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Complete Guide To Riding Jeepneys In Cebu (With Map)Cebu jeepney map guide routes
Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:17 PM
There is a learning curve to riding the jeepneys. But if you spend more than three days there, you should learn how to ride them. Taxis may be cheap, but fares will add up. Not to mention, many taxi drivers will take the scenic or congested route to inflate the fare.
This is a no nonsense JEEPNEY GUIDE for Cebu. I've read other guides and some of their advice is crap. For example, many will teach you to say certain Tagalog words. That's bullshit. You don't need to know a single word in Tagalog.
To GET ON
To board the jeepney, you can either hop aboard when they're stationary (and seeking passengers) or you can flag one down as they drive past. If stationary, they are often at the beginning of the route and will usually not move until it's full or near full.
At Ayala Mall and SM Mall (and probably a few other locations), there's designated jeepney terminals where jeepneys of many routes would congregate. At other places, like at the corner of Colon and Jones, there is no terminal so jeepneys will be chaotically flooding the streets.
TO GET OFF
To ask the driver to stop at your destination, you tap a coin repeatedly on the metallic rail on the roof.
Obviously, you need to know how your destination looks like. Sometimes, the driver or conductor will shout out once at a certain destination ("AYALA MALLLLL"). But don't count on this.
You should pay when you alight at your destination although you can pay during the ride. It costs P8 for destinations within Cebu City, more to Mandaue City depending on the distance you've traveled. Exact fare is not needed as they will give change. I wouldn’t use P100 or above bills.
If there is a conductor on board, you pay him. If there's no conductor, you pay the driver. You can easily tell if there's a conductor because he's barking to pedestrians to solicit them to ride the jeepney. He's also holding money and often hangs dangerously out the back, even when the jeepney is moving.
If the fare collector (driver or conductor) is far from you, you pass your money to other passengers and ask them to pass it down (you say "please...thank you"). Don't feel bad asking others to pass money as this is jeepney etiquette. Just as, you're also expected to pass other people's money.
This is the hard part because there are no websites, signs or literature describing the routes. There are at least 30 routes snaking the city.
To find where they go, you refer to the destinations painted on the side of the jeepney. Of course, not all destinations can be painted. Usually, only 2-5 destinations are painted. But from those destinations, you can often tell whether your destination lies along the route.
Many destinations you see painted will correspond to the locations I've indicated below. All you'd then need to know is, whether the jeepney is going to your destination or already passed. Here, you might need to seek help. But if you're going north and the jeepeny is heading north, you can be 95% sure it's going the right way for you.
- Never stick body parts out the jeepney.
- It's probably best to have coins in hand before you board. When the jeepney is full (which is often), it could be hard to reach into your pockets.
- I find that concerns about theft to be often exaggerated. Nevertheless, watch for pickpockets and secure your belongings. During the day, the jeepneys would be full or near full and it's not likely anyone will try anything. But when late and few people are onboard, I can see how thieves may be tempted to snatch and run.
- Remember that it's possible to be picked by someone outside the jeepney. For example, if you're talking into a cellphone, someone outside can reach through the window and grab your phone.
- Late at night, if the jeepney is fairly empty and you're concerned with safety, you should seat in the back next to the exit. It's harder for bad guys to corner you there.
- Forget carrying anything larger than a backpack.
- When it rains, there should be a clear tarp covering the windows. The covering isn't perfect so you might get a bit wet.
- All passengers must be seated. Two people can sit in the front (with the driver). No one can squat in the aisle. You might see photos of passengers sitting on the roof of a jeepney. That doesn't happen in Cebu.
- Senior citizens are supposed to be given a 20% discount but it can be cumbersome getting them to honor this if you're a foreigner (they may ask for ID). So just pay P8 like everyone else if you're a senior.
- It's interesting to see some people (even the driver) do the sign of the cross gesture before the jeepney moves.
- You will almost certainly be the only foreigner on the jeepney.
- The information provided is only for Cebu. There may be different jeepney practices elsewhere in the country.
THE MONGER'S ROUTE (Route 14D)
If you stay at the Diplomat hotel (like I did for four nights), a helpful route is route 14D (see below). It goes directly in front of the hotel and many places where you can find girls or places where you can arrange to meet them from DIA.
I call this the "monger's route". The side of the jeepney may say: AYALA-ESCARDIO-CAPITOL-RAMOS-COLON.
It'd be a perfect route if only it would also go to SM Mall. Of course, you can easily transit to SM Mall on another jeepney from Ayala Mall or Colon.
V-HIRE VANS TO LAPU-LAPU
If your DIA prospect is in Lapu-Lapu, she will almost always agree meeting at the Gaisano Mactan Mall in Lapu-Lapu. There are no direct jeepney routes between Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu.
But there are V-Hire vans plying the routes below. The fare is P35 and you pay when you board. Taxi fare normally comes to P180, so there are substantial savings if you're not in a hurry. The vans only move when full or near full. There's space for about 15 passengers.
At Ayala: Board at the jeepney terminal north of Ayala Mall. It's between Ayala Mall and Quest hotel.
At SM Mall: I couldn't find it. Maybe someone here will know.
