Cebu (city)Cebu is the main city on Cebu Island in the Philippines and is known as the Queen City of the South. It is the capital of Cebu Province, a transport hub, and a popular tourist destination in its own right.
Cebu is part of the country's second largest large urban area, Metro Cebu, whose other main components are the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. This is a booming metropolitan area with all the conveniences of a modern city, as well as many of the problems of squalor, traffic, noise and pollution. Cebu City is clearly the center of the urban region, though the other towns are far from insignificant.
The area has excellent transport links and is the main hub for travel in the central and southern Philippines either by sea or by air. Cebu City has the busiest seaport in the Philippines. Lapu-Lapu has the Mactan-Cebu International Airport with direct international flights and many domestic flghts. It is far more traveller-friendly than the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila.
The term "Cebu" is somewhat ambiguous; it can refer to the city itself (the commonest usage), to the whole Metro Cebu urban area, to Cebu Island or to Cebu Province which includes Cebu Island and a few nearby smaller islands.
The Colon district near the port is the oldest part of Cebu; it was the first Spanish city in the country and has tourist sites from that era, listed under #See. It also has much of the low-cost accommodation and a lot of department stores or small malls which, while not as large and modern as those in other areas, are often more affordable.
Osmeña Boulevard is one of the city's main streets, running approximately north from Colon district out to the provincial capitol. About halfway along is Fuente Osmena Circle.
Mango Avenue, officially General Maxilom Avenue, runs east from Osmena Circle. During the day it is a busy area full of shopping centers, restaurants and some hotels. In the evenings, it becomes a major nightlife area with many bars and clubs, including most of Cebu's "girlie bars".
By planeMactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) is in Lapu-Lapu. Many travellers land there and head for Cebu City by bus or taxi.
- MyBus travels from SM City to Mactan Airport via Park mall. Buses depart from 6AM-midnight at 20-min intervals) and cost from park mall and 50 from SM per person. All the MyBus vehicles have air-conditioning and CCTV. The last bus from the airport is midnight . The first bus from SM is 6AM.
- Sugbo Airport buses run from the Marina Mall near the airport to the South Bus Terminal via the Pacific Mall, the Northern Bus Terminal, SM City Mall, and Mango Square. The fares are . The buses start at 5AM, and go every 45 minutes. The last bus leaves at 9PM. The Sugbo Airport Buses have free Wi-Fi (Aug 2018).
- Topline express ferry from Mactan marina wharf which is just behide Island central mall Mactan. There are two fast ferries a hour going to pier 3 in downtown cebu. . The ferry takes 30 minutes. There are yellow jeepneys from Terminal 1 at Cebu Airport going to Island Central Mall for .
- Taxis are also readily available for . Coming out of the terminal, turn right and walk a bit past the end of the building to reach the main taxi stand.
For either the bus or taxi, 45 minutes is a typical time. However, either can sometimes be a bit faster or much slower depending on traffic conditions.
If planning a trip, consider buying a Sun Star newspaper for ; it has a shipping guide with information on passenger shipping schedules, updated daily.
Large 2go passenger ferries with a capacity of 1,000 or more passengers ply the routes such as to Manila, Butuan and Cagayan de Oro. Medium-sized vessels with a capacity of 500 passengers or fewer such as the roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) types go to nearer destinations: Tagbilaran, Iloilo, Ozamiz, Iligan, Dipolog, Surigao, Dumaguete, Masbate, Calbayog, Ormoc, Baybay, Maasin Hilongos, Naval, Palompon, Tubigon, Tailbon, Getafe, Catbalogan, Larena Siquijor, and Plardel.
The shipping lines that depart from Cebu city are.
- 2Go Travel, Manila.
- Trans-Asia, Tagbilaran Bohol every Monday at noon, for . Cagayan de Oro, Ozamiz, Iligan.
- George & Peter Lines, Dumaguete
- Cokaliong, biggest ferry company in Cebu has new clean ferries. Dumaguete for every Sunday at noon. Cagayan de Oro for . Iloilo for . Dipolog for .
