Cebu Airport Car Services

Pictures were taken on New Year’s Day.

There are car service companies on stand-by at the airport.  There are also yellow airport taxis and white (regular) city taxis.

Arriving passengers will be approached by car service attendants and drivers offering transportation services.   Guards may also ask if you need a car.

Approximate costs for a one-way trip from Mactan International Airport to Cebu City (and vice versa) are as follows:

  • Taxi (white) / City Taxis – 188 to 260 pesos [metered] variable; you have to hunt for these a little since (below) are given preferential treatment.
  • Taxi (yellow) / Airport Taxis – 360-520 pesos [metered] variable
  • Car Services / Vehicle-for-Hire / Rent-a-Car – 500 to 650 pesos [fixed]
  • Minivan – 625 to 910 pesos [fixed]
  • Vans – 1000 to 1300+ [fixed]

Please be advised that if the traffic is very bad, you may regret taking taxis instead of a car service.

The white taxis are (not) hard to find, just not as conveniently located.  Follow the signs or ask the guards or the airport staff where they are located.  If they try to convince you to use yellow taxi or car service, just be patient (since everyone wants to get a commission).

Cars and taxis can accommodate up to 4 people, depending on the amount of luggage.  Minivans generally can sit up to 6 comfortably, again depending on the amount of luggage.  Up to 12 can fit in a van.  Luggage may or may not allow the maximum number of passengers.

Very Late at Night or Very Early in the Morning:  During late evening or around/after midnight, we recommend the yellow airport taxis and car services.  The white taxis are usually only cheaper during the day or regular hours.  During very late hours or very early hours, the white taxis may end up costing more.

I want to hire a car, not a rent a car — Over here, Rent-a-Car is synonymous with Vehicle-for-Hire.  When you avail of a car service at the airport, you will be renting both the car and the driver.

Request:  If you’ve recently visited Cebu’s Mactan International Airport and the info in this page is outdated, please do let me know by leaving a comment.  Links to other terminal pictures are also appreciated.

Links you may find useful:

AUG 20 2017 – Traffic horrible.

September 18, 2015 – White taxis are now easier to find at the airport.

March 21, 2015 – In our opinion, the local government and traffic enforcers are really trying to solve the traffic problem.  Nevertheless, it’s still very annoying to get stuck in traffic.

February 16, 2015 – The traffic during Valentine’s Day (evening) was horrible.

August 7, 2014 – Traffic in Cebu has become worse..

May 14, 2014 – Traffic during summer time is OK. Beware when school is back in session in June.

March 21, 2014 – There’s a lot of road repair works ongoing, so please expect traffic to still be heavier than usual.

Because of heavier than usual traffic, it may be more wise to go with Car Services / Vehicle-for-Hire / Rent-a-Car which have fixed rates instead of metered rates, especially during rush hours.  They are more expensive than taxis, but when you’re stuck in a taxi in very heavy traffic, watching the meter tick upwards every 2 minutes without any or very little movement is a very frustrating experience.

February 20, 2014 – Traffic in Cebu City has been worse since December 2013. We’re not sure why… maybe because a lot of people from areas badly hit by Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda has moved over here. We’re not really sure why, only that traffic seems worse than usual.

September 16, 2012 – White Taxi Flag Down Rate is 40 pesos & 3.50 pesos per 300 meters (approx. 12 pesos per kilometer). Waiting / Idle Time is also 3.50 pesos per 2 minutes.  Subject to change.  Google “Cebu City taxi flag down rate” to find the latest news about it.

130 comments (add a comment)

  1. Hi.. we’re going to Bohol via Cebu on Dec 29. Our scheduled arrival at Mactan’s airport is 5:40pm. We have to take ferry to Tagbilaran but the last trip( on their list) is leaving 7:15 pm from pier 1.
    We have only 1hr & 35 mins to transfer.
    Do you think it’s possible to catch the last ferry trip? How’s the traffic flow during this season? Do you have any suggestions/options for us..?
    We’re a group of 7 ( 5adults+2 kids)
    Thank you.

    1. I cannot answer your questions properly. I do not run a car service company. Just made a webpage with basic information about transportation services available at Mactan Airport.

