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).
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Request: If you’ve recently visited Cebu’s Mactan International Airport and the info in this page is outdated, please do let me know by leaving a comment.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:
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.