How to get to Davao City

Last updated on June 23rd, 2019 at 02:36 pm

Apart from being an important hub for commerce and industry in the Philippines’ Mindanao region. Davao City is one of our favorite cities in the Philippines. We will let you know how to get to Davao City by plane, overland and from Samal Island a paradise island.

Davao City is also an awesome travel destination with delicious food, breathtaking nature Davao tourist spots and beautiful people. In the 21st century, it is a wonderful example of a city that straddles two worlds: the old and the new. Davao City is thriving but remains simple and values the same things as it did before: nature, tradition and peace. Davao is popular because of durian fruit, have you ever hear about this?

Read here where to stay in Davao City and where to stay in Samal Island, Davao!

HOW TO GET TO DAVAO CITY BY PLANE

Francisco Bangoy International Airport is the busiest airport in Southern Philippines, with a capacity to accommodate more than one million passengers annually.

Local airlines with direct flights from Manila are Cebu PacificPhilippine Airlines, and PAL Express. Flights are available from other Philippine cities such as ClarkCebu, Cagayan de Oro, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Zamboanga and many others. You can also book international flights from Silk Air and Singapore Airlines which offers direct flights to Singapore.

From the airport, there are taxis that can take passengers into the city. Hotel pick-up can also be arranged. Another alternative is to hire or rent a car if you would like to drive around by yourself. Outside the airport you will find regular jeepneys to get to Davao City. From the airport you can also ride Grab if you wish more comfort.


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HOW TO GET TO DAVAO CITY OVERLAND

Buses to Mindanao come from different nearby like cities Cagayan de Oro (read here our best touris spots in Cagayan de Oro and best restaurants in Cagayan de Oro), Cotabato, Digos, General Santos, Kidapawan, Koronadal, and Surigao. This is the cheapest mode of transportation to travel to Davao City. Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned public buses go to and from Davao on a daily basis. Even if you are coming from Manila, you can still travel by bus! How, you ask? The Philippines has what they call a Ro-Ro (short for roll on, roll off). Ro-ro ships are vessels that carry other vehicles like cars and buses over water. Buses to Davao get on the ro-ro to sail across the ocean to Davao. Once in the ro-ro, passengers can stretch their legs and walk around the bus while enjoying views of the ocean and getting to know other passengers.

HOW TO GET TO DAVAO BY FERRY FROM MANILA

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There are many passenger ferries that travel from Manila to Davao. As the Philippines is an archipelago, it is only natural to have routes on the sea going to and from the various islands of the  country. Small boats are even accessible for those who are planning to go beyond Davao, to any of the islands near the city.

HOW TO GET TO DAVAO CITY FROM SAMAL ISLAND BY BOAT

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There are ferries going to Samal Island, a lovely island we have also visited. There are a few daily boats leaving Kaputian in Samal Island. Prices are 60PHP for 45 minutes riding the boat. Once you get to the port you will have to ride two jeepneys to reach Davao City center. For full information read our blog post how to get to Samal Island from Davao City and you will have to do all the steps in the other direction.

WHERE TO STAY IN DAVAO CITY

HOTEL TROPIKA DAVAO

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Praised by travelers for its spacious rooms, accommodating staff and beautiful swimming pool, Hotel Tropika Davao is sure to give you your money’s worth. The hotel is also close to the mall, gives an option between buffet or plated breakfasts, and is perfect for both business and family trips. Prices for a room $50-60 USD.

Hotel Tropika Davao is located at Km. 7, J. P. Laurel Ave. in Lanang, Davao City. Click here to book in this fabulous hotel

RED PLANET DAVAO

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Another excellent place to stay in Davao is Red Planet. The hotel chain has branches all over the country and their establishment in Davao is definitely one of the finest. Red Planet is a modern hotel. For example, instead of a telephone, you can download their app to communicate with the front desk via chat or through an in-app call. Cool, right? Despite it’s modernity, it still maintains classic hotel qualities of cleanliness, hospitality and overall good service. It’s great if you go on a budget rooms are starting $25-40 USD.

Red Planet can also be found at J. P. Laurel Ave. and is near SM Lanang Premier.

If you prefer Airbnb in Davao City. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!

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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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