- Lite, Siquijor, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Ormoc,
- Super Shuttle, from Jagna Bohol island to Camiguin island.
- Roble shipping lines Baybay, Ormoc, Naval and Catbalogan
- Medallion Transport. has a ferry to the new Dipolog port 6 times a week for .
For some destinations, fast hydrofoil ferries are available. Travel time is about half that of a RoRo and the comfort level higher, but prices are at least double.
- Fastcat has a ferry to Tubigon, Bohol
- Weesam Express Tagbilaran, Ormoc and Maasin
- Oceanjet Tagbilaran , Ormoc, Camotes Islands, a ticket to Siquijor from cebu costs
- 2Go Supercat. Tagbilaran and Ormoc.
Buses come from most nearby cities, mainly along the north-south coastal highway. From more distant places such as Dumaguete, Bacolod or even Manila, the buses ride ferries for parts of their routes.
There are two major bus terminals: the north bus terminal in Mandaue and south bus terminal in Cebu City. Ceres Bus Lines operates regular bus services to these terminals and is considered the safer alternative to the smaller privately-operated bus lines.
Cebu South Bus Terminaladdress: Natalio Bacalso Avenue,
- MyBus have five bus routes around Metro Cebu, fares from all buses are fully air condition.
- Route 1. SM Seaside, SM City, North bus terminal, Park mall.
- Route 2 SM Seaside, Talisay.
- Route 3 SM City, Park Mall, Mactan Airport.
- Route 4 Park mall, North bus terminal, SM City, Talisay.
- Route 5 BDO Bank Fuente going to SM Seaside (this bus is free).
- Robinsons free shuttle buses to/from Robinsons Fuente & Robinsons Cybergate going to Robinsons Galleria every 30 min.
- Sugbo Tours transit buses have large air condition buses every 45 minutes from 5AM till 9PM from the southern bus terminal going via Mango Square, SM City Mall, Northern Bus Terminal, Pacific Mall, Island Central Mall in Mactan. Fares (May 2019).
- Beeps buses 34-seat fully air-conditioned buses with TVs serving two routes in Cebu City. Route One City Hall to IT park via Robinson Gallery, Ayala Business Park. Route Two . Duterte Street Banawa Barangay Guadalupe to Sykes Barangay Mabolo via Mango Square, Ayala Business Park, Landers Superstore. Fares are (May 2019), and buses are every 15 minutes 24 hours a day.
- Metro ferry has a ferry every 20 minutes from 5am till 9pm from Pier 3 to Lapu-lapu city. the trip takes 25 minutes and fare is 20 pesos.
- Topline Express has a ferry every 30 minutes from 6am till 8pm from Pier 3 going to Mactan Marina wharf (behide Island Central mall). the trip takes 30 minutes and cost 25 pesos. you can use Topline Express to go too and from the airport. as over the street from Island central mall there are Yellow Jeppneys going to/from Cebu airport (terminal one) for 8 pesos.
- MY Boat Mejia 64 passenger seat ferry from Pier 3 too Boardwalk Naga city. 16-18 trips per day. with a fare of 60 pesos. travel time just over 30 minutes.
Taxis are omnipresent in Cebu City. But there's a decent chance you'll be overcharged by a taxi driver at some point during your trip to Cebu. This should be considered a cost of visiting Cebu (or anywhere in the Philippines). You can (and should) report improper taxi behavior to the Department of Tourism in Cebu by phoning +63 32 254 2811.
Unless you're familiar with the city, always insist on a metered fare as a negotiated fare will almost always be much higher. If you know the city and need to go a long distance, it may be worth paying a negotiated fare so that the driver doesn't take the scenic route or you become victim of an uncalibrated meter. Late in the evenings, there could be taxis driving with an uncalibrated, inflated meter.
Most trips around the city should not cost more than . The fare from the airport to most of central Cebu should be (July 2019) depending on whether you use the white or yellow cabs (white ones are reportedly cheaper).
