Seven Smart Tips on How To Move Around Cebu Without Hurting Your Wallet
Cebu may look tiny in the Philippines map, but tourists who have come to discover it never had any regret. Somewhat like a secret place, some may have not heard about the island, but it is actually among the best places in the country.
It's the nation's second largest city, next to Manila, having Manila's state-of-the-art infrastructure, but on a smaller, friendlier and more convenient scale. For tourists, it is a paradise with powdery white sands, clear blue beaches, coastal plains, limestone plateaus, mountains and delicious inexpensive food. The dollar in Cebu stretches so long, and for that they are very grateful.
If you're set to go around Cebu and enjoy its beautiful natural and modern sceneries without hurting your wallet, check out the following inexpensive mode of transportation.
Jeepneys are ubiquitous in Cebu. Getting around the city in a jeepney is highly recommended as it is fun and inexpensive; but since it is confusing at times, you need to have a guide from the locality with you. The jeepneys have their fixed routes and inside it you go elbow to elbow with other locals as it is generally a famous commuter vehicle. Jeepneys take you around Cebu City, and are coded like 01A, 14D, 23A, etc. Aside from the code, there are also destination signages in the front of them.
Cebu Jeepney Codes and Route Map
GT Express or V-Hire
GT Express or V-Hire is an air-conditioned van that accommodates eight to 12 passengers. The fare lies between the non air-conditioned jeepneys and taxi fares. GT Express vehicles are for more comfortable travel with less stops and people with which you can arrive to your destination faster. These vans have their own fixed routes and rates depending on the destination. The vans go off when they are already full of passengers, which sometimes may give you longer waiting periods if you arrive first. However, the travel time is faster with its fixed route. They usually do not pick passengers along the road.
SM City Cebu Terminal
Ayala Center Cebu Terminal
SM City Cebu To Gaisano Island Mall Mactan & Vice Versa
SM To Gaisano Savers Mart & Vice Versa
Like the jeepneys, there are many taxis going around Cebu, all of which are air-conditioned and metered. Upon arriving at the Mactan International Airport, you can see yellow and white taxis. The former are airport taxis, which collect higher fares as they are serving only people who come and go from and to the airport. They are not allowed to pick any other passengers on the way.
In Cebu, there are also ferry boats which travel along the waters between Cebu mainland and Mactan Island. For those who want to enjoy the coastal scenery, the cool sea breeze and the dust-free air, may take the ferry boats. Fare is also very inexpensive.
The bus is one of the convenient and economical ways of inter-city travel. They connect nearing cities like Talisay, Minglanilla and Naga to Cebu City. They are also found in PUJ terminals together with jeepneys and GT Express vans.
Ride the native horse-drawn cart called Tartanilla in Cebu City streets and feel like living during the ancient era. A good way to experience Cebu and its past, the tartanilla has been used since the times in history and still thrive to this modern day.
For group travels, there are private vans for rent. The rates depend on the type of the van, the duration of the rent as well as the destination. They are air-conditioned and offered with a driver to go around the city for about eight hours.