Car Hire in Cebu
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Rent a car in Cebu in the Philippines and explore its rich history and heritage. It has so many things to offer and with a rental car, you can go anywhere, anytime! There are several car rental companies in Cebu that can help make your trip fun and hassle-free.
Where to hire a car in Cebu
There are a lot of car rental companies that operate within Cebu city. These include Avis Rent-A-Car, Executive Rent-A-Car, Fast Rent-A-Car, Flamingo Rent-A-Car, Friends Rent-A-Car, New Sunrise Rent-A-Car, Nissan, and Thrifty Rent-A-Car. These providers have offices in the airport, as well as within the city itself. There are also other car rental companies that serve Cebu, and have offices in various points within the city, allowing for pick-up and drop-off at any of your desired locations.
What to expect when hiring a car from Cebu
Tricycles and jeepneys are the forms of public transport available in Cebu. Taxis are also evident everywhere; but for many visitors, they opt to rent a car for convenience and freedom when going from one destination to another.
Roads in Cebu are considered as some of the busiest in the Philippines. Major roads are the South Highway, Osmeña Boulevard, Colon, and V. Rama.
Take note that foreigners need an international driver’s permit to drive a rental car around the city. A more convenient option is to rent a car with a driver who can be hired with an hourly or daily rate. In this way, you will have more fun exploring the city and you will get some tips from a local.
Getting to your destination
Fort San Pedro
Also called Fuerza de San Pedro, it is the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. It has well-preserved artefacts, documents, and paintings that feature the Spanish presence in the country. Nearby tourist attractions are Basilica de Santo Niño which is considered as the country’s oldest Roman Catholic church, and Magellan’s Cross, signifying the arrival of Portuguese and Spanish explorers led by Ferdinand Magellan to celebrate the Roman Catholic baptism of Rajah Humabon, among others, in 1521.
One of the top places to visit when in Cebu, Fort San Pedro is a 15-minute drive from Cebu City via Osmeña Boulevard.
Colon Street is the oldest street in the Philippines and one of the crowded areas in Cebu, with its wide array of commercial establishments. It is named after navigator and explorer Cristopher Colombus and was built in 1565 when the Spanish arrived in Cebu. Most jeepneys pass by Colon Street so expect heavy traffic.
From the city, take V. Rama Avenue and Osmeña Boulevard to go to Colon Street.
Cebu IT Park
The Cebu IT Park is not only known for major global BPO companies operating there but also for the park’s wide selection of dining establishments, wellness centres, and retail stores. Experience Cebu’s nightlife at the park which caters to BPO employees who are on graveyard shift.
Cebu IT Park is a 12-minute drive from the city centre via N Escario Street.
Sky Walk Extreme and Edge Coaster
Feeling a little adventurous? Try the Sky Walk Extreme and Edge Coaster at Crown Regency Hotel, a 30-minute drive from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The Sky Walk Extreme at the 37th floor lets visitors walk around translucent glass flooring at the edge or main outer rim of the building. Visitors are strapped with an overhead safety harness so kids can also experience this exciting adventure. The Edge Coaster, on the other hand, goes around the edge of the building while visitors are locked onto a two-seater platform. The exciting part is a control lever tilts the platform to up to 55 degrees. Located at the 38th floor, the Edge Coaster offers a fun and often times thrilling experience.
Located right at the city centre, you can drive towards the hotel via V Rama Avenue and B. Rodriguez Street, via Don Gil Garcia Street, or via Juana Osmeña Street.