There are plenty of jeepneys in cebu but as a tourist, its better to travel around Cebu City by taxi. Just as long as your traveling for short distance. Taxi's plug down is 30.00. The drivers are very kind! they tell us which place to visit and they are extra friendly. Also they give you the exact change! ("Unlike the taxi drivers of manila"). Kudos for you guys!
AVOID FLYING CEBU PACIFIC AIRLINES AT ALL COSTS.
During our most recent trip to the Philippines (March 2007) we encountered tremendous obstacles with part of our travel. This situation was the exception NOT the normal/usual experience we had.
The Manila Bullitin ran a story with headlines announcing that RP was the most corrupt in Asia. If this is true, I can tell you with absolute certainty that the business practices and treament of their passangers that Cebu Pacific Airlines has confirms this to be accurate. These practices border on extortion. They do not recogonize usual and accepted baggage allowances from connecting flights, nor do the view any flight a being anything other than local. They extorted $268 from us this trip.
Their ground staff is incompetantand not to be trusted. They dammage your luggage, loose your reciepts and do not return lost items. My recomendation because of the great disservice they offer is fly elsewhere. A doomed flight would be preferable to ever flying Cebu Pacific.
Cebu is like Manila in terms of it being a gateway to other Visayan and Mindanao Islands. From Cebu, I travelled to Ormoc(famous for Mac Arthur's Landing and the longest bridge in SE Asia - San Juanico Bridge), Tagbilaran(famous for Bohol's Chocolate Hills and tarsier), Dumaguete (famous for dolphins in Bais) using Supercat Sea Angels' Ferries.
To check out sailing schedules, please view the website or visit the Traveller's Lounge in SM City Reclamation Area, Cebu.
Taking the Super Ferry is a relaxing way to go back home to Manila from Cebu.If you are travelling with friends, you can share a cabin room and have more privacy and safety. Quadruple sharing cabin comes with its own toilet and bath.
It takes 22 hours of sea travel to get from Cebu to Manila, so you can do slow unwinding from whatever activities kept you busy while in Cebu. BTW, the Super Ferry ships have videoke, disco, beauty shop, souvenir shop and cafe on board so passengers are never bored.
WG&A Super Ferry ships sail from Cebu daily except Saturdays.
Check http://www.superferry.com.ph/schedules/schedules.asp?orig=MNL&dest=CEB for scheduled trips.
if from the MACTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, right outside of the arrival area, there are lots of rent-a-car, but this costs much say- P500 to P600 just to go to the city proper. if you don't have any heavy luggage, you could go across the road and up the stairs where u will find urself outside of the main entrance of the airport, the drop-off point of those leaving passengers.. U will find a queue of taxis there. ALL taxis in Cebu have meter, so insist on using one BEFORE getting in. when ur caucasian(since we are beige/brown-skinned), the drivers would always assume you're tourist and that could mean something- u have US$, so they might charge more and extra..u should use ur negotiation skills here.being nice and friendly won't hurt.the flag down rate is P30.going to cebu city proper should cost no more than around P250.
in getting around, you could ride a jeepney, but this may prove to be confusing..but in case you'd like to try, the minimum fare is P6. it's best recommended that you should just take the cab..all are air-conditioned..there are no non-aircon anymore...
The road from Cebu City to the Heritage Towns down south is well-paved. Driving thru coastal roads and regularly stopping to appreciate the century-old buildings in town poblacions would be very interesting and refreshing alternately. Bring that wide-brimmed hat and big memory-capacities for your digital camera.
Minivans and buses, I observed, full of tourists fill the road as far as Santander town for that Heritage Tour.
Cebu Pacific has recently lauched their "Go fares". One of its routes goes to Cebu City. A round trip ticket from Manila would only cost about 3,600 pesos. The plane leaves Manila by 7 am and arrives at 8:10 am in Cebu. Return flight leaves Cebu at 9 pm and arrives in Manila by 10:10 pm.
When at the Manila airport (the old domestic airport) look for the taxis that are parked and waiting within the compound. These are metered taxis that, although a little more expensive than those that you can get outside the airport gates, are more trustworthy and are generally more respectful and hospitable to tourists.
Most taxi driver dont count on meter, they will ask you for high price once they know you are tourist.
Especially from mactan island to/from cebu city.
If count by meter , Shangri-la to Cebu should be under $180 peso. If they dont agree to count on meter, $250 peso is maximum.
Most taxi waiting outside the resort are like that, they will ask for $500 peso to cebu city, which is double or even triple of the meter price.
(horse-drawn cart) clippety-clop, clippety-clop; get a feel of how Cebuanos got around in times past. This is the best way to experience cebu by heart and see the place in a transportation which was used in the past.But one thing you have to check is if its not raining or else you wont enjoy the ride.
(fixed routes) rub elbows with the locals on the famous Filipino commuter vehicle; for city trips.Just be careful with your belongings and be aware of your seatmate.and when you need to say stop, you say "PARA".no buzzer to press here.its the local way.
jeepneys would take you around cebu city....their jeepneys are usually coded (ie. 1C, 2B, etc), so don't be surprised if you asked a local what jeep to take to take you to a particular place and they give you a letter-number combination instead of the actual signage....but don't worry they also have a signage of the actual destination name ;)
If you'll be going on tours or moving around...It is best you rent a van r car to bring you around...advantage is that the driver can also be your tourguide...will not cost much to be able to rent the vehicle per day...I believe around P3,100 (11 hours)...when i go there I always use Guani Rent a Car Company...
They also have jeepneys, taxis and buses everywhere...
Taxis can be found around major shopping malls around Cebu City. But be warned, most taxis do not have a meter, so you need to bargain the price with the driver. On average, a trip from the city centre back to Mactan Island beach resorts about P300.
If you want to see the sights and experience the sounds of this beautiful city, it's adisable to take a cab as it's one of the best way. But be sure to know how much the cab will cost in getting around so that no hassle you will get afterwards. Asked the hotel staff for further addtional inquires.
Airport taxis to the city charge P195.
Flagdown for regular taxis is P25.
If you want to rent a car with a driver to tour the city on your own, they charge P600 for the first two hours and 175 for each succeeding hour.
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