1Bataan Integrated Transport System, The Fastest Ferry Service to Bataan and Manila
One of the things that discouraged me from visiting Bataan before was the long land travel to get there. By bus, the ride from Manila to Bataan could take up to 4 hours. But good thing a partnership between a transportation company and the province of Bataan, 1Bataan Integrated Transport System, has launched the operation of ferry boat services between Manila and Bataan. It’s the fastest ferry service to Bataan and Manila definitely cutting down the trip to just 1 hour. Hearing about this great news made me excited in finally visiting the province of Bataan.
1Bataan Integrated Transport System (ITS) is a product of a public-private-partnership between the Provincial Government of Bataan and Magic Leaf, a company with years of experience in transportation industry. The ferry operation between Manila and Bataan aimed to support and promote the growth and sustainability of the province by providing better access for trade and promoting tourism. Through this ferry service, it also offers a comfortable travel option to the commuting public.
Ferry Service to Bataan
It was few weeks ago when my friends and I went to Bataan and was able to try this ferry service. We had an early call time because we were going to take the first trip. On weekdays, they have four schedules between Manila and Bataan while on weekends, they run two schedules for this ferry service.
MV XGC Express – Ferry Trip to Bataan
MV XGC is the ferry-boat that services the trip between Manila and Bataan. The ferry-boat can accommodate up to 108 passengers. It is similar to the boat used in ferry trips between Hong Kong and Macau. The ferry-boat has air-conditioning and comfortable recliners seats. Seats in each row also has enough leg room. Toilet is also available, which is at the back of the ferry. There’s also free Wi-Fi access that I found reliable throughout the entire trip. TV screens are also available for passengers who want to watch a movie. There’s also water dispenser.
The ferry ride felt safe and secure. Standard safety procedures are shown in the mounted televisions before sailing. Life vests are also available at the bottom of each seat in case of emergency.
The entire trip was comfortable and convenient for me. I actually didn’t notice that we had already reached Bataan. I was just starting to doze off when the captain announced that we were already arriving in Port of Capinpin in Orion. That was really a fast ferry service to Bataan.
We were greeted by a staff from 1Bataan Integrated Transport System upon arriving. The company offers free shuttle service to different drop-off points in Bataan including Mariveles. Our group was going to Mariveles so a shuttle van was arranged for us. From Orion, travel time to Mariveles is 1 hour.
Here’s the schedule for the ferry service to Bataan (Orion) from Manila and vice versa.
Manila to Orion – 6:30am, 10:00am, 1:30pm and 5:00pm
Orion to Manila – 8:15am, 11:45am, 3:15pm and 6:45pm
Manila to Orion – 6:30am and 2:00pm
Orion to Manila – 8:15am and 3:45pm
Starting May 16, 1Bataan Integrated Transport System will also run ferry service to Bataan (Mariveles) from Manila. The terminal in Bataan is at FAB Town Terminal, which is right beside Mariveles District Hospital. Here’s the schedule:
Mariveles to Manila – 11:30am
Manila to Mariveles – 2:00pm
Php450 one-way per person for online booking – this promo is available for online booking only. Ticket also already includes shuttle drop off from Port of Capinpin to Mariveles and Dinalupihan routes. Senior discounts are not applicable for promo fares.
Php799 one-way per person for walk-in passengers – a regular fare ticket that also includes shuttle drop off points to various bus stations in Bataan. Senior and PWD discounts are applicable for regular fares.
Walk-in passengers can go to the Port of Orion to buy tickets or at SM MOA Esplanade Seaside Terminal beside Vikings in Pasay City.
Quick Guide for Passengers
- Check-in time is 1 hour and 30 minutes before departure. Gate closes 30 minutes before departure.
- Secure boarding pass at the ticketing booth upon arrival.
- Present valid IDs for verification of each passenger. Passengers are also need to provide full name, age, and contact number for the manifest in compliance with Philippine Coast Guard requirement.
- Each passenger is only allowed to carry 1 hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7 kg with a size of 56cm (22in) x 36cm (14in) x 23cm (10in).
- Children below 2 years old are free of charge.
- Pregnant women are not allowed to board the ferry for safety reasons.
- Pets are not permitted.
- Smoking is not allowed including e-cigarettes.
- Parking space is available in both terminals.
The ferry ride provided us a safe and comfortable travel option going to Bataan. So if you’re planning to visit this place soon and would like to save time in commuting, this ferry service is the best option. It’s an easy, safe and fast ferry service to Bataan.
1Bataan Integrated Transport System
Sitio Wain, Brgy. Biaan
Phone: +639176294766; +639088886849