Yep, the good news is jeepney commuting in Cebu can be easy!
I learned of this Cebu jeepney number coding system when i was a kid from my father who advised me that whenever i am in the big city (yesss!) and got myself somehow lost, to just look-out for the jeep bearing the no ’23′ on the center of its masthead for that jeep is bound for ‘Lapu-Lapu City’, our place, and that ’23′ is our route code. A pretty neat trick for the province transportation system if i may so
It always comes in handy because sometimes the jeeps pass by so fast that I can’t figure out its small signboard on the windshield whereas the route code is place prominently at the center top. So ’23′ ’23′ ’23′ became my mantra because well i easily gets lost haha
The reason why i am writing about this so suddenly is because i was rereading the previous article about Taboan Market and I mentioned there that one can take 04D and 06A to go to Taboan. Locals can easily figure out what i mean by 04 & 06 but chances are tourists would not have a clue. And since this blog is design to be both a personal and a travel service blog, so this post.
So anyhow, Metro Cebu and nearby cities and towns follows a number code for the jeepney routes. This number can be found usually at the top center of a jeep’s masthead. The number can have a letter attached to it to signify the specifics of its route like you know that 23 will go to Lapu-Lapu City but 23D will go to LLC merkado and 23F will go to LLC Mepz and so on..
14D AYALA – COLON jeepney route
So these are the route codes. This is far from complete as the variations per code is not yet indicated. I will update this as soon as i am certain of the routes specifics, any help will be appreciated, just pls comment or email me.
Generally, as you go farther away from Cebu City the code number increases. Say you are planning a trip to Carcar to look at espadrilles then you noticed you are in the municipality of Minglanilla (043) you can rest easy as Carcar (046) is still two towns away.
Hope this helps
oh yah my favorite route is 04L Lahug because its route is JY Square – UP – Gorordo – AYALA – Mabolo – SM – Mabolo – IT Park / Waterfront Hotel – JY Square… you can figure the whys
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I often get emails from would be travellers to Cebu asking about how to commute to Taboan. Here’s my suggestion:
If you are staying somewhere near Fuente Osmena head to the Fuente skywalk in front of Midtown Hotel/Metrobank Tower, take a jeepney from Lahug route code 04D, tell the driver to drop you off in Taboan Market. Generally Cebu drivers are helpful and they will advice you once you reach Taboan. You will get off a corner away from the stalls selling dried fish, from that corner you will already see the dried fish stores but you have to take about 100 steps. On going back I suggest you take a taxi because it’s a bit tricky. Hope this helps.
I have to use Fuente as the benchmark because that’s where local Cebu tourists and backpackers usually stays while visiting the province. If you’re staying somewhere else please leave a comment or email and i’d sure get back to you asap, I am almost always online hahah.
*** Click the link to check out my new post regarding Cebu Public Commute: Mactan Airport to Destination via Jeepney.***
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