Cheapest Ride from Iloilo International Airport

IloIlo Airport

IloIlo Airport

For travelers on a budget like me, savings in transportation do matter specially if it means sparing oneself from the high cost of airport taxis. And during my first time in Iloilo City this year, I accidentally discovered one.

It was my first solo local trip outside of Luzon and I wasn’t able to research much on how to go about Iloilo (I love surprising myself sometimes) :) Upon arrival at the Iloilo International Airport, I got some tourism brochures and maps provided for free at the airport lobby.

Cheapest Ride from Iloilo Airport

Cheapest Ride from Iloilo Airport

Upon going out of the main gate, it was good that “Van 4 Hire” signs are readily visible. As expected, of course, there were offers for airport taxis as well.

I refused and continued to look around and observe first until I decided to finally ask details from the girl who was persistent in waving her hands towards the direction of their van/s. There were about 4 vans parked in front of the airport at that time.

I inquired and she said the fare was P50 ($1.20). I asked until where this would bring me to the city and she responded: “SM Iloilo.”

Good! “SM” is short for ShoeMart. This is one of, if not the most famous mall in the Philippines which have spread through the provinces as well after dominating the national capital region.

The van transport was a kolorum/quolorum-type van where it has to meet the set number of passengers before the vehicle leaves the airport for cost-efficiency purposes. It was good enough as I only had to wait about 15mins before the van was filled. There were at least 15 passengers plus the driver in total. Most importantly, the van is air-conditioned. :)

Travel time from airport to SM City Iloilo was about 30 minutes or half an hour.

Iloilo International Airport, Philippines

Iloilo International Airport, Philippines

Later on I discovered that it would cost P300-P350 ($8) fare if you take the taxi.

From Iloilo City, you could take the van again going back to the airport at the same station in the parking lot of SM City Iloilo where you were dropped earlier.

Van Transport Terminal in front of Iloilo Intl Airport

Van Transport Terminal in front of Iloilo Intl Airport

The van transport service time could start as early as 4am and has a number of trips upto 7pm. In betweens are usually in sync 2 hours before the airport departure flights. For example, if you have a 3pm flight, the vans are most availbale at 12nn to 1pm in SM Iloilo, ready to bring you back to the airport. Their system takes note of the flight schedule.

Well, ok, I’ve read an even cheaper way of going to the airport. It involves taking jeepneys and multicabs from Bangga Dama (Dama Junction) but I have no idea where this is and how to go about this route. :)

Visayas Blogging Summit

Visayas Blogging Summit

And this is my tip/guide to fellow travelers and friends going with me to the Visayas Blogging Summit this weekend. This would be my third visit to Iloilo this year alone. So if you ask what is the most comfortable and cheapest ride from Iloilo Airport to Iloilo City? The P50 van is it. :)

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