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If you’re planning on travelling to Philippines, you’re probably wondering how much you need to budget for your trip. While your travel costs will depend on your travel style, generally speaking Philippines is perfect for a budget trip.
Accommodation costs are generally really low and food and drinks are very cheap. Many of Philippines’s best attractions are very affordable or even free and, while some activities could set you back a fair amount, there’s plenty to do at lower price points too.
A reasonable budget for two for a week in Philippines is around ₱62,500.
This is based on staying in good, mid-range accommodation and having a few meals out per week, while preparing some yourself. It makes allowances for a couple of sightseeing activities, but doesn’t take into account expensive activities like adventure sports or private tours.
Generally speaking, the longer you travel, the cheaper it costs per day, while fly-in, fly-out trips can be more expensive.
You can expect to spend between ₱4,500-₱6,500 a night, per couple, on accommodation in Philippines. This will get you a private room with your own bathroom in a 3-4-star hotel or apartment rental.See latest hotel deals in Philippines
Hostels are, of course, cheaper, but a private room with a shared bathroom will still cost around ₱1,200 per night. A bed in a dorm room also averages around ₱400 per night, per person, although there are definitely cheaper options out there.See the highest rated hostels in Philippines
Budget to spend around ₱14,600 for two for a week in Philippines. This assumes you’re cooking some of the time and drinking a small amount of alcohol.
If you enjoy eating out, you can expect to pay around ₱2,600 for a nice dinner for two, including an alcoholic drink. A meal at a pub is likely to be around ₱900 for two, with cheaper meals available (especially for lunch) for around ₱215 each.
Assuming that you’ll be eating out some of the time, budget at least ₱2,000 a week for groceries. If you enjoy a few drinks, you’ll need to increase this amount – beer costs around ₱70 for a 500ml bottle and good bottle of wine is around ₱500, although you can always find cheaper options in the supermarket. Milk typically costs around ₱55 for a two-litre bottle and you can expect to pay around ₱170 for a cappuccino from a local café.
Getting around Philippines is easiest with a bus. Transport costs fluctuate depending how much you travel, but budgeting around ₱2,600 for two per week is a good starting point. This should allow you to take a couple of longer bus trips. If you’re planning on doing any tours or using hop-on hop-off buses, you’ll need to up your budget a bit.
If you want to get between islands, ferries are the most popular way to go. There are a four different types of ferries, depending on the distance, level of comfort you want and whether you're travelling with a vehicle. There are also low-cost airlines available if you'd prefer to fly between the major islands.
A lot of the best things to do in Philippines are free. However, there definitely are some attractions that cost money – entry fees to a museum or an art gallery are usually around ₱785 - ₱1,500 per person. If you want to do organised day trips or join smaller tour groups to learn more about some of the sites, budget around ₱4,000 per activity per person.
Philippines is a beautiful destination to visit and is a great place for a cheap trip. Cooking your own meals, carefully selecting accommodation or limiting meals out will definitely help you to reduce your travel costs. Slow travel is another great way to help your budget to stretch further, while exploring a place in more depth.
Travelling through Philippines is definitely possible on a budget – just pick your priorities and compromise on the rest or consider travelling in the off-season (Spring, Autumn and avoiding school holidays) to cut down on costs. And, if you’re on the luxury end of the scale or wanting to treat yourself, the sky’s the limit.
Last Updated 12 March 2022