Cebu South Bus Terminal
General information
LocationN. Bacalso Avenue, Cebu City
Coordinates10°17′51.45″N 123°53′36.54″E / 10.2976250°N 123.8934833°E / 10.2976250; 123.8934833
Owned byCebu Provincial Government
Operated byCebu Provincial Government
Bus stands40
OpenedFebruary 1993 (1993-02)

The Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) is a bus station in Cebu City, Philippines. CSBT is operated by the Cebu Provincial Government[3] with Carmen Quijano as its current operations manager.[4] The station is a hub for buses servicing southern Cebu and nearby provinces such as Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental and the Zamboanga Peninsula.[5][6]


The Cebu South Bus Terminal is located on a 1.2-hectare (3.0-acre) site along N. Bacalso Avenue in Cebu City[7] where the main railway terminal of Cebu used to stand.[8] It is situated in between the Region 7 Land Transportation Office and CityMall Bacalso, a community mall. Nearby landmarks include the Cebu City Medical Center, Region 7 Bureau of Fire Protection Office and Elizabeth Mall.


The terminal's construction was part of the project components under the Metro Cebu Development Project Phase 1 (MCDP I)[9] wherein the Regional Development Council for Region VII, through the Government of the Philippines, entered into a loan agreement with Japan's Official Development Assistance to fund the said project. Its construction was supposed to commence in January 1990 and was expected to be completed by December 1991 but fell 22 months behind schedule due to the time required in clearing the area from squatters.[7]

The construction eventually began in November 1991 and was completed by August 1992 with the number of loading bays reduced from the proposed 48 to just 40. It was turned over to the Cebu Provincial Government in February 1993.[7]

During her first tenure as provincial governor, Gwendolyn Garcia imposed a ₱5 terminal fee[8][10] to passengers of the terminal as it underwent a ₱6 million-renovation which turned it into a fully air-conditioned facility. Ambulant vendors were also removed from the vicinity of the terminal and terminal fee for buses was increased from ₱50 to ₱100 as part of increasing the province's revenue.[11]

On March 29, 2020, the terminal, along with the Cebu North Bus Terminal, was temporarily closed as Cebu City, where it was located, was placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the COVID-19 pandemic[12] and reopened on September 9, 2020.[13]







  1. ^ Ecarma, Lorraine (March 28, 2020). "Cebu South Bus Terminal remains open". The Freeman. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  2. ^ "Labella 'amenable' to transferring CNBT to Cebu City". SunStar Cebu. January 3, 2020. Retrieved October 13, 2020. Based on the data provided by Carmen Quijano, CSBT operations manager, an estimated 50,000 passengers enter and leave the terminal every day, with not less than 500 buses plying the southern route.
  3. ^ Felicitas, Princess Dawn (July 31, 2015). "Rama eyes transfer of Cebu South Bus Terminal". SunStar Cebu. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "Gwen appoints retiree to head Cebu South Bus Terminal again". SunStar Cebu. July 8, 2019. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  5. ^ Abatayo, Rosalie (January 2, 2020). "Gwen says Cebu South Bus Terminal needs reengineering". Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Cebu South Bus Terminal". Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "Metro Cebu Development Project" (PDF). Japan International Cooperation Agency. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Avila, Bobit (October 7, 2009). "About the issue on the South Bus Terminal". The Freeman. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  9. ^ "Metro Cebu: Integrating Land Use and Transport Development" (PDF). Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  10. ^ Lao, Garry (September 15, 2009). "South bus terminal now imposing P5 terminal fee". The Freeman. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  11. ^ Palaubsanon, Mitchelle (May 1, 2008). "Stallholders' stay at South Bus Term'l extended May 5". The Freeman. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  12. ^ Letigio, Delta Dyrecka (March 28, 2020). "BREAKING: Cebu City closes its borders". CDN Digital. Retrieved October 12, 2020. The Cebu South Bus Terminal along Natalio Bacalso in Cebu City and the North Bus Terminal in Barangay Subangdaku in Mandaue City will already cease its operations by midnight of March 29, 2020.
  13. ^ Abatayo, Rosalie (September 9, 2020). "Cebu South Bus Terminal reopens after five months of closure". CDN Digital. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  14. ^ Padayhag, Michelle Joy; Romanillos, Peter (June 21, 2014). "Bus liner may be first to face P1-M fine". CDN Digital. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  15. ^ Mejia, Inna (December 13, 2016). "Ceres assures no bus shortage". CDN Digital. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  16. ^ Cortes, Michael Rey (October 14, 2018). "Modern Cebu Buses 101". SunStar Cebu. Retrieved October 12, 2020.