Philippines Travel Budget

How much does it cost to travel to the Philippines?

How much money will you need for your trip to the Philippines? You should plan to spend around ₱2,641 ($53) per day on your vacation in the Philippines, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ₱605 ($12) on meals for one day and ₱791 ($16) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in the Philippines for a couple is ₱1,904 ($38). So, a trip to the Philippines for two people for one week costs on average ₱36,981 ($740). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to the Philippines for one week usually costs around ₱18,490 for one person. So, a trip to the Philippines for two people costs around ₱36,981 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ₱73,961 in the Philippines. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in the Philippines can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is the Philippines?

How much does a trip to the Philippines cost? Is the Philippines expensive? The average Philippines trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Philippines prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in the Philippines can vary, the average cost of food in the Philippines is ₱605 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in the Philippines should cost around ₱242 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in the Philippines is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in the Philippines is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ₱791 per person, per day, on local transportation in the Philippines.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2020

Flights to The Philippines

How much does it cost to go to the Philippines? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner because they can find the best deals across all of the airlines.

Typical tour prices for Philippines

How much do tours to Philippines cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    9 days
    $ 1650
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    9 days
    $ 1325
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    11 days
    $ 2000
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    11 days
    $ 1700
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The Philippines On a Budget
Philippines Palawan, El Nido, Philippines
The Philippines is an island nation in Southeast Asia, and it includes over 7,000 islands. It has a beautiful coastline and friendly people, and, because of Spanish colonization, is considered to be Asia's largest Catholic country. The country is quite diverse with over one hundred different ethnic groups, a large international influence, and a Spanish/Latin twist. It makes for a very interesting take on Asian culture, combined with a beautiful, tropical destination. It has some great opportunities for scuba diving, wildlife spotting, and festival viewing. There are also countless opportunities to enjoy adventure sports while you're in the country. Whatever your interest, the Philippines likely has an activity or attraction that appeals to you.

The climate in the Philippines is tropical and the hottest months are between March and May. In June the rains start and this lasts through October when strong typhoons are possible. The coolest months are between November and February. Probably the best time to visit is between the middle of January and the end of February when the weather is at its coolest and the area is dry. Whenever you decide to visit the Philippines you can expect sudden weather changes. As an island nation the weather can be highly unpredictable so come prepared for anything.

The Philippines are divided into three major island groups. Luzon is the northernmost part of the country and is the economic and political center. It's also where you will find the country's capital city of Manila. The country's best beaches are on the middle islands, known as Visayas. This is the area with the richest biodiversity and the best wildlife. To the south is the Mindanao. This is where you find most of the indigenous culture in the Philippines.

The Philippines is a cheap travel destination, even by Southeast Asian standards. Some hotels may be more expensive than you would expect, but as a whole it is a very affordable travel destination. You may decide to take some domestic flights to explore the area. These are reasonably priced but there are often more affordable alternatives if you do some research. Food in the Philippines is very cheap, particularly if you dine at local establishments. Street food is always an affordable option as well.
At A Glance
  • If you're interested in Filipino culture and history head to the Banaue area. There are rice terraces that have existed for over 2000 years. It's a very scenic area that has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and shouldn't be missed if you're in the area.

  • Because the Philippines is made of the many different islands you'll likely find yourself taking several different flights while you're in the country (compare prices here). Some of the most popular and affordable airlines include Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Airphil Express. Flights are usually reasonable in price but do increase around major holidays or during peak travel times. Most flights are economy class only.

  • If you decide to take a trip on the Bicol Express Train you can decide between four different classes. These include the executive sleeper class which has private, air conditioned cabins with one bed; the family sleeper class which includes four beds in an air conditioned cabin; the deluxe class which offers reclining chairs in air conditioned cabins; and the economy class which includes benches and fans for ventilation.

  • There are ferries that connect many of the islands. While this is a cheap form of transportation it is also somewhat unsafe. Use commonsense when you board a ferry. If the boat seems to be over capacity, do not get on it. Also make sure you check the weather reports prior to taking a ferry as some captains sail even in rough waters. Generally speaking, ferries are not safer than flying.

  • Don't overlook the historic sights while you're in the Philippines. The natural beauty is perhaps the most impressive part of the country, but there are still some excellent museums and cultural areas that are well worth a visit.

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Top Tourist Attractions
Tamaraw Falls: This is a popular thirty meter high waterfall with nearby swimming pools. It's about 14 kilometers from Puerto Galera and is a crowded destination on weekends, particularly on Sundays when admission is free. If you're there during the week the crowds will be much less. Bring a packed picnic lunch and there are facilities where you can enjoy your meal while looking out over the waterfall.

Hundred Islands National Park: Hundred Islands National Park is a small but lovely national park just off the Alaminos coast. It is made up of over one hundred islands, but only three of them have been developed for tourists.

Pagudpud: Pagudpud is probably one of the most popular tourist beaches in the Philippines. It has a beautiful white sand beach and blue water perfect for swimming. It's relatively secluded but still conveniently located and is accessible by public transportation.

Popular Foods
Filipino food is heavily influenced by many different cultures including Chinese, Malay, Spanish, European and American cuisines. It's probably the least spicy cuisine in all of Southeast Asia but it still has a strong flavor as it is typically seasoned with garlic, onions and ginger. Many of the dishes cook for long periods of time so the flavors are well integrated. Some examples are listed below, but for more details check out this guide to Filipino food on our blog.

Sinangag: This is a fried garlic rice dish made with dried shrimp and mixed with sausage or hot dogs. It's ubiquitous around the Philippines and it's one of the most popular dishes in restaurants around the country.

Chicharron: These are salted and deep fried pork rinds. They're available at many balut vendors and are often served with vinegar, chillis, or a liver sauce. Another variation of the dish is made with deep fried pig intestines.

Hamonado: This is a honey cured meat dish that is served on special occasions. It's most often made with pork and honey or pineapple juice is used to sweeten it. It's most commonly served during the Christmas or New Years holidays and is a favorite around the country.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Ferry Transportation

By backpackguru in Intercity Transportation
Because the Philippines is a country of islands, you will likely end up traveling by ferry or boat a good amount. Generally, prices are quite cheap and can be as low as ₱1,000 for one day trips, and half of that for shorter trips. Some of the bigger companies include WG&A SuperFerry, Sulpicio Lines, Negros Navigation, and Oceanjet. Trips can be anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days, depending on the distance and the company you choose to go with. If a ship is overcrowded, it is best to go with another company, as safety can definitely be a concern on some ferries.

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