If you know the name of the building, establishment, area or street you wish you reach, taxis are still the fastest way to your destination. Most drivers know where almost everything is. If the driver is pleasant, a tip is warranted, especially if he loads or unloads your bags. Most drivers do not have, or will tell you they do not have change, so be ready with 50s and 20s when going on short trips.
It is best to avoid the "Private" taxis as they take advantage of tourists and charge 5-10 times the normal fare. You will find these taxis at the some of the high-class hotels. They are normally owned by the hotel to make money and may charge for something that should cost . Some hotels make it hard for other taxis to pick you up at their premise and you may need to walk outside to save money.
Another place where private taxis are common is the airport. To avoid them, simply ask a porter for help and for a metered taxi. Downstairs at the exit for arrivals, there is a booth that will flag down a taxi for , but you can also go up the ramp and there are a lot of metered taxis waiting for you. You can also wend your way upstairs to Departures where many metered taxis are available. Fare down town to Ayala or SM Malls should be around (May 2019) on the meter. You may be told "500" by the driver. Just grab the door handle and say "What, you don't have a meter?" Don't travel unless the meter is used; not using the meter is illegal, and you can report it to local officials.
English and Tagalog are common as additional languages. Sometimes, they also speak in Bislish (Bisaya Cebuano + English) and/or Taglish (Tagalog + English) when they cannot find the appropriate word to use. Younger people speak English with a Cebuano accent, often interchanging i and e, and o and u.
The city also has some speakers of other Visayan languages such as Ilonggo and Waray, and the Chinese minority speak Hokkien, but most speakers of those languages can also speak at least one of Cebuano, English or Tagalog.
Shrines and historical landmarks
phone: +63 32 2556697address: Osmeña BoulevardA large and venerable church that traces its history to the founding of the convent of the Santo Niño de Cebu in 1565. It contains a statue of the Santo Niño (Holy Child) that is regarded as the oldest religious relic in the Philippines. The statue was presented by Ferdinand Magellan to Queen Juana during the baptism of King Humabon and his wife Queen Juana on 14 April 1521. The natives of Cebu were formally Christianized by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Father Andres de Urdaneta on 27 April 1565. However, as they found the natives hostile, the village was set on fire. Later on, in a burnt-out house, a soldier named Juan Camus found the statue untouched. This was proclaimed a miracle. The statue, adorned with gold and precious stones, is in a glass case to the left of the altar. The church sees a constant stream of devotees praying at pews in the sanctuary and in front of statues of saints. The Basilica del Santo Niño Museum (open Tu-Su 8-11:45AM, 1:30-4:45PM) contains the vestments used to dress the Santo Niño and jewellery offered to the Santo Niño for use during his feast (#Sinolog) on the third Sunday of January.
Magellan's Crossaddress: Plaza Sugbo, off Magallanes StAn octagonal building decorated with murals containing a large wooden cross that commemorates the Portuguese conquistador Ferdinand Magellan who planted a wooden cross upon converting the original inhabitants to Christianity. A plaque states that the visible wooden cross contains the original cross, but some historians say the original cross was reduced to firewood by local inhabitants when the Magellan fleet headed elsewhere. Take time to appreciate the various candle sellers who dance around during worship and while selling the candles.
Colon StBrave the cacophonous traffic to see the oldest street in the Philippines with some nice worn-out classical buildings dating back to the American Era. At night, this street transforms into a market with good buys everywhere. Be wary of pickpockets though.
Fort San PedroThe smallest Spanish outpost in the Philippines during the colonial era. It has a small museum showcasing the wreckage and treasures from the sunken San Diego galleon from Mexico. The area is scenic with the newly renovated and open-air Plaza Independencia at the entrance.
The Chinese Taoist TempleThere are many people of Chinese ancestry in Cebu, and several Chinese temples; one is the Taoist Temple. From there you can see a nice view of the city because it is on a hill.
