My stay in Cebu City was made comfortable with the help of our local tour guide named Eugene. It was this very friendly, patient, and knowledgeable guy who took us to almost all tourist destinations in Cebu and its neighboring cities.
Eugene is an easy person. He never complain on our whole 2 days of going around the city. He is very punctual when it comes to our schedule. Eugene owns a van and have a tie up with Edna and a tour agency in the city. You will definitely enjoy your adventure with Eugene or any of his team on the wheel.
If you are travelling to Cebu and would like to enjoy your stay, get a trusted tour team. I highly recommend Eugene's tour services as he can work on your hotel accommodation, airport transfer, and tour itinerary at very reasonable price. I posted here his van, unfortunately, Eugene's photo is not available at the moment. Better still, you can make a package tour booking with Eugene's team on the link I provided below.
Enjoy your trip to Cebu City.
I did not take a taxi while I was in Cebu City although it was aplenty. The reason was mainly because I have arranged for a private van on the internet so that I will be able to go around Cebu City at my own pace. Aside from this, going to and around the city is convenient. I used fast ferry in coming back to Cebu from a day tour of Bohol. I used a jeepney to go to Ayala Center from Golden Peak Hotel. There are also tricyle available especially in small streets.
Taking a taxi in Cebu City is easy. The only thing you need to remember if you decide to use one is to hire with a meter. Do not bargain as you will be charged five to ten times the regular fare. This happens if you call a taxi from the airport or the hotel.
Better still, if you want to go around the city and the neighboring towns, use the private van I have posted here. It is safer and you will have a knowledgeable tour guide at the same time. For sure you will enjoy your tour with Eugene and Edna and their team of local tour guides.
If you are going around Cebu, it is not necessary to take a cab or taxi. You can take jeepney to go to any direction. Just check the signboard in front of the jeepney as this is how the driver give the message to passengers on where he is headed to.
If you are going to the SM Shopping Mall in Ayala Center, you will see the sign as 'SM' or 'Ayala Center'. It is cheaper to travel and go around with a jeepney provided your schedule is not that hectic.
If your stay in Cebu City is limited, you may hire a private van, better still a Package Tour so that going around will be convenient for you and your group. For tour package information and booking, you may check the link I provided below.
Cebu Pacific was the airline I used from Cebu City to the city of Singapore. This airline pioneered the what they call 'low fare, great value' strategy. It was a very smooth flight from Mactan International Airport to Singapore Airport that I did not even realize we have arrived.
The airline offers domestic flights to Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Clark, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos City, Iloilo, Kalibo (Boracay), Laoag, Legaspi, and Manila.
In the Year 2001, Cebu Pacific Air launches its International Operations and offered flights to Bangkok, Hong kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Incheon, Pusan, and Taipei.
If you want to have some fun, check the airlines' Fun Shop onboard and I am sure you will enjoy your purchase of a variety of gift items.
Air Philippines was the airline I used on my trip from Puerto Princesa City to Cebu City recently. My flight was so smooth and have arrived at Mactan International Airport in Cebu City on time.
This airline have dometic routes to Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos City, Iloilo, Legaspi, Manila, Puerto Princesa City, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga City.
Air Philippines' offer tour packages that will suit your travelling needs and interests. It will cover hotel, breakfast, and airport transfers. Discover yourself through Air Philippines' unique and timeless tour package.
Enjoy your trip with Air Philippines.
When you get off the airplane, you go through Customs like everywhere else. When you're done stop by a money changer and change a small amount of money (around $10). Only exchange a small amount because the exchange rate at the airport is horrible. Then walk out the arrivals gate. You'll notice no cabs. They only allow private cars, rental cars, and hotel buses to the arrival gate.
Someone will approach you from a rental car service and ask to drive you into town for a set rate of 350 or 400 piso. ($7 or $8) It's not a bad option. The cars are clean and the drivers are friendly. They are used to shuttling tourists and speak passable English. (most of the city does.) And you will get to your destination in quick order.
The option I like to take is to walk across the street. Up a ramp. (I wish I had a picture.) And through the departures gate. Taxis drop off at the departures gate and never have a return fare.(They hate driving you to the airport because of this and charge you around p50 extra for the one way fare.) So flagging down a cab is beyond easy and it costs you p125 to p150 to get into town. (Around $3) The 2 drawbacks are lugging your bags 50 to 100 yards and multiple entrepreneurs volunteering to help you with your bags or flag a cab for gratuity. ("Wala" with the accent on the second syllable means no in Cebuano.)
Upon arrival at Cebu Airport, don't choose the airport taxi's, they'll be charging you twice the amount. Cross the street after the exit door and you will see a taxi lane. Pay the orginary taxi rates. Airport to Castle peak is around P100-150 pesos, depending on the traffic.
