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    Boracay via Roro Bus Ferry: Batangas-Mindoro-Caticlan: Motorcycle Car Rates/Fare/Fee

    Manila to Boracay via RO-RO (Roll-on Roll-off): the cheapest way to to go Boracay Island for those with ample time to spare and armed with adventurous souls. A contractual officemate of Tutubi went to Boracay recently and took a Ro-ro reportedly for 15 hours. With his actual experience and Tutubi's updated information (some of which were taken from official websites and actual phone calls to telephone numbers, here's everything you need to know about how to get to Boracay via Roro.

    UPDATED April 2013

    Roro to Boracay via Rodastco Vans:

    Rodastco Manila Tel. No.: +63.2.732.6891; +63.921.524.5394
    Rodastco Vans to Caticlan fare: PhP963.00 one way, inclusive of ferry fares

    Rodastco Van (Roro) to Boracay Fare Schedule:

    Manila to Roxas (Mindoro) including ferry: PhP 650.00/person
    Roxas to Caticlan including ferry: PhP313.00/person
    Caticlan port to Boracay boat ride: PhP150.00/person (around 15 minutes)
    Tricycle from Cagban Jetty port to your resort: PhP150.00 (special trip)

    If your hotel/resort package in Boracay is inclusive of boat transfers then they will fetch you at Caticlan Jetty Port

    Telephone numbers of Boracay RORO buses and vans:
    ( Board a bus/van at the terminal to take you straight to Caticlan where Boracay is a short ferry ride away)

    Ro-ro Bus to Boracay:

    philtranco roro busPhiltranco Ro-ro Bus at Caticlan Jetty Port

    Philtranco Services Enterprise Incorporated
    Terminal: Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City; EDSA, Cubao, Quezon City; and EDSA, Pasay City
    For trip schedules, please visit Philtranco official website:
    Contact Number: +63.2.851.8077, +63.2.851-8079

    Bachelor Express
    Tel. No.: +63.2.731.7287
    Roro Bus Fare to Caticlan: PhP945.00 one way

    Dimple Star Transit
    Tel. No.: +63.2.862.3075
    Bus Terminal: Ali Mall, Araneta center, Cubao, Quezon City; Alabang, Muntinlupa City
    Roro Bus Fare to Caticlan from Cubao: PhP945.00 one way

    Driving Directions to Boracay via Roro (Strong Republic National Highway):

    If you want to bring your own vehicle to Boracay, you need to get to Port of Batangas (Pier), board the Ro-ro vessel (Montenegro Shipping Lines or Starlite Ferries) to the Port of Calapan (Oriental Mindoro), drive again up to Roxas (Oriental Mindoro) then board the ferry to Caticlan (you need to park your car in Caticlan as cars are not allowed on Boracay Island)

    Travel time estimates:
    Manila to Batangas port: 3 hours (land travel)
    RORO to Calapan Mindoro: 3 hours (sea travel)
    Calapan to Port Roxas: 3 hour land travel
    RORO to Caticlan port: 4 hours (sea travel)

    Waiting time is not included here, better be early to catch the next available Ro-ro ferry schedule.

    Ro-Ro Vessels Contact Numbers:

    Montenegro Shipping Lines
    2nd Floor Old PPA Admin Building
    Sta. Clara, Batangas City 4200
    Official Website
    Reservation, Travel & Tours : +63.43.723.6980; +63.43.723.8294
    Caticlan office: +

    RORO Ferries of Montenegro Lines have 12 trips plying the Batangas Pier to Calapan spaced 2 hours apart starting at 12 midnight. Visit Montenegro Lines official website for the latest rates for passengers and car/vehicles (rate is based on the length of the vehicle).

    Roxas to Caticlan ferry leaves Roxas port at 4am, 10am, 4pm (tentative), 8pm and 10pm with estimated cruising time of 3.5 hours. Visit Montenegro Lines official website for the latest fares for vehicles based on vehicle length.

