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Updated on Nov 03, 2019 Useful Info

Best way to get to Dumaguete, Philippines (From Manila, Cebu and Davao)

  • Dumaguete is in southern Philippines, 640km southeast of Manila, 130km southwest of Cebu, and 340km northwest of Davao City
  • Generally speaking, the best way to get to Dumaguete is by flight, since it's located on a separate island from all other major cities and therefore flights are the fastest option. However, ferry and bus options are also available and they're significantly cheaper than flying. So the best option to travel really depends on your budget and time
  • Below are the details on how to Dumaguete from Manila, Cebu City, and Davao City


How to travel to Dumaguete from Manila:

  • There are 2 options to get to Dumaguete from Manila: by flight and by ferry. I recommend the flight option because ferry takes a very long time
  • Option 1) Flight:
  • There are 7 daily direct flights from Manila to Dumaguete, operated by Philippines Airlines and Cebu Pacific
  • Prices range from $40USD to $60USD each way
  • Flight time is about 1h20min for Philippines Airlines and 1h40min for Cebu Pacific
  • Scheduled departures from Manila are: 4:25am, 6:40am, 8:40am, 9:00am, 1:55pm, 4:15pm, 5:00pm
  • Check the airline websites (Philippines Airlines, Cebu Pacific) or travel sites like Skyscanner for the latest schedule and prices and book your ticket
  • Option 2) Ferry:
  • There's a once-a-week ferry from Manila to Dumaguete, operated by 2Go Travel, which is the largest ferry operator in Philippines
  • Ferry schedule: every Sunday departing Manila at 10pm
  • Travel time: 26 hours. It's not a typo, it takes a full day plus two hours to get to Dumaguete from Manila. You depart at 10pm, and arrive at midnight the following night
  • Price - fare varies by class of service. On this route there are 6 difference fare classes you can choose from:
  1. Super Value Class: 1,697 pesos/person ($34USD) + 12% VAT (sales tax) each way. Looks like this:User submitted photo of Dumaguete
  2. Mega Value Class: 1,742 pesos/person ($35USD) + 12% VAT (sales tax) each way. Looks the same as Super Value Class
  3. Tourist Class: 1,831 pesos/person ($36USD) each way. Looks like this:User submitted photo of Dumaguete
  4. Cabin for 4 people: 2,692 pesos/person ($53USD) + 12% VAT (sales tax) each way. You book a bunk in the room. Looks like this: User submitted photo of Dumaguete
  5. Stateroom for 2 people: 5,934 pesos/room ($118USD) + 12% VAT (sales tax) each way. You book the entire room instead of a bed. Looks like this:User submitted photo of Dumaguete
  6. Suiteroom for 2 people: 6,333 pesos/room ($126USD) + 12% VAT (sales tax) each way. You book the entire room instead of a bed. Looks like this:User submitted photo of Dumaguete
  • If you're travelling alone, I recommend getting the cabin for 4. It's much quieter than the lower classes and you get actual beddings so you can get a decent sleep. If you're travelling with someone, definitely get the state room or the suite room. Even though they're more expensive, the way I think about is that you're paying for both the transportation and 1 night of hotel stay, so in that regard the fare is actually really cheap for what you're getting
  • Departure port: North Harbor Pier 4 (located here)
  • Arrival port: Dumaguete Port (located here)
  • How to book: booking is easy. The best place to book is through the ferry operator 2GO's website directly (https://travel.2go.com.ph). Just pick Manila as the origin and Dumaguete as the destination, pick your date and class of service, and then pay by credit card. If you want to get a room for 2, book at least 2-3 weeks ahead!


How to travel to Dumaguete from Cebu:

