There are 3 ways to get from Manila to Sulu Archipelago by plane, ferry, car ferry, bus and ferry or bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly, ferry  •  7 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Manila (MNL) to Zamboanga (ZAM) MNL - ZAM
  2. Take the ferry from Zamboanga to Jolo

$81 - $121

Cheapest option

Car ferry, ferry  •  46 h 35 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Manila to Zamboanga Manila
  2. Take the ferry from Zamboanga to Jolo

$69 - $104

1 alternative option

Bus and ferry, bus, ferry  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Philtranco Cubao to Cagayan De Oro
  2. Take the bus from Cagayan de Oro to Zamboanga
  3. Take the ferry from Zamboanga to Jolo

$75 - $112

What companies run services between Manila, Philippines and Sulu Archipelago, Philippines?

There is no direct connection from Manila to Jolo. However, you can take the train to Gil Puyat LRT, take the walk to Jam Liner/Atrium, take the Airport Bus to NAIA Terminal 2, take the walk to Manila airport, fly to Zamboanga, take the taxi to Zamboanga, then take the ferry to Jolo. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Manila to Jolo via Zamboanga and Zamboanga in around 46 h 35 min.

Airlines
Cebu Pacific
Website
cebupacificair.com
Flights from Manila to Zamboanga
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $250
Flights from Manila to Zamboanga via Cebu
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Philippine Airlines
Website
philippineairlines.com
Flights from Manila to Zamboanga
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $170
Flights from Manila to Zamboanga via Davao
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $170
Bus operators
Philtranco
Website
philtranco.net
Bus and ferry from Philtranco Cubao to Cagayan De Oro
Ave. Duration
32 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
philtranco.net
RTMI (Rural Transit of Mindanao Incorporated)
Phone
+63 88 858 5887
Bus from Cagayan de Oro to Zamboanga
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
facebook.com
Ferry operators
Weesamexpress
Website
weesam.ph
Ferry from Zamboanga to Jolo
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $18
Schedules at
weesam.ph
Book at
book.weesam.ph
First Class
$18
Tourist
$16
2 GO Travel
Phone
(+63 2) 528.7209
Email
info@2go.com.ph
Website
travel.2go.com.ph
Car ferry from Manila to Zamboanga
Ave. Duration
42 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Schedules at
travel.2go.com.ph
Super Value Class
$50 - $70
Mega Value Class
$50 - $75
Tourist Class
$55 - $75
Cabin for 4
$70 - $90
Stateroom for 2
$150 - $180
Suiteroom for 2
$160 - $180

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Manila and Sulu Archipelago is 957 km.

The cheapest way to get from Manila to Sulu Archipelago is to car ferry and ferry which costs ₱3,500 - ₱5,500 and takes 46 h 35 min.

The quickest way to get from Manila to Sulu Archipelago is to fly and ferry which takes 7 h 59 min and costs ₱4,200 - ₱6,500.

No, there is no direct ferry from Manila to Sulu Archipelago. However, there are services departing from Manila and arriving at Jolo via Zamboanga. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 46 h 35 min.

It takes approximately 7 h 59 min to get from Manila to Sulu Archipelago, including transfers.