Cebu City

The Southern Metropolis

This charming and chaotic city has earned a reputation for being the south’s version of Metro Manila. A fast-growing skyline and streets lined with bumper to bumper cars, taxis, and jeepneys are certainly reminiscent of the country’s capital but what sets Cebu City apart is its rich culture rooted in history and religion.

Look forward to the famous Sinulog Festival and see the city come to life in vibrant colors. Enjoy the famous Cebu Lechon with your friends or grab a drink and explore Cebu City’s night life.

Magellan's Cross Cebu City

Learn more about the city’s heritage by visiting historical sites like Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, and Museo Sugbo. Cebu City also has a growing number of hidden spots like cafes and boutiques so remember to keep an eye out for those as well.

Much like its northern counterpart, Cebu City is a chaotic yet cohesive mess of modernity and history. Because of the city’s charm, people come and they can’t help but want to return.

 

Fast Facts

  • Public Transportation: Taxis, Jeepneys, Multicabs, Tricycles, Buses
  • Languages/Dialect: Cebuano, English
  • Payment Options: Cash, Credit/Debit Card
  • Known For: Sinulog Festival, Lechon, Magellan’s Cross, Lapu-Lapu Shrine

 

What to Know Before Visiting

Fort San Pedro Cebu City

  • It’s recommended that you use English, instead of Tagalog, because this is what locals are more familiar with aside from Cebuano.
  • Aside from being near the coast, many are usually surprised to find that Cebu City is actually a very hilly city as well. One of its famous attractions is called Tops and here, you can take it in the surrounding city views from the top of a hill.
  • Check out the not so popular night markets in IT Park where you can shop and get your fill of food.

 

Best Time to Visit Cebu City

Heritage Monument Cebu City

The best time to visit Cebu City would either be during summer, which is around March to May, or during December and January, when it’s not too hot and not too rainy.

During summers, you can come to visit the city and head over to nearby beaches just a few hours away. Just make sure to bring an umbrella with you and stay hydrated because the weather here can get quite humid as well.

 

How to Go to Cebu City

By Air

From Manila, you can easily book a flight to Mactan International Airport in Lapu Lapu City. Once you arrive, just take a cab to Cebu City, which would take you an hour at most depending on the time and traffic.

By Land

If you’re coming from nearby towns, there are bus terminals with different routes going to and coming from the city.

The main modes of transportation in Cebu City are jeepneys, taxis, and buses. It’s not too difficult to get around the rest of the province.

By Sea

Albeit a bit of a long journey, traveling by sea can be a cheaper and more scenic alternative than traveling by plane.

Commercial ferry lines like 2GO have scheduled trips from Manila to Cebu and vice versa. You can also try going to Cebu City via RoRo, which is a combination of ferry and bus travel.

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