How to get there
The Province of Cebu is accessible by land, sea or air transport and once in Cebu, varied modes of transportation take one around the different tourist and commercial attractions.
The Mactan-Cebu International Airport serves various international destinations of AirAsia, Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific, Asiana Airlines, Silk Air, Malaysia Airlines, and domestic destinations of PAL, Cebu Pacific, SEAIR, Asian Spirit and Air Philippines.
The Cebu Port, one of the busiest ports in the country, receives several passenger and cargo ships daily servicing the Cebu-Manila and vice-versa route and daily trips to the different major cities in the Visayan and Mindanao such as Tagbilaran, Dumaguete, Ormoc, Cagayan de Oro, Ozamis, General Santos and Surigao.
There are also fast crafts operating in Cebu that service the Cebu-Tagbilaran, Cebu-Dumaguete and Cebu-Ormoc and vice-versa routes. It usually takes at least two hours to reach said destinations.
Various native motorized outrigger canoes called banca are popularly used for inter-island travel adventure or locally called ‘island hopping’. These boats can be rented from various resorts offering island tour packages or from any boat operators around Cebu’s premium island resorts like Mactan, Malapascua, Bantayan and Camotes. Most diving operators usually have their own bancas for diving tours to some of the best dive sites in the island. Locals also ride the banca in traveling to the neighboring islands.
Various modes of land transport abound in Cebu province, ranging from colorful jeepneys and buses to taxis, tricycles, multicabs, trisikads (pedicabs) and habal-habals (motorcycle taxis).
Taxis and jeepneys are the most popular modes of transport within the Metro Cebu area. Metered taxis, as well as jeepneys, are generally available in the downtown areas and in the vicinity of hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and entertainment centers within the metro. In fact, the telephone numbers of taxi companies are listed in the local telephone directory so that one can just call if ever taxi services are needed. Jeepneys, too, can be found almost anywhere within the metro area. At present, the minimum jeepney fare is P7 for the first five kilometers.
To reach the cities and municipalities outside Metro Cebu, there are buses and vehicles-forhire available round the clock at the North Bus Terminal for areas in the north and the South Bus Terminal for areas in the south. Travelers can choose between airconditioned and nonairconditioned buses while vehicles-for-hire are usually airconditioned vans.