Iloilo in detail

Flights & getting there

If plans to build a bridge between Iloilo and Guimaras materialise (there's also talk of a bridge to be built between Iloilo and Bacolod on Negros, but this seems fantastical), this would certainly affect the nature of Guimaras. Iloilo, less so.

Air

Iloilo Airport is 18km north of town in Santa Barbara. Cebu Pacific (www.cebupacificair.com) and Philippine Airlines (www.philippineairlines.com) serve Manila (hourly) and Davao (daily) and have several flights a week to Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Puerto Princesa, Singapore, Seoul and Hong Kong. The domestic departure tax is a relatively hefty P200 and P700 for international flights.

Airport shuttle buses (P70, 30 minutes) depart from the Travellers Lounge at SM City from 4am to 6pm. They leave when full so allow plenty of time, maybe at least two hours before your flight. A taxi from the city centre runs between P350 to P400.

Boat

Fastcraft to Bacolod operate out of the Lapuz Terminal (Iloilo River Wharf), as do the roll-on, roll-off ferries (RORO) to Guimaras and Puerto Princesa. The frequent RORO to Bacolod operates from Dumangas, 20km north of Iloilo City (P80 per person, P1000 per car, two hours).

Small pumpboats to Jordan Port on Guimaras leave frequently throughout the day from Ortiz Wharf.

The big malls have ticketing offices open 9am to 8pm daily. Boat tickets can be bought at the pier.

Boats from Iloilo

DepartsDestinationCompanyTypeFare (P)DurationFrequency
Iloilo River WharfBacolodWeesam Express, FastCat, Ocean Jetfastcraft250-6001hrhourly
Port San PedroManila2GOferry124327hrSun, Wed & Thu
Port San PedroCagayan de Oro2GOferry111314hrSat
Port San PedroBacolod2GOferry5954hrSun
Port San PedroCebuTrans-Asia, Cokaliongferry760-80013hrTue-Sun
Ortiz WharfJordan Port, Guimarasvariousbangka14-2825minevery 30min
Parola WharfBuenavista, Guimarasvariousbangka2920minevery 30min
Lapuz TerminalJordan, GuimarasFF CruzRORO70 plus vehicle1hrevery 2hr
Lapuz TerminalCuyo/Puerto PrincesaMilagrosa, MontenegroRORO950-122012/24hrThu & Sat

Bus & Jeepney

A taxi from the city centre to the Ceres Terminal in barangay Tagbak costs around P200.

Buses from Iloilo

DepartsDestinationFare (P)Duration (hr)Frequency
Ceres TerminalKalibo3004-5hourly
Ceres TerminalCaticlan4205-6hourly
Ceres TerminalRoxas City180-205hourly
Ceres TerminalAntique (via Miagao)2755every 30min
Ceres TerminalCarles3002-2½hourly
Molo TerminalSan José, Antique110 (to San José)3 (to San José)daily