We had no idea that we had to pay 500 pesos for a 1 way trip to Bacolod-Silay City International Airport. We boarded a taxi from our bed and breakfast Inn near Lacson Street to the airport and thought that we would only pay the amount on the meter plus 10 pesos but when we arrived at the airport, the driver said that we have to pay 500 pesos because that's the fare for a booked taxi. What's irritating about this is that the driver didn't inform us at all, that we have to pay a fixed amount. We were all at awe and we couldn't do anything because we had no time to argue, we were on a tight schedule to catch our flight.
We are so frustrated about this experience in Bacolod. This incident would definitely not happen here in Manila. Although some Taxi drivers would bargain for an amount before you get in, but what's good about that is both parties agreed on a certain price.
What would happen if a passenger is short in cash? Or like in our case, we were pressed for time and had no choice but just to pay the fare.
Dealing with local Taxi drivers is also difficult because not all of them speak good tagalog but make sure that before boarding a taxi in Bacolod and your destination is the airport, ASK first if he will be using the meter or will ask for a fixed price of 500 pesos, to make sure you will have enough cash on hand and avoid delays. Or better yet, ask help from your hotel to make arrangements for you.
The fixed fare of 500 pesos is just too much for a 20 minute 1 way ride to the airport.
The name of the taxi company that we used is FAITH Taxi.
*we got different means of transportation getting around Bacolod.
~~ good looking and very comfortable jeepney..i mean really comfy, its too far better compare to the jeepney here in manila
* taxi ofcourse
* bus if you wanna go around the bush or outside the city ( well actually there more good views and venue outside the city..
~~ if ur fun of hiking, sight seing or swimming to some really good resorts, or if ur a nature lover better get out of the city and explore ( vhire transpo is more applicable for this)
* vhire or van for hire
~~ this is just one of the common transpo being use not only in Bacolod City but in any major cities and country as well. normally being used by tourist or some bunch of friends or family who doesnt have there own car but want to explore so they prefer hiring a van
..... if you happened to rent or hire a van i know someone who can help you.. just send me your email and ill be moer than happy to assist you
ohh too bad i just read this post.
i know where u can hire a van or any type type of car.
but hey incase ul be back in town of any of ur friends or family pls keep in touch. im just one email away. ill help you find a transpo..
** this is a reply from one of those asking question
WATCH OUT FOR CEBU PACIFIC'S PROMOS!
Sometimes they give out 1 peso fares! (If in this case, a round trip between Bacolod and Manila including taxes will be about 60 US only!)
Of course, this will depend on your flexibility on the dates, your desired schedule your luck (if there's a promo) so you better keep searching!
And if not, it might even be cheaper compared to Philippine Airlines or Air Philippines!
However, if there's no promo available, it'll be about 100-120 US. (So you save money if you can take a discount flight or something)
But of course, you should check all: Here are the sites:
Cebu Pacific also connects Bacolod and Cebu and it's important to note this because let's say, you're coming from Singapore or Hong Kong and you don't want to pass the hustle and bustle of Manila and just want to head straight to Cebu (and to the rest of the beautiful islands), if your luck is right, and your timing is right (If there's a promo available on your desired date) a Singapore-Cebu can just cost about the same as Singapore-Manila on Cebu Pacific and
The CEBU-BACOLOD leg is usually cheaper than the BACOLOD-MANILA Leg.
And of course, expect a fun and cozy flight on Cebu Pacific- just because it's listed as a budget carrier don't let that fool you! It's a very cozy airline with pretty and comfortable airline seats that can zip you to dreamland in minutes! And with the pretty, call center looking uniforms of the stewardess and their radiant smiles (As long as they're in a good mood!) and their fun games aboard, they sure make the flight more interesting! And yes, like what many people told me- it does get delayed, but what airline doesn't? And finally, don't forget to enjoy the Philippine archipelago- it's worth bringing a camera on board!
I classified this transportation as "other" because its somehow like a bus, only smaller and the seats are two long cushioned benches at the sides.
Fare is usually P7.00 and can take you around Bacolod.
Learning the different jeepney routes is definitely important because you can go anywhere you wish around the city. Lots of different sights and sounds to be heard and experienced when you're riding this mode of transportation.
Bacolod, a major seaport and sugar capital of the Philippines, is an hour ferry ride away from Iloilo.
There are daily and hourly ferries between the two cities. Just ask the cab driver to take you to the port and you can choose from several ferry companies.
Aboard the ferry, you can order your usual chips, instant noodles in styro cups, and beverages in cans.
Bacolod-Iloilo was my first ferry ride back in the early 90's and boy it felt like I was doing a short cruise. From then on, I never visit one city without the other because each one has a distinct local flavor and culture. Iloilo's university students can always enjoy Bacolod's lively night life. Bacolod's elite can always pray in Iloilo's century old churches.
Fare is P220 or roughly USD 5 one-way (includes insurances, tax and port charges)
Executive class would have you sitting in the deck of the ferry which affords magnificent views of the sea and the islands. Be prepared to pay 30% more of your usual fare.
I have my private vehicle where you can rent for a day in or around the city. I can offer you a day tour itinerary without worrying anything. I can assist you during your stay here in the province. I can arrange your airport/pier transfers to/from your hotels.
I can also offer you a cheaper and fellow VTourister price.
Hope to visit us here in the City of Smiles.
Taxis are everywhere. Flag down is 30 pesos. Normally 50 pesos within city center. Tips not required. You may flag down taxi anywhere.
Jeepneys- 7 pesos per trip., tricycles 10 pesos per head- only available on side streets, no fixed routes.
pedicabs - 5 pesos per head, only on side streets and no fixed routes.
Walking around the city along main roads is safe. The main highway is well lit. (by Philippine standards and not by western standards)
Just go to the bus terminal and take the aircon bus to Bacolod via Mabinay which took around 5 hours. I think the reliable aircon bus is only til 2pm.
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