BusBus lines operate throughout the Philippines, modern air conditioned carriages on long distance travel, medium to shorter distances are served by local operators with busses not always too new, and short distances are covered by Jeepneys.
NationwideMany bus operators serve any point within the Philippines. Traveling from Cebu to Manila by road or Cebu to Davao may take up to 24 hours, the bus stops at various rest areas that allow for food breaks and lets stretch ones legs, there are no pneumatic ramps or any other fancy gadget to accommodate a person in a wheelchair, so here you'll ned to ask for assistance. Often the conductor and bus driver, or other passengers, may help you, at many bus stops there are porters available. It takes a bit patients to explain how you want to be carried into the coach and how to fold or handle your chair, but you'll get there. Just make sure you get the first seat in the front row nearest the door, dragging you halfway through the aisle is not recommendable. The chair usually will be stowed in the baggage compartment.
Medium DistancesBuses serving medium distances are a bit difficult to ride, they are narrow, crowded, the stops are very short and often not air conditioned. If you get on one of these, you will be squeezed on a wooden bench, the wheelchair is stowed on the roof or in the aisle, the windows are open if there any so during a rain you may get some involuntary refreshment, but at least you are able to purchase snacks through the window that are offered by vendors.
Short DistancesShort distances within cities or town to town are often covered by Jeepneys. These vehicle are fun to ride but depending on its size, they may be as big as bus or as small as a small pick-up. You can try climbing the passenger seat which you'll probably have to share with someone, or try riding in the back. To do that you lift your legs onto the platform, grab the roof railing and pull yourself in. Then hold your chair, fold it and pull it up to set it between the rows of benches that line the Jeepney. Sounds exhausting? It is.
The probably most convenient mode of transport are taxis. They are numerous
and cheap, but not always in top condition, and as long as you're in a
city easy available. Regular limos or vans are available, usually metered
but for longer trips a fare has to be negotiated. There are some individual
taxi drivers who try to get away without using the meter, insist that
they switch it on, if they won't just swap the cab, and don't forget to
leave the rear passenger door wide open as punishment!
V-hireMini busses or Vans plying routes all over Cebu, usually about 12 passenger, costs a few pesos more than Jeeneys but are air conditioned and bring you strait to your destination.
Car RentalRent a car is easy, there are international and domestic rentals, with or without driver. To have a car for a few days is a very convenient way getting around. Unfortunately there are no cars to rent that are equipped with hand controls. But I can take care of that, just contact me for details about renting the necessary equipment. Check our links for car rentals.
Own a Car
Should you spend some month here in Cebu buying your own vehicle is an option. Driving here is quiet an experience, so watch out. After a few hours you'll get used to the city roads, the traffic rules are somewhat intuitive rather than formal, and the pecking order is learned quickly. Bear in mind that David not always wins over Goliath, so please drive carefully and defensively.
Hand controls can be fitted easily, I have two models for sale or rent
that fit in almost any kind of car. Read
MotorbikeThe greatest way to travel is probably by motorbike. For your long time stay you may want to buy one, if only for a day or weekly there are rentals available at many resorts.
The probably most common transport are tricycles, those motorbikes with sidecar allow a ride to the most remote corners of town imaginable. Transfer from your wheelchair into the cabin structure, fold your chair and pull it up in front of your feet. No problem.
Increasingly popular, many Filipinos go to work by bicycle or use it purely for sports, I think a bicycle will definitely widen your circle of friends among Filipinos, they just love foreigners riding around their towns, you'll have a ball trying it. And don't worry about punctures, you don't need to get your hands dirty to fix a tube, just stop at one of the many little repair shops along the road. Their signs read "Vulcanizer".
No pollution, very slow, you may lean back and let the poor bastard in the saddle do the pedaling. There is enough space for the wheelchair.
Horse CarriageTourists like horse drawn carriages, called Calesa. You will find it impossible to climb in, it's just too high above the ground. But don't worry, a crane would do.
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