Car Hire at Mactan-Cebu International Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Discover the wondrous island city of Lapu-Lapu by landing through the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, and get on a comfortable journey by hiring cars through Skyscanner's most updated rent-a-car database. Skyscanner lets travellers peek through Mactan-Cebu International Airport's services, primarily rent-a-car companies for easier booking and processing.
Where to hire a car at Mactan-Cebu International Airport
There are at least two rent-a-car companies available and accessible through the airport, while there are almost eight others offering their services from outside the airport. Travellers may choose to book rental cars through the airport and other channels, or book in advance by calling the local phone numbers of the rental car companies. The two rental car companies offering their services from the airport include Avis and New Californian Rent-a-car, while just outside the vicinity, Flamingo, Friends Rent-a-car, Diamond Rent-a-car, Mars Rent-a-car, Daijobu Rent-a-car, Cebu Car Rental, and Cebu Rent-a-car provides their services. It is up to the traveller as to when and where they'd book, depending on their preferences.
What to expect when hiring a car from Mactan-Cebu International Airport
Before booking rental cars in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, or the Philippines, travellers must ensure that they have properly booked their flights in. Travellers may fly directly to Cebu, or fly through Manila through most of the airports in the Philippines. They may check out Skyscanner for the cheapest and most reliable list of flights available online, so that once they book for the rental cars, they would know when they will need it. Once that is out of the way, travellers may proceed with booking their vehicle.
It is suggested that travelers book ahead of time so that they may conveniently place their orders and pay at their own pace. Chances are, booking in advance can only be available by calling the local phone number of the company, as not all the rent-a-car companies in the area have set up websites or web addresses. Furthermore, travellers may ask these rent-a-car companies if they need to prepare for anything – tolls, parking fees, and others, so that they may set a fund for this. Once the booking is set, travellers may then present their credentials: identification documents, driver's license, and others, which may be requested by the car rental company. There is a possibility that travelers would be asked for photocopies of these documents, so it is best to print them out ahead of time. Furthermore, like other car rental companies – the car rental companies in this area ask for 'bonds' payable upon the release of the vehicle and repaid once the vehicle is returned. Travelers should prepare at least 100% of the total amount paid as the 'bond' money, and should remember to ask for this once they have returned the car or the van they rented. Travelers should also always consider parking spaces, as the area does not have many, and should not expect to rent out 'luxury' vehicles, as these are uncommon in the area. The most travellers can get – may be regular sedans, family vehicles, 12-seater vans, and others, which follow suit with the norm in the Philippines.
Driving around Mactan-Cebu International Airport
Most roads around the Mactan-Cebu International Airport are two-way roads; however, they are narrow and are usually clogged – especially during times when there are events such as the Sinulog Festival. Traffic is lighter as it nears sunset, as most locals have early night-ins. The national roads are paved and maintained; however, they are almost always “under construction.” Locals have gotten used to the fact that this is the case – and seemingly, they have been used to the traffic congestion. The smaller roads, meanwhile, are decently maintained, although for some that goes to the beaches, they can be quite troublesome as they are not paved. Note that gas prices are quite steep in the area, as is with the other parts of the country.
Getting to your destination
Dubbed as the Queen City of the South, Cebu City is the crowning glory to the Visayan group of islands in the Philippines. Taste the world-acclaimed Cebu lechon, and many other delicacies in this urban-rural area.
Cebu is a 40-minute drive from the island of Mactan, where the airport is located. It can be reached by taking the Lapu-Lapu Road all the way to the Old Patiller Road and UN Avenue, going to Tres Broces Padres Street in Cebu City proper.
Want a more beautiful beach destination? Head on south and go to the sandy seaside town of Moalboal. Do water activities, eat the freshest seafood, and enjoy the local sites!
Moalboal is a three-hour drive through Cebu City, Talisay, Naga, Carcar, Barili, aDumanjug, and Ronda, all the way through the National Highway and Iiburon-Carcar-Barili Road.
Famous for its colorful festivals and Spanish heritage, Talisay is the next go-to place near Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu City!
Travelers may reach Talisay by crossing the Marcelo Fernan Bridge towards UN Avenue, through E.O. Perez Road/Ouano Avenue, and towards the Sergio Osmena Boulevard that reaches the Cebu Coastal Road. Just go straight through the Coastal Road and then through Burgos Street to reach Talisay City.