ZAMBOANGA CITY BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE: DIY itinerary, Things to do, How To Get There, Hotels, Expenses and More!

Zamboanga City Budget Travel Guide
Zamboanga City Budget Travel Guide

This Zamboanga City Budget Travel Guide will provide you with useful information on Zamboanga City's tourist spots and attractions, DIY itinerary, Things to do, How To Get There, Hotels in Zamboanga City, Budget and Expenses, contact details and More!

From the airport to the City center
Walk a few meters outside the airport and take a Canelar bound jeepney to the city proper. Fare is 7 pesos and travel time about 10 minutes.

From city proper to Pasonanca
Take a Pasonanca bound jeepney from the city proper and get off at the Boy Scouts grounds. Fare is about 10 pesos and travel time is around 20 minutes.

To Freedom Park and Mt. Pulong Bato
From the Boy Scouts grounds, hire a habal-habal that will take you to the park. Arrange with the driver for the fare, I paid 70 pesos for the whole trip.

From Pasonanca to City center
Take a ZCPM (Zamboanga City Public Market) bound jeepney and get off at the city center. Fare is around 10 pesos, travel time is 15-20 minutes.

To Jimmy's Satti Haus
From the city center, take a tricycle to Pilar Street, and get off in front of the Satti Haus. Fare is 20 pesos.

To Fort Pilar and Paseo Del Mar
Take a jeepney bound for Canelar, then walk towards N.S. Valderosa St., they are located at the end of the street.

Getting to the airport
From the city center, take a Camins bound jeepney, it will bring you to the gate of the airport. Fare is 7 pesos.

Zamboanga City is indeed a majestic place and it is full of astonishing places to visit. The city is quite big and it would require you several days to really visit most of the famous tourist spots and attractions in Zamboanga City. You can find many places and do many things in Zamboanga City. For first-timers or even if you're going for a re-visit, I listed here some of the most popular attractions, tourist spots and things to do in "Asia's Latin City!". There’s a bucket of fun and adventure to do, but here is the first part my top 30 ways to enjoy your stay.

ACCOMMODATIONS There are a number of accommodations to choose from at the City center. From expensive hotels, to cheap inns and lodging houses. If you are on a tight budget (like me), I would recommend Casa Don Atilano Pension House. Casa Don Atilano Pension House Address: Atilano Compound, Mayor Jaldon Street, Zamboanga City Room Rates: starts at 300 pesos per night for a fan room good for 2 persons Contact Details: (62) 990-1962 Notes: To get there, take a Canelar bound jeepney from the airport. Tell the driver to drop you at Atilano Compound along Mayor Jaldon Street. From the main road, walk a few meters to get inside the compound. Turn right at the corner and then turn left. There are 2 Atilano Pension Houses in the compound, look for the pension house with the word "Casa". Clean and spacious room. Toilet and bath is a bit small but clean. I highly recommend this hostel when you stay in Zamboanga City. For more suggested accommodations, click here. WHERE AND WHAT TO EAT IN ZAMBOANGA CITY Food trip is a must when visiting Zamboanga City. Check out my list of must-try food when in Zamboanga City. READ: 8 Must-try Food in Zamboanga City ITINERARY Here's my suggested itinerary for a day tour in the City. 08:00 AM - Breakfast at Jimmy's Satti Haus 09:00 AM - City tour (Cathedral, Plaza Rizal, City Hall, Plaza Pershing,                  Fort Pilar and Paseo del Mar) 11:00 AM - Lunch 12:00 NN - ETD for Pasonanca 12:30 AM - Explore Boy Scout Grounds 01:30 PM - Visit Freedom Park 02:30 PM - Hike up Mt. Pulong Bato 03:30 PM - Go to La Jardin de Maria Clara Lobregat 04:30 PM - ETD for Zamboanga City 05:00 PM - ETA in Zamboanga City If you have more time, you can visit other tourist spots such as Sta. Cruz Island, Yakan Weaving Center, Zamboanga Golf Course and Beach, Serenity Falls, Taluksangay Mosque and more. Click here for more tourist attractions in the city. TRAVEL EXPENSES For the summary of travel expenses of this 2-day Basilan-Zamboanga City Solo Adventure, click here. CONTACT DETAILS Casa Don Atilano Pension House - (62) 990-1962 Habal-habal in Pasonanca (look for Florante) - 0905-9065385 For additional travel guide such as accommodations, things to do, where to eat and other tourist spots in Zamboanga City, click here.

This is part of my Basilan and Zamboanga City solo trip last July 2-3, 2011. Known as "Asia's Latin City", I was able to see and experience the food, the people and the sights in this highly urbanized city in the south-western part of the Philippines. An experience totally different from the rest. To date, this is my 5th solo trip and my first time to set foot in Zamboanga peninsula. Bienvenidos Ciudad de Zamboanga!
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I hope this Zamboanga City Travel Guide help you plan your trip. Enjoy Zamboanga City!


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  1. i really appreciate when people would include contact details. kaya makakatulong to sigurado.

  2. @dong ho - thanks Dom! it's also my way of helping out habal-habal drivers you've been good to me... hehehe!!! :)

  3. I agree, nung nasa Guimaras kami, masayang-masaya si Kuya Jun nung pinost namin ang phone number nya online. marami daw ang kumukontact sa kanya para dito. :D

  4. @Ed - yeah, in that way we could also help them get more customers... thanks Ed! :)

  5. Thanks for this! Planning a Zambo trip soon :)

  6. malaking tulong ito sa nalalapit kong pagbisita sa zamboanga city. maraming salamat

  7. Once again, very informative! I'll be in zamboanga next month. Your blog is very helpful. Keep on blogging, mr. adventurista.

  8. This is a very informative post. We will be in Zamboanga next month and this is really helpful. THanks for posting this!

  9. Very helpful post! I'm planning for a trip there in March. :)

  10. salamat sa mga prinoprovide mong iteneraries and contacts. malaking tulong sa mga trips ko.. ang pag hanap lang ng mga mahahatak na kasama lagi ko problema haha. subukan ko next time maging backpacker. :) KUDOS!

  11. thanks for sharing..very informative..it will help us for our trip this coming Hermosa festival...muchisimas gracias!



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