How to get to Iloilo: By Plane, Ferry and Overland

Iloilo City is one of the highly urbanized cities to visit in the Philippines and easy to get with international flights and also by ferry and bus. Different Iloilo tourist spots and things to do in Iloilo City are waiting for you. We will write in this blog post how to get to Iloilo in an extensive way to ask all your questions.

Iloilo City is located at the western part of Panay Island and is composed of approximately 1,721 barangays in its 43 towns. But you might be wondering and dying to ask us why should I visit Iloilo City, Philippines?

The city boasts of modern infrastructures such as malls, bars, hotels. On the other hand, well-preserved old buildings, churches, and houses from the Spanish era also abound in Iloilo. It is also surrounded by numerous beaches and resorts that will satisfy your wanderlust. It´s perfect for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just relax.

Read here where to sleep in Iloilo!

How to get to Iloilo

How to get to Iloilo by plane

The fastest way to get to Iloilo City is definitely by plane. There are domestics flights from Manila, you can fly to Iloilo for around 3,000 PHP or so for a round trip ticket that lasts an hour and a half. There are also flights coming from Davao, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Cagayan de Oro y General Santos. You can purchase cheaper flights online if you decide to book usually 2-3 months before your planned date of visit, go ahead and check out Cebu Pacific.

There are also international routes going to Iloilo from Hong Kong and Singapore.

Also, the weather can be a bit unpredictable. It could be boiling hot during the summer, or too rainy around December to January. So it’s better if you mentally prepare yourself ahead of time, unless those are the type of climates you’re used to then, welcome!

How to get to Iloilo, Gigantes Island, Isla de Gigantes
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How to get from Iloilo Airport to Iloilo City

You can hail a cab and ask to be dropped off at your destination. You can search in advance some rental cars and transportation services you can avail in Iloilo City. The Grab app is widely used in the city as well. Iloilo International Airport is located 20 kilometers far from the city.

How to get from Iloilo Airport to Iloilo City by Taxi

The taxi fare going to Iloilo City from the airport is 400 PHP using the taximeter. The trip is around 30 minutes by taxi. This is the most comfortable way to get to the city. Just make sure they are using the taximeter to avoid higher prices.

How to get from Iloilo Airport to Iloilo City by Van (Shuttle)

There are shuttle services from SM City Iloilo Mall and Jaro Distric Plaza going to the airport. Prices are around 70 PHP and it will take you 30-40 minutes to reach the airport.

How to get to Iloilo City from the airport the cheapest way

By Jeepney and Multicab

There are multicabs from the aiport to Bangga Dama in Santa Barbara town and it costs 10 PHP and it takes 10 minutes. You have to wait until the multicab is full. Once in Santa Barbara ride the jeepney to SM City and it will cost you 16 PHP. It will take longer but you will be able to save a few pesos.

How to get to Iloilo from Boracay

If you are coming from Boracay overland the trip can take around 5 to 6 hours. First you have a short ferry crossing from Boracay Island to Caticlan Jetty Port. From there you can ride a bus or a van to Iloilo City to Tagbak Terminal, in Jaro District. The bus from Caticlan last around 5 hours and it costs 360 PHP.

How to get to Iloilo by Ferry

There are regular trips to and from Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Bacolod that are headed to Iloilo. The schedule and the trips can be modified and cancelled because of weather conditions, especially during rainy season. Make sure you take a look to the weather in rainy season. Check out the weather forecasts for the latest updates on Iloilo’s weather.

Bacolod to Iloilo by Ferry

The fastest way to travel from Bacolod to Iloilo City is by fastcraft ferry. Travel time on a fastcraft ferry from Bacolod to Iloilo takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes. There are also ferry  RO-RO services and the trip can last 2-3 hours to reach Iloilo.

Guimaras to Iloilo by Ferry

How to get to Iloilo, Guimaras Island

The most popular way to travel from Guimaras to Iloilo City is by ferry. From both Buenavista Wharf and Jordan Wharf to Iloilo City takes around 15 minutes. There are ferries leaving at 5 30 am until 7 30 pm and it costs 20 PHP.

Manila-Iloilo by Ferry

If you are coming from Manila, there are weekly ferries going to Iloilo from Manila and RO-RO (roll-on roll-off) but it will take up 24 hours to reach there. I think is too long when there are avalaible regular flights from Manila.

Cebu-Iloilo by Ferry

If you are coming from Cebu, there are ferries going to Iloilo 6 times per week and it will take 14 hours to get there. A combination of ferries and buses or vans. I think is too long when there are avalaible regular flights from Cebu.

Puerto Princesa, Palawan to Iloilo by Ferry

If you are coming from Palawan and El Nido. You have to get to Puerto Princesa and from here it will take up to 24 hours RO-RO and it´s leaving a few times per week. I think is too long when there are avalaible regular flights from Puerto Princesa.

Cagayan de Oro-Iloilo by Ferry

If you are coming from Cagayan de Oro, there is a weekly ferry from Cagayan de Oro to Iloilo and the trip alst 15 hours. I think is too long when there are avalaible regular flights from Cagayan de Oro.

For more destinations guides in the Philippines, read our guide to visit Cagayan de Oro, Malapascua, Moalboal and Bantayan Island.

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. He believes in travel without money. Recently, he finished a bicycle trip, 9500 km, from Madrid to North Cape.

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