is about 40min and a ticket costs 70 PHP ($1.40). You can pay for your ticket onboard.
From your drop-off point, Argao port is only about 200m away. You will see signages that will direct you to the port.
There is also an option to rent a tuk-tuk from Carcar to Taloot for about 200 PHP ($4). However, travel time may take a bit longer than the bus and the ride might be cramped if you’re travelling with huge luggage.
Step 3: Argao to Tagbilaran by Ferry
Duration: 3 hours
Costs: 230 PHP ($4.50)
From Argao, you can take a Lite Ferry to reach Bohol’s capital city, Tagbilaran. The ferry ride takes 3 hours and costs 230 PHP ($4.50).
Only economy class is available for this route. This means there will be no air-conditioning, but you can enjoy the nice sea breeze. Also, note that these ferries are mainly used to transfer goods, not people. You will still have a comfortable ride, just don’t expect too much.
Lite Ferries are currently not available to book online. You can buy your tickets from the port office.
The ferry docks at Tagbilaran Pier, which is about 12km away from Panglao Island. You can take a tuk-tuk or a taxi to reach your hotel.
Moalboal to Bohol by Bus & Ferry via Cebu City
Duration: 4.5 hours excl. transfer time
Costs: 710 PHP ($14)
Although more expensive, it is much easier to travel by bus and ferry from Moalboal to Bohol via Cebu City. You only need to take a bus straight to Cebu City and then transfer to the ferry bound for Bohol.
Another advantage of this route is that you have more ferry choices, as opposed to the ferry schedule via Argao, which only has 2 departures daily.
Step 1: Moalboal to Cebu City Pier 1 by Bus
Duration: 2.5 hours
Costs: 110 PHP – 130 PHP ($2.10-$2.40)
From the National Highway at Moalboal city center, you can hail a bus bound for Cebu City, which pass by every 20-30 min. These buses park at the South Bus Terminal in the city center. Tickets cost 110 PHP ($2.10) for ordinary buses and 130 PHP ($2.40) for aircon buses. You can pay for your ticket onboard.
For more info, check out our page on how to go from Moalboal to Cebu.
From the South Bus Terminal, you can take a tuk-tuk to the pier, which is 2km away.
Step 2: Cebu City to Bohol by Ferry
Duration: 2 hours
Costs: 600 PHP ($12)
Ferries operating from Cebu City to Bohol are bigger and faster than the ones coming from Argao. The trip takes only 2 hours and ticket prices start at 600 PHP ($12).
You can choose between 2 ferry operators: 2Go Supercat and Oceanjet. The first ferry departs as early as 05:10 in the morning. The last trip is at 18:40.
The ferry arrives at Tagbilaran Pier. From here, you can take a tuk-tuk or taxi to your hotel.
For more on ferry schedules and more details, visit our page on how to go from Cebu to Bohol.
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