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Everything You Need to Know: Cebu North Bus Terminal

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Are you looking for a guide on Cebu North Bus Terminal? You’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we will provide a detailed overview of the routes and destinations serviced from Cebu North Bus Terminal. We will also provide some tips on how to make your journey as smooth as possible. Let’s get started!

Cebu North Bus Terminal is one of the two main bus terminals in Cebu City. It is located in Mandaue City, just across the bridge from Cebu Island. The terminal services both local and long-distance Ro-ro buses like Bacolod.

It houses all buses bound north including those going to Bantayan Island, Daanbantayan, Maya (for Malapascua Island). Cebu North Bus Terminal is also the starting point for most buses going to Cebu’s northern towns like Danao City, Compostela, Bogo City, and Medellin.

How to get to Cebu North Bus Terminal from Cebu-Mactan Airport ?

From Mactan-Cebu l Airport, you can hail a cab and ask to be dropped off at Cebu North Bus Terminal. The fare from the airport should be between Php200-Php300.

You can also hail a private car via Grab, for non-Filipinos, that’s the Uber commonly used in Southeast Asia.

Another option is to take MyBus, Cebu’s answer to an airport shuttle. The fare is only Php25 and it will drop you off at Cebu North Bus Terminal in about 30-40 minutes, depending on the traffic. Buses leave every 20 minutes. It is parked outside the airport. Ask the security guards for the pickup up and drop-off point of MyBus. MyBus service time is between 6AM to 9PM.

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General Tips for Busers

If you’re planning on taking a bus from Cebu North Bus Terminal, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

  • First of all, it is important to arrive at the terminal early. Buses departing for long-distance destinations tend to fill up quickly so it’s best to get there as soon as possible.
  • Or it is the other way. Sometimes you have to wait up to an hour for the bus to be filled up.
  • You have to get used to the idea of Filipino time, if you are not Filipino. 😛
  • Secondly, make sure you have all of your belongings with you before boarding the bus.
  • Do not wear real jewelery when you are taking public transportation in Cebu. Sadly, petty crimes like snatching is common.
  • Be careful with using your phone with the windows open, it can be easily snatched away from you.
  • Bring some snacks and water. There will be peddlers too if you are taking the non-AC buses.

Is there an alternative to taking buses from Cebu North Bus Terminal?

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Bantayan Island, Cebu

If you are traveling as a large group or if money is not an issue, I highly suggest you charter a private van. You can save a lot of time and you will not arrive in your destination battered and tired. It can pick you up from your hotel or from the airport iself.

Check the rates of private vans here.

What kind of buses can be found in Cebu North Bus Terminal

There are four bus companies that have their terminals in Cebu North Bus Terminal. They are Ceres, ABC, Rough Riders, and ABC. Ceres is the most comfortable among the four.

Cebu North Bus Terminal is one of two main bus terminals in Cebu City, Philippines. It is located across the bridge from Cebu Island in Mandaue City. The terminal services both local and long-distance Ro-ro buses including routes to Bantayan Island, Daanbantayan, Maya

Ceres, those yellow buses, is the most common public buses servicing the entire Cebu.

They have two types of buses: the AC and the Non-AC, commonly called regular.

Advantages of an AC Bus

  • Faster since there are fewer stops compare to the non-AC buses.
  • More comfortable since it is, well, air-conditioned, fewer seats, and more legroom
  • Can be cold, if you are not used to AC, bring a jacket with you

Disadvantages of an AC Bus

  • Slightly more expensive than the non-AC buses.
  • Fewer service time. AC buses are only available every hour

Advantages of a non-AC Bus

  • Can be hot and humid, but if you are used to Cebu weather, this won’t be an issue.
  • Cheaper than the AC buses
  • More service time. You can find a bus every 30 minutes or so.

Disadvantages of a non-AC Bus

  • Slower since there are more stops.
  • The bus can be cramped and full, so not as comfortable as the AC buses.

Bus for Bantayan Island via Hagnaya Port

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Bantigue Beach, Malapascua Island, Cebu

You can take the bus that is labeled Hagnaya. From Hagnaya Port, you take the boat to Santa Fe, Bantayan Island. The ride from Cebu North Bus Terminal to Hagnaya will take at least four hours and costs about Php150-200, depending if you take the AC or Non-AC bus. There will be a twenty-minute stop somewhere for quick snacks, meals or toilets.

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Bus for Malapascua Island via Maya

You can take the bus that is labeled Maya. From Maya Port, you take the boat to Malapascua Island. The ride from Cebu North Bus Terminal to Maya will take at least four hours and costs about Php170-220, depending if you take the AC or Non-AC bus. There will be a fifteen-minute stop somewhere for quick snacks, meals or toilets

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Bus for Medellin

You can take the bus that is labeled Medellin. The ride from Cebu North Bus Terminal to Medellin will take at least four hours and costs about Php120-160, depending if you take the AC or Non-AC bus. There will be a fifteen-minute stop somewhere for quick snacks, meals or toilets.

Medellin has gorgeous beaches, surgarcane and corn fields, and it is home to Kawit, a small island that has such pristine beaches.

Bus for Tuburan

Tuburan is my hometown and a budding travel destination in northwest Cebu. From Cebu North Bus Terminal, you can take the bus that is labeled Tuburan. The ride to Tuburan will take at least four hours and costs about Php120-160, depending if you take the AC or Non-AC bus. There will be a fifteen-minute stop somewhere for quick snacks, meals or toilets. Tuburan has San Juan Blue Hole, Marmol Cliffs, coffee plantation, the oldest tree Dao, Adela River, some snorkeling and diving spots, and Molobolo Spring.


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Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at backpackingwithabook@gmail.com. Find me somewhere else!

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