Want to know how to get from Siargao to Manila? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the four ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Manila
Manila is the capital of the Philippines — an old city often disregarded by travellers who use it only as a gateway to the country’s more visually appealing islands. But if you have an extra day in your itinerary, we think Manila’s colourful history is a great way to kick off your trip.
Explore the walled city of Intramuros, Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church — all of which were first built in the late 1500s. Art and anthropology also attract many locals to Manila. You will find here the National Museum, a complex of three museum buildings that tell the story of the Filipinos.
4 ways to get from Siargao to Manila
There are four ways to travel the distance of 762 km (473 miles) from Siargao to Manila: by flight (2 hours), ferry (31h30m-33h30m), indirect flight via cebu (4 hours) and indirect flight via butuan (5h45m-6h45m). The journey takes between 2h - 33h30m and the quickest way is by flight. The lowest priced tickets start from 1,590 PHP ($28.00) for the indirect flight via butuan.
The prices provided are for Economy class tickets. There are also Premium class tickets that are more expensive at [usd 500 PHP].
JP Shipping Lines Inc.
JP Shipping Lines Inc. has two ships plying the route daily: Fortune Angel 1 and 2. Both ferries depart Dapa Ferry Terminal at 05:30.
The ferry trip takes 2 hours 30 minutes from Siargao to Surigao, with tickets costing 280 PHP ($4.90).
When booking in advance, you will need to call the numbers posted on their Facebook page.
Evaristo & Sons Sea
You can also take a ferry with Evaristo & Sons Sea when travelling from Siargao and Surigao.
They offer fast craft ferries and RoRo trips daily for both passengers and cargo. However, the last time we checked (May 2022), only fast craft ferries are available, as they briefly stopped operations for RoRo passengers.
Fast crafts take 1.5 hours from Siargao to Surigao. An economy class ticket costs 350 PHP ($6.00).
Booking is available on the link provided on their Facebook page. Tickets are also available at the ferry terminal.
For this route, we suggest taking a fast craft ferry with Evaristo & Sons Sea for a shorter travel time. They also have multiple trips daily, so you have more options with departure times.
Step 2: Surigao to Cebu by Ferry
Costs: 830 PHP ($14.50)
Costs: 830 PHP ($14.50)
Ferries from Siargao dock at Macapagal Port in Surigao City. This is also the port where you will take the second ferry for this trip.
There are three ferry operators with trips from Surigao to Cebu.
Starlite Ferries also offers ferry trips from Surigao to Cebu from Monday to Saturday. There are no trips on Sundays.
The ferry leaves Surigao Port at 09:00 and arrives at Cebu Pier 3 at 18:00. The trip takes 9 hours.
An economy bed costs 1,270 PHP ($22.00). A tourist bed with more features is also available at 1,750 PHP ($30.50).
If you want to book directly, you may also call them on the numbers indicated on their website. Tickets are available on BookAway.
If you prefer to book online, you can also do so via BookAway through the link below. Rates are at least $5 more expensive, but at least you won’t have to worry about your connecting ferry ticket from Cebu to Manila.
Another ferry operator is Medallion Transport, but they haven’t resumed their trips yet for the Cebu to Surigao route. Pre-pandemic, it used to operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
The ferry used to depart Cebu Pier 4 at 20:00 and would arrive at Surigao at 4:00. Ticket costs were around 830 PHP ($14.50).
The layover in Cebu between the two flights varies, but it can range from 1.5-5 hours. Try to book a flight that gives you enough time to check in in time for your connecting flight.
For the second flight, it takes 1.5 hours to reach Manila from Cebu.
Our favourite places to stay in Manila
Manila is a bustling metropolitan city that can be slightly overwhelming at first. Not just because of the busy streets and towering skyscrapers, but also because of the number of hotels to pick from. There are a lot!
No matter your price range, we’ve found some great places to stay in the best locations so you don’t have to do that research.
Before you start reading about our favourite stays, it’s good to know a bit about the best areas to stay in Manila. That way, you’re picking the best accommodation in the area that’s right for you.
Makati is our favourite area to stay in Manila, and where most of our favourite stays are. It’s one of the most upscale areas in Manila and is known for its shopping malls, restaurants, and nightlife.
Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is a newer development in Manila and is known for its modern architecture, restaurants and shopping centres.
Malate is a lively area known for its bars, nightclubs and restaurants. It’s also close to several tourist attractions, such as Rizal Park and Intramuros.
Area: Makati City centre — approx. 10-minute walk to shopping malls and business centre
As soon as you step into Somerset Central, you forget about the hustle and bustle going on outside the doors. Inside the hotel you’re met with luxury, relaxation and a chance to rejuvenate yourself in the gym or outdoor pool.
The grandeur of the hotel continues in the rooms, decorated in a stylish and modern design. The highlight of the room are the beds. They’re huge and super comfortable, guaranteeing you a great night’s sleep.
Area: Along Mall of Asia complex — approx. 10-minute drive to shopping malls and airport
Hotel 101 Manila has everything you could ask for from a city hotel. It has a refreshing outdoor pool, a delicious on-site restaurant and it’s close to the airport — perfect if you’re flying in or out of Manila.
The rooms are large, comfortable and exceptionally clean. With their incredible hospitality, the staff make you feel like you’re staying in a 5-star hotel.
Ela is a storyteller, content producer, solo traveller and a mermaid-in-training. When she’s not in front of her laptop, you will find her barefoot and living her best tan on some island in the Philippines… Or exploring the depths of its seas as a budding freediver. An island girl at heart, she’ll be happy anywhere there is sea, sand, sun and coffee.
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