      Please contact a car service company and keep in mind:

      A) Flight times change A LOT due to bad weather.
      B) 1.5 hour window is small window.
      C) Traffic in Cebu is bad. I doubt very much it will improve in December 2017.

  2. Hello,

    We will arrive in Cebu on sunday at 16:30.

    We are 2 and we looking for a transfert from cebu airport to Danao (Sunshine beach resort) close to Central Nautical Hwy.

    I would know the price please for taxi (about 30 km)

    1. Argao – Around 3000 pesos for yellow taxi. Since the distance is considerable and Cebu traffic is unpredictable, we recommend negotiating for a fixed rate with a car service company.

  3. do u guys have a contact number and nane of car rental services you can recommend/suggest we can call ahead and reserve prior to arrival? let me know …thanks

  4. Hi LC, thanks for the website. It’s really help!
    I’m gonna land Cebu around 4AM
    Maybe 5am to get on taxi
    Do I easy to find a white taxi?
    Does it costs more? thanks again!

    1. The white taxis are usually only cheaper during regular hours. During very late hours or very early hours, the white taxis may end up costing more.

  5. hello everyone. im planning to rent my private car (suv type) i can drive you from the airport to your destination. i have prof driver’s license. i enjoy driving and also, i badly need some cash. please let the others know. just contact me thru email or here. thank you.

    1. Need transport From Cebu airport to Bohol or to the ferry pier at Tagbilaran. Date is 7 June 2016 at 5 am. Four people. Please advise on cost and availability. Respond to (removed for privacy)
      Thanks.

      1. I am sorry, but we can’t allow emails to be posted in public over here. (That is a very good way to get a lot of junk email.) Also, we don’t think gothiqa is watching this post, since no replies.

  6. We need a transfer from Cebu-pier (Oceanjet) to airport Cebú-Mactan.
    Day 25 of January 2016
    Hour 11:10
    Departure flight: Cebu pacific 5j227 13:35 p.m.

    I hope your information soon. Regards

    1. We’re not a car service company. This page only contains basic information about transportation services available at Mactan Airport.

    1. We’re not a car service company. This page only contains basic information about transportation services available at Mactan Airport.

    1. That’s about 100 km. Probably around 3000 pesos. White taxi will also double the fare because very hard for them to find a passenger for the return trip.

      Please ask quotations from car rental companies.

  7. can i have a link or company that i can rent a van from mactan airport to hagnaya?

    any idea how much is the rent for a van?

      1. The information is in the post above. If you want more accurate quotations, please try asking a car service company directly.

  8. Would like to know how much is the rent a car from cebu airport to Hotel Stella roundtrip on Feb25 return on Feb 28 for 2person only.

    Thanks

    1. I am sorry, but please try asking a car rental company directly for a quotation.

      This page only contains basic information about the car services available at Mactan Airport.

  9. Hello, i just rode in a yellow taxi today from the airport to Sanchangko, and when I got off the taxi, i realized i left my phone in the taxi and when i looked back he already left. Please if you can do anything about this, i would be so happy to get my phone back..

    1. I am sorry, but please try asking a car rental company directly for a quotation.

      This page only contains basic information about the car services available at Mactan Airport.

  10. Hi, i am a personal driver for hire here in cebu. Is there a way i can partner with you in case there are people who are looking for a transportation from airport to their hotel? Thanks!

  11. We (7 paxs) will be arriving Mactan Cebu Airport @ 0130hrs. What do you suggest for a safe public transport to Crown Regency Hotel & Tower at Fuente semena. TQ

  12. Hi, i will be flying from Macatan airport early in the morning and need to get a taxi to the airport somewhere between 3am -4am from Ramos (close to osmena fuente) Are taxi’s easily available this early in the morning? How much would the fare be approximately and how long the journey?

    1. There are always taxis at the airport. White Regular City Taxis and Yellow Airport Taxis. Since your arrival time is very early in the morning, we recommend the Yellow Airport Taxis – cost is about 500 to 600 pesos. There’s no traffic at that time, so about 20 to 30 minutes to get from the airport to Cebu City proper (center).