Cebu Metropolitan CathedralA church built in 1565 by the first Spanish missionaries in Cebu, seat of an Archbishop who has subordinate Bishops in many cities of the Visayas. It was mostly destroyed during World War II and had been rebuilt a bit differently. Behind the church is a cemetery where several prominent churchmen including Cardinal Rosales are buried.
phone: +63 32 2555630address: 35 Lopez Jaena StA well-preserved Spanish colonial mansion constructed largely of wood, set in a pleasant, manicured garden. The lower floor has a collection of old tools, and an A/C room that has changing displays such as art exhibitions. The more interesting upstairs level was the former living quarters of the Gorordo family. It features lovely carved wooden furniture and a wide patio. The kitchen is particularly interesting, as it contains a traditional dirt stove, a wooden food safe, and a traditional dish drying rack fitted to the outside of the window.
Jose R. Gullas Halad MuseumA museum that pays homage to the musical heritage of Cebu. This museum is operated under the Tipiganan sa mga Handumanan sa Kanta ug Kinaiyang Sugbuanon (Treasury of Memories) Foundation. In the old building of The Freeman Newspaper.
Cebu Provincial MuseumThe museum is housed in the former Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, which was once the Carcel de Cebu. Its four Spanish-era buildings made of coral stone contain artifacts relating to the history of Cebu.
address: Osmena BlvdPaintings and sculptures by local artists and antiques donated by wealthy Cebuanos.
Provincial CapitolParticularly scenic at night, is by far the largest provincial capitol building anywhere in the entire archipelago. It was built during the American era, and the design is a miniature of the White House.
Heritage of Cebuaddress: Sikatuna St,A massive and particularly detailed monument showcasing the heritage of Cebu from the old Spanish to the American colonial era.
Tops LookoutThis sits at the top of the Mt Busay and has an unobstructed view of the entire city at night. A few shops and restaurants stand along the way for a short stop. Taxi drivers may want as much as for a trip to Tops, so the best way to get there is by mountain bike. This is a world class climb and on any given day, Cebu's bikers are humping the 45-minute to 1-hr trek filled with switchbacks and views better than you see actually at the very top. Ask your hotel where you can rent a mountain bike. They may have to ask around a bit, but it's worth it.
- Ride a tartanilla - Head to Cebu's old quarters in Carlock St and try riding a horse drawn carriage called a tartanilla. Remember to negotiate with the driver before taking a ride.
- See the scenic view of Cebu City's skyline - The Marcelo Fernan Bridge or Second Mactan Bridge offers some interesting views of the city at night, and is even picturesque from below. Arrange for a taxi to take you there.
phone: +63 32 418 7777The tallest building in the city. Adventure seekers may head to the top floor to experience a breathtaking view of this modern city and its environs. You may also opt to join in the Xtreme Rides that puts you on the edge of the city, or you may walk around the edge of the building (don't worry, safety cables are attached) to experience this for a fee.
phone: +63-9772033565address: Capitol SiteAn alternative tour experiences platform, they enable locals to offer authentic and unique activities to tourists such as street food tours, weaving workshops, landscape painting classes, Lechon feasts with locals and various types of Filipino Martial Art lessons with masters. A social enterprise, they work with many underprivileged people who either serve as hosts or facilitators. The facilitators will be your medium of communication with the local hosts. Transport is provided for some of the activities.
Abellana Cebu Sports Center & Public Swimming poolphone: +63 32-2531091address: 179 R R Landon Road off Osmmena BlvdFull-size outdoor swimming pool 50 m by 25 m. Has ten lanes.
SinulogThis festival honouring Santo Niño, the Holy Child, is held annually on the third Sunday of January. It is centered on the Basilica in Cebu City but is celebrated throughout Cebu Province and to some extent even in nearby provinces; it attracts large numbers of both tourists and pilgrims. Festivities last for about a week leading up to the Sunday climax.
There are colorful parades in many towns. Main thoroughfares around the city are blocked for an all-day and all-night loud and colourful street party. Don't forget your dancing shoes!
