How to get from Mactan Airport to Cebu City

Last updated on June 15th, 2020 at 11:23 pm

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Mactan Airport is located 11 kilometers far from SM Cebu City. We will tell you the best ways to get from Mactan Airport to Cebu City by Grab, bus, taxi and even local transportation.

Also Cebu Airport to Cebu City starting from SM Cebu City todifferent destinations like Cebu Pier, North Bus Terminal and South Bus Terminal just in case you are passing by to Cebu City on the way to other destinations.

We wrote many guides about Moalboal, Malapascua, Bantayan Island, Cebu waterfalls and Cebu

Mactan Airport to Cebu City

We will make SM Cebu City the final destination. But you should know that is similar distance to Cebu Pier if you go to Bohol and North Bus Terminal if you go to Malapascua or Bantayan Island. Only a couple of kilometers more to South Bus Terminal if you go to Moalboal and Oslob.

How to get from Cebu Airport to Cebu City By Grab

If you want to get from Mactan Airport to Cebu City by Grab. In my opinion is the best way going by Grab. The price is around 200 PHP and it will take 30-40 minutes with no traffic until 1 hour if there is traffic.

You can go to SM City and also to North Bus Terminal in case you are heading to Malapascua or Bantayan Island. Or to South Bus Terminal in case that you want to go to Moalboal or Oslob. Prices will be similar and travel time too.

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Cebu Airport to Cebu City by Taxi

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If you want to get from Cebu Airport to Cebu City by taxi. You should know that just leaving the Terminal walking ahead you will find yellow and white taxis.

The price of White taxis is 200-250 PHP and yellow taxis is 250-300 PHP. It means $4-5 USD to $5-6 USD isn’t big difference. You always make sure the price is around that amount. Sometimes taxi drivers try to ask for double of that. The travel from Mactan Airport to Cebu City is 30-40 minutes with no traffic until 1 hour if there is traffic.

Same way like Grab for other destinations apart from SM Cebu City these prices and travel time.

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Mactan Airport to Cebu City by Bus

If you want to get from Mactan Airport to Cebu City by bus. There are two options My Bus and Sugbo Transit Bus and we will tell you the route, schedule and prices.

My Bus

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The bus leaves every 20 minutes from the airport 7 am to 10 pm daily. The bus fare from Cebu Airport to SM Cebu is 50 PHP and the total travel time from the airport to SM Cebu City is around 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.

To get the bus you will have to walk 100 meters on the right side from the Arrival Terminal where the taxis are. The bus starts at Terminal 2, Terminal 1, Island Central Mall, Plaridel St, City Times Square, Mantawi Int’Drive, SM Cebu City and last Stop is SM Cebu.

Sugbo Transit Bus

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Sugbo Transit Bus is leaving every hour from 5 am to 6 pm going to these destinations: Cebu South Bus Terminal. Fuente Osmena (Robinson’s Fuente), Robinson’s Galleria, Cebu North Bus Terminal, Pacific Mall Mandaue, Island City Mactan, Mactan Airport.

The bus fare is 50 PHP and the travel time Sugbo Transit Bus from Cebu airport to Cebu City is around 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.

In my opinion My Bus bus is a good option if you are headed to that direction in SM Cebu and you aren’t bringing so much luggage. And Sugbo Transit Bus is perfect if you are headed to North Bus or South Bus Terminal.

Cebu Airport to Cebu City by Jeepney

You can go even cheaper if you decide to use public transportation like jeepneys and multicab but it will take longer. I did by myself first time visiting Cebu with my backpack solo travel.

You can combine a few jeepneys and multicab. You just need to reach the first one walking passing by the bus and taxis from the Arrival Terminal. And once you get the first multicab which is around 10 PHP each transportation ask the driver or locals where to get next one and next one.

This is the way I did by myself first time in Cebu since I was bringing just a backpack. But to be honest the bus is only 50 PHP. So finally you will be able to save 15-20 PHP depending your final destination and how many jeepneys you need to get and it will take much longer.

