Getting there & away
All of the shopping plazas have ticketing offices open 9am to 8pm daily.
The main destination outside Iloilo City is Caticlan (as a launching pad to Boracay). Buses and vans run continually all morning to Caticlan (nonair-con/air-con P112/123, 5½ hours), slowing down or stopping service around 1pm. Other destinations include Kalibo (P68, four hours), Roxas (P47, three hours), and Estancia (P52, 3½ hours). These are serviced by a variety of bus lines, including Ceres Bus Liner (321 2491/2371, 337 0456), with buses starting before dawn and running every 30 minutes until around 4pm. Air-con buses are up to 30% more expensive.
Ceres buses also ply the recently instituted nautical highway route between Iloilo and Cubao, Manila. There are three early-morning trips daily (nonair-con/air-con P1035/1305, 17 hours, hourly 3am to 5am). Two legs of this route involve ferry transport.
Also servicing the route to Caticlan (and several other major destinations) are privately operated (and usually air-con) L-300 minibuses that, when full, head off along standard bus and jeepney routes for around 25% above the usual bus fare. Drivers tout for passengers at most of the main bus stations. Direct trips to Caticlan or Kalibo from Iloilo City can cut down travelling time by about half an hour, and are a more cushy way to travel. There are jeepneys running all day every day to towns west of Iloilo; they may terminate in these places, or simply drop you off and keep going.
There are plenty of daily ferries and pumpboats between Iloilo City and Guimaras' main ports of Buenavista Wharf and Jordan.
Negros Navigation goes to Manila most days (P1695, 20 hours). Sulpicio leaves for Manila twice a week (P895, 20 hours, or via Estancia 30 hours). WG&A SuperFerry has boats to Manila three days a week (P1245, seven hours).
Negros Navigation has a once-weekly boat to Cagayan de Oro (P1260, 14 hours); to Zamboanga (P765, 17 hours), which continues on to General Santos (P1270, 33 hours); and to Ozamis (P1215, 14 hours), which continues on to Iligan (P1215, 20 hours).
Sulpicio goes to Zamboanga/General Santos four afternoons a week (P548/930, 13 to 16 hours), and to Cotabato (via Zamboanga; P780, 48 hours) once a week.
SuperFerry has a once-weekly trip to General Santos (P1200, 24 hours); to Davao (P1200, 34 hours); to Cagayan de Oro (P1190, 13 hours); to Iligan (P1145, 14 hours); and to Ozamis (P1145, 18 hours).
Milagrosa J-Shipping (335 0955) has a boat twice a week for Cuyo Islands (P220, 12 hours) that continues on to Puerta Princesa (tourist class P855, 38 hours) before returning to Iloilo City.
Airline offices at Iloilo's Mandurriao airport (320 8048), 8km northwest of downtown, include Cebu Pacific (320 6889), PAL (320 3030/3131/7151) and Air Philippines (320 8048/49/52). Taxis to the airport cost P100; jeepneys cost P10.
PAL flies from Iloilo to Puerta Princesa (one hour) and back four times per week.