Transportation - Get In
Davao is the third most important Philippines city after Manila and Cebu. Three domestic airlines fly multiple times per day between Davao and Manila. There are also direct flights available from many other Philippine cities. Davao is served by the Davao International Airport (more properly named as the Francisco Bangoy International Airport) , which receives both local and foreign traffic.
Cebu Pacific and Silk Air, the regional airline of Singapore Airlines, are currently the only international airlines directly servicing Davao from Singapore. If you have Davao as your main destination in the Philippines, you might want to consider coming in through Singapore as this might be the most hassle-free way to enter.
Outside of taxis, you can catch a Jeepney ₱15 to town center by walking to the highway (5-10min walk). A taxi from the Davao Airport to down town Davao costs about ₱180, as of 2016.
The airport has an tourist information counter (but not always staffed) where you can buy prepaid SIM cards.
The terminal fee at Davao airport is ₱200 for domestic flights and ₱700 for international flights.
- Air asia. Three times a day from Davao to Manila.
- Cebu Pacific. To and from Davao to Manila, Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Bacolod.
- Philippines Airlines flies to Cebu 3 x a day. and Manila 8 x a day.
- SilkAir. (Singapore) Flights go from Singapore and land at either Davao or Cebu on the way in and out. For the shortest trip try to fly on a day the plane goes from Singapore direct to Davao.
- Cebu Pacific has three non-stop return flights per week from Davao to Singapore. They depart Davao on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 17.35pm and your get to Singapore at 21.10pm. They depart Singapore also on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 21.55pm and you get to Davao at 01.40am the next day. Their fares are as a rule a lot better than Silk Air.
Davao is also served by a bustling sea port with significant cargo traffic.
There are passenger ferries going to and from Davao city from Samal Island and Talikud Island.
There are no longer any long-distance passenger ferries to Davao port. The nearest ports for Long distance passenger ferries from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Bohol Island are now at Cagayan de Oro port or Nasipit port 27 km from Butuan city.
A good way to get from Davao city to Samal Island is by the Island City Express buses that use the 24/7 car ferry from Sasa over to Babak on Samal island. The ticket price for the bus and ferry combined is ₱30. If you just use the Car Ferry the ticket costs ₱10 per person. Island city Express buses go all the way to Kaputian on Samal island. From Santa Ana wharf (near Magsaysay park) boats also leave for Samal island ₱40.
There are buses from different cities, most of which are located within Mindanao, which usually stop at Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) located at Maya, Ecoland, Davao City.
- Bachelor Express goes to Surigao, Butuan, San Francisco, Bislig, Mati 173 kms, Tandag, Santo Tomas, Tacloban.
- Yellow Bus and Holiday Bus goes to Digos 63 kms, General Santos 149 kms, Koronadal 201 kms.
- Rural Transit goes to Cagayan de oro 277 kms, Valencia 134 kms, Malaybalay 160 kms.
- Weena Express goes to Digos, Kidapawan 122 kms, Cotabato.
- Philtranco goes to Manila via Surigao, Tacloban, Calbayog, Legaspi.
- PP bus line also goes to Manila via Surigao, Tacloban, Calbayog, Legaspi.
- Davao metro Shuttle goes to Panabo, Tagum city 66 kms, Nabunturan.
There are also vans going to Cagayan de Oro for ₱485, Mati p230,Kidapawan ₱150, Cotabato City ₱250 and Tagum p 120. You can get the vans outside the Gaisano Mall and Victoria Plaza.
It costs ₱70 by taxi or p8 by Jeepney to go the 2 km from the Ecoland bus Terminal to downtown Davao.
Transportation - Get Around
The simplest way to get around is by hopping into a taxi. A typical trip can cost about ₱70-90 or approximately USD2. Drivers in Davao do not normally bargain if they notice that you are a tourist, hence the cost of the trip is the same in price as a regular. Davao Taxi Drivers are regarded as the most honest taxi drivers in the Philippines. Taxi Drivers in Davao City do not charge tourists extra fare unlike their counterparts in Cebu and Manila. If you know the name of the building, establishment, area or street you wish you reach, this is still the fastest way to get to your destination. You can also call or send an SMS to the cab company directly to have a cab driver pick you up.
Taxis start their fare at ₱40 and will add ₱3.50 per few hundred meters. Please do say "thank you" or "salamat" once you have arrived at your destination. Davao Taxis issue fare receipts that list the name of the taxi company, the plate number, and the taxi number which could come in handy if one leaves valuable items or documents inside a cab. Just tell your taxi driver if you want to get a receipt.
Alternatively, if you opt for more adventure, then do as the locals and catch a colorful jeepney. Simply ask around for which route to take to avoid getting lost. They are usually available 24 hours and cover most of the nooks and crannies of the city. This is the cheapest option for getting around. The usual cost for a jeepney ride is ₱8 for every 4 km ride, and about a ₱1 increase per km when going beyond the 4 km (for regular passengers). a Jeepney from down town Davao to the Davao airport cost ₱15 and takes 45min.
To pay, pass your fare to the person next to you, all the way to the driver or the conductor, by saying "bayad po". Paying the exact amount is highly recommended. To stop at a certain destination, say "lugar lang", "para", or knock your coins hard on the steel handle.
Another alternative ride aside from the jeepneys and taxis, is to rent a car. There are many cars for rent. If you don't know the routes you can hire drivers by asking the attendant of the rental company. Local companies tend to be cheaper than the national ones.
Avis Car rental. Airport view hotel. J Camus street. Tel 63-82-2216430.
Buses are also available, but these tend to ply exclusively along the north-south route and going out and in the city area. Air conditioned buses to Calinan go from Bankeroham Public Market. Island City Buses go to Kaputian Samal Island via the car ferry at Sasa; these buses go past Magsaysay park ₱30.
By water taxi
Another mode of transportation around Davao Gulf is through a water taxi. Water taxis serve the daily commuters and visitors of Davao City, Samal Island, and neighbouring coastal municipalities around Davao Gulf. It will get you to the island, waterfront restaurant, or beach resort you wanted with comfort and ease. The pioneer water taxi service in the Philippines is found in Davao City and has the swift, safe and secure water transport, the best and most professional skippers and has a customer friendly and positive attitude, all incorporated to make your transfer easy and pleasurable.