On one hand, Sinulog can be one of the most interesting times to visit Cebu. On the other, some consider it a time to avoid. Hotels tend to sell out, streets and restaurants are crowded, and traffic may be horribly jammed. For example a bus heading south from the south bus station normally takes under an hour to reach Carcar, but it can be over three hours during Sinulog because the highway is also the main street of various towns along the way, and several have parades along it.
Ayala MallHas several department stores, two high price supermarkets and a movie theater, and it offers lots of restaurants and hundreds of stores. The terraces have a central park-like area and several floors of shopping, mostly restaurants, on either side. The mall is in the Cebu Business Park which hosts the Cathay Pacific office, foreign banks a few consulates, and the Seda hotel.
SM SeasideA huge mall with a large department store, bowling center, movie theaters, Olympic-size ice skating rink, and 447 shops and restaurants.
SM City CebuNortheast of downtown. Has a large supermarket.
phone: +63-32-2555590address: B Rodriguez StreetA bakery on the ground level is popular for coffee. The mall has a very good food court, and the Cebu Pacific airlines main ticket office. Has a large supermarket.
address: Natalio B Bacalso AvenueHas a supermarket, travel agents, cellphone shops, and lots of places to eat.
Carbon MarketThe largest farmers' market in the city — both a shopping area and a tourist attraction.
phone: +63-32-2540618address: Colon StreetThe biggest air-conditioned mall in downtown Cebu. Has a discount supermarket, two bake shops, bank, two money exchanges, many cell phones shops, a pharmacy, a food court and a two-screen cinema.
Banks, ATMs & foreign exchangeMost ATMs in the Philippines accept foreign ATM cards and all will issue cash advances against foreign credit cards. In nearly all cases there is a fee (usually ) for the service, only Philippine pesos can be withdrawn, and there is a limit (often ) per transaction.
phone: +63-32-2344180address: G/F Philamlife Center, Cardinal Rosales Avenue corner Samar LoopHas the only Mastercard and Visa card ATMs in Cebu without a fee for overseas cards. Also the only ATMs in Cebu where you can take out up to per time.
phone: +63 234 9999address: Ground Floor, Ayala Life-FGU Center, Mindanao Avenue corner Biliran RoadHas a 24-hour ATM with a max of per use and a fee.
Alco Foreign Exchangephone: +63 32-2552704address: Shop 108 Rain Tree Mall, General Maxilom AvenueGood foreign exchange rates.
phone: +63 32 4171007, +63 32 4171400address: Level 2, The Terraces, Ayala CentreA modern bookshop with a good selection of imported fiction and non-fiction books, a smaller collection of books about the Philippines and an in-shop café.
address: Locations: Ayala Center, Mango Avenue; and SM City CebuBookshop chain with local and foreign books, academic texts and stationery.
address: Locations: Elizabeth Mall; Park Mall; Robinsons, SM City, GaisanoUsed books and magazines, mostly imported from the UK & US. It may take some searching but there are often gems to be had.
The great thing about Cebu is that, while being an island paradise, on the one hand, it's also a sophisticated city, with a wide range of pretty decent restaurants to choose from. Street-food abounds in Cebu. You can buy all sorts of Philippine delicacies from the many street stalls scattered around Cebu City. However, compared to Metro Manila/Central Luzon (especially Pampanga province) Cebu's all-you-can-eat buffets are much more expensive.
Ayala TerracesMany restaurants including several foreign chains such as Burger King, Army-Navy, Starbucks and TGI Friday's, Filipino chains, and many non-chain places.
Flame ItGood burgers at moderate prices. Not much else. No beer.
Food courtsAll the major malls (listed under #Buy) have food courts, and major chains — KFC, Shakey's Pizza, Starbucks, Bo's Coffee and others — have locations in many of them. The downtown area around Colon Street has a large number of restaurants including many budget places and many fast food chains.
Robinsons Fuente food courtaddress: B Rodriguez StreetLower ground floor near the supermarket. Good bakery and coffee shop with quite a few expatriate customers.
