Traveling the Philippines is a lot different from most of Asia. With the Philippines having over 7,600 islands it’s not always the easiest to get around but it is worth the visit. Getting from Cebu to Dumaguete has become much easier and accessible in recent years.
When we went to the Philippines for the first time, we knew our first stop had to be Dumaguete. We heard so much about how amazing it is and how we just can’t miss it. The only issue is flying from Manila to Dumaguete is not the cheapest due to there being limited flights. Although this is the case it didn’t stop up from taking the journey. There are cheaper options and one of them could be by going to Cebu first then headed to Dumaguete.
They offer three different ways to get from Cebu to Dumaguete, bus, plane, and ferry, and we will talk about all of them below.
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How to get to Dumaguete from Cebu?
Cebu to Dumaguete bus
Due to the flight being the most expensive route we will talk about that last but first, we will talk about the most common route to take and that’s to travel by bus. First things first you need to get to Southbound Bus Terminal.
- Once you arrive there to make sure you find the bus going to Bato. This is another port on the southern tip of Cebu. The main goal is to make it to Liloan Ferry terminal. This journey isn’t all that long or expensive. The Cebu to Dumaguete fare is only 175 Peso for the bus and takes around 4.5 hours.
- Once you arrive at the port take the fast boat to Sibulan Pier. It’s only a 60 Peso fee and only takes around 30 minutes.
- Now that the hard part is done you can just grab a trike to wherever you’re staying.
The entire trip by bus and ferry takes around 5-6 hours depending on if the timing is right with bus and ferry arrival and it only cost you 235 Peso. The Philippines offers many ways to ways around to help you stay on budget if needed.
The bus and Ferry run daily so no need to worry about that. Make sure you catch the Creces Bus schedule accordingly. The times are listed below.
Cebu South Terminal to Dumaguete Terminal Via Bato – Tampi
The next cheapest option to get from Cebu to Dumaguete is by ferry. If you don’t mind spending time on a ship or a boat this option might be for you.
Cebu to Dumaguete ferry schedule and fare
There are five trips each week from Cebu to Dumaguete via ferry and vice versa. The total journey takes around 6-7 hours. The passenger fare depends on what type of accommodation you choose. With the boat taking so long you can choose everything from Economy to Suite rooms. Below are all your options Cebu to Dumaguete Ferry rooms and fare. For the most up to date, ferry schedule check the Marine traffic site here. It not only is a live update to where the ship is but it also tells you its arrival and departure time from each port. This was by far the most detailed and up to date source of information I could find.
The last option for you to get from Cebu City to Dumaguete is by plane. This is not only the most expensive way but also the fastest.
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Cebu to Dumaguete by plane
If you are looking for the fastest mode of transportation when traveling from Cebu to Dumaguete than flying is the best choice for you. You can check the fares below. The cheapest we have found the ticket is for 2134.69 PHP and the most expensive is 8799.10 PHP. It really depends on the day you are flying. We highly suggest checking multiple days that way you can compare prices and save yourself some extra money.
Cebu and Dumaguete are our two favorite places in the Philippines. They have tons of stuff to do and some of the best-hidden gems. They also offer very easy travel options to many of the surrounding islands like Apo Island and Siquijor. We spent a month exploring Dumaguete and Cebu and didn’t even scratch the surface. From incredible waterfalls to the most amazing marine life in the world these are two places you must not miss when in the Philippines.
If you have some extra time to make sure you stay awhile in Dumaguete and see exactly why this place is called the city of Gentle People.
Where to stay in Dumaguete
When you are in Dumaguete they have tons of options on accommodations. When we were traveling we went for Airbnb. It’s a great way to get a local place and really dive into the culture. Although that may not be fit for you that’s ok they have really nice hotels as well. Some of the nice hotels to check out are:
PVL Suites: This property is very modern and offers you a very comfortable stay for a very reasonable price of only $29 USD a night.
If you are looking for one of the best properties in Dumaguete look no further. We have just the place for you.
Villa Pedro Boutique Resort. This property offers one of the most luxurious stays in Dumaguete you can have. This modern and beautiful property is one of the top-rated in the area and for a good reason. From the incredible backyard with Sea view to the amazing house, you are sure to have an amazing and relaxing time.
Thank you so much for reading, have a great day!
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