Getting there Cebu
The Cebu Mactan International airport is located on Mactan Island and is served by a number of international and domestic airlines.
- For Cebu Pacific the airport is a major hub in their network. Direct international flight to Singapore and Hong Kong, incheon and Pusan in South Korea. Multiple daily flights to Manila and other major cities, including Caticlan (for Boracay) in the Philippines.
- Zest Air is operating the domestic route to Manila and is linking Cebu to Seoul and Shanghai.
- Philippine Airlines is operating a network of routes between Cebu and other Philippine destinations such as Caticlan, Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro and Manila.
- Other international airlines with flights to Cebu are Cathay Pacific Airways with regular flights from Hong kong, Korean Air flying daily from Seoul, Silk Air from Singapore and Quatar Airways with 3 flights a week from Doha.
In the arrival hall are several ATM’s and a number of car rental agents. Expensive tickets for official airport taxi’s can be bought at one of the taxi booths in the arrival hall. Prices depends on the destination, expect to pay 500 php to the city center. Alternatively just walk out the airport and cross the street to the “arrivals pick-up” area and from there walk up the stairs where there will be a taxi rank. Drivers will use the meter (200 php to Cebu center) or you could agree on a fixed price. Travel time to the city center from the airport is 20-30 minutes.
Note: authorities levy a departure tax of 550 php for international flights and 200 php for domestic flights. Filipino nationals and permanent residents also have to pay the Philippine Travel Tax of 1620 php.
Cebu has the largest domestic port of the country and all the major shipping lines have offices here. Ferries dock at one of the six piers of the port, which is located beyond Fort San Pedro. Jeepneys frequently ply the route between the fort and pier 6, while you could walk to pier 1, the closest to the fort. Below is a list of destinations and ferry operators. Superferry and Negros navigation are the major ferry companies and both offer online ticket booking on their website.
Superferry sails four times a week between Manila and Cebu. Travel time is approximately 24 hours. Tickets for dormitory style accommodations go for 900 php and more comfortable shared cabins cost 1600 php. Prices include food and drinks during the journey. Negros navigation has similar prices and accommodation options and plies the route Manila- Cebu weekly.
Mindanao (Cagayan de Oro and Davao)
Four times per week superferry sails to Cayagan de Oro. It leaves in the evening and arrives next morning in Cayagan de Oro. The trip takes about 9 hours and costs between 500 php for the dorm option and 3000 php if you choose to travel in style in stay in a Stateroom. Negros Navigation leaves every Friday evening from Manila and arrives Saturday morning. From Cagayan de Oro frequent busses bound for Davao are leaving throughout the day.
Bohol – Tagbilaran
A number of high speed catamaran ferry companies link Cebu city with the capital of Bohol as well as a number of smaller cities on Bohol island.
Supercat sails 3 times per day at 8.30am, 12.50pm and 5.10 pm. Travel time is 2 hours and the cost for a single ticket a whopping 800 php.
Oceanjet has 5 trips per day between 6am and 6 pm. Ticket price are similarly expensive priced at 800/1000 php. Travel time is 2.40 hour
A more economical, but slower way of travelling to Bohol is with Lite Shipping Corporation. Once per day the ferry liner has a route to the cities of Tagbilaran and one to Tubigon. Economy tickets are sold for 250 php, while business class tickets go for 350 php. The trip takes about 5 hours.