Gaisano Main Food Courtaddress: 5th floor Gaisano Main, Colon StreetMeals with a drink from .
Elizabeth Mall Food Courtaddress: 3rd floor, E mall, Natalio B Bacalso Avenue
ChainsSome Filipino chains have multiple locations in Cebu and some in nearby towns:
Alberto's Pizzaphone: +63 32 254 0042address: 15 B. Rodriguez Ave.Offers a good and rather affordable locally made thin crust pizza. Has branches all over Cebu.
address: Mango SquareHas many branches all over Cebu.
phone: +63 32-2554783address: Fuente Osmena CircleBurgers, rice meals, sizzing pork chop.
Jo's Chicken Inatophone: +63 32-2540194address: Gospel Building V Ranudo StreetNative chicken.
phone: +63-32-2310593address: 252 Gorordo AvenueBread & cakes & drinks.
phone: +63-32-5057057address: Ayala & SM City Malls & Tafa East Gate TowerFreshly baked New York-style pizza, fried chicken, cheeseburgers and fries, salads.
address: Elizabeth Mall and J Center MallGood value for money meals.
OthersThere are also many non-chain places:
phone: +63-32-4126795address: Mango Sq Mall Gen Maxilom AvenueIndian and Persian food. (Thursday-Friday-Saturday, after 6PM, all you can eat buffet for ). All day breakfast for only (a la carte).
phone: +63 32 505 0274address: 371 Gorordo AveFrench bakery.
Mango Avenue (officially General Maxilom Avenue) and Mango Square is where the bulk of the nightlife is. The typical venues are nightclubs, bars and karaoke boxes.
There are many girlie bars, mostly along Mango Ave. It is fairly common to visit these clubs just to enjoy the show, a lot of scantily-clad dancers who compete to catch customers' eyes. However, the dancers are more-or-less all also available for sexual services. Prostitution is illegal in the Philippines but quite common, and these bars are the most usual front; see the Philippines article for discussion.
There are also a number of western-style pubs popular with the local expat community; most are listed below.
Mango SquareA mall with shopping by day and entertainment by night.
El Gecko Resto Bar
You can pay by the month at most pension houses, from a month.
phone: +63 32-2361839address: Holy Family Road Brgy Busay4-6-8 bed dorms. Free Wi-Fi.
phone: +63-9239137585address: Fuente Osmena CircleDorm beds and single/double rooms. Free Wi-Fi.
phone: +63-9778531685address: 12 Torralba Street Cor Wilson street Brgy Apas Lahug8-bed dorm with shared bathroom. Free Wi-Fi.
phone: +63-9166465789address: 22-K General Maxilom AvenueA/C and fan 4-6 bed dorms. Free Wi-Fi. Free breakfast.
phone: +63 32-4203405address: 84 Gorordo AvenueHas a bar. Free Wi-Fi.
phone: +63 32 4151065address: 145 M Velez Street GuadalupeA/C dorm with 12 beds, free Wi-Fi. Every bed has a power point and locker.
phone: +63-32-4106075address: D.Jakosalem StreetAir-conditioned 8-bed dorm. Free Wi-Fi.
phone: +63-9338586898address: 60 General Maxillom AvenueFan 6-bed dorm or fan single/double rooms. Free Wi-Fi. Shared kitchen.
phone: +63 32 2534052, +63 32 2550524address: 131 Rahmann StreetOne-star hotel with A/C double rooms with own bathroom and cable TV, free Wi-fi in all the rooms.
phone: +63 32 -2542785address: P Lopez StreetA/C single/double rooms with 32-inch LED cable TV, hot and cold shower, free Wi-Fi. Breakfast for ₱100 pesos.
phone: +63-32-2530104address: 41R Landon Street Cornor don Pedro Cui StreetA/C single/double room with own hot water bathroom and cable TV, free Wi-Fi.
