Your Ultimate Guide to Getting Around Iloilo

Ultimate Guide to Iloilo
Ultimate Guide in Getting to Iloilo

Ever considered looking at the beautiful city of Iloilo for your next investment portfolio or locating in the neighborhood to enjoy its developing neighborhood?

Accessibility to transportation is one of the considerations an investor is looking at when choosing a place of investment. The presence of terminals, airports, and ports signify a strong flow of business and trade that creates opportunities for the locals and facilitating the area’s economic growth.

Iloilo City, being one of the most thriving cities in the country, gains the attention of many business investors and people across the Philippines. Here in Iloilo, there are fewer traffic queues, you get to enjoy fresh air, and live a tranquil life. 

Suggested Read: Why Live in Iloilo City?

On top of these, the city also has a progressive economic status that makes Iloilo an ideal place to live in. The city is also highly accessible to nearby provinces and islands, making it a gateway in the Visayan region. If you are traveling to Iloilo soon or are planning to move in the near future, here are some of the ways to get to and around Iloilo.

By Plane

Iloilo International Airport
Iloilo International Airport

The province is highly accessible by international flights via Iloilo International Airport from Singapore and Hongkong, taking 3 ½ hours and 2 ½ hours, respectively. Major cities, including Manila, Davao, Puerto Princesa, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, and General Santos, are also accessible with the airport via a direct flight.

Airline companies operating in Iloilo include Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, PAL Express, Philippine Airlines, and CebGo. The Iloilo International Airport is 19 kilometers away from the city proper and can be reached in 20 minutes.

The terminal accommodates 2.2 million people per year on average, both domestic and international, and ranks as the 5th busiest Airport in the country.

By Land

Photo of the Ceres Liner Terminal in Iloilo
Photo of the Ceres Liner Terminal in Iloilo

Land travel is also manageable in the city. Jeeps and multicabs are the very common mode of transportation and are the cheapest of all the options available when roving around the city and its outskirts. If you opt for a more convenient and fast trip, you may choose to ride with a Taxi that uses a taximeter.

UV Express Shuttle services are also visible in the city, with pick-up points in SM City Iloilo and Jaro District Plaza. Other commuters from the neighboring towns and municipalities would usually take buses, shuttle vans, and Jeepney services. 

Some of the terminals are (1) Tagbak Terminal of Jaro for routes of Manila, Towns of Northern and Central Iloilo, Provinces of Northern Panay (2) Mohon Terminal of Arevalo and Iloilo Market Terminal of Iloilo City Proper catering the commuters of Southern Iloilo (3) Mohon Terminal in Molo serving routes from Antique, and (4) Ungka Terminal of Jaro, Hibao-an Terminal of Mandurriao, Jaro Big Market Terminal and Pavia People’s Terminal serving routes from Central towns. 

By Sea

Iloilo Domestic Port in Port San Pedro
Iloilo Domestic Port in Port San Pedro

Sea-based transportation is also available, with direct ferry-routes are available connecting cities in the country. It is cheaper compared to a plane yet takes up more travel time. The seaports based on the route and vessel type in the city that serves as gateways are Iloilo Domestic Port, Iloilo River Wharf, and Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal.

The City Domestic Port, or more commonly known as Fort San Pedro, is considered as the main passenger seaport in the province. It serves shipping companies with direct routes from Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, Zamboanga, and Manila.

The Iloilo River Wharf located in Lapuz District, on the other hand, is another passenger terminal entry point. Here you can find RORO ferries taking you to Palawan, Bacolod, and Guimaras.

Lastly, there is the Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal, a passenger pump boat ferry port that takes passengers from Iloilo to Guimaras, and vice versa. From here, it takes around fifteen minutes to reach the island of Guimaras.

How to Get to Iloilo from other parts of the Philippines?

From Western Visayas

Taking a Fastcraft ferry is the fastest way to reach Iloilo City from Bacolod, with an estimated travel time of 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Boracay, the famous tourist destination in Aklan, would take 4-5 hours, and Kalibo Aklan takes 3 hours of travel time to and from Iloilo via vans, private vehicles, and buses.

Other neighboring provinces, including Capiz and Antique, can also be traveled from Iloilo via private vehicle and public transport such as vans and buses taking 2 and 3 hours respectively.

The island of Guimaras, another spot for adventure travel, is only 15 minutes from both Buenavista Wharf and Jordan Wharf to Iloilo City Proper via a pump boat ferry.

From Luzon

Traveling from Manila to Iloilo can be done via plane and ferry. One direct flight from Metro Manila would take an hour while approximately 12-hour travel via ferry. Puerto Princesa, Palawan, is also an hour away from Iloilo if traveled via plane. However, taking a ferry is much longer, taking almost 24 hours.

From the Visayas

Coming to Iloilo from Cebu would be possible via plane and ferry travel. However, the faster way to reach the city is via air for 30 minutes.

From Mindanao

Coming from Davao and Cagayan de Oro, the city can be traveled by plane for an hour, while General Santos City takes 1 hour and 30 minutes.

This city of love is indeed an easy place to get around. Here, you also get the best urban offerings while surrounded by accessible natural spots and tourist destinations. 

Come Home to your Dream Home at Camella Savannah

If you are looking for a house and lot for sale in Iloilo, Camella Savannah offers options to settle in. Located in the booming district of Pavia and Oton, the community is very accessible to business hubs as well as education and healthcare institutions. 

Another thing that stands out with Camella Savannah is that it is just 15 minutes from the Iloilo International Airport, one ride from Iloilo City proper, and 7-10 minutes from terminals going Northern Iloilo and to the neighboring provinces such as Aklan, Capiz, and Antique.

Savannah City offers a wide selection of house and lot options and lot-only packages. With an initial investment of Php 40,000, you can achieve your dream home in Camella Savannah.

For sample computations and property for sale options, you can visit Camella’s house catalog. For house and lot for sale in Iloilo, you may check @CamellaSavannahOfficial on Facebook, or through our contact number at (0938) 210 0342.

Accessibility to transportation is one of the considerations an investor is looking at when choosing a place of investment. The presence of terminals, airports, and ports signify a strong flow of business and trade that creates opportunities for the locals and facilitating the area’s economic growth.

Iloilo City, being one of the most thriving cities in the country, gains the attention of many business investors and people across the Philippines. Inside the city, there are fewer traffic queues, you get to enjoy fresh air, and live a tranquil life. 

Suggested Read: Why Live in Iloilo City?

On top of these, the city also has a progressive economic status that makes Iloilo an ideal place to live in. The city is also highly accessible to nearby provinces and islands, making it a gateway in the Visayan region. If you are traveling to Iloilo soon or are planning to move in the near future, here are some of the ways to get to and around the city.

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