May 21, 2012

Public Ride to Bantayan Island from MCIA

As a backpacker I always consider how to save money and cut the budget while on travelling. Uses of public transportation are the one that saves us a lot than using taxis or van rentals. This time I’ll show you how to be in Bantayan Island one of the famous white sand beaches in Cebu province with affordable rates, using public transportation from Mactan Cebu International Airport.

At Mactan Cebu International Airport
Upon arrival at the airport just walk a few steps to your right and you will see a yellow multi-cab waiting of just wait if none are there. Ride this local jeepney bond to Save More or Mercado (or PEZA) with a minimum fare of Php 8.50 (or just pay 8.00). Use the word “Palihug” or please and “Lugar” if you want the jeepney to stop. Travel time to Save More is around 3mins only.

At PEZA or Save More
Previously there is no Save More (SM) until SM put a mini grocery there and if you want to eat before going to the North Terminal there are restaurant and fast food (Chowking) there. The place is easily spotted because of the Island Souvenir store big logo to your right. Also it’s best to buy snacks there coz it much cheaper than in terminal. To ride another jeepney to the North Terminal, just walk a few steps downward and across the street, wait for SM bound jeepney, be sure to ask the driver to halt you at North Terminal station because most of the jeepney bound to SM doesn’t pass by to North Terminal station, they use the other road. Fare to North Terminal station is Php 14.00 and travel time are less than 30mins.

At North Terminal Bus Station
North Terminal Bus Station is located at the reclamation area SM can be seen from a few meters. There are hourly (or every 30mins) ordinary bus trips to Hagnaya but I suggest wait for aircon bus for a more comfortable ride. Aircon busses (Ceres Bus) are limited to two (or three) trips a day, so ask the dispatcher and be quick to board when the bus arrived. Aircon bus fare to Hagnaya is Php 150.00 and travel time is about 3.5 hours.

At Carmen Bus Stop
Every Ceres bus aircon and non-aircon has a stop-over there, so it’s time to make yourself comfort or refuel.

At Hagnaya Port
Upon arrival at Hagnaya port goes directly to the ticketing area have your name listed and buy the ferry ticket. Good thing they acknowledge student ID for discounts. Regular fare is Php 170.00 and travel time is around 1 hour and 45 mins for Island Shipping Corp. ferries to Sta. Fe port.

At Sta. Fe Port Bantayan Island
Now you’re on Bantayan Island the favourite Cebuano’s weekend island getaways. The pier of Bantayan Island is located at the small town of Sta. Fe, upon arrival at the pier just walk on the covered pathways and different kinds of transportation are waiting there to your Batayan Island destination. Have fun and adventure!!!

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