phone: +63 32 232-8888address: S Osmena St, North Reclamation area5-min walk from SM City Mall complex and 5-min walk from the New Robinsons Mall and close to Cebu International Convention Center (CICC), near Pier 5. Hostel accommodation with A/C accommodation area free WiFi, 24 hr security with CCTV cameras, 24-hr back-up generator and entertainment area with wide screen LCD TV. Has 136 dorm beds. Best to book online.
phone: +63 32 254-4792address: Pelaez StreetIn quiet lane next to hotel de Mercedes. Fan/A/C rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV. All rooms double occupancy.
phone: +63 32 416-7889, +63 32 416-7881address: Osmena boulevardA/C double rooms with hot water and cable TV. Free Wi-Fi. 11 rooms at a night and 11 rooms at a night. You must pay a deposit when you book in.
phone: +63 32-253-2850address: Don Gil Garcia streetA/C single rooms with own bathroom, cable TV, A/C double rooms with own bathroom and cable TV, nice size rooms.
phone: +63 32-256-2893address: RR Landon StreetA/C single rooms with own bathroom and cable TV. A/C double rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV. Has 24-hour security and a standby generator. There is also LS pension house 2 and LS pension house 3 all near LS Pension House 1. Free Wi-fi.
phone: +63 32- 2561977address: Rahmann StreetA/C double rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV. Has a good rate for the month.
phone: +63-32-2532376address: 13 Juana Osmena Street2-star hotel with A/C double rooms with own bathroom and cable TV. Free Wi-Fi.
phone: +63-32-2536518address: Osmeña BoulevardA/C single or double rooms with own bathroom cable TV.
phone: +63-32-2551341address: Colon corner Pelaez StreetA/C double rooms with cable TV, hot water, free Wi-Fi.
phone: +63 32 254-5358address: Juana Osmena Street2-star hotel, A/C rooms, hot water, cable TV, free Wi-Fi.
phone: +63 32 260-1111address: 8 Rahmann Extension5-storey hotel, 60 A/C rooms, hot water, cable TV, view of the city. free Wi-Fi.
phone: +63 32 254-9880address: F Ramos StreetA/C rooms with coffee and tea-making facilities, 21” cable TV, full baths.
phone: +63 32 233-3677address: Saint Lawrence Street La Guardia LahugA/C rooms with hot water bathrooms cable TV, safe.
Elegant Circle InnCentral location, at one end of Mango Avenue.
phone: +63 32 2535134address: 101 E R Aboitiz Street40 guest rooms with cable TV, hot water, A/C, telephone with IDD and NDD, free Wi-Fi.
phone: +63-32 505-7188address: 101 Don Mariano Cui StreetTV, free Wi-Fi, hot showers. Nice place, and better price than most in the area though there are some cheaper.
phone: +63 32-254-8570address: F Manalo Street Cor Queens RoadA/C rooms, hot water, cable TV, free Wi-Fi.
phone: +63-32 505-8884, +63 32 236 1111address: Dionisio Jokosalem StreetA/C rooms, hot water, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast.
phone: +63 9226473380address: 7 Pelaez StreetA/C double rooms with cable TV, hot water, free Wi-Fi.
phone: +63-32-2588333address: 200 Sanciangko streetA/C double rooms with cable TV, hot water, free Wi-Fi.
phone: +63-32-4124988address: 175 Don Julio Liorente StreetA/C double rooms, cable TV, Hot water, free Wi-Fi, own restaurant.
phone: +63 32 234-7000address: Corner Archbishop Reyes Avenue and Escario StreetCebu Parklane International Hotel claims to be a five-star hotel but does not really live up to that title. Elevators (lifts) are totally inadequate and you can spend 15 minutes waiting to get to your room when the hotel is crowded with conferences.
phone: +63 2 912 2691address: Archbishop Reyes Ave, CamputhawA/C, private toilet and bath, cable TV and mini-bar in all rooms. Wi-Fi, massage service, and a fitness centre/gym.
phone: +63 032 411 5800address: Cardinal Rosales AvenueThe hotel is now managed by Ayala's subsidiary Seda. It was managed by Marriott until the end of 2017.
phone: +63 32 232-6888
Parts of downtown Cebu are unsafe at night, particularly along Colon and areas immediately to its north. If you're male and look remotely foreign or tourist-like, you will likely be accosted by prostitutes (both genders, plus ladyboys) and pimps. Even if you do want a prostitute, these girls should be avoided; highly available women patrol all the major malls and they can be picked up there under safer conditions, with no pimps and better lighting. Or go to a girlie bar where you can select among a dozen or more, albeit at higher prices since the bar takes a large cut.
Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Centerphone: +6332 2539898address: B Rodriguez StreetDOH Hospital with lower fees
Cebu City Social Hygiene Clinicphone: +63 93 21081556 (mobile)address: Room 103. City health office. General Maxilom Aveunefree STD and HIV testing and treatment. For Social Hygiene Clinics in Mandaue & Lapu-Lapu, see Metro_Cebu#Stay_healthy.
- Hi-Precision Diagnostics Medalle Building G/F Osmena Blvd. +63-32-2554131. ₱300 to see a doctor.
Dental clinicsThe dental clinics listed here have good prices. There are also clinics in the malls, but they are about three times as expensive.
Comfort Dental Centrephone: +63 32 2623062address: Joeilno building 4th floor room 4D Kalubihan Sanciangko StreetDr Rhebecca Marie Rebalde Osorio.
RT Clinika Dental Centrephone: +63 32 2549648address: room 148 1/L Raintree mall General Maxilom Avenue
Government officesCebu City does not have an immigration office; the "Cebu office" is actually in Mandaue. For information on that and the Lapu-Lapu office, see Metro Cebu.
Department of Tourism Cebu tourist officephone: +63 32 2542811address: Gf LDM Bldg Corner Legaspi & MJ Cuenco streetsFree maps for Cebu Island & Bohol island & Siquijor Island. There is also a tourist info counter at the airport.
Tourist Police Officephone: +63-32 2538536, +63-32 2540080 (after 5PM)address: Plaza Sugbu
Cebu Public Libraryaddress: Osmena Blvd.Free Wi-Fi.
Main Central Post Officeaddress: Plaza Independencia
Phil Health Officephone: +63-32-2333270address: Golden peak. Gorordo AvenueIf you stay in the Philippines more than 59 days and get a I-card you can in roll on Phil Health for a month.
Airlines officesQuite a few airlines have offices in town:
Cathay Pacific airlinesaddress: 12 floor FGU Center, Mindanao Avenue Ayala Business Park
Cebu Pacific Airlinesphone: +63-32-2308888address: Robinsons Fuente, Osmena Blvd
Philippines Airlinesphone: +63 32 2544655address: Osmena Blvd
Singapore Airlines & Silkairphone: +63 32 2326211address: Cebu Holding Center Cardinal Rosales Avenue Ayala Business Park
Asiana Airlinesphone: +63-32-3428066
Korea Airlinesphone: +63-32-2531753
Eva Airphone: +63 32-2323395
China Eastern Airlinesphone: +63-25515212
- China Southern Airlines +63-2-5248888.
- Sichuan Airlines
Xiamen Airphone: +63-2-801755
- Moalboal beach, bus 2½-3 hr from south bus terminal, + tricycle to beach around , a diving destination with generally moderate prices
- The Camotes Islands, fast ferry from Cebu city (to Poro port) or by Jomalia ferry from Danao City to Consuelo port (bus from Cebu City, 1-2 hours).
- Bantayan Island, off to the north of Cebu island.
- Oslob, south of Cebu, known for whale shark watching, can be visited en route to Dumaguete
- Bohol, an island province east of Cebu, popular for its scenic Chocolate Hills and tarsiers.
- Dumaguete, capital of a neighboring province, with a relaxed bar scene and good diving nearby.
- Bacolod, capital of a neighboring province and second-largest city in the Visayas, is reachable by taking a bus to Toledo, a ferry to San Carlos and then another bus.