  13. nearest rent a car in airport is AVIS rent a car!,internationally recognized and it has garage right there in airport!call 268-2497…cp: 09273954721 they support also SHANGRI-LA plaza hotel in mactan..

  14. can you give me a right van for us 8 seater..arriving april 27, 2013 1pm
    can you give me the

    cheapest qoutation of our 3 days stay in cebu?

    arrive cebu mactan airport april 27,2013 1pm then proceed tour in mactan shrine and

    guitar factories, then check in

    crown tower hotel regency osmena boulevard.. 2nd day city tour. 3rd day back to

    mactan airport..how much is your cheapest qoutation.. thanks

    we will include going to TOPS

    1. I am sorry, but please try searching for “cebu rent a car” or “cebu car rental” on Google. You will have to ask a (Cebu) car rental company directly for a quotation.

      This page only contains basic information about the car services available at the Mactan Airport.

  15. My sister will arrive from Manila via Cebu Pacific on December 22 at 11:15pm arrival time. We need a taxi from Mactan to Quiot Pardo (near Talavera Retreat House). Do you have a telephone numbers of a rent a car who can safely bring home my sister ?

    Thank you.

    1. I am sorry, but please try searching for “cebu rent a car” or “cebu car rental” on Google. You will have to ask a (Cebu) car rental company directly for a quotation.

      This page only contains basic information about the car services available at the Mactan Airport.

  16. Hi there, I would like to know how long is the journey from Mactan airport to Eden Resort ( southern tip of cebu)? and which cab do you recommend I take? How much will the charges be like? and how can I get a white taxi from Eden Resort to bring me to cebu city prada the airport? any direct number I could call?

    1. We don’t know where Eden Resort is. Please use Google Maps to measure distance. Please remember to calculate from the Arrivals Terminal of the airport. If Eden Resort has a website, they should have location information which indicates distance and travel time from the airport.

      White taxis are the regular taxis you see all over the place. They’re easy to find. The front desk staff of hotels and resorts usually will call taxis for their clients, upon request.

      We don’t have a telephone number of a taxi company. We never had to call for one in particular as we would just go to the road and flag one down.

  17. I would like to get your recommendation for a reliable and trustworthy car rental (driver included) that can drive me to Tabogon (near Bogo). We will be arriving around 1am on a flight from Seoul. How long will the drive be and the cost for services? I’ll await your reply. Thank you.

    1. I’m sorry, but we can’t give a recommendation (based on personal experience). We’re Cebu locals, yes, but we don’t use car rental services as we either just use jeepneys, taxis or have our own personal vehicles to get around Cebu.

      Please try searching for “Cebu Car Rental” on a search engine and try the most popular results.

  18. Hi,
    I will be arriving at around 4am at the international airport and need to get to Cebu White Sand Resort at Maribago Bay. At that time I understand that I should get a yellow taxi. How much would I be expected to pay and how long would the journey take?
    Many thanks in anticipation.

    1. According to Google Maps, distance between the Arrivals area of the airport to White Sand Resort is about 9 km. White taxi would cost about 150-200 pesos. Yellow taxi is generally twice the cost of White taxi, so 300-400 pesos.

  19. Hi, We are a group of 4 girls who will be arriving in Cebu at 4am. Is it safe for us to take a taxi at that hour or should we wait till 6am?

    1. At that time in the morning, please use the Yellow Airport Taxis or a Car Rental Service. As for safety, please do not wear jewelry and hide expensive phones/smart phones. Please also dress plainly. Cebu City is generally a safe place, but there are always thieves and pickpockets, even in the (nice) places.

      In any case, if you feel it’s safer at 6am – please wait until 6am.

  20. We (family of 4) plan to go to Badian Island Resort and Spa on 19 Aug 2012 arriving 7 am in the morning and realized it is almost few 100 km by road. What is the safe and economic way to go the hotel? Is white taxi ok? Or should we rent a car? I understand the hotel cars are expensive and I am unable to reach them on phone.

    Kindly let me know.

    Ananth Sarma

    1. Am a Cebu local, but I’ve never been there. Not even sure if you can get there directly by (just) land transportation as Badian Island is another island (near) Cebu Island.

