FOREIGN EXCHANGE COUNTER
Arrival Hall has 2 Foreign Exchange counters. The one beside a souvenir shops (left, if you're standing from the baggage claim facing exit) is open from 5:30AM to 11:30PM. There's another stand-alone counter near the post just before the exit door, but they seem to have different times, but most probably has the same schedule as the aforementioned. There is no ATM machine at the arrival hall, but you can proceed to the departure hall and find a couple of ATM machines - if you need to withdraw local money upon arrival.
The Yellow Airport Taxis which start their flag-down rate at Ph70 then an additional P4 for every 300 kilometers to your destination. Once again, you're given a complaints coupon bearing your taxi number just in case there's a reportable incident. Possible infractions are enumerated on that piece of paper: rude driver, no meter, overcharging, etc.
Yellow taxis are expensive, almost 2x the rate you'll get compared to the ordinary white metered taxis - but you don't have to haggle anymore - or worry about overpricing. The 3rd and more expensive option is the fixed-rate taxis - so let me not discuss this further. Cebu drivers are relatively an honest lot - and in my numerous Cebu visits, I realized that these yellow taxis or fixed rate taxis are not necessary anymore. Save up and use the white-metered taxis. Prepare to pay between PhP230 to PhP260 if your destination is Cebu City.
The airport is the Philippines' second primary gateway after the NAIA airports in Luzon. The terminal building incorporates both international and domestic flights with a combined capacity for almost 5 million passengers. However, with such estimates, MCIA feels small, and hallways have low ceilings. Plans are underway for expansion and and the construction of two more boarding bridges or jetways to complement the existing four. A new cargo terminal has also been proposed.
If you require help in carrying your luggage, porterage service charges PhP10 for the first two baggage, then another PhP10 for every succeeding items. That's exceedingly cheap, if you ask me. Otherwise, trolleys are free.
|Currency Exchange and a Mapfre/Insular Insurance Corporation booth. Beside this, to its right, is the "Arrival Shop" selling stuff like flipflops and souvenir items. Forex is open from 5:30AM to 11:30PM.|
|Outside the arrival hall. The opposite side is where the Waiting area is. Greeters wait just across (though it's not much of a place).|
Diagonal Parking just outside the arrival hall. To get to the white taxi stand, cross this road and turn right until you reach a stair to your left. On top of the stair and to the right is the taxi stand for white metered taxis. There is no haggling here and is generally safe. Taxi coupons are given to you by a guard before getting inside your cab.
|White metered taxis queue by the shed, located just outside the arrival hall. This is near the airport entrance. A guard gives away coupons and facilitates the queue of passengers and taxis.|