Complete Guide to Iloilo International Airport Transportation
Nestled a mere 30-minute drive from Iloilo City Proper, Iloilo International Airport offers a multitude of transportation choices for both inbound and outbound travelers. From the convenient taxis to the local jeeps, here’s a detailed breakdown.
- All taxis in Iloilo are available for hire to and from the airport.
- Most drivers prefer a fixed rate, generally ranging from P350 to P400, as opposed to relying on the meter.
UV Express Shuttle:
- These shuttles conveniently connect Iloilo Airport with the city. Major pick-up and drop-off points include SM City Iloilo Mall and Jaro District Plaza.
- From SM City Iloilo Mall, the fare to the airport stands at P70. However, do allow ample time (at least 3 hours before your flight) as shuttles depart only when full. The return journey offers a discounted fare of P50.
Local Jeep and Multicab Commute:
- For the budget traveler, this route is the most economical:
- Board the Calinog, Janiuay, Cabatuan, or Santa Barbara Jeepneys from Diversion Road (Benigno Aquino Ave.) or Ungka Terminal in Jaro District (20 minutes, P16 fare).
- Alight at “Bangga Dama” Intersection in Santa Barbara, marked by the Total Gas Station and Mercury Drug store.
- Proceed to the multicab terminal across Mercury Drug.
- Hop on the multicab direct to Iloilo Airport (10-minute ride for P10). Do note: the waiting time could extend to 1-2 hours since multicabs depart only when full.
- For those arriving at the airport and looking to commute to the city, multicabs are stationed near the departure gate on the terminal’s far end.
On our way to the city, we chose the UV express, costing us P50 per person plus additional charges for luggage. While returning to the airport, we availed our hotel’s shuttle service (proximal to the airport) for Php300 (~USD 6). Check out our stay experience at the SINOBEN APARTMENT.
Solo travelers and couples can conveniently reach the city from the airport for just Php 50. If burdened with luggage, an extra seat can be availed for another Php50. Groups might find taxis more economical, especially when expenses are shared. Be wary of persistent transport operators pushing their private transfer services.