      I also do not know if (white) taxi drivers regularly go that far (100km) from the city.

      20km (by taxi) is typically around 200-250 pesos – that’s the approx. distance from the airport to the city. 100km would be 1000-1250 pesos. But. Would the taxi driver agree to just that? He may have difficulty finding a fare at Badian to take back to the city.

      (White) Taxi drivers are more likely agree to take you there if you agree to pay twice the fare to get to there, so 2000-2500 pesos, which is still half what the hotel charges.

      Also, try the Yellow Airport Taxis – they don’t pick-up fares to take back to the airport so perhaps they are okay to go 100km at their usual rate.

  21. Thanks for such an informative site! Will be going to Cebu with some oversized baggage. Will be needing probably a mini van to transport, are there mini vans for hire at the airport?

  22. Good Morning I’m from Red Dot Destinations & Events its a travel and tours agency here in Manaluyong City. I just want to request for an updated contracted rates from your company. thanks.

    1. Crowne Garden Hotel sent you an email 2 days ago. La Guardia Hotel does not have rates for travel agencies. Metro Park Hotel is revising rates right now.

  23. hi just want to ask kong magkano estimate mo airport to metropark hotel thanx ha…at baka may e recomend ka na hotel na mura lng at safe malapit sa ayala o d kaya sa downtown please lng ill wait for your reply will be going on june 2 thank you so much.Godbless

    1. Airport to Cebu City Proper Estimates
      Taxi (white) – 188 to 260 pesos [metered]
      Taxi (yellow) / Airport Taxis – 360-520 pesos [metered]

      About hotel recommendation, we are affiliated with Metro Park, Crowne Garden and La Guardia Hotels. However, it is best to personally check a hotel. The three hotels mentioned allows room checking before actual check-in. During room check, please do inform the staff whether you want smoking or non-smoking as well as other preferences.

      Metro Park Hotel and Crowne Garden Hotels are near Ayala, but not within walking distance. La Guardia Hotel is located in the downtown area.

  24. We’re 5 in our group with only small handcarried bags. Can we not squeeze ourselves to fit in a taxi? Are the drivers or the police really strict about the 4-passenger policy? Or we do not have a choice but to hire a mini van? or perhaps we can take 2 white taxis? which of these do you think is the best and cost-saving option?

    1. It will be up to the taxi drivers. The white taxi drivers will probably be more lenient about it than the yellow taxi drivers.

  25. Hello from Czech!
    We´ll arrive on Cebu 15.March at 12.50 pm. and we´ll need tranfer for 12 people with luggages(1 VAN) from Cebu airport to pier 1(Ocean Jet). We´ll to continue to Bohol -Tagbilaran.
    Also return transfer on 03.18.2012 at 9.00 am. from Pier 1(Ocean Jet) to Cebu airport – domestic flight.
    Thank you for your reply and confirmation.

    1. I am sorry, but please try searching for “cebu rent a car” or “cebu car rental” on Google. You will have to contact a (Cebu) car rental company.

      This page only contains basic information about the car services available at the Mactan Airport.

  26. How much is the estimated taxi rate from Mactan Cebu International airport to Oceanjet Terminal (Pier1)? Thank you very much.

    1. Airport to Cebu City (Main)
      Taxi (white) – 188 to 260 pesos [metered]
      Taxi (yellow) / Airport Taxis – 360-520 pesos [metered]

  27. I would like to ask how much is rate from Mactan International Airport to Radisson Blu? How many minutes is the travel time? Is it safe to take a white taxi?

    Thanks

    1. Radisson Blu is right next to SM Cebu. In the usual traffic, it would take about 30-40 minutes.

      The white taxis are the usual/regular taxis you see around here. The white taxis you see waiting at the airport had just dropped off people from Cebu City (and other areas).

    1. We have to recommend that you pay in Philippine Peso so you don’t have to contend with the fluctuating currency exchange rate. Also, the taxi driver most probably cannot give you change in USD.