  • There are 3 ways to get to Dumaguete from Cebu: flight, ferry, bus
  • Of these options, I recommend flying because it's the quickest option. However, bus and ferries are much cheaper than flight, so if you're tight on budget you should use those instead
  • Option 1) Flight
  • Cebu to Dumaguete is a short 50-60 minute flight
  • There are 3 daily direct flight from Cebu: at 10:50am, 5:10pm, and 7:30pm
  • Fares are $25USD each way
  • The the flights are all operated by Cebgo, which is the low cost brand of Cebu Pacific. You can book them directly on its website https://www.cebupacificair.com
  • Option 2) Ferry
  • There are 3 ferry lines you can take from Cebu to Dumaguete, two of which are direct and one requires connecting (but ironically the connecting one takes less time overall)
  • Ferry option 1: OceanJet (connecting ferry)
  • This is a non-direct ferry that requires a transfer in Tagbilaran. OceanJet ferries look like this:User submitted photo of Dumaguete
  • Note that do not sell the entire trip on a single ticket, so you must book the two legs of your trip (Cebu -> Tagbilara, Tagbilaran -> Dumaguete) separately yourself
  • Travel time:
  • 2 hours for Cebu -> Tagbilaran
  • 2 hours for Tagbilaran -> Dumaguete
  • Depends on which connecting ferry you take, transfer time can be as short as 20 minutes or as long as several hours. It's generally recommended that you leave at least 30 minutes for your transfer
  • Total price for both legs together is 1,200 pesos for economy class or open air class, and 2,020 peso for business class. The business class isn't that great so I recommend going with the cheaper option
  • Schedule:
  • There are 17 ships going from Cebu to Tagbilaran everyday between 5:10am and 6:40pm. There should be a ship every 30-60 minutes
  • However, there are only 2 ships going from Tagbilaran to Dumaguete, departing at 7:30am and 12:10pm
  • How to book OceanJet:
  • The simplest way is to get your ticket at Pier 1 in Cebu. Look for the ticketing office for OceanJet:User submitted photo of Dumaguete
  • Alternatively, you can book ahead of time online through OceanJet's website, or through 12Go which is a large transportation ticket booking agency in Asia. I've used 12Go several times in Thailand and I think they're a pretty solid site
  • Pier in Cebu: Cebu Pier 1 (located here)
  • Pier in Dumaguete: Dumaguete Port (located here)
  • Ferry option 2: Cokaliong Shipping Line
  • This is a direct ferry option. Cokaliong Shipping Line ferries look like this: User submitted photo of Dumaguete
  • Travel time: 6-7 hours
  • Schedule:
  • Pric1 ferry every day of the week except Thursday
  • Sunday & Friday: departing Cebu at noon and arriving Dumaguete at 6pm
  • Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: departing Cebu at 7pm and arriving Dumaguete at 1am or 2am
  • Price: 200 pesos ($4USD) for economy class, 680 pesos ($13.5USD) for tourist class, 1,310 pesos ($26USD) for a bed in a 4-bed cabin, 2,820 pesos ($56USD) for an entire 2-bed suite
  • How to book: their tickets can be booked at most travel agencies in Cebu City (their website has an entire page listing all the travel agencies). Their website (http://www.cokaliongshipping.com) does not seem to have a direct booking option, but you can contact them and see if you can book directly by phone or email
  • Pier in Cebu: Cebu Pier 1 (located here)
  • Pier in Dumaguete: Dumaguete Port (located here)
  • Ferry option 3: George & Peter Lines
  • This is also a direct ferry option. George & Peter Lines ferries look like this:User submitted photo of Dumaguete
  • Travel time: 6 hours
  • Schedule:
  • 1 ferry a day on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Departure is at 10pm on all these days, arriving at 4am the following morning
  • Price: 370 pesos ($7.5USD) for economy class, 720 pesos ($14USD) for tourist class, 1,295 pesos ($26USD) for a bed in a cabin, and 2,560 pesos ($51USD) for an entire 2-bed room
  • How to book:
  • You can get your ticket at G&P Lines' office in Cebu, located here, right outside Pier 2 and 5-minute walk away from Pier 1 where their ships depart from. This is what their ticketing office looks like:User submitted photo of Dumaguete
  • Alternatively, you can book directly through their website https://www.gplines.com. Look for the big red "BOOK NOW" button on the top right
  • Pier in Cebu: Cebu Pier 1 (located here)
  • Pier in Dumaguete: Dumaguete Port (located here)
  • Option 3) Coach bus
  • Ceres Liner is a major bus company on Cebu and they operate daily coach bus service from Cebu City to Dumaguete. I don't believe there is any other bus company that runs this route. Ceres Liner buses are distinctively yellow, like this:User submitted photo of Dumaguete
  • All buses on this route are air conditioned
  • Departure location in Cebu: the buses depart from Cebu South Bus Terminal, located here. The bus terminal is fairly easy to get to by tricycle (which is motor taxi), which will cost you less than $2USD from most of Cebu City
  • Arrival location in Demaguete: located here on Calindagan Road
  • Travel time: ~5-6 hours
  • Price: 360 pesos ($7USD) per person each way, made up of 275 pesos for the bus itself and 85 pesos for the ship to cross the channel
  • Departure schedule: 6:00am, 7:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 11:00pm
  • How to book: you buy ticket at the South Bus Terminal directly. I couldn't find a way to book it online. Once you get to the bus terminal, look for the ticketing booth for Ceres Liner and purchase the ticket with cash pesos. Once you have your ticket, proceed to the platform


How to travel to Dumaguete from Davao City:

  • There is unfortunately no direct transportation from Davao to Dumaguete. There's no ferries you can take and no direct flights. Cebu Pacific used to have direct flights back in 2017 and 2018, but they've since discontinued this direct service
  • The only 2 airlines you can take to get to Dumaguete from Davao are Cebu Pacific (including its low cost brand Cebgo) and Philippines Airlines. Cebu Pacific flights connect through Cebu City, and Philippines Airlines flights will connect through Manila
  • Total travel time including connection:
  • Can be as short as 3h30min if you take the 5:40am departure from Davao on Cebu Pacific
  • But most flight options take 6-8 hours in total travel time
  • Price:
  • Most options are $65-$75 USD per passenger for a one-way ticket
  • Some options can be be $100-$200 USD per passenger for one way
  • From what I've seen there's not much discount for buying round-trip ticket
  • Where to book: check the airline websites (Philippines Airlines, Cebu Pacific) or travel sites like Skyscanner for the latest schedule and prices and book your ticket