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Manila to Cebu

Manila Airport Code: MNL
Cebu Airport Code: CEB
Flight Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

The City

Although it holds the title of being the oldest city in the country, Cebu remains a thriving metropolis that combines the best of Filipino tradition and the excitement of modern times. What was once a busy trading port and rajahnate of Zubu is now one of the largest and busiest cities in the country, leaving an indelible mark on Philippine and Asian history and growing stronger everyday. Today, the Queen City of the South is home to nearly three million people, along with a number of historic landmarks, a dizzying array of cuisines, and thrilling nightlife.

Travelers see this city as a fantastic starting point to many of the gorgeous islands that comprise the country’s Visayan region, primarily because of its convenient location smack bang in the middle of the country. However, there are plenty of things to do in Cebu City itself, with its vibrant art scene, delicious local cuisine, and the fascinating culture and infectious energy of the Cebuano people. With our Manila to Cebu flights, experiencing Cebu is now very easy.


A Cebu City tour is available for travelers who’d like a more structured outing, with itineraries comprising of famous sites like Magellan’s Cross, Basilica del Santo Niño, and Fort San Pedro all within half a day. These sites highlight Cebu’s history as the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines and the seat of Christianity in Asia.

However, for those who prefer finding their own way – and perhaps, the rewards of getting lost every so often in a city full of hidden gems – there are plenty of attractions to go and see on your own. One of these is Museo Sugbo, which offers travelers a glimpse of Cebu’s rich history with fascinating artifacts like the remains of an American bomb and Japanese propaganda newspapers. Another less touristy attraction is the Temple of Leah, otherwise known as Cebu’s Taj Mahal. The temple, built in grandiose Greco-Roman style, is a tribute to entrepreneur Teodorico Adaran’s wife, Leah, who passed away in 2010.

For those looking for a break from cityscapes, the good news is that Cebu City’s dazzling white-sand beaches are just 15 minutes away from the Cebu International Airport. Here, families can enjoy an array of water sports, snorkeling, scuba diving, and waterparks. For a more low-key experience, consider a visit to Sirao Gardens, which has been dubbed “Little Amsterdam” for its vast fields of differently colored flowers. There’s even a little windmill and benches for people to enjoy.


Partygoers will enjoy the uniquely electric Cebu nightlife in places like Osemeña Boulevard and the notoriously thrilling Mango Square. The combination of a young population, vibrant local music scene, and cheap beer have breathed new life into the Cebuano night scene, with clubs open until 6am on weekends.

Some of the most popular places for EDM and dancing include J.Ave, Alchology, Club Hype, and Club Holic, all within the Mango Square area. For larger groups who prefer a more laid-back vibe, Liv Super Club and Club Bai are excellent choices to come and enjoy good music and excellent drinks. Not to be missed are The Distillery and Sentral: Hip Hop Bar and Club, which are newer additions to the Cebu clubscene and are a bit farther away from the busier club areas.

Before your trip ends, make sure to live like a true Cebuano and spend an evening at one of the city’s many KTVs. Arguably the national pastime, karaoke is beloved by Filipinos, and is an excellent way to experience the local culture.

Where to Dine?

When it comes to local cuisine, Cebu is synonymous with lechon, or the roasted suckling pig. Although the dish is served in nearly every corner of the city, don’t miss your chance to try it from classic Cebuano restaurants like CnT Lechon, Zubuchon, and Alejo’s.

Meanwhile, fans of Filipino cuisine will delight in the expansive menu of the family-run Café Laguna and the Golden Cowrie. Fusion restaurants are also very popular in Cebu, with Señor Kimchi serving up Mexican-Korean cuisine and Anzani Restaurant featuring Mediterranean and North African dishes. Newer, concept-based restaurants such as the Star Wars-themed Amidala and 10,000 Roses Café are also sprouting up in the city.

If you’re unsure of where to eat, go to SM City Cebu or Ayala Center Cebu, two of the largest shopping malls in the area and home to some of the best restaurants in Cebu. Eat all you can in Cebu restaurants like Sugbufe, Pusô Bistro and Bar, Port Seafood Restaurant, Café Marco, and Feria, which all offer lunch and dinner buffet-style meals.

Travel Details

Public Transport:

Like most cities in the country, colorful jeepneys are the kings of the road, and will be able to take you to different places in the city for PHP7. However, jeepneys can be confusing for first-time travelers, so metered taxis have become a popular option for getting around. Grab and Uber are also available, with most trips within Cebu City costing no more than PHP100. If you’re looking to explore nearby cities like Bohol and Dumaguete, there are a number of bus lines ready to take you there as well.

By car:

Metropolitan Cebu is comprised of several cities and smaller municipalities, including the nearby island of Mactan. Thankfully, there are plenty of car rentals in Cebu City that will allow you to explore the area with ease. The city’s main thoroughfares include Osmeña Boulevard, Colon Street, and V. Rama Street, while the Cebu South Coastal Road connects the city to Talisay and other southern municipalities on the island.

By Bike:

Biking alone isn’t advisable in a car city like Cebu, with city roads not for the faint-hearted. However, bicycle tours are available for bikers of all skill levels, and is an adventurous alternative to the usual sightseeing city tours. These tours can take you to different parts of the city, or even to nearby islands for a whole day. Just remember to wear sunblock and bring your camera.

Disability Access:

Like many areas in the Philippines, Cebu City isn’t the most accommodating for persons with disability. However, there have been recent moves to improve the city’s infrastructure and attractions for a more barrier-free tourism, with big hotels and shopping malls all equipped with accessible ramps, PWD-friendly restrooms and elevators, as well as golf carts to chauffeur the elderly and PWDs.


Although the January Sinulog Festival is the most important cultural highlight of the Cebuano year, cultural events and festivals in Metropolitan Cebu happen all year round. For instance, Mactan City celebrates Lapu-Lapu’s victory over Spanish invaders every year on April 27 on the shores of Mactan. Mandaue City holds the Mantawi Festival to celebrate its culture and heritage every May 7, while the municipality of Cordova showcases the local fishing culture in the Dinagat Festival every second week of August. Talisay City celebrates Inasal Festival every 15th of October, while Carcar City holds the annual Kabkaban Festival from November 24 to 26. These festivities and more are easier than ever to celebrate with our Manila to Cebu promo flights.

Non-cultural events this year include Cybercon Asia at the City Sports Club Cebu on August 10, as well as the Cebu Auto Show at the SM Seaside City Cebu on September 16. Foodies will also enjoy the grand Cebu Food and Beverage Expo on October 14.

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