Mactan-Cebu Airport

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How to travel from/to Mactan-Cebu Airport?

Mactan-Cebu International Airport is located in Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island, next to Cebu Island. It’s the second-busiest airport in the Philippines, serving Cebu and the surrounding areas.

When travelling the 15km from Cebu Airport to the city centre, you have 2 options: you can either take a direct taxi for about 45 minutes or the bus for around 1 hour. Rates range from 50 PHP ($0.90) to 250 PHP ($4.65).

3 ways to get from Cebu Airport to Cebu City Centre

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Taxi30min – 1hr250 PHP ($4.65)300 PHP ($5.50)Read article for more info
Bus1 hour50 PHP ($0.90)Read article for more info
Van3-4 hours850 PHP ($15.50)Check van tickets

The taxi is the most convenient option and can take you directly from Cebu Airport to your destination in the city. Note that traffic in Cebu City can be really bad, especially during rush hour. The journey takes between 30mins to 1 hour and rates start at 250 PHP ($4.65).

The bus is a cheap alternative from Cebu Airport at only 50 PHP ($0.90). There are 2 types of buses available: MyBus stops at SM City Cebu; Sugbo Transit Bus parks at South Bus Terminal. From these stops, chances are you will need an additional jeepney ride or a short taxi journey to your destination.

If you’re heading to famous destinations like Moalboal or Malapascua, you don’t have to travel to the city to get a ride. Shared van transfers are available from Cebu Airport to Moalboal and Maya Port (where you can transfer to a boat to Malapascua). A seat costs 850 PHP ($15.50) and the journey takes 3 to 4 hours, depending on traffic.

Itinerary from/to Mactan-Cebu Airport

Mactan-Cebu Airport by Taxi

Duration: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Cost: from 250 PHP ($4.65)
Duration: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Cost: from 250 PHP ($4.65)

We highly recommend booking a cab via Grab. They are a bit cheaper and mostly provide better cars. If you have a local sim card, good news! You won’t have a hard time booking a Grab taxi at Cebu Airport.

If you don’t have a local sim or are not into taxi-hailing apps, read further for other taxi options.

Metered taxis

Metered taxis are parked just outside Cebu Airport’s arrival hall. There are two types of taxis: the airport taxi and the regular taxi.

Airport taxis are yellow and are operated by the airport. The flag down rate is 70 PHP ($1.30). Expect to pay from 370 PHP ($6.50)530 PHP ($9.50) for the journey to downtown Cebu or Colon.

If you opt for the regular white taxis, you’ll spend somewhere between 250 PHP ($4.65)300 PHP ($5.50) to reach the downtown area. The flag down rate is 40 PHP ($0.75).

There is always a staff member present in this area to hand you a small slip just before you board the taxi. This contains the details of the taxi, so make sure you keep it in case you need to file a complaint or retrieve something you left behind.

There are a few ‘colorum’ vehicles that offer a ride from Cebu Airport to the city. These are privately-owned, not registered as public transport. They offer fixed fares for a more personalized ride, but it’s not really worth it if you’re just going to the city.

Hailing a taxi

You can hail regular taxis anywhere on the street. The airport taxis usually head back to the airport once they drop off passengers, but you can hail them on the street as well if you’re heading to Cebu Airport.

Mactan-Cebu Airport by Bus

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 40 PHP ($0.75)50 PHP ($0.90)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 40 PHP ($0.75)50 PHP ($0.90)

Depending on your destination in the city center, you can choose from 2 buses from Cebu Airport. MyBus parks at SM City Cebu and Sugbo Transit stops at South Bus Terminal.


MyBus makes its final stop at SM City Cebu, a popular mall in the city center. From here, you can either walk, take a jeepney, or hop on a short taxi ride to your hotel in the city. Note that jeepney fares start at 9 PHP ($0.15) and taxi flag down rate is 40 PHP ($0.75).

MyBus departs every 20mins, whether it is full or not. Operating hours from Cebu Airport to SM City is 7:00 to 22:00. From SM City to the airport, it’s 6:00 to 21:00. A ticket costs 50 PHP ($0.90).

The bus route from Cebu Airport to SM City is as follows:

MCIA Terminal 1/2 Arrivals Halls – Island Central Mall/Island Souvenirs – Plaridel St. Maayo Medical Center – City Times Square/Big Hotel – Mantawi Int’l Drive (across Chong Hua Hospital) – Mantawi Int’l Drive (MO2 Restobar) – SM City Cebu

The bus makes the same stops on the way back to the airport.

Sugbo Transit Bus

If you’re only passing through Cebu City to get to the island’s southern destinations like Moalboal and Oslob, then take the Sugbo Transit Bus. This makes its final stop at South Bus Terminal, from where you can transfer to another bus going south.

Sugbo Transit Bus operates from 5:00 to 18:00, with a 1-hour interval. A ticket costs 40 PHP ($0.75).

Below is the Sugbo bus route from Cebu Airport to South Bus Terminal:

MCIA Arrivals Hall – Island Central Mall – Pacific Mall Mandaue – North Bus Terminal – Robinson’s Galleria – Robinson’s Fuente – South Bus Terminal

The bus takes the exact opposite route going back to Cebu Airport.

Mactan-Cebu Airport by Van

Duration: 3-4 hours
Cost: 850 PHP ($15.50)
Duration: 3-4 hours
Cost: 850 PHP ($15.50)

If you do not plan to make a stop in Cebu City, there are also direct shared van transfers from Cebu Airport to Moalboal in the south and Maya Port (going to Malapascua) in the north. Note that they only have one departure each daily, so make sure these schedules match your flight.

The van going to Moalboal departs from Cebu Airport at 6:30 in the morning and arrive at Panagsama Beach in Moalboal at 10:00. You can book this via Klook for 850 PHP ($15.50). For the opposite route from Moalboal to Cebu Airport, the van departs from Panagsama Beach at 14:30.

The van bound for Maya Port leaves the airport at 6:00 and arrives at 9:00. From Maya Port, you can transfer to a boat going to Malapascua. This shared van transfer is also available on Klook for 850 PHP ($15.50). If you’re travelling the other way from Maya Port to Cebu Airport, the van leaves at 16:00.

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