Commuting by jeepney is the cheapest way to go around the city. Jeepneys ply to nearly all areas in the city and since they have a set route, you do not have to worry about getting lost. If you are not familiar with your destination, you can always ask the driver to let you off at the place. Most jeepney routes in Cebu City pass through Colon Street while others pass through the Carbon Market. Here are some of the jeepney routes in the Queen City of the South:
- 01K – Urgello Street to Parkmall
- 03A –Panagdait in Mabolo to Carbon
- 03B – Mabolo area to Colon passing through Osmeña Boulevard (formerly Jones Avenue)
- 03Q – SM City Cebu to Ayala Center Cebu
- 04B – Camp Lapulapu in Lahug to Carbon passing through Osmeña Boulevard (formerly Jones Avenue)
- 04C – Camp Lapulapu in Lahug to Carbon passing through General Maxilom Avenue (formerly Mango Avenue)
- 04D – Plaza Housing to Carbon passing through Osmeña Boulevard (formerly Jones Avenue) and Taboan
- 04I – Plaza Housing to Carbon passing through General Maxilom Avenue (formerly Mango Avenue)
- 04L – SM City Cebu to Ayala Center Cebu passing through Salinas Drive and Gorordo Avenue
- 04M – Ayala Center Cebu to Cebu IT Park passing through Gorordo Avenue and Salinas Drive
- 06B – Guadalupe to Carbon passing through Osmeña Boulevard (formerly Jones Avenue)
- 06C – Guadalupe to Colon passing through V. Rama Street
- 06H – Guadalupe to SM City Cebu passing through Escario Street
- 07B – Banawa to Carbon passing through Osmeña Boulevard (formerly Jones Avenue)
- 08G – Alumnos to Colon
- 09C – Basak Pardo to the Parian area
- 09F – Basak Pardo to Colon Street
- 09G – Basak Pardo to Sto. Niño Church
- 10H – Bulacao Pardo to SM City Cebu passing through P. Del Rosario Street
- 10M – Bulacao Pardo to SM City Cebu passing through Colon Street
- 11A – Inayawan to Colon Street
- 12D – Labangon to Colon Street passing through Katipunan Street
- 12G – Labangon to SM City Cebu passing through Katipunan Street
- 12L – Labangon to Ayala Center Cebu passing through General Maxilom Avenue (formerly Mango Avenue)
- 13B – Talamban to Colon Street passing through Ramos Street
- 13C – Talamban to Colon Street
- 14D – Ayala Center Cebu to Colon Street passing through Ramos Street
- 15 – Colon Street to Capitol Site
- 17B – Apas to Carbon Market passing through Osmeña Boulevard (formerly Jones Avenue)
- 17C – Apas to Carbon Market passing through General Maxilom Avenue (formerly Mango Avenue)
Commuting by Taxi
Commuters also have the option to hail a taxi, especially when they are already late for work or school. Riding a taxi is way more comfortable compared to riding a jeepney but a bit costly. With the traffic situation in the city not getting any better, riding a taxi to work is a better option to make sure you arrive in school or the office looking fresh.
Another option Cebuanos can consider is the ride-hailing services. These services have started to take root in the Queen City of the South. Some of these ride-hailing services include GrabCar and Uber. While commuters can ride in comfort and safety, they are also quite costly. But if you have the budget for it, it would be a better choice among the options available. The drivers of these services are private car owners who want to earn extra on their free time. Some of them were former BPO workers who opted to resign from their jobs since they earn more with by using their cars for these ride-hailing services.
The last option for commuters that has become quite popular in the city is the motorcycle for hire. It is more expensive than a jeepney ride but cheaper than a taxi. These are an informal means of transportation since they have yet to be regulated by the local authorities. Due to this, the fare is based on an agreement between the commuter and the motorcycle driver. it would be left to the discretion of the commuters if they go for this option. It is also the most convenient since they can weave in and out of traffic, which is useful if you are in a hurry. But similar to the jeepney, you are also open to the elements.
- The minimum fare within the city is PHP7. While the PHP7 fare is sufficient enough to bring you to many destinations within the city, there may be some routes where you have to pay more than the minimum fare. For instance, the fare from the Cebu IT Park to Colon Street while riding a jeepney marked 17B is at PHP10.
- It’s best to take note of the signboard on the jeepney before you get on. We never know you might end up riding a jeepney with the signboard “For family use only.”
- Always get on or get off the jeepney at the designated jeepney stop. While it has been a common practice for people to ride or get off anywhere they want if no enforcers are present, it is better to follow traffic rules even if no one is watching.
- Take note of the plate number and operator of the taxi you ride, especially at night, in case you might forget something in the taxi. This is especially useful for employees of the BPO companies in the city.
- While they are quite costly, ride-hailing services are relatively better in terms of safety since these services have records of the drivers and units they use.
- If you opt to get a motorcycle for hire, just make sure the driver lets you use a helmet. We never know when accidents may happen. And, if possible, tell the motorcycle driver to refrain from going against incoming traffic or tell him to avoid counter-flowing.