Best way to travel is riding a taxi esp if it's your 1st time in Cebu and you're travelling with a big grp. Taxi drivers are very helpful and are eager to tour you around the city.
I agree with Buena, better you buy your round trip tickets if you are coming from Cebu itself there are many ticketing offices that would advertise Supercat and Oceanjet. I usually take Supercat, I just buy the tickets from the Pier or port area. You can book your tickets from SM mall (famous mall just ask about it everyone knows). One way is around $15 might be higher this time. Here is the link to supercat http://www.supercat.com.ph/ . I have never bought ONLINE as most links doesnt really work. Dont worry, as soon as you reach CEBU just book at the port area ask for SUPERFERRY that is the company of supercat though Oceanjet could be much cheaper.
In my trips to Cebu City i've found taxi`s are the easiest (and coolest)way to get around
The taxis of Cebu City are white in color & easily spotted & are air conditioned.Most taxis are well looked after & after my recent trip i've found the general standard of the road worthiness of Taxi`s had improved but there still are ordinarily looked after taxi`s operating and there are still charlatan operators out there so you still need to have your wits about you,make sure the driver turns the meter on if he refuses get out & get another.I`ve only ever had trouble with one driver.I pretty well only travel in taxis so one bit of trouble out of hundreds of rides isn`t too bad
The rates are very cheap compared to western countries.Rates are 40 peso for flag fall and then 3.50 every mile or km
Our Field Trip was a package deal. First we had to take a bus going to San Carlos City, then we boarded the barge going to Cebu. It takes about an hour(or was it two?) to get to Cebu and the view is spectacular. If you're lucky, you can spot dolphins!
When i flew from Manila to Cebu i flew Philippines Airlines. This was my first time flying this airlines. When i go to the Philippines i usually fly Cathay Pacific. Everyone tells me that Philippines Airlines is great within the Philippines. It was!! Service was great, the flight was actually on time and it was just an overall good experience. I believe i paid roughly $55.00 US for my flight to Cebu. One thing great about this flight, it wasnt full, so i could sit anywhere i wanted to...
"The Mactan Cebu Airport" located in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island in the small Philippine archipelago. Mactan Cebu Philippines is part of the province and is located in the immediate vicinity of the elongated island of Cebu, located directly across from Cebu City. The airport is located about ten meters above sea level.
Mactan Cebu Airport is an international airport and has only one terminal. In the vernacular it is called “Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Mactan-Cebu.” The IATA airport code is “CEB”. Since especially the province of Cebu Philippines and the capital of Cebu City are now very popular tourist areas, the importance of the airport continues to increase. Two bridges connect the island of Mactan to Cebu City. It is the home of the Cebu Pacific Airline.
The airport has several facilities: There are just over the customs control a big store with the ability to buy duty free, are also a restaurant and a gift shop available. The Cebu Pacific Counter is also located there. Particularly interesting is the massage parlor, in which all passengers can enjoy a massage before or after flying for a fee. It also offers an Pharmacy.
The Mactan Cebu Airport is based on the number of aircraft movements in second place in the national statistics, is the leader of Manila Airport, located about 600 kilometers in distance. Each year at the Mactan Cebu Airport handled three to four million passengers. International airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways operate here very regularly.
Jeepneys going around the Visayas region come in a different style. The style's more colorful and I believe a little bit trendy than the jeepneys around in Metro Manila.
Jeepney is our local transportation in getting around the city and in all of the provinces in the country, due to its cheap fare, 8.50Php being the minimum fare for 5-10 km. It’s also a practical way to spend money especially if the distance you need to reach is just a few blocks away.
When you wish to ride a jeepney, you just have to wave your hand to be noticed by the jeepney driver. There are sign boards infront of the jeepney that will give a summary of a few places of its route; from the sign boards it will tell you if that is the appropriate jeepney route you need to take.
Passengers in a jeepney sit side by side and the fare is being passed on to the nearest person behind the driver. Sometimes, people used to say "Makikisuyo lang po" or "please/kindly give my fare to the driver" in English. The same thing happens when the driver gives back the change of the passenger. When you have reached your destination, you just have to shout "para" or "sa tabi lang po".
The main way to travel the city is through the numerous taxis. Generally speaking the cars are clean and the air conditioning cold. Drivers are generally polite and courteous. Flagdown rate is at 30 pesos increasing by 2.50 pesos every 200 meters there after.
IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO RENT A CAR HERE,THEN A TAXI OR JEEPNEY IS THE WAY TO GO.TAXIS ARE AIRCONED AND START OUT AT 30.00 PESOS.A JEEPNEY IS A UNIQUE VEHICLE THAT CARRIES MORE PASSENGERS,BUT IT IS A HOT RIDE TO WHEREVER YOU ARE GOING,BUT CHEAPER THAN A TAXI.I BELIEVE IT IS 7.00 PESO TO RIDE ONE.