08 Nov Laguindingan Airport to Cagayan de Oro Shuttles and Transportation
More than 3 years after the opening of the Laguindingan Principal Domestic Class 1 Airport (this airport is still projected to go international in 10 years or more) on June 15, 2013, very few people are complaining of the distance from Cagayan de Oro City.
People with a need to go to and from the airport now treat it as just another overland trip, albeit, a very short one since it only takes around 45 minutes of travel time. Along the way there are nice views of provincial towns, agricultural fields, and the seaside.
This travel guide breaks down and analyses the different shuttles and means of transportation from Laguindingan Airport to Cagayan de Oro and vice versa.
In terms of comfort, convenience, and safety, the express vans that ply the airport to city route and vice versa are second to none. In terms of cost, all of the operators have standardized their cost to P199/person/trip. For convenience all shuttle van operators have booths on the right side of the arrival area when you exit the baggage claim area. In the city each operator has its own terminal area for waiting and boarding for the trip to the city.
Owned by the popular FM News Radio outfit in the city, Magnum has the largest-sized vans and coasters and the largest shuttle fleet plying the from Laguindingan airport to Cagayan de Oro and vice versa route. They even have free Wi-Fi on board. From the airport the drivers are allowed to drop off passengers at El Salvador City, Opol, Gaisano Bulua, Bulua Terminal Crossroads, Centrio Mall, and Agora Market City. Their main hub and depot is at the Limketkai Center Mall for embarkation and arrival. Their first trip is at 4:00 a.m., in time for the first flight, and the last trip is at 8:00 p.m.
The Laguindingan Airport Express embarkation area and hub terminal is at the left side of Centrio Mall fronting the Graphic All-in Store. Their first trip is at 4:00 a.m. and the last one is at 8:00 p.m. Drop off and embarkation points are at the Centrio Mall terminal hub only.
This stands for Cagayan de Oro Airport Transport Services Coop. Their terminal hub is at the Agora Market City bus terminal with a pickup point at SM City Mall. They also go for large group reservations that offer discounts. They also push hard for their car and van rentals. They are the only shuttle service that drops off passengers directly at the SM City Mall as well as in Divisoria, Gaisano City Mall, and Agora Market City. Their first trip is at 4:00 a.m. and the last one is at 8:00 p.m.
This shuttle service has their embarkation and terminal hub at the Puregold Price Store in Lapasan (formerly Ororama Mega Mall). From the airport passengers may disembark anywhere along the route though main disembarkation points are at the Centrio Mall, Agora Market City, and Limketkai Center Mall. They also allow door-to-door drop off and pickup from any hotel within the city proper. Their first trip is at 4:00 a.m. and the last one is at 8:00 p.m.
The Cagayan de Oro Transport Cooperative is the only van shuttle service that offers a service route to Iligan City with the drop off point at Gaisano Mall. Their shuttle price is also non-standard at P130 for both Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. For CDO trips, drop off points are at Divisoria, Gaisano Mall, Centrio Mall, and Agora Market City. In Iligan their terminal hub is at the Gaisano Mall while in CDO their pickup point is at the Dunkin Donuts Divisoria and SaveMore Grocery Kauswagan. Their first trip is at 3:00 a.m. and their last trip is at 4:30 p.m.
This is the only known international shuttle service and car rental operating from the Laguindingan Airport. They are the exclusive airport shuttle service for Seda Centrio Hotel and Hotel Red Planet to and from the airport. Aside from the airport shuttle they also offer city and business tours, car and van rentals (self-driven or chauffeured). At a non-standard price of P200 their drop off points are at Divisoria, Agora Market City, and the Seda and Red Planet Hotels. Embarkation points are the said hotels.
A popular name in the city as the original business of vehicle assembly for public utility jeepneys. They operate a one-way route from the airport to drop off points at the Centrio Mall, Limketkai Center Mall, and Agora Market City.
Lourds Transport Services
The only shuttle, car, and van rental service that plies to Bukidnon and Balingoan. They also have shuttle services to Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City. This was the only shuttle service and van rental operating originally from the old Lumbia Airport. Their CDO drop off points are at Centrio Mall, Limketkai Center Mall, and Agora Market City.
Airport Metered Taxis
To date only the Alphat Airport Taxi with 30 vehicles is operating from the airport. These metered taxis have a flag down rate of P70 for the first 500 meters and P4.00 for consecutive 300 meters thereafter. Average rates may range from P550 to P700 depending on the drop off point. This is the more advisable means of transportation if you plan to disembark at El Salvador City or Opol, or other nearby towns on the west side of Laguindingan.
Regular Metered Taxis
From the city you can take a metered taxi with a flag down rate of P40. From the city center to the airport will cost around P400 – P450.
Important Note: Some unscrupulous taxi drivers will attempt to haggle for a fixed non-metered rate of P1,000. Always ask for a metered trip.
Jeepneys and Buses
While jeepney and bus routes Laguindingan airport to Cagayan de Oro ply the national highway and are cheaper, based on experience in terms of convenience and safety, these are not advisable. Since the airport is more than 4 kilometers from the main highway, you’ll need to ride a shuttle to the highway-airport road crossroad and then wait for a bus or jeepney. From the city you’ll need to go either to Agora Market City to board a west-bound jeepney or the Bulua Bus Terminal to board a west-bound bus. In both instances you still need to alight at the crossroad and board an airport shuttle.
Where to Stay in Cagayan de Oro
If you’re a tourist or on a business trip to CDO, the city now offers a wide array of great hotels with a wide range of prices bordering on affordability.
The city’s only homegrown five-star hotel, it is located beside the Limketkai Center. The hotel’s 5-star accommodations, amenities, services, and facilities include free breakfast, free use of the swimming pool, use of the fitness gym, and free Wi-Fi. Its state-of-the-art guest rooms are comparable even with the best hotels in Manila.
This hotel carries a modern contemporary theme located beside the Ayala Centrio Mall along Corrales Avenue and C.M. Recto Avenue. It is the city’s only 4-star hotel and carries a wide array of accommodations, amenities, features, facilities, and services paired with superior hotel guest service. Free breakfast and free Wi-Fi abound.
This quaint and cozy hotel offers twelve 5-star hotel rooms, accommodations, and amenities at surprisingly affordable prices. They are located at Velez Street corner Fernandez Street. They offer good service and breathtaking night views overlooking the city and Cagayan River.