Philippine Roro Ferry

Philippine RORO ferryPhilippine RORO ferry

I just completed my 100th boat crossing with my motorcycle and decided to put up a few pointers about using the ferry to transport vehicles between the islands here in the Philippines.

RORO is an acronym for roll on – roll off , meaning that you self drive your vehicle on and off the ferry – usually up a ramp at the stern or back of the boat.

roro ferry

I am just going to explain the basic procedure and am not even going to try to get into listing all the ro-ro options available between the islands in the Philippines. The schedules change and the research involved would be more than I care to to spend my time on. If any readers have a favorite route with basic info – feel free to add it in the comment section below.

Ceres bus on Maayo Shipping landing craftCeres Bus using the Maayo Shipping connection between Negros Island and Cebu in the above pic. This port is privately owned so you just buy your ticket which will have all fees included in one set fare.

Cebu container Port

Most RORO ferries operate from public piers under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Port Authority so you will have to pay the PPA fee and possibly a terminal fee for passengers.

Roble Ferry Cebu

Take several photocopies of your vehicle registration along if you plan to be traveling between the islands using a RORO. First get your “Bill of Lading” from the shipping company and purchase passenger tickets if they are not included.

roro ferry

Then proceed to the Port Authority window and pay the PPA fee. If a passenger terminal fee is required get that in advance too. If you are in Cebu you might have to do your paper work at a different pier than the one you are departing from which can be confusing. Lite Shipping issues the bill of lading at pier 1 but their RORO ferry from Cebu to Ormoc departs from pier 4.

roro ferry

Always keep the receipts for the port fees because you will need a “gate pass” or at least a guards ok before you can exit from the port that you just arrived. In some cases you will also have to pay a fee at that end too. Sometimes there is a lipse checker (cargo inspector) that will have to stamp your paperwork too.

Trans Asia roro ferryThe Trans Asia RORO is a good choice for the Cebu to Masbate run.

Cokaliong FerryCokaliong Ferry RORO – note the loading ramp at the stern.

Mactan Bridge

Mactan Bridge – under the Mactan Bridge youtube video

Maayo Shipping – RORO between Negros and Cebu Islands

Bato Leyte to Ubay Bohol РRORO  from Leyte to Bohol

Lite Shipping from Cebu to Leyte – RORO from Cebu to Ormoc

Roble Shipping Samar to Cebu – this is not a RORO but they take motorbikes and I was able to drive up the gangplank

Possibly the most heavily traveled connection is the RORO between Matnog on Luzon and Allen on Samar. This run takes about an hour and is part of the Philippine National Highway.

Allen to Matnog Ferry

Star Shipping Allen to Matnog

Island Hopping to Balabac

Milagrosa J Shipping Palawan

Atienza Shipping Coron to Manila

Roble Shipping Ferry Samar to Cebu

St Nicholas Shipping El Nido Palawan

Ozasis to Mukas RORO

Dumaguete to Dapitan RORO – Super Shuttle

Camiguin Island = Balingoan RORO

The possibilities for exploring the small islands by motorbike are endless if you travel on the pump boats.

Dalapuri Island

Biri Island

Limasawa Island

Samar river crossings – this was an amazing trip

Balabac Island

Busuanga  Island РCoron

boats and ferries in the Philippines

RORO ferry system

Nov 17, 2010 www.dutchpickle.com

91 responses to “Philippine Roro Ferry”

  1. This is a nice site. I hope you can also give informations on ALL ro-ro schedules. I’m actually interested to get info on Bicol-Masbate-Biliran route. Thanks you very much. GOD BLESS you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  2. Is the RORO applicable to shipment of personal stuff/items/appliances for relocation to Manila?

  3. may byahe po bah sa may 17 2012…manila to iloilo?

  4. How much po ba ang rate pag nag pa Roro ng container van? The contents of the container van are appliances and a wooden table. Hope to hear from you. Thank you.