At Gaisano Mactan Mall: Parking lot at main entrance where cars and taxis go.
Forget trying to bring anything larger than a backpack on board. Although it's a van, you can't bring anything large. It's not a substitute for airport transportation unless you have no luggage.
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 09:50 PM
Do you have any other routes broken down at all?
Unfortunately, not in a visual map format.
The site below has them broken down by destinations. But that resource was done in 2004. Since then, there's been changes to the routes.
Hypothetically, let's say the jeepney says "SM-NORTH PUJ TERMINAL-T PADILLA-CARBON". You can surmise that the route would look something like this:
Edited by FurryFriend, 01 November 2012 - 11:11 PM.
Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:44 AM
Jeep travel in Cebu same as anywhere in PI as far pickpocket vigilance cost etc?
Well I spent a month riding plenty of jeepneys down in Davao and not once did I ever look like being pick-pocketed. Only beef I had with them is that they aren't the most comfortable form of transport for a 6'5 higante
Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:55 AM
Jeep travel in Cebu same as anywhere in PI as far pickpocket vigilance cost etc?
This is some jeepney fare matrix set by the central government. It authorizes what jeepneys can charge and it's different based on region.
In Cebu, it's something like P8 for the first 4 kilometers and P1.50 per additional kilometer. But jeepneys in Cebu pretty much only go short distances so it's not more than P8 unless you go to Mandaue City.
As for safety, I think the risks are exaggerated. It's so crowded, I'm unsure how anyone can pull off something violent. Just mind the pickpockets. And even the risk of that seems pretty low.
This article discusses the last time there was a change to the fare matrix:
Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:20 PM
I found a photo online of a jeepney on the "Monger's Route" (14D). The destinations printed on the front reads: AYALA-RAMOS-[indecipherable]-COLON.
Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:32 PM
For those coming to visit.... Use the jeepne, save your money from using the taxi, if buying groceries or buying big items then I would say use the taxi.
For you guys having the girl come see you, tell them to take jeepne and they will, remember the filipnas will try to get Kano to pay for taxi but don't , there are tons of woman that you can replace them . If they don't come,
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Posted 03 November 2012 - 05:44 AM
Another bit of advice for the older or fatter mongers (me included) is be flexible. Chances are it WILL be overcrowded and the seats & roof are very low - made to fit pinoys not fat, tall, old, westerners like us. You WILL have your knees up around your chin somewhere and locals squished up either side of you, looking at you as if they'd just seen godzilla in their chicken pen.
Oh and if the front seat next to the driver's empty, I'm told it's ok for passengers to use that too... though it might be at the driver's discretion. Probably more comfortable though.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:06 AM
If you HAVE to use your phone (even for texting) use a wrist strap, or just wait till you get off the jeepney.
If you position your phone low (on your lap) while texting, thieves outside won't be able to see it.
Overall though, it's not a good idea to text while in a crowd, whether in a jeepney or on the street. Not only because someone can snatch your phone, but because you're distracted and can get hit by a vehicle on the chaotic Philippine streets.
I think the threat of pickpockets is exaggerated in Cebu. But one should be wary, even in safe places like Hong Kong or Tokyo.
Overall, given its poverty and liberal gun laws, I found Cebu to be surprisingly safer than expected.
Also interesting is how honest most people are. It's easy to dodge the fare. Some passengers pay when they board, some during the journey and some when they alight. The driver and conductor cannot possibly keep track who paid. The fact that nobody seems concerned about dodgers shows me that it's a nonissue.
I should have added on the guide that, the reason some pay during the journey (and not when they alight) is because they need change. If you have exact change, you should pay only when you alight.
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:14 AM
Great info..few addtions...
Here's more about jeepney in Cebu...if you are bored in Cebu..good reading...
BTW I think Bender is too busy to ride jeepney..fucking girls 24/7. Girls fall all over him so jeepney takes too long back home for fucks..., and he's got own van and cycle to brings girls back to fuck...
14D is the most popular for us..little adjustment to Furry.
.I noticed. North bound is on Jones (Osmena..main road) to circle then follow Furry route to Ayala..but (this is little confusing) South bound comes from Ayala thru Mango bar area (so coming from East to West..ex; catch 14D at Juliana/Mango bars to Colon)..but not Jones going South rather )just before Jones), F. Ramos (so just before Robinson store). then goes thru many turn into Colon...
So what I am saying is you would think same North bound route would reverse on same roads...Not so..but dont worry as long as you are aware of this you be ok...First time I took 14D from Mango, it took left(south) at Ronbinson so I panicked and got off..only to findout it went on F. Ramos which parallels Jones then to Colon..within a block of where I wanted to go...
I think some routes are like that..outbound and inbound road are different but going to same area within a block over...
IF all fails don;t he afraid to ask..Cebuanos are very very nice..they will point the way..Yell your destination is the best..then yes ro no comes back.
I agree. not to say jeepney is 100% safe but usually if pickpocketed then YOU done something wrong to expose yourself.....I saw several expats with FAT wallet sticking out..and smartphones in hand..Nice pay day for pickpocketers...
And have exact change..think ahead...yes..no joke, I saw three white guys pull out P1000..no kidding...
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