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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Commuting from Mactan International Airport (Cebu)

With the recent improvements made at the Mactan International Airport, I believe this is the best airport we have in the country. I love the new stores, cafe and food outlets near the check in counters as well as the boarding area. Starbucks, Seattle's Best, Jollibee and Bench are a few of them. 

Mactan International Airport should also take pride with the excellent service, security and the ease of travel to and from the airport that they offer. Aside from the regular taxi (white) and the airport taxi (yellow) readily available at the taxi bay. One can also commute to and from Cebu's airport through the SM Mybus service.  

One has the option to pay through cash or a reloadable SM MyBus card which is also accepted in all ePlus partner merchants. The fare from the Airport to SM Cebu is only Php 25. Definitely way cheaper than a normal taxi ride which averages Php 150. Aside from this route, SM MyBus also has other routes as far as SM Seaside, Lawaan - Talisay and J-Mall. 

Since I was travelling all the way to Talisay City, I took three bus rides: Airport- SM Cebu, SM-Cebu to SM Seaside and SM Seaside to Talisay. There is also a bus going straight from SM-Cebu to Talisay which costs Php 40 but the interval of departure is not that frequent. 

One thing that I really love about the SM MyBus is that they leave on-time regardless if the bus is full or not which makes managing travel time easier. You also don't have to walk very far as their pick-up and arrival points at the airport are just near arrival (infront of Jollibee) and domestic departure area. This mode of transportation is starting to really get popular since the buses are clean and safe. One must only keep in mind that they strictly follow bus stops so, you can't simply tell the driver that you're going down anywhere. 

SM MyBus has a flat rate fee regardless of your chosen stop. They also give student and senior citizen discounts provided that IDs are presented. They also issue receipts which is favourable to those who need to liquidate their expenses. 

This latest addition to Cebu's transportation service is definitely something that we need and perhaps apply in the other parts of the country. I opted not to be picked-up from the airport because we now have the SM MyBus which is very cost-effective and convenient. I believe that  an efficient mass transit system would definitely help us in solving traffic problems. 

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