  5. anyone know the documents needed to board a car on the roro do you need police clearance documents for the vehicle leaving from Batangas City, by ferry to Calapan
    thank you
    ken

  6. meron ba roro manila to busuanga?? or any connecting trip sa busaunga. magkano ang freight if mag sasakay kme ng tankertruck 12meters po ang haba… nid it a.s.a.p thank you

  7. Hello,
    Thanks for the useful info you have posted. My questions;
    1. Is there a ro-ro service from Bohol to Cagayan de Oro?
    2. Is there service from Palawan to Mindoro?

    Thanks

  8. is there a ro-ro service from manila/batangas to bacolod city?

  9. how much is the fare now from iloilo to batangas city is it the same as before or increases?

  10. hi. this is a great site. i am planning on bringing my car to travel from matnog -cebu-dumaguete-iloilo and back in matnog. would appreciate directions on best routing to get to three cities cebu, dumaguete and iloilo from bicol coz i need to drop by there fo family matters. it is my first time to try the roro. thank you for your help.

  11. is there a direct roro trip from dumaguete to cdo?

  12. thank you very much,,this is good insight,,i am planning to go from manila to kidapawan soon,,this helps alot.tyvm,,now,,if i can just find a good road map,,,lol

  13. well,i was lucky enough to have a garmin gps and bought the asian maps of south east asia,i have tested it on vans while riding from kidapawan to davao,so it does work here.

  14. What roro boat and schedule and rate from Batangas to Calapan to Roxas city Capiz, Thank you

  15. planning to bring my motorcycle on a MANILA-CEBU roro trip. how much? how many days? which harbor and what shipping company would best take care of me and my bike.
    if you can reply to my email, it’d be much appreciated.

  16. Hi,

    I’m trying to figure out the best way to get from Legazpi to Dumaguete by roro. Any opinion on whether to go via Masbate or Calbayog on Samar, or somewhere else, to Cebu then on to Dumaguete? At this stage it will be without transport, but will be a dry run for bringing my bike back from Dumaguete. I’m struggling to see how to make the connections, so any web links folks have found to shipping company timetables would be appreciated or personal experience.

    Thanks!

  17. Kelan po ba start ang byahe KUDAT, malaysia- BROOKES POINT? Magkno po ang pamasahe?
    Salamt po! More power!

  18. Sir
    Mag Inquire lang po magkano po bayad kung magpapadala po kami ng izusu elf trak sa cagayan de oro
    dipolog
    cebu
    bacolod
    iloilo
    davao
    gensan

    Need asap

  19. hi tanong kolang sna kng miron bang roro na frm manila diritso na ng iloilo?at mag kano kya ang rate ng motorcycle 125cc sa roro pg dinala ko sa iloilo?thanks!!!

  20. hi tanong ko lng meron ba kayong roro from cagayan to cebu.at magkano ang rate pagmag landtrip ako dala ko ang car.isakay ko roro may kasama sakay.toyota hiace commuter.

  21. Dec. 15, 2012

    Bakit walang Roro sa pagitan ng Infanta, Quezon to Port of J. Panganiban, Camarines Norte? Di ba mababawasan ang trapiko sa Maharlika Highway, na bukod sa mahaba na, ay paliko-liko pa kung magkakaroon ng roro sa nasabing lugar?
    Paki forward ng tanong sa itaas to government concern, particularly the Philippine Porth Authority.
    Casper V. Inocalla

  22. HOW MUCH IS THE FARE OF ISUZU CROSSWIND W/ PASSENGER FROM CAGAYAN DE ORO TO JAGNA,BOHOL AND VISE VERSA

  23. hanggang kailan po ung beyahe ng roro kc poh mg papa reserv sana ako nitong december 29 or 28.

  24. my byahe po ba ng roro from manila going to bacolod ., and how much ?

  25. Hi sir, ask ko lang po if which route to take from manila to bohol were planing take a van to go there? And also any idea how much is the fare for each individual ? Thank you so much.

  26. can i ask from you the contact number of RORO office that travels from bato leyte to ubay bohol? thank you…

  27. it’s my first time going to Puerto Princesa:may I need your assistance regarding my itinerary coz’ we are planning to bring our car from CDO going to Palawan,What is the best route?and what shipping company we are going to book?Thanks..