    1. Marriott Cebu is located in Ayala Business Park, within Cebu City proper.

      Taxi (white) – 188 to 260 pesos [metered]
      Taxi (yellow) / Airport Taxis – 360-520 pesos [metered]

    2. Hi LC,

      1.There’s any white and yellow taxi route within the vicinity of Ace pensionne/ or infront of gaisano mactan? If there is no whitenand yellow taxi route on these area ? how i can contact this?
      2.Do you have an idea that white taxi in the down town area can be used it for transport going to ace pensionne? and how much it will cost?
      3.

      1. White taxis are the regular taxis you find all over the place around here. The yellow taxis are exclusively for the airport.

        You will find white taxis at Gaisano Mactan. I’m not familiar with Ace Pensionne. I am assuming it is near Gaisano Mactan? In any case, hotels and pension houses around here are usually happy to call a taxi for you. If you are leaving the pension very early in the morning, please inform the staff beforehand.

        If Ace Pensionne is located in Mactan, please allow 30-40 minutes travel time from downtown Cebu City.

        Taxi (white) – 188 to 260 pesos [metered]

  28. Hi, I am leaving to Cebu tomorrow ^__^ I’ll be reaching the airport at 2am. So how much should I estimate for a yellow taxi if my destination is Cebu Grand Hotel, Cebu City? Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Angela

    1. Cebu Grand Hotel is located in Cebu City (proper). Yellow Taxis may cost from 360 to 520 pesos. This is a generous estimate. It may cost lower since there is no traffic at 2am.

        1. Yes, Yellow Taxis are metered. They should still be metered even at 2am. During very late or very early hours, the white taxi drivers start asking for flat rates, which is why using the yellow taxis is recommended during unusual hours.

  29. hello there, we will be arriving on Oct.30, 2011 midnight. what if yellow taxi is asking for more than 400php, am i advisable to complain just incase. Are these taxis safe. we will be arriving midnight i cant help thinking of our safety.

    1. The yellow taxis are metered. The yellow taxi drivers wouldn’t (shouldn’t) ask for the (entire) fare upfront.

      The car services that charge a flat rate are the car rental companies.

      Unfortunately, gas prices are still unstable so you’ll still have to add 20-30% to the rates I provided (above). Yellow Taxis would cost from 360 to 520 pesos.

      The yellow taxis are ran by the airport, and it is generally assumed that yellow taxi drivers have been screened by the airport.

  30. Hi LC

    Thanks for your reply.
    Since you ‘love mangoes’, do you have any idea where to eat and buy mangoes at Cebu city? 😛 Thanks

    Regards
    Ang

  31. Hi LC!

    Thanks for your very helpful info. Hope you can help to clear some of
    my doubts. Thanks a lot. 🙂

    My friend and I will be arriving around early morning 4am on early Jul.
    1) Is there any food stall found in the International Airport, so that we can
    have our breakfast at the airport.

    2) Under your “How to Find the White Regular Taxis”
    You say : “From the international arrivals terminal, it is similar – only you’ll have to walk about 100 meters to get to the stairs.”
    Not sure what you mean by ‘it is similar’?

    Do you mean that we have to go to the Domestic Airport and then from there do the similar walk? How to go to the Domestic Airport from the International airport? Please advise. Thanks

    3) By the time we clear the immigrants and have our breakfast, it should be
    just nice (not too early in the morning) to go to catch a white taxi, right?
    What do you think? Thanks

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thank you very much!!!!!

    Regards,
    Ang

    1. 1) We have seen some Mactan Airport stores open at 5am. We do not know about 4am. It’s best to bring your own food.

      2) International Arrivals Terminal to White Taxis – go out, turn right, walk about 100 meters. You’ll see stairs (going up) on the other side of the driveway. Cross the driveway and climb those stairs.

      3) White vs Yellow Taxis – I am sorry, but we cannot predict if there will be a white taxi driver who will give you a good price at 4am in the morning.

  32. Can we hire a van/mini van that can take us anywhere in Cebu? A whole day service probably. Who much do you think it will cost? Thanks

    1. I am sorry, but please try searching for “cebu rent a car” or “cebu car rental” on Google. You will have to ask a (Cebu) car rental company directly for a quotation.

      This page only contains basic information about the car services available at the Mactan Airport.

