TOPLINE EXPRESS 2019: Ferry Schedule, Fare, and Location

Boarding the Topline Express Ferry in Mactan

Topline Express Ferries is the newest ferry service that travels between Cebu and Mactan. Unlike its competitor Metroferry where the start and drop point for Lapu-Lapu City is near the public market, Topline Express transports passengers from MEPZ 1 to Cebu City Pier 3 and vice versa. You can find the ferry terminal just behind Island Central Mall in Mactan and if you’re coming from Cebu, the ticketing outlet is on the right entrance outside Pier 3.

The total travel time is 30 minutes and there are trips every day. The first trip starts at 5:00 AM and will continue for every hour until the last trip at 8:00 PM. The ferry boat has 2 decks for passenger seats and a Tourist section.

TOPLINE EXPRESS SCHEDULE

CEBU to MACTAN and MACTAN to CEBU
Daily schedule
DEPARTURE 5:00 AM
6:00 AM
7:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
12:00 NN
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
TRAVEL TIME 30 minutes
TOTAL FARE ₱25.00 Regular
₱22.00 Students
₱20.00 4-12 yrs old
₱20.00 Seniors
₱20.00 PWD
PICKUP/DROP OFF Pier 3 (Cebu)
MEPZ 1 (Behind Island Central Mall Mactan)
Topline Express Daily Schedule
Topline Express Daily Schedule

Ticketing Outlets

The Topline Express ticketing outlet in Cebu is outside Pier 3 on the right entrance. While in Mactan, the ticketing outlet is behind Island Central Mall. You don’t enter the mall, instead, there’s a street on the right that leads you straight to the terminal.

Topline Express Ferry Terminal in Cebu Pier 3
Topline Express Ferry Terminal in Cebu Pier 3
Topline Express Ferry Terminal in MEPZ 1
Topline Express Ferry Terminal in MEPZ 1

Waiting area

The waiting area after you’ve bought your tickets in Cebu is inside the Pier 3 terminal. There will be a sign there that says “TOPLINE EXPRESS”. Meanwhile, in Mactan the waiting area is just the same as where the ticketing outlet is.

Topline Express waiting area inside the Pier 3 terminal
Topline Express waiting area inside the Pier 3 terminal

Topcards

As mentioned in an article by SunStar Cebu, Topline Express will be introducing a new payment scheme on February 1 where passengers could purchase “Topcards” and use that instead of lining up and paying for tickets. There is no limit to how many times you can use the Topcards on a single day, but the cards have expiration dates depending on how much you paid for them.

Price & Duration of Topcards

  • ₱999 – 30 days
  • ₱599 – 15 days
  • ₱299 – 7 days
  • ₱49 – 1 day

So if you plan to go to Mactan and be back in Cebu on the same day, it’s better if you purchase the one-day Topcard as you can save yourself ₱1.00. Remember that a regular ticket will cost you ₱25.00 for a one-way trip. If you got the ₱299 card, you’ll be saving yourself around ₱50.00 or more in a week depending on how many times you’ll be taking the ferry.

According to the company’s vice-president of operations, 500 to 1000 free cards would be on offer to passengers on February 1.


Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the company. I am just a traveler taking up-to-date snapshots of schedules for the convenience of others. Check out my about page to know more about me. Also, if you have any information that can benefit the post, please let me know!

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