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Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines

ILOILO CITY TRAVEL GUIDE (DIY ITINERARY + BUDGET)

Iloilo is considered as one of the cleanest cities in the Philippines. The city is rich in culture and heritage. The city is a combination of Spanish colonial houses and churches mixed with future-forward buildings. It is also considered as Philippines's city of love because of the friendly, loving and soft-spoken Ilonggo community.

Miag-ao Church
Iloilo City: City in Iloilo, Panay Island, Visayas
Country: Philippines
Coordinates: 10.7202° N, 122.5621° E
What to eat/drink: Biscocho, Tablea Tsokolate, La Paz Batchoy, Pancit Molo
What to do: island hopping, nature exploration, cultural exploration
Where to stay: Circle Inn Iloilo
Ideal time to visit: Best time to visit is during summer, before or after the rainy season. We highly recommend visiting the province in January for the Dinagyang Festival
Language: Filipino/English
Currency: Philippine Peso: 51PHP = 1USD (rough estimate)
Garin Farm entrance arch
HOW TO PLAN YOUR ILOILO ITINERARY:
Jaro Cathedral
1. DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF DAYS YOU WILL BE STAYING.
A city tour can be made in a day. This includes Garin Farm which is located 2 hours away from Iloilo City. Although if you plan on  transferring to Bacolod or other nearby provinces, We suggest that you spend the night in Iloilo and transfer the next day. If you plan to visit Gigantes Island, travel agencies offer a day tours and 2-day tours. You can cover almost everything within 2-3 days.

2. DETERMINE YOUR HOTEL LOCATION
- If you're heading to Bacolod or Guimaras
It is ideal to book your hotel near the pier. Taxi fare is less than 100PHP while tricycle fare costs less than 50PHP.
- If you're heading to Gigantes Island
It is ideal to book near its jump off location.

Oceanjet Fastcraft from Bacolod to Iloilo
3. DETERMINE YOUR IDEAL MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
Getting to Iloilo City:
A. From Manila/Luzon: Cebu Pacific Air, AirAsia Philippines and Philippine Airlines have direct flights offered from Manila to Iloilo. Direct flights are 1-1.5 hours long. A 20-hour bus and ferry trip is also available from Manila.
B. From Bacolod: Fastcrafts coming from Bacolod Pier have eight daily trips. Each trip is 1-2 hours long.
Oceanjet Bacolod to Iloilo & Vice Versa Daily Trip Schedule:
5:45AM | 7:20AM | 8:50AM | 11:00AM | 1:00PM | 2:30PM | 4:00PM | 5:30PM
Open Air (Non-AC) - 275PHP
Tourist Class (AC) - 325PHP
Terminal Fee for Iloilo Passengers - 40PHP
C. From provinces of Boracay/Kalibo, Aklan: You may hail a taxi towards Ceres Bus Terminal. Daily trips are available and 4 hours long.

Getting around Iloilo City:
Biscocho & Tablea Tsokolate

- Via private car
You may hire a private car for a day to get around the tourist spots. I would suggest getting this if you are in a hurry and want a convenient way of touring the city.
We booked our private Iloilo City tour with our drive Aeile Toloso.
Call: +44 7709 927082
- Via commute
This is the cheaper option since you will be riding a series of jeepney rides & tricycles.


DAY TRIP TO ILOILO CITY 
Our visit to Iloilo City is part of our Bacolod-Iloilo-Guimaras Trip.
DAY 1: Arrival in Bacolod City & DIY Walking Tour
DAY 2: Campuestohan Mountain Resort Day Trip
DAY 3: Iloilo City Tour
From Bacolod City, we took the 7:20AM fastcraft going to Iloilo City. We booked a private car that would take us on a city tour.


Garin Farm
POINTS OF INTEREST:
🚩 Garin Farm
🚩 Miagao Church
🚩 Balay Camiña nga Bato
🚩 Molo Mansion
🚩 Molo Church
🚩 Iloilo Esplanade
🚩 Iloilo Convention Center
🚩 Jaro Cathedral
🚩 Museo Iloilo
🚩 Iloilo City Downtown & Calle Real

ILOILO CITY ITINERARY
ILOILO ITINERARY
ACTIVITY
TIME
3 PAX IN A GROUP
NOTES
EXPENSE IN PHP
EXPENSE IN USD
GROUP
PER PAX
GROUP
PER PAX
Bacolod North Bus Terminal to Bacolod Pier

PHP 150
PHP 50
-
USD 1.00
Via Taxi
Bacolod Port Terminal Fee


PHP 40

USD 0.80

Bacolod Port to  Iloilo Port

-
PHP 325
-
USD 6.50
Via Oceanjet Fastcraft (Tourist AC)
Iloilo City Tour


PHP 1700

USD 33.33

     Garin Farm (entrance fee)

-
PHP 150
-
USD 3.00

     Lunch at Garin Farm


PHP 150

USD 3.00

     Miag-ao Church

-
PHP 0
-
USD 0

     Balay Camina na Bato (entrance fee)


PHP 150

USD 3.00
Inclusive of Biscocho & Tablea Tsokolate
     Molo Mansion


PHP 0

USD 0
Must try: Pancit Molo
     Molo Cathedral


PHP 0

USD 0

     Iloilo Espanade

-
PHP 0
-
USD 0

     Iloilo Convention Center

-
PHP 0
-
USD 0

     Jaro Cathedral

-
PHP 0
-
USD 0

     Museo Iloilo (entrance fee)

-
PHP 50
-
USD 1.00

     Iloilo Downtown & Calle Real

-
PHP 0
-
USD 0

     Calle Real to Accommodation

-
PHP 0
-
USD 0

TOTAL
PHP 150
PHP 2615
USD 25
USD 51.63


Iloilo is part of our Bacolod-Iloilo-Guimaras trip. Learn more about it here:
GUIMARAS TRAVEL GUIDE

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FOOTNOTES:
Photos by Rae Argallon | Samsung Note 9 | Iloilo City, Iloilo (Philippines) | November 2019

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