Getting to Cebu via air or sea

mactan-cebu-international-airportMactan-Cebu International Airport [MCIA 2)

Getting to Cebu Island

Getting to Cebu from outside this provincial island is quite easy and accessible via various public transports.

Flying to Cebu is the fastest way. It is a good news for flyers since Cebu has an international airport. Mactan-Cebu International Airport 2 (MCIA2) is the second busiest airport in the country, and it is located on a popular and tourist destination island – Mactan Island.

Since it seems that foreign visitors would need this information more than domestic visitors do, let me start talking about international flights coming to Cebu. In this writing, flights to Cebu-Mactan International Airport are through:

Qatar (Doha), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Kota Kinabalo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai (China), Taipei (Taiwan), Seoul/Incheon (South Korea), and Tokyo (Japan)

Direct International Flights to Cebu

Among the fastest way getting to Cebu via international flight is flying directly through it. You may take the following international flights through these airports and the respective air carriers.

  • Hong Kong: Cathy Pacific, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airline, Air Phil Express
  • Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur): Malaysian Airline
  • Qatar/Singapore/Europe: Qatar Airline
  • Singapore: Cebu Pacific, Air Phil Express, Silkair
  • South Korea: Asia Airline, Korean Air, Philippine Airline
  • Taiwan: Mandarin Airline
  • Japan (Tokyo): Philippine Airline

Please, check out the availability of their flight schedules. I am certain that most of them have regular flights daily, especially the Philippine and Korean air carriers since I am taking them from time to time via Incheon International Airport and Cebu Mactan International Airport 2. Airport 1 (old airport) now only serves domestic flights.

Connecting Flights from Manila to Cebu

Just in case it is difficult for you to get those airlines mentioned above, you can also try getting to Cebu via Manila Airport, the largest and busiest airport we have in the country. All international flights coming from outside that do not land in Cebu come and leave through Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport).

This means that you can easily have your connecting flight for Cebu-Mactan International Airport through Manila. Okay, here some of them:

Lufthansa, Emirates Airlines, KLM, Thai, Qantas Kuwait Airways, Royal Brunei, South East Asian Airlines, Japan Airlines, Air Macau, Asian Spirit, Hong Kong Express, Gulf Air, EVA Air, Northwest Airlines, China Airlines, Jetstar Asia, Asiana Airlines, Etihad Airways, Tiger Airways, Korean Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Air Niugini, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Continental Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, China Southern, Air Asia, and Vietnam Airlines.

You can easily get other flights to Cebu via Philippine carriers once you are in Manila because there are literally many flights per day to/from Manila or Cebu. If you have excess luggage, you might have to pay extra but nothing to worry about because it is low.

Domestic Airlines: Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific, Philippines Airlines

More connecting flights for Cebu

Aside from a connecting flight from Manila, you may also try getting to Cebu via Caticlan (Boracay), Puerto Princesa (Coron), Clark Base (Olongapo), Iloilo, Busuanga, Naga, Davao, Legaspi, Surigao, and more local airports in the country.

The airlines available for these routes include the Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airline, and Zest Air. Cebu Pacific is a very dynamic airline and offers cheaper tickets. In this writing it flies to/from: Brunei, Bangkok, Beijing, Busan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Incheon, Jakarta, Kaohsiung, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpar, Macao, Osaka, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore, Taipei and Shanghai.

Ferries & Ships in Cebu

Being a country composed of thousands of islands (more accurately 7,107 islands), Filipinos are used to taking ships, ferries, and other smaller sea transports to move from one island to another.

One of the best ways to look around the country and experience local culture and local events is through a ferry ride or ship ride. Depending on the distance, it could take from a few minutes by small outrigger boats, and three days by bigger boats/ships. Click here for shipping companies available in Cebu.

To and from Manila schedule for ferries is available. Other places include Tagbilaran (Bohol/Alona Beach), Negros (Dumaguete), Leyte and other major and capital cities. If you are from Leyte and going to Malapascua Island, or to Cebu City for example, you can take a ferry as well.

cebu-shipping-linesOne early morning...

Fast Watercrafts Available

Aside from ferries and ships there are available faster water-crafts that criss-cross the waters between islands closer to Cebu Province. These are the types of transports that time-pressed people would usually take. Usually, it takes about an hour or two to reach your destination when taking these fast crafts.

In this writing, the following are the fast crafts available: Supercat, Oceanjet, WeeSam Express, Aleson Sea Jet, Aznar Fast Craft, Delta Fast Ferries, etc. Below are some of the contact details you might need when you wish to find out or avail their services.

Aleson Shipping, Inc.
117-R Palma Street, Cebu City 6000
Telephone: (032) 255-5673, (032) 255-7157, (032) 253-1934
Fax: (032) 255-6277

WeeSam Express
Cebu Ticket Office
Pier 4, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City
Telephone: (032) 412-9562, (032) 231-7737

E. B. Aznar Shipping Corporation
Room 203, Aznar Building
T. Padilla Street, Cebu City 6000
Telephone: Booking: (032) 234-4624 to 29

Ocean Fast Ferries, Inc.
CPA Building, Pier #1, Cebu City
Telephone: (032) 255-7560; Fax: (032) 255-0115, (032) 416-6669
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Pier #4, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City
Telephone: (032) 234-9630, (032) 234-9631, (032) 234-9632, (032) 234-9633
Passage: (032) 233-7000; Text: 0918-994-2421; Fax: (032) 234-9667
Website:    Email:

Yes, these are your possible choices when you come to Cebu Province. Hopefully, these helps you solve your search questions in getting to Cebu. If you like this page, please indicate 'like', share or even comment at this site.

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