Butuan is a city in the Agusan del Norte in the Philippines. Located at the Northeastern part of Agusan Valley sprawling across the Agusan River is Butuan City, known for its colorful history and culture.


What's the meaning of Butuan?

Butuan is believed to be derived from the sour fruit "Batuan". Others says it came from the chieftain's name who once ruled Butuan "Datu Buntuan". Other insist it was derived from the word "But-an" which literally means a person who has sound and discerning disposition.

Butuan’s history, culture, arts and people date back to the 4th century as showcased in museums which makes Butuan an exciting source of cultural artifacts in Mindanao. As early as the 10th century, according to the Chinese Song Shi (history), people from Butuan had already established trading relations with the kingdom of Champa in what is now South Vietnam. By the 11th century, Butuan was the center of trade and commerce in the Philippines. The best evidence to prove this fact is the discovery of 9 balangays (called the Butuan boat) and other archeological finds in the vicinities of Butuan City, particularly in Ambangan, Libertad near the old El Rio de Butuan and Masao River.


It is usually dry from March to September while the wet season stretches from October to February. 66 °F the minimum while maximum is 95 °F. With the humidity it will feel more like 100 to 105 F


Cebuano/Bisaya is the main language used in Butuan. Some of the old native-born inhabitants still speak a language called Butuanon. Most of the people understand Tagalog (Filipino) and English.

Get in

By plane

A domestic airport in Bancasi can get you to Butuan from Manila (one hour) either by Philippines airlines or Cebu pacific airlines or Cebu (45 minutes) by Cebu Pacific airlines.

By boat

You can reach the city from the port in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte Nasipit port is about 27 Kms from Butuan city. you can get a ferry from Nasipit port to Cebu City and Bohol. There also ferry routes to Manila or Surigao. from Manila you can also take a Philtranco bus lines bus to Butuan city. but it will take you two excruciating days sitting on the bus seat and being loading and unloaded at two Roll On Roll Off ports.

By land

If coming from Mindanao neighboring cities, Butuan City is accessible by bus, hired van, or private vehicle. Butuan City is accessible via Davao City from the south, Cagayan de Oro City from the west, and Surigao City from the north. The bus company that caters for the trip in and out of Butuan is Bachelor Express, Surigao Liner. A van can be also hired towards Butuan City. there are also buses and Vans going to Tandag and Bislig. the a/c bus fare from Butuan to Davao is p 490 and the trip takes 8 hours. the a/c bus fare from Butuan to Cagayan de oro is p 350 and the trip takes 5 hours.

Get around

There are no taxis in the city, as Butuanons are money savers. But there are multicabs and motorized tricycles that can take you to short distances. There is a bus terminal at Langihan which can take you as well to other nearby towns and cities such as Surigao, Davao and Cagayan de Oro. Cars for rent are available upon request in most hotels and at the airport, but all are not metered, so remember to agree on the fee before boarding.


There are historical and famous places in Butuan City you must see.



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the p 200 fee is only for overseas cards.



Butuan has a number of hotels, you can try sleeping on various lodges and inns at the downtown part of the city.

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