Want to know how to get from Moalboal to Cebu? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the three 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!
3 ways to get from Moalboal to Cebu
There are three ways to travel the distance of 85 km (53 miles) from Moalboal to Cebu: by bus (3 hours), van (2.5 hours) and taxi (2.5 hours). The journey takes between 2h30m - 3h and the quickest way is by van. The lowest priced tickets start from 170 PHP ($3.00) for the bus.
A one-way van ride from Moalboal to Cebu costs 180 PHP ($3.20). Vans are available from morning until around 16:00 in the afternoon.
Travel time with a van is around 2.5 hours, a bit faster than the bus because vans do not make as many stops. Do note that vans aren’t very spacious and may be uncomfortable especially if you’re carrying a lot of luggage.
Vans depart when they are full. Sometimes though, if there aren’t enough passengers, van drivers decide not to go at all. If this happens, you can still catch a Ceres Bus from Moalboal to Cebu.
There aren’t many taxis in Moalboal. This gives drivers the upper hand in demanding higher prices.
This is why we recommend booking your private transfer via Klook, which offers comfortable cars with trusted drivers. Rates for a 3-seater sedan from Moalboal to Cebu start from 3,600 PHP ($64.00).
You can also ask your hotel’s staff to arrange a taxi ride for you. They might be able to help you negotiate for a cheaper price. For reference, a reasonable taxi rate from Moalboal to Cebu should be around 3,000 PHP ($53.00).
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.