    Starlite Ferries (often misspelled Starlight Ferry)
    Official Website:
    Contact Number: +63.2.724.3034; +63.43.722.0162

    Telephone Numbers of Ports/Piers:

    Port of Batangas: +63.43.723.1701
    Port of Calapan (Oriental Mindoro): +
    Port of Roxas (Oriental Mindoro): +

    Related Post:
    Directions to Batangas Pier
    Boracay ATM
    Boracay Travel Guide

    For more Boracay posts, please click the Boracay label below or use the search box.

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    posted by GingGoy @ 9:06 PM,


    At Apr 9, 2009, 10:21:00 AM, Anonymous bw said...

    15 hours one way ? ugh, that's too long. For a round trip of P2,000 - how much cheaper is it compared to the plane ?

    At Apr 9, 2009, 10:40:00 AM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    bw, sometimes it's both the forest and the trees, the journey and not the destination. I want to try the roro route someday. to enjoy the scenerie. but i won't do it round-trip. lots of time to be wasted probably take the plane to return or pass another way

    At Dec 5, 2009, 11:18:00 PM, Anonymous edwinic said...

    if you are going to boracay and using your own car, no need to bring it to caticlan. there is a parking facilities in roxas mindoro.

    At Feb 18, 2010, 1:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    schedule of dimple bus to san jose occidental mindoro pls.

    At Apr 2, 2010, 1:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    any schedule of dimple bus going to sanjose occidental mindoro?

    At Nov 30, 2010, 7:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    How much is the fare of car on board of vessel from Batanggas to Calapan?

    At Dec 1, 2010, 6:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    how much is manila-caticlan one way with the rates of the bus and ferry included ?

    At Dec 30, 2010, 9:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    may bayad po b ang bata?anong edad po ba?

    At Feb 15, 2011, 4:38:00 PM, Anonymous ryan eijansantos said...

    Tutubi I need your help. I need your assistance., we will be going to Bora nextweek. We booked at San Jose Mindoro going back to Manila via plane. Now my question would be, from Caticlan how could we reach San Jose Mindoro? please po... we need ur answers to this. Sana may magmagandang loob na magbigay ng details.. Thank po ng marami.

    At Feb 15, 2011, 4:45:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    ryan, as far as i know, rodastco shuttle and the philgtranco buses from caticlan pass by mindoro and you can reach it from there.

    At Mar 22, 2011, 10:29:00 AM, Anonymous maylacbay said...

    what bus is better to ride going to caticlan???? i need ur answer asap please!!!!! and where can i find the schedule of their departure from cubao????

    At Mar 28, 2011, 1:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    best bus company going to caticlan pls... from cubao terminal

    At Apr 8, 2011, 7:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi! thanks for this informative blog it gives more idea for the backpacker traveller on how to go there safely. Is anyone can update the latest news? It may help a lot for us for those who want to travel this summer, Thanks again for this site I really appreciate.

    At Apr 25, 2011, 1:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    what is the best bus to ride from cubao to caticlan?please.. i need you reply now..

    At Apr 30, 2011, 1:52:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

    What is the best bus ride from caticlan to manila? Please I need some help

    At Jun 3, 2011, 8:29:00 PM, Blogger Happy Feet said...

    Philtranco has an earlier departure time from Pasay to Caticlan supposedly 9am but we left pass 11am becoz of the lousy conductor.
    Cost around 1.3K
    This already includes all ride related payments..

    Dont mind asking the Pasay office of Philtranco bout the trip back becoz according to them, schedules are reliant on the waiting time and roro availability.

    At Jun 18, 2011, 6:10:00 PM, Anonymous PAUL said...

    Thanks for this site, I had successfully reach Boracay via Nautical Highway from Batangas - Calapan - Caticlan, thru Roxas Port - Mindoro last May 1, 2011 upon arrival at NAIA. My last posted here was April 8, 2011 as Anonymous searching on how to reach by land. Without any reservation done, I was able to travel and commute only from Taft Ave. any available bus going to Batangas Pier and Multi-Van upon arrival in Calapan Pier. Really! it was very exciting, I suggest you should try it. Again, thanks to this Site especially to Tutubi.

