Heading to Bohol from Cebu? Fantastic! Bohol is my favourite island in the Philippines and you are going to love it!

However, before you can love it, you need to get there!

While there is no Cebu to Bohol bridge (yet anyway!), the answer to how to get to Bohol from Cebu is very easy! So you don’t need to worry. Just follow each of my steps below for how to get the Cebu to Bohol ferry and you will be there in no time.

In this article, I detail exactly how to travel from Cebu to Bohol including all the Cebu ferry to Bohol options, flights from Cebu to Bohol, the Cebu to Bohol travel time, Cebu to Bohol day trip options, information about the ferry schedule from Cebu to Bohol and fares as well as how to return from Bohol to Cebu.

So let’s start!

Chocolate Hills, Bohol

You’ll find the Chocolate Hills on arrival!

How To Get From Cebu To Bohol

The best way to travel Cebu to Bohol is to head to Cebu Port where you can take a fast ferry to Tubigon or Tagbilaran on Bohol. You can also take a slow boat to Ubay on Bohol. Fast ferries take approximately two hours. There are no direct flights.

In the rest of this article, I will break down exactly how to do this.

Map Of Ferry Cebu To Bohol

How far is Cebu to Bohol? The distance from Cebu to Bohol at Tubigon is just 51 kilometres. It is easy to cover this distance with ferries from Cebu to Bohol.

Cebu To Bohol Ferry

When it comes to how to go Bohol from Cebu, you have two options – a fast or slow ferry.

The fast Cebu to Bohol ferry travel time is only about 1.5-2 hours depending on where you are travelling on Bohol. It is comfortable and the best option. Tourists rarely take any other option. The slow ferry, called the RoRo Cebu to Bohol, can be up to double this. It is possible to take a car ferry if you have a vehicle.

This article focuses on the fast ferry Cebu to Bohol options as they are the best.

If you just want to book a ticket now and don’t want to think about all the details, you can do that by clicking here.

OceanJet ferry cebu city

Our OceanJet ferry

Where To Get The Ferry From Cebu to Bohol

The boats from Cebu City to Bohol depart from Cebu Port. Cebu Port is quite big and there are a number of piers. You can find transportation from Cebu to Bohol at any of the first three piers.

If you buy tickets in advance, check which pier you need to leave from and go straight there. I recommend a taxi to the pier.

If you don’t have a ferry ticket from Cebu to Bohol, going to Pier 1 is a good bet. Two of the most popular companies leave from here – SuperCat and OceanJet – so this is where you will find the best ferry from Cebu to Bohol.

It’s easy to buy a ticket on arrival at the pier or you can do my preferred option and be organised and book beforehand here.

Inside the waiting area at Pier 1 Cebu City

Inside the waiting area at Pier 1 Cebu City

Where To Arrive On The Ferry Boat From Cebu To Bohol

You have several choices for where to arrive on Bohol: Tubigon, Tagbilaran and Ubay. The fastest place to arrive on a ferry from Cebu Port to Bohol is at Tubigon.

However, most traveller destinations on Bohol and Panglao (for Alona Beach) are closer to Tagbilaran and usually travellers are best catching a Cebu to Tagbilaran Bohol ferry.

If you aren’t sure, look at the map above or ask your accommodation your best arrival point on a ferry from Cebu pier to Bohol.

At any arrival point, you will find taxis, trishaws and more to take you where you need to go.

Cebu To Bohol Ferry Schedule

The good news is that there are many departure times on the ferry Cebu to Bohol schedule. So you shouldn’t have to wait too long for a ferry.

Ferry schedules change all the time so the following is just an indication of what was valid when this was published.

You can check latest times and prices here.

OceanJet Schedule Cebu To Bohol

The OceanJet Cebu to Bohol ferries leave from Cebu Pier 1 to Tagbilaran.

Their Fast Craft Cebu to Bohol schedule is approximately hourly from 5:10am to 6:40pm.

SuperCat Cebu To Bohol Schedule

The SuperCat schedule Cebu to Bohol is similar to OceanJet with their FastCraft schedule Cebu to Bohol also being approximately hourly from around 5am to 6pm.

You can find their latest schedule here.

They also travel from Pier 1 Cebu to Bohol’s Tagbilaran.

Lite Shipping Cebu To Bohol Schedule

Lite Shipping operates the Lite Ferry Cebu to Bohol which is a Cebu to Bohol RoRo (so slow boat) option leaving Pier 1.

Their current ferry schedule Cebu to Bohol is once a day around 10pm to Tagbilaran. This takes around four hours. They also have a Cebu to Tubigon Bohol ferry at around 12pm to Tubigon which takes around four hours.

