Everything you need to know about Batangas International Port or the Batangas Pier.
Port of Batangas is the jump-off point for travelers who wish to visit nearby islands. The Batangas Pier or International Port is located in Barangay Santa Clara and is the 2nd largest port in the Philippines.
|Entering Port of Batangas
Covering an area of 150 hectares, it is a seaport that primarily services passenger and cargo ships.
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About Batangas International Port
The Batangas International Port or locally known as the Batangas Pier, is a seaport in Barangay Santa Clara, Batangas City primarily serving the Calabarzon region of the Philippines. The seaport covers an area of about 150 hectares.
|Batangas International Port
It was declared as a national port in 1956. It serves as an alternate port to the Port of Manila. In the 90's it was the second biggest port in the Philippines in terms of revenue, just behind the Port of Manila.
The port is managed by the PPA and customs support is provided by the Bureau of Customs (BoC). In 2015, Batangas Pier received 32,777 ship calls, handled 2.3 million tons of cargo tonnage, and had a footfall of 6.3 million passengers.
Batangas Container Terminal
The Batangas Container Terminal is run by Asian Terminals and handles trade with Philippine industries in South Luzon. It has lower tariffs than the neighboring Port Manila, attracting foreign investment and encouraging shipping lines to shift their operations to Batangas. It primarily competes with Subic Port as the secondary facility to ease congestion at Port Manila.
|Batangas Container Terminal
In 2016, Asian Terminals planned to revamp the port and improve its features. For this, an investment of 3.8 million pesos was announced and the plan focused on improving port connectivity, offering attractive rates and services to incoming ships, and creating a passenger-friendly environment.
Batangas Passenger Terminal
The Batangas Passenger Terminal handles tourist cruises, Ro-Ros, and ferries. It consists of 3 terminals which mainly service ships and ferries heading to the neighbouring islands for sightseeing. The main issue with the passenger terminals at Batangas is the irregular schedule, complex system of taxes and fees for tourists, and the constant threat of falling prey to scams that are commonplace within the port.
|Batangas Passenger Terminal
There were significant issues raised about the ease of doing business at Batangas, and this was also included in the project. Road congestion was a major issue that affected the port, and work began on connecting the port to the STAR Tollway and SLEX.
There were also plans to link Batangas Pier to Manila City to hasten development. As of 2020, the work on some projects is yet to start, while others are in the planning and deliberation phase. The linking of the STAR and SLEX systems to Batangas has been completed.
Ferry Operators at Batangas International Port
Departures are usually not on time but arrive early anyway to avoid being left behind. Here are the ferry companies and the available routes you can take from Batangas Pier.
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Batangas Port Facilities & Amenities
Batangas Pier has all the regular facilities of an average seaport. There are specific ticketing counters assigned per ferry operator. Ferry routes and corresponding information are usually visible on ticketing counters’ windows. Upon entering the seaport, bag inspections are conducted by security personnel.
|Batangas Port Boarding Area
Comfort rooms are available in the air-conditioned waiting areas. Seats may be limited due to Batangas Port’s large number of passengers. Arrive well before your departure time to secure seats. Snacks and refreshments are offered at small food stands.
You can do some last-minute shopping at the mini souvenir shops. Free public Wi-Fi is provided but only for a limited amount of time. If you’re ever low on power, charging stations for phones can be used for free.
How to get to Batangas Port
Batangas Port’s location is conveniently near Batangas City’s Grand Terminal. They are 10 minutes away from each other. To get to Batangas Pier via public transport, take a bus from Manila.
|Buses at Batangas Port
Alps Bus has terminals in Cubao, Alabang, and Buendia. JAM Bus also has terminals in Cubao and Buendia. Take either of these buses that are bound for Batangas Pier.
For bus schedule, see the following bus companies below:
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Tourist Destinations from Batangas Port
Being the 2nd largest port in the country, Batangas International Port serves thousands of tourist and passengers traveling to neighboring provinces like Occidental & Oriental Mindoro and tourist destination such as Coron in Palawan and Boracay Island in Aklan.
Here are top travel destination you can go to from Batangas Port:
- Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera)
- Capiz (Roxas City)
- Romblon (Bonbon Beach, Carabao Island, Cresta de Gallo Island)
- Palawan (Coron, El Nido, Puerto Princesa)
- Aklan (Boracay, Kalibo)
Batangas International Port Operating Hours
The Port of Batangas never closes; it is open to serve the riding public at all times. To contact management, try calling their number. Batangas Port is under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
During inclement weather, we suggest you check the PPA’s Facebook page or your ferry operator’s page for any important announcements. For more details on operating hours, see our faq section.
Batangas International Port Contact Number
Headquarters: Batangas Port Access Rd, Brgy. Santa. Clara, Batangas
Contact Numbers: (043) 722-2429