Seven Smart Tips on How To Move Around Cebu Without Hurting Your Wallet

Cebu Republic   October 10, 2014   Adventures & Sports Tours & Sightseeing

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

01 Urgello 01B, 01C,01K
02 Pier 1, 2, 3 01A, 02A, 02B
03 Mabolo 03A, 03B, 03Q, 03L, 03Q
04 Lahug 04B, 04C, 04D, 04H, 04I, 04L, 04M
05 -
06 Guadalupe 06B, 06C, 06G, 06F, 06H
07 Banawa 07B, 07D
08 Alumnos 08F, 08G
09 Basak 09C, 09F, 09G
10 Pardo 10C, 10F, 10G, 10H, 10M
11 Inayawan 11A, 11D
12 Labangon 12A, 12B, 12C, 12D, 12F, 12G, 12I, 12J, 12L
13 Talamban 13B, 13C, 13H
14 Ayala, Escario, Capitol 14B, 14D
15 Oppra 15A
16 -
17 Apas 17B, 17C, 17D
18 -
19 -
20 Mandaue 20A, 20B
21 Mandaue 21A, 21B, 21D
22 Mandaue 22A, 22B, 22D, 22G
23 Mandaue 23 (Mandaue to Punta Engano), 23D (Mandaue to Opon, Opon to Mandaue)
24 Consolacion 24
25 Liloan 25
62 Pit-os 62B, 62C
MI Mandaue, Maribago, Punta Engano, Opon, Mepza MI-01A (Punta Engano to Opon Public Market)
MI-02B (Mandaue to Maribago)
MI-03A (Cordova to Lapulapu City Public Market)
MI-03B (Cordova to Mepz 1 via opon public market)
MI-04A (Tamiya to Mandaue via Parkmall)
MI-05A (Mactan airport to Opon, Muelle osmena ferry boat terminal)
MI-05A (Mactan airport to Opon, Muelle osmena ferry boat terminal)

View Jeepney Map Route


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.


Ferry Boat

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.

From Cebu City Via Pier 3 To Mactan Island (muelle Osmena Port)



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.

Cebu KMK Bus Transit



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.

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