Want to know how to get from Malapascua to Cebu? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Cebu
Cebu is a highly urbanized city in the Philippines’ Visayas region. Often, it is the gateway to the province’s world-famous gems — diving in Malapascua, sardine run in Moalboal, canyoneering in Alegria, and swimming with whale sharks (butanding) in Oslob.
But if you have at least an extra day, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to spend it here. Cebu City played a huge role in the country’s history. You can learn all about it with a visit to Magellan’s Cross and Fort San Pedro. In for a food trip? You will find the best lechon (the Philippines’ iconic roasted pig) in Cebu City!
2 ways to get from Malapascua to Cebu
There are two ways to travel the distance of 115 km (71 miles) from Malapascua to Cebu: by bus (4h45m) and taxi (4h30m). The journey takes between 4h30m - 4h45m and the quickest way is by taxi. The lowest priced tickets start from 270 PHP ($4.80) for the bus.
At the New Maya Ferry Port, you will find buses and vans that will take you to Cebu City. Two well-known companies operate on this route: Ceres Bus and Rough Riders.
Bus trips from Maya to Cebu City begin at 01:00 in the morning, so you should have no problem getting one. The last trip departs at 18:00. Fares range from 170 PHP ($2.90) – 230 PHP ($4.00), depending on whether it’s an aircon or non-aircon bus.
The journey takes approximately 4 hours with a non-aircon bus as they go straight from Maya to Cebu City. Airconditioned buses make a lot of stops and take 5-6 hours to complete the journey.
Departure and arrival station
Ceres buses depart from the New Maya Ferry Port, so you can easily transfer from your boat to the bus. On the offchance that there are no buses available, you can also take a motorbike taxi to the Old Ferry Terminal, where Rough Rider buses are parked.
All buses arrive at the North Bus Terminal, located within the perimeters of SM City Cebu.
Maya Port to Cebu by Van
At the port, you will also find vans that can take you to Cebu. A seat costs 200 PHP ($3.50) and travel time is around 4 hours. The vans park at Cebu City’s North Bus Terminal.
Keep in mind that these vans do not have a lot of legroom and may be a bit tight for tall passengers and those carrying big luggage.
Malapascua to Cebu by Taxi
Starts from: 3,100 PHP ($55.00)
Cost: 3,100 PHP ($55.00)
If you’re travelling in a group or if you’re headed straight to the airport and don’t want to risk missing your flight, it would be a great idea to take a combined boat and taxi from Malapascua to Cebu.
You should be able to find a few taxis on Maya Port. But for a guaranteed ride, it’s best to ask your hotel or guesthouse to help arrange a taxi ride for you. Taxis can be costly, but they’re definitely faster and more convenient than taking the bus.
Taxi rates from Maya to Cebu start from 3,000 PHP ($52.00), but be prepared to haggle as most drivers will try to charge more.
Step 3: Get a private transfer with Klook
You can also pre-book your ride via Klook, which offers comfortable cars with professional drivers. Rates start from 4,400 PHP ($77.00) for a one-way trip for up to 3 people.
Whilst we wouldn’t recommend spending too long in Cebu City, there might be a night or two where you need to relax and recover from a long journey. We’ve selected the perfect places for you to do just that.
Our favourite stays in Cebu are great value for money, comfortable and run by amazing staff. Check them out below!
Area: Cebu City centre — approx. 10-minute drive to Cebu City business area and Ayala Centre Cebu Mall
If you want to spend your time in Cebu surrounded by ultimate comfort, then Seda Central Bloc is where you need to book. The rooftop pool and bar offer spectacular views of the city. You have to come watch the sunset here!
The rooms are sleek and modern, containing anything you could possibly need. Every morning you can visit their gym after enjoying the delicious complimentary breakfast.
Area: Mandaue City centre — approx. 15-minute drive to main Cebu City centre
Felix Residences is exceptional value for money. The standard of everything is much higher than you’d expect for the price tag. The rooms are comfortable, clean and modern, with the beds being the highlight of most people’s stay here. You’ll sleep like a baby!
The staff are great, offering a service that makes you feel well looked after from the get go.
Ela is a storyteller, content producer, solo traveller and a mermaid-in-training. When she’s not in front of her laptop, you will find her barefoot and living her best tan on some island in the Philippines… Or exploring the depths of its seas as a budding freediver. An island girl at heart, she’ll be happy anywhere there is sea, sand, sun and coffee.
Abby is a writer who finds joy in mountains, beaches, and road trips. She considers her solo backpacking trip to the rice terraces of Bontoc one of the most fulfilling moments in her life. She’s loyal to the islands of her home country, the Philippines, but Thailand’s beaches also have a special place in her heart.