EXACTLY How To Go From Cebu To Boracay [2023]

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Want to visit a tropical paradise and wondering how to get to Boracay from Cebu? We can help!

While it’s not far from Cebu City to Boracay, this journey can seem complicated – at least until you take it step-by-step. It’s actually quite straightforward with many people taking this trip every day.

Below, I break down exactly how to travel from Cebu to Boracay so you know exactly what you need to do and when.  This guide will cover information on both a Cebu to Boracay flight and a Cebu to Boracay ferry as well as the corresponding Cebu to Boracay fare.  After reading our guide you will be well on your way to paradise!

This guide also covers the reverse journey on how to travel from Boracay to Cebu.

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Cebu – Boracay Map

Cebu to Boracay map
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This map will show you how to get Boracay from Cebu.

The distance between these two places is 282.5 kilometers, with an approximate travel time of 3.5 hours right up to 20 hours depending on what transportation from Cebu to Boracay you choose.

BEST OPTION: How To Go From Cebu To Boracay

In terms of getting from Cebu to Boracay,  the fastest and the easiest way is to travel by plane.

Option 1: Cebu To Boracay Flights

Lapu Lapu Shrine Mactan

As mentioned above, when it comes to getting to Boracay from Cebu, the fastest way to travel is to take direct flights from Cebu to Boracay.

From Cebu City, take a taxi or a public bus to Mactan Cebu International Airport. This will take 25 minutes, and the fare will depend whether you’re taking the bus (₱25 – ₱40) which is cheaper than taking a taxi (₱180-200.) Buses to the airport are found at SM City Cebu, and leave every 15 minutes.

The approximate Cebu Boracay flight time is around one hour, and the cost of flights – Cebu to Boracay is between ₱700- 5,500. However you can often find cheap flights from Cebu to Boracay depending on the promos various airlines are offering. Airlines from Cebu to Boracay include Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and AirAsia.

You’ll be arriving at Caticlan Airport, and once you get there, you’ll have to walk for approximately 8 minutes or ride a local tricycle to take you to the Caticlan Jetty where there are small bangkas or boats that will take you directly to Boracay island.

The ferry ticket price from Caticlan to Boracay Island is ₱30. However, you also need to pay a port fee of ₱100 and the environmental fee of ₱80. You can purchase your ticket at the port. The boat ride to the island only takes about 10-20 minutes.

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Option 2: Cebu – Boracay Ferry

Cebu Passenger Seaport

Another alternative is to travel from Cebu to Boracay by ferry.

If you prefer to travel Cebu to Boracay by sea, you need to take the ferry from Cebu to Iloilo City. There are two companies that operate along this route being Cokaliong Shipping, and the Trans Asia Shipping. Ferries only sail 4 times a week so it’s best that you check the schedules ahead of time. Fares cost between ₱900 – ₱1,300, and the journey takes about 12.5 hours.

Once you arrive in Iloilo City, you can either choose to stay and explore the city more, or take a 10-20 minute taxi ride to Ceres Northbound Terminal.  The fare will cost around ₱170 – ₱210.

From Ceres Northbound Terminal, take a bus bound for Caticlan. These buses leave every 30 minutes, with a travel time of around 6 hours and fares costs between ₱240 – ₱390.

Once you arrive in Caticlan port, take a short 10-20-minute boat ride to Boracay island. The fare is ₱210.

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Getting from Boracay To Cebu

Magellan's Cross Cebu

If you’re wondering how to get to Cebu from Boracay, all you need to do is take the above transportation options in reverse.

In terms of getting to and from these places, the distance is only 310 km, but travel times can take anywhere between  3.5 to  20 hours, depending on your chosen transport method.

As discussed above, you can either take flights to Boracay from Cebu or travel from Cebu to Boracay by boat.

The previously discussed transportation all works the same way in reverse.

Final Words

So there you have it! In this post, we’ve covered the different Cebu to Boracay transportation options in both directions.

The quickest and most convenient way is to take one of the flights – Cebu to Boracay or vice versa and hop on a Boracay to Cebu flight. As an alternative, you can also catch a ferry boat from Cebu to Boracay (Boracay to Cebu ferry) but this journey is much longer and not recommended unless you’re planning on a stopover in Iloilo City.

I hope you found this Cebu to Boracay travel guide useful. Click here to find out how to get to Boracay from other destinations, or click here to see all our different Boracay guides. You can also read our guide on getting the Cebu to Siargao ferry here and check out all the best hotels near Cebu airport here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon first fell in love with the Philippines back in 2013 when she spent her son's first birthday on the beach in Boracay. Now she has visited many times and loves sharing her love of the Philippines here so others can enjoy it too