    At Jul 7, 2011, 11:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    astig pala try q rin mag roro hehehe

    At Jul 22, 2011, 10:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    magkano po ba ang bayad sa roro kung may dalang generator inter island malaki po kasi may gulong po ito

    At Nov 29, 2011, 7:57:00 PM, Blogger Nikki C said...


    Thanks for all your awesome information. I've been able to create an itinerary for our RORO trip to Boracay with the information from your page (and from the other pages it links to). I have been able to obtain fares and fees for the shipping lines and have a general idea of the pros and cons. I've two questions though:

    1. Which line is better (in terms of facilities, speed, safety) Montenegro or Starlite?

    2. Are there other fees we will be paying for aside from the ferry fares, environmental fee (50/head), and Caticlan port terminal fee (50/head)?

    I've looked everywhere but couldn't find information about that. Would greatly appreciate any help you can give me.


    At Nov 30, 2011, 8:13:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    nikki, i have a newer "how to get to boracay" post here. just look for it :P

    At Jan 22, 2012, 8:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Would you have the schedule or frequency of trips by bus from Caticlan to San Jose or Puerto Galera, Mindoro?

    At Jan 29, 2012, 11:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    goo morning po! need po ng help, we are from batangas going to caticlan:
    -9 persons
    -2 cars
    how much po magastos.pls reply po thanks

    At Mar 15, 2012, 9:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    magkano po ang pamasahe papuntang caticlan galing batanggas na may dalang bagaheng motorsiklo

    At Mar 20, 2012, 2:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    magkano bayad kung SUV ang sasakyan from batangas to calapan? and magkano fare per head po sa RORO? tpos Fare per head din sa roxas port to caticlan? ano sasakyan sa caticlan to boracay island and magkano? Reply ASAP po... tnx

    At Mar 21, 2012, 11:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    what s the earliest schedule for tomorrow from manila to caticlan?

    At Mar 24, 2012, 2:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Why not try 2GO Travel(formerly Superferry)? They have 2x Daily trip to Caticlan via Batangas Port.

    At Apr 18, 2012, 4:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    If your from Manila, kindly search RM liner,the best bus company in Metro Manila, its like riding in an airplane,theres no like tomorrow,always pray because they are "hataw" drivers,I love the on-time schedule of RM Liner but please, be awake on the whole ride with this bus company.If your a road warrior,you will appreciate the services of this bus company but if you are a faint hearted,dont avail this Bus company..Anyway,I am a road warrior and loves "hataw" rides,its like your traveling in Kennon Road in Baguio at the speed of 120 kph in a zigzag road.RM Liner is a great bus company,got free WIFI on board plus noiseless bus.

    At Apr 24, 2012, 9:14:00 AM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    anonymou, you think driving at 120 kph on a winding road is fun? just wait til you meet an accident. poor souls on the other vehicle if ever :(

    At Apr 25, 2012, 5:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    grabeh 15 hrs.. sa Zest air (Kalibo ang baba mo) P952.00 lng ang fare... search nyo

    At Apr 26, 2012, 5:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Sir backpacking,Im just honest on what I've experience with RM Liner.I wanna send the message across the net.Thats why I elaborated,that if your faint hearted NEVER try to AVAIL the services of that BUS COMPANY.Go check out this bus company starting from MANILA to CATICLAN.As I recall ginawa nilang race track yung zigzag road from Roxas Oriental Mindoro to Calapan at the speed of 100-120kph.Dont worry sir/madam its a tongue in a cheek statement.I'm a road warrior and I love speed and also a careful motor vehicle operator.I do 120 kph on SLEX and NLEX only.

    At May 12, 2012, 1:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    ask ko lang po contact number ng roro bus sa cubao terminal

    At May 15, 2012, 5:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    how much is your fare rates trip manila to boracay(caticlan)?and what time you will leave here?about morning time

    At Oct 3, 2013, 4:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Pwede ko po ba dalhin aso ko na maliit sa loob ng bus? Allowed ba pets on board sa mga buses na sinasabi nyo? Tnx


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