Cebu Airport Transfers

If you prefer the most comfortable way by airport transfer to Cebu airport. It will be great if you are traveling in a group, after a long flight or with too much luggage. It will not be the cheapest option but you will avoid the hassle for an affordable price around 500-600 PHP just $10 USD.

Best Way Mactan Airport to Cebu City

If you ask me the best way from Mactan Airport to Cebu City for sure if you go alone and on a budget My Bus or Sugbo Transit Bus. Unless you want to have local experience just go for the multicab and jeepneys if you dont have so much luggage.

If you are traveling with someone Grab by far is the best option. You will get until your accommodation faster and so comfortable. Also if you want to connect with ferry to go to Bohol or North and South Bus Terminal Grab is our favorite one.

Best time to visit Cebu

Cebu only has 2 seasons – sunny and rainy – and sunshine tramps rain most days of the year. May to October is the rainy season but even during the rainy season, you can expect occasional sunny days.

The dry season is from November to April. The dry season is the best time to visit Cebu where you can enjoy sunny days around the beach.

Click here accurate updates on Cebu’s weather!

CASH AND ATM IN THE PHILIPPINES

There are exchange offices and ATMs almost everywhere. The exchange rate is $1 USD=50 PHP. And the fees in the ATM are 200PHP per withdrawalo and the limit is 10 000 PHP for withdraws. Click here to know the exchange rate!

INTERNET AND WIFI CONNECTION IN THE PHILIPPINES

If you are work online like us, the connection in the Philippines wasn´t the best. We can usually find stable internet connection in coffee shops and the data was around $1 for 1 GB which can last until 3 days. 

The best thing if you want to stay connected online is buying a SIM Card in the airport or local shops selling everywhere. Click here to book online your SIM Card!

Read our full blog post to buy the best Filipino sim card for tourist.

Where to Stay in Cebu

If you are staying near the airport or you prefer staying in Cebu in a relax beach with a pool. Read below the list of beach resorts in Cebu around Mactan.

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SHANGRI-LA’S MACTAN RESORT & SPA

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Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort is the most beautiful of the beach resorts in Cebu offers a luxurious beach with an outdoor pool and both free in-room WiFi and wired internet. Spread over 2 separate wings, the spacious air-conditioned rooms have private balconies overlooking the Mactan Sea and tropical landscaped grounds.

Fresh seafood is served at the Cowrie Cove, and Acqua offers Italian cuisine. Alternative dining options include Cantonese food at Tea of Spring, and international buffet at Tides.

Address: Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines, 6015

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CRIMSON RESORT AND SPA

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Crimson Resort and Spa is located in Lapu Lapu one of the most popular for holiday destinations. Recreation can be enjoyed on the golf course which is within three kilometers of the property, in the fitness center, or on the beach where all the water sports are.

Address: Seascapes Resort Town, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines

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WATERFRONT AIRPORT HOTEL AND CASINO MACTAN

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Waterfront Airport Hotel is located near SM City Cebu and Basilica Minore del Santo Nino. Mini bars, 24-hour room service, televisions, and refrigerators are a few of the en-suite amenities for guests.There are a few restaurants and you can relax at Cebu Aquarius Pool.

Address: 1 Airport Road, Lapu-lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines

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NORDTROPIC RESORT AND RESIDENCES

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Nordtropic Resort and Residences is an ideal of the beach resorts in Cebu with 15 rooms with free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas are just a few of the facilities.

Nordtropic Resort and Residences provides facilities facilities like watersports equipment rentals, private beach, outdoor pool, pool (kids), garden.

Address: Buyong Road Brgy. Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu Philippines, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines, 6015

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BLUEFINS RESORT

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BlueFins Resort is one the beautiful beach resorts in Cebu with 24-hour room service, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park. The hotel’s recreational facilities, which include outdoor pool, diving, karaoke to enjoy your days in the resort.

Address: Hadsan Cove Resort, Agus, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines, 6015

Click here to check prices and availability!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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