Getting around Cebu - How to Commute in Cebu

How to go to SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu, South Bus Terminal and North Bus Terminal



You can go around Cebu via jeepney, bus, tricycle, "trisikad", motorcycle and most conveniently through a taxi.
Getting Around Cebu - How to Commute in Cebu
Osmeña Boulevard Intersection near Anita's Bakeshop (Capitol area)


BY JEEPNEY (PUJ)
The most common transportation in Cebu that leads you from point A to B is through a public utility jeepney (PUJ). If you are a local tourist, you won't find it hard riding a jeepney but if you are a foreigner, you need to know how to read the signs and where the route is. Jeepneys are numbered according to their route/destination.



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13C route jeepney (Photo credit: www.wayblima.com)

As most local and foreign tourists are booking accommodations in Cebu City area, I will focus more on where to board a jeepney in the city center.

How to go to Ayala Center Cebu by Jeepney

If you stayed near downtown Cebu (Colon St, Pelaez St., V. Gullas St., Manalili St.) - go to the crossing where Metro Gaisano, McDonalds and Novo intersect. Near McDonalds fronting Novo, in the sidewalk, ride a jeep that has this number, 14D - you should see this sign Lahug-Ayala. The route will take you to uptown Cebu City then you will pass by the Cebu Provincial Capitol before reaching Ayala Center Cebu. Fare is 7 pesos. 


If you stayed near uptown Cebu (near Robinsons) - walk your way to Orange Brutus or McDonald's Fuente then after passing Watsons just walk a few steps and you'll see an intersection. Go to the direction where Anita's Bakeshop is situated, in the sidewalk, board a jeep that has this number, 14D. After a minute ride, you will see the Cebu Provincial Capitol before reaching Ayala Center Cebu. Fare is 7 pesos. 


How to go to SM City Cebu by Jeepney

If you stayed near downtown Cebu (Colon St, Pelaez St., V. Gullas St., Manalili St.) - go to the crossing where Oriente, Metro Wholesale Mart, Three Sixty Pharmacy and 7 Eleven intersect. Near Oriente/Colonnade Mall, in the sidewalk board a jeep that has this number 12G (Labangon to SM) or those where you see the signs going to SM. Fare is 7 pesos.


If you stayed near uptown Cebu (near Robinsons) - go to downtown Cebu by riding a jeep going to Colon in front of Metrobank Plaza in Osmeña Blvd [Jones Avenue] near skywalk. Alight from the jeep when you get near Metro Gaisano (you can alight at Unitop). Then walk your way towards McDonalds Colon until you see 7 Eleven. You will then see Oriente (Colonnade Mall) - in the sidewalk, ride a jeep going to SM City Cebu, route number 12G (Labangon-SM) or board a jeepney that has a sign that says SM. Fare is 7 pesos.


If you are going anywhere else in Metro Cebu, click here or here.




BY BUS
You will need a bus ride if you want to travel to the far north or far south of Cebu.

How to go to South Bus Terminal 

If you are heading south, i.e. Samboan, Badian, Moalboal, Alcoy, etc, go to South Bus Terminal, just a walking distance from downtown Cebu. To go there, walk your way towards E-Mall (Elizabeth Mall) then ask around, the terminal is nearby. If you stayed near Robinsons area (uptown Cebu), walk your way towards Metrobank Plaza. Use the skywalk and board a jeepney (fronting Metrobank Plaza) bound for Colon then alight at DBP or SSS. Then walk your way towards South Bus Terminal. You know you're in the right direction when you see E-Mall. See map below.



How to go to North Bus Terminal 

If you are heading north, go to North Bus Terminal. If you stayed in downtown area, see the "Going to SM City Cebu" direction above and instead of riding 12G, board a 01K jeep that reads like this "Urgello-North Bus Terminal". If you stayed near Robinsons (see "Going to SM City Cebu" above) and ride a jeep with route number 01K. See map below.



BY TAXI
The most convenient way to roam around the city is by taxi but if you are on a budget, check out my directions above on how to ride a jeepney. Taxi fare from downtown/uptown Cebu City to Ayala Malls and SM City Cebu is around 100 to 140 pesos depending on your point of origin. You know you're paying too much if the taxi driver is asking you 250 pesos or more.

BY TRICYCLE; "TRISIKAD"; "HABAL HABAL" (MOTORBIKE)
These are not very common in cities, these are commonly used in the countryside but you can find some "trisikads" roaming around Cebu City's downtown area. "Trisikad" is just like a tricycle but the difference is, "trisikad" is connected to a bicycle instead of a motorcycle. If you are a foreigner, you might want to give it a try and do tip generously, though, as this is manually operated. 

If you are a car rental company, motorbike rental company or someone who rents his car or motorbike who stumbles upon this page, contact me so I can add your links here

BY MYBUS
You can also go to some points in Cebu via MyBus. The terminal can be found at the parking lot at SM City Cebu in North Reclamation Area. You can also now go to Mactan International Airport from SM City Cebu and vice versa. For fares and schedules, click here.
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