The island of Cebu serves as the entry point of almost two-thirds of the Philippines. It is the provincial capital of the Central Visayan region, the third-largest urban region in the country. Being both a thriving commercial and industrial center and port, Cebu is accessible by almost all possible means of transportation: by air, by land and by sea. Here are a few of your options when getting to Cebu:
Air transportation to the island of Cebu is possible for both local and international flights, which makes it the best and fastest way. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines are among the national carriers that have the most common flights in and out of the Mactan International Airport of Cebu, especially ones coming from Manila. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport is a modern substitute to the crowded Ninoy Aquino International Airport found in Manila. It is located on the island of Mactan and is about thirty minutes away from downtown Cebu.
Among international airlines, Silk Air comes in from Singapore, Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong, Jeju Air from Busan, Malaysia Airlines from Kota Kinabalu, Korean Air from Seoul, Philippine Airlines from Tokyo, and Qatar Airways from Middle Eastern countries. There are other direct flights with Cebu as their destination departing from Taiwan, Australian and China as well.
Cebu has one of country’s busiest domestic ports as it is home to at least 80% of the country’s passenger vessels. The largest shipping lines in the Philippines are headquartered in Cebu, including WG&A, Trans-Asia, Sulpicio Lines, Lorenzo Shipping Lines and the George & Peter Line.
The Super Ferry is the most comfortable means of transportation by sea from Manila to Cebu. Cabin reservations may be arranged for those groups that plan to travel in numbers with their friends or families. The Quadruple Sharing Cabin has its own toilet and bath as the trip from Manila to Cebu takes around a day. The Super Ferry has daily trips to Cebu except on Saturdays. Other ferries such as the Supercat and Oceanjet have scheduled ferries to Cebu as well. Most ferries have both luxury and economy class cabins with restaurants, coffee shops and music bars to keep their passengers entertained.
Large passenger ferries getting to Cebu have capacities of 2000- 4000 passengers that carry out to routes from Butuan City, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga. Medium-sized ferries like the roll-on/roll-off types cater to the nearer departure cities.
From nearby neighboring provinces, taking the bus is the best option. However, these routes are rather limited. Travel that requires going from one end of the city to the other has this as the perfect option as all you need to do is catch a bus from the north or south terminals of the city.
Cebu is certainly an expanding metropolis, a historical enclave and a tourist destination all rolled into one. So it’s not surprising to know that hundreds of people flock to the city everyday through different means. The city has undoubtedly made getting to Cebu easier for both business and pleasure purposes of its visitors.