FastCat Cebu to Bohol Schedule

The FastCat Cebu to Bohol trip schedule is from Cebu Pier 3 at 1:30am, 7:30am, 1:30pm and 8pm. They only travel to Tubigon and the journey time is about an hour and a half.

Getting onoard OceanJet at Cebu City

Getting onoard OceanJet

Cebu To Bohol Fare

There are a range of Cebu to Bohol ferry fare prices depending on which company you take, which class of travel you want, where you are arriving on Bohol and whether you want a FastCraft Cebu to Bohol fare or are happy with a slow boat.

All fares from Cebu to Bohol below are based on research at the time of publishing. These can vary and are only meant to give you an idea of the Cebu to Bohol ferry price.

A typical, up-to-date fare can be found here.

The OceanJet fare Cebu to Bohol is approximately PHP500.

The SuperCat Cebu to Bohol fare is approximately PHP500-900.

For the slower, Lite Shipping Cebu to Bohol ferry fare expect to pay around PHP255 to 390.

There are also terminal fees to pay. Expect around PHP25 for Cebu. In addition to this, you usually need to pay for baggage which varies depending on the size of the bag. Expect around PHP50-100.

Passenger Ferries at the port of Cebu

Passenger Ferries at the port of Cebu

How To Get From Cebu Airport To Bohol Ferry

If you want to go straight from Cebu Airport to Bohol, this is straightforward. You just need to get from Cebu Airport to Cebu Pier and then you can follow the directions above.

You can catch a metered taxi directly there. White ones are cheapest. It takes around half an hour but obviously this depends on traffic.

There are also public transport options taking buses and jeepneys. You will always need to take at least two of them to get between these places so this is for budget seekers only as it does cost less.

Google maps can help you out with what to catch here.

Cebu To Bohol Flight

There are no direct flight Cebu to Bohol options. While it is possible to fly between the two by taking a flight to Manila and then on to Bohol, this would be far more time consuming and expensive than taking the ferry.

How Many Hours From Cebu To Bohol?

If you are still wondering Cebu to Bohol ferry how long then the absolute minimum is one and a half hours if you depart from Cebu Port to Tubigon on a fast ferry.

The Cebu to Bohol ferry time to Tagbilaran is at least two hours.

When working out Cebu to Bohol how many hours, also take into account time at the port, getting to the port and getting to your accommodation at the other end. I recommend you arrive at the port 45-60 minutes before your scheduled departure. Some operators want you to check in 45 minutes before your departure time at the latest.

Inside OceanJet ferry Cebu to Bohol

Inside OceanJet ferry Cebu to Bohol

Bohol To Cebu Ferry

When you are ready to return, taking a ferry from Bohol to Cebu City is just as convenient and easy as the Cebu City to Bohol ferry described above.

You can buy a ticket beforehand here or turn up at one of the ports. Make sure you are clear whether you want to return from Tubigon or Tagbilaran on Bohol. Tagbilaran is usually the most convenient for travelers and your best bet is usually the OceanJet or SuperCat Bohol to Cebu which leave regularly.

Arriving 45 minutes before your scheduled departure time is advised.

Day Trips From Cebu To Bohol

If you don’t have much time and want things nice and easy, it’s very possible to do a Cebu to Bohol day tour.

With just one day, I definitely recommend a Cebu to Bohol package tour so you don’t waste any time. This way you have your ferry to Bohol from Cebu return and a tour of all the best attractions in Bohol covered.

You can find a top Cebu to Bohol tour here.

Other Tips

  • The Cebu Pier 1 is quite big and can seem a bit chaotic but we did find it quite straightforward to navigate.
  • There are 4 steps – buying the tickets, checking in (you will be assigned seats), paying a port fee and checking in bags if you have bigger ones. Give this 45 minutes.
  • There are quite a few stairs.
  • The Cebu terminal has different shops selling food, drinks and souvenirs as well as a toddler play area.
  • The Tagbilaran terminal is much smaller and it’s better to buy snacks before arrival.
  • Snacks are much more expensive onboard ferries than in the terminals.
  • Movies played on our OceanJet ferry that weren’t small kid friendly. Try to sit away from the screen if this is an issue.

Final Words

Transportation Cebu to Bohol is very easy and straightforward. Basically, catch a ferry from Cebu City to Tubigon or Tagbilaran on Bohol and get ready for a lot of fun!

This route is well covered with many ferry options which are comfortable and easy. You can find schedules and tickets here.

I hope you have a fabulous time in Bohol! You can find all our best guides to Bohol here or our guide to where to stay in Bohol here.

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