How to get to Batanes from Manila and Clark

Batanes is a remote island in North of the Philippines and a dream destination for most of the Filipinos. There are 3 islands habited: BatanItbayat and Sabtang. Basco is the biggest town in Batanes with less than 20 000 people. We will tell you how to get to Batanes, it’s only possible by flight and we will write for you all the combinations, prices and schedule for you to be ready to visit Batanes soon!

After 5 years in the Philippines we decided to visit Batanes for a week and we really loved it!

Best Time to visit Batanes

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March to June is the best time to visit Batanes. Since there are only minimal rainfalls and it’s sunny in Batanes. If you prefer cold weather instead instead of the warm, you can visit Batanes from December to February where the weather is nice and cold. As the weather is so unpredictable in Batanes, click here to know more about the weather in Batanes!

How to get to Batanes


The only way to get to Batanes is by plane. There are daily flights from Clark in Pampanga, Tuguegarao and the capital Manila going to Batanes. Take note that there are no boats going to Batanes anymore. So the only option will be the flight. We will write for you prices, schedule and flight companies going to Batanes.

How to get to Batanes from Clark

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There are two flights going from Clark International airport to Basco Airport with Philippine Airlines. The schedule of the flight is 6 30 am and 10 30 am and it will take 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach Batanes. The same flight will go back to Clark leaving Batanes around 9 am and 12 30 pm.

The airport in Batanes is really small and close to the proper town that you can even go walking distance!

How much is the flight ticket going to Batanes from Clark?

If you get one way ticket prices are starting from 4000-6000 PHP one way. Prices for return ticket will be around 8000-12000 PHP return ticket. Good thing Philippine Airlines always include luggage up to 10 kilos plus hand luggage. So you don’t need to pay extra for your luggage!

How to get to Batanes from Manila

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There are daily direct flights with Cebu Pacific and Sky Jet. The flights are leaving at 6 am and the flight will take an hour and a half to two hours. Philippine Airlines offer flights but you have to stop over in Clark International Airport.

How much is the flight ticket going to Batanes from Clark?

The prices are around 5000-6000 PHP for one way. For return ticket the flight costs 10000-12000 PHP.

How to get to Batanes from Tuguegarao

There are also flights from Tuguegarao to Batanes with Sky Pasada. We always use Skycanner to compare prices and schedule. Prices from Tuguegarao and more expensive than flying from Manila and Clark. It depends on the season prices will go down and they will be more flights available to get to Batanes from Tuguegarao.

How to get  to Basco Town from Basco Airport?

No worries about this it will be really easy! If you have a tour company, they will usually pick you up from the airport. If you are staying around Basco town you can go walking distance. If you have so much luggage there are tricycles around to drive to your place in Basco.

Where to Stay in Batanes

TROY’S LODGE

Troy’s Lodge was our choice for staying in Basco, the rates are from 900-1000 PHP. There is a kitchen if you want to cook your own meal, heat water for coffee or tea and even a fridge to keep your food and drinks. The location is great and you have everything that you need. The best of the accommodation data signal works great with Globe and Smart. It’s one of the best points for internet connection in Basco. Click here if you want to book your accommodation in Troy’s Lodge

BALETIN HOMETEL

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Baletin Hometel is located in Basco. Among the various facilities of this property are a garden, a terrace and a shared lounge. The property has a restaurant. The rooms in the guesthouse are equipped with a electric tea pot. Baletin Hometel provides some units that have a balcony and sea view, and each room includes a private bathroom and a desk. The area is popular for cycling, and bike rental and car rental are available at the accommodation. Room rate starts at 2,000 PHP a night.

Hope is useful this information about how to get to Batanes from Clark and Manila. For more information about Batanes read here things to know before visiting Batanesthings to do in Batanes, our favorite Batanes food.

Happy Travels!

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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