Being a tourism hub in Asia, Cebu is largely visited by a lot of tourist and one of the most important questions of foreigners is how to travel to Cebu. Here are the various transportation alternatives when going in and about Cebu for the Sinulog Festival.
How to Travel to Cebu by Air
Air transportation to and from Cebu is possible nearby as well as internationally. Amongst the national carriers—Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, and Zest Air—are the most common aeroplanes that land at Mactan Airport. Amongst the international carriers, Silk Air arrives from Singapore.
From Hong Kong, the carriers landing in the airport are Cathay Pacific and Cebu Pacific. Qatar Airways has a direct connection to Mactan Airport from the Middle East countries. From Manila, direct flights to Cebu are made at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
How to Travel to Cebu by Water
Super Ferry and Negros Navigation are some of the more comfortable means of transportation from Manila or Davao or Iloilo to Cebu. Cabin reservations can be arranged by those who are planning to bring along their friends or families. The Quadruple Cabin sharing has its own toilet and bath. The trip normally takes about a day. There are daily trips— save Saturday.
To go island hopping, bancas (local boat) are the best means of transportation. Taking the bus is the best preference when travelling from one end of Cebu to another. This can be done by taking a ride from the north or south terminal.
How to Travel to Cebu by Land
Jeepneys provide the mode of transportation when going for a city tour. This gives tourists the possibility to meet local people. Similarly, there is the tartanilla, which are horse-drawn carts, which give tourists the chance to experience the lives of early Cebuanos.
Because of their ease of use around the city, taxis have been the most preferred means of travelling in and about Cebu. Aside from convenience, taxis are also economical and efficient. The majority of the drivers know their way around the city. One can easily flag down another
taxi in case the first driver is not recognisable with the city.
Most of the taxis in the island are metred. The fare starts at 30 pesos and an additional 2.50 would be charged for every half kilometre. There is likewise a 2.50 pesos additional fee for every five minutes that you make the driver wait. One must be careful of drivers who repudiate to use their metres or collect fare that exceeds the amount indicated on the metre. Whenever you come across taxi drivers who refuse to use the metre or knowingly go to the wrong direction, the best thing to do is to embark from the taxi and flag down another cab. On the other hand, if the driver is very considerate, you could give them an extra 10 to 20 pesos for their services and for unloading your luggage from the compartment.
Whenever likely, do not take private taxis. These drivers usually have the propensity of taking advantage of tourists by charging them five to ten times more than the normal price. Taking private taxis is useful only when you are going on a long outing and you would want to settle for a fixed charge.