  33. How much is the charge for an airconditioned van (good for 11 persons) from mactan airport to Hagnaya port in San Remigio?

    1. I am sorry, but please try searching for “cebu rent a car” or “cebu car rental” on Google. You will have to ask a (Cebu) car rental company directly for a quotation.

      This page only contains basic information about the car services available at the Mactan Airport.

  34. Hi. If you have an automatic cars how much would be to rent from here to south Cebu Samboan. I will be there on June 2midnight. Can you give me some info, please. Thanks.

  35. I want to go to San Regimo. It is northern Cebu Island. I would like to hire a van and driver. Can you reccomend anyone. I will be arriving around 7:00am on Cebu Pacific from Taiwan on July 4th. I appreciate any leads.

    Thanks in advance.

  36. Hi there,

    Thanks for this helpful info. Can I ask if there would be taxis around in the early morning (flight arrives about 5am)? Got an early Cebu Pacific flight from Hong Kong 🙂

    Thank you!
    Maria

    1. There are taxis at the airport at 5am. White and yellow taxis. Since it’s still quite early, we recommend the yellow taxis at that time.

      Cost is from 300-400 pesos for the yellow taxis, but please make allowance for 400-500 pesos because of the extra-high gasoline prices caused by the Middle East protests. Plus, (some) white taxi drivers have also upgraded to a higher rate.

    1. I called the airport (http://www.mactan-cebuairport.com.ph/contact.php). According to the person who answered my call, the yellow taxis are only for airport-to-destination trips, and he suggested one of the rent-a-car companies instead (http://www.mactan-cebuairport.com.ph/car_rentals.php).

      September 7, 2011 – the links (above) are dead. Mactan Cebu Airport has a new website.

      http://www.cebu-airport.com

      July 14, 2012 – New link (again).

      http://www.mactan-cebuairport.com.ph/passenger-guide/car-rentals/

  37. We are 4 persons and arriving on January 6, 2011 at 10:30 am. We are booked at la Guardia Hotel in Cebu City, how much will it cost from the airport to our hotel’s place. Thanks..

    1. Approximate costs for a one-way trip from Mactan International Airport to Cebu City (and vice versa) are as follows:

      * Taxi (white) – 150 to 200 pesos [metered]
      * Taxi (yellow) / Airport Taxis – 300-400 pesos [metered]
      * Car Services / Vehicle-for-Hire / Rent-a-Car – 400 to 500 pesos
      * Minivan – 500 to 700 pesos
      * Vans – 800 to 1000+

      Cars and taxis can accommodate up to 4 people, depending on the amount of luggage. Minivans generally can sit up to 6 comfortably, again depending on the amount of luggage. Up to 12 can fit in a van. Luggage may or may not allow the maximum number of passengers.

  38. I am arriving from Seoul, Korea on Asaina. Arrival time is 1:00 am right after midnight. I need to go to Metro Hotel near Waterfront hotel.
    Since it is 1:00 in the morning, is there a taxi service that early??
    How much is taxi cost to Metro Hotel ??
    Thanks,
    Tiger

    1. There are always taxis at the airport, even very early in the morning. Even though the white taxis are usually the cheapest, we do not recommend them for trips very late at night or very early in the morning. At 1am, airport to Cebu City usually cost around 300 pesos by yellow airport taxi.

      The page has been updated to reflect more current information.

  39. Hi, this is Kathleen from Royal Dutchess Travel and Tours, i just want to ask if you have contracted rates for travel agency? thank you and hoping for your favorable response.

  40. I’m arriving around midnight on Mar 11 and staying at the LaGuardia- does your company only rent cars or do you have a transportation service I can use?

    Thanks.

    1. This is just an information page about car services at the airport. There are always car services available at the airport. Cebu locals also use them even if they have cars and drivers.

  41. Can I make a reservation for minivan ?
    i arrived cebu at september 20 am 2:00
    we go to the ‘Crowne Garden Hotel’ Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City
    how can I pay for that?
    how much?
    I’ll wait for ur answer.

    1. You will have to negotiate with the car company at the airport. Vans are usually around 1000 pesos for airport to Cebu City proper, but after midnight – the price may be higher by 50% to 100%

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