  28. sir naka daan na ba kayo dun sa matnog-allen route??? hindi ba kailangan na original ang papers ( OR & CR ) na dala mo… ok lang kahit xerox?
    kasi nasira yung orig na CR ng motor ko sir eh…. TIA

  29. hi sir happy sunday…

    we are planning to go to iligan city this 4th day of April… from our home at fort bonifacio we are planning to travel by land with SUV and will take the slex to matnog, then matnog pier to allen, then allen to liloan. after that liloan to lipata, surigao and last lipata to iligan city..

    sir is that route is safe and secure? this is my first time to travel with this long trip… i hope i can here from you a positive tips and advice….

  30. may biyahe po bang roro manila to cebu? and how much? tsaka san address ng roro? thanks po.

  31. my byahe po ba from batangas port to CDO?mga mgkano ung pmasahe kng gagamit ako ng kia carnival at ilang days bgo ako mkakarating?

  32. Tanong lang po, paano po makarating ng bohol from CDO kung mag ro ro, anong rota po ba meron sir?

    Ty very much

  33. Hello, may I ask how to get to Cebu via Bohol from Matnog, Sorsogon, the shortest possible time. Thanks. – Jay

  34. good day po! sir, ano po ang best way shortest safest and cheapest route from manila to mindanao by car kasi balak namin dadaan muna ng panay island bago ddiretso sa any point to mindanao. thanks po. God bless.

  35. thanks dp. we wud like to go to cagayan de oro via panay island . can you please give me a link which have details of fare charge.
    God bless.

  36. hi do you know if I can get directly from Puerto galera to samar.thanks

  37. hi sir. i am from cebu city. i am planning to go to manila bringing my car. what is the best route that you can suggest?

  38. hi..we are planning to move from dumaguete to palawan and bring our stuff and take our motorbike..any advice you can give on what is the best approach? hope to hear from you soon..thanks

  39. sir,,

    best way from bicol to bacolod city negros occidental…
    tnx.

  40. Planning to travel with my van to Sultan Kudarat, coming from Manila what’s the best routes (including roro ports) that is safe would you recommend?

  41. Hi Dutch!, How much to send one skygo 125 sg 110 smaller to medium size motorcycle from cebu to ormoc or to tacloban?

    thanks, ric , pls text me info if possible,, i can send you some lode after

    our destination is tacloban

  42. hello there is there any ferry roro to davao via batangas or manila. i need to get my suv here by driving it on board then me flying down to meet it at the other end is there any ferry services like that here regards steve

  43. ask ko lang po kung meron kayo manila to surigao SUV toyota revo isasakay ko magkano price nya.thanks

  44. hi DP,

    ask ko lang what company can you recommend if i want to bring may car from manila to palawan. Ill be staying for a few months kasi dun kaya dalin ko ride ko.

    thanks,
    easy A

  45. hello we are planning to go to bacolod for a reunion using our 115cc bike all the way from legaspi city.what’s the possible way to get there. thanks

  46. do you have any idea sir / madam, that how much i could be spend if i travel using my big bike from manila to cebu using batangas, mindoro, panay island, negros island and cebu or manila port direct to cebu port which lesser of time and expenses. please send your reply in my email accnt
    .. ty

  47. hi

    kung for registration pa lang po ung motor basta kumpleto ung papers possible pa din naman po maisakay ng roro un wala naman magiging problem? any idea kung magkano bayad ng motor pag sinakay ng roro batangas pier to puerto galera? thanks in advance :)

  48. Please inform us if it is possible to bring a Van from Legaspi City to Dumaguete City, and how much? thanks

  49. im planning to go to Bicol with my motorbike, from CDO to Cebu, Cebu-Masbate, Masbate – Pilar (sorsogon) how much kaya ang payment sa motor ko from CDO to Cebu. etc, can you plaes give me some ideas, pointers…thanks in advance.
    Adel

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