To make things easier as a tourist in Manila, you must know the name of the place where you want to go and pronounce it clearly and slowly (less british accents pls.) Since the city is big, its endless to drive around. Be sure where to go. Taxis are available but avoid the rush hour at 7am and 5pm. its hard to get a cab. Check if the meter is on. If you cant find a taxi, call avis or dollar taxi. They are safe and all with radios. They are more expensive but reliable and safe.Dont get fooled by taxi drivers asking for aflat rate..you can report them to a nearby police station. Airport taxis are available outside the arrival gate w/ corressponding area rates. Just look on the board. You may ask for a receipt.
To take Mrt, go Edsa, there are stations you can choose from one point to another. Its quite short so its easy.
To avoid traffic,we also have Skyway for private cars, better take this when you go Southbound. Its 85pesos to 160 pesos.
For public transpo like jeepney, they have limited routes within the city. Its cheap. From 60pesos to 80pesos. Take this if you are just around the central area. For buses, we have several stations going south or north. For Northbound, most of the stations are located along Edsa near Cubao area, huge signages so you cant miss them. For Southbound, go to Pasay also along Edsa, read the names on the front of the bus or ask the dispatcher what time and how long will it take you to reach your destination.
Dont rent motorcycles if you are in the city. Its not safe!Same for bicycle!Better walk!
Always remember EDSA, where you can find all means of transpo in Manila!
To update I discovered private cars you can call and can pick you up anywhere in the city. I hire them for my busy schedule/event day. They also charge out of town of per hour/per day. The company is Trends with office in Sun Valley Paranaque, very close to the airport;
They charge 300/hour . You may call the number below and arrange a pick up through SAM or JR landline 8214685
Pls check this link :
If you wish to fly from any point of Luzon (Metro Manila, Makati City, etc) to Visayas (Cebu City) or Mindanao (Davao), you can choose to ride a ship, airplane or a bus.
The most common is by airplane since it saves time, convenient but the cost is a little pricey. You can book online for airlines locally and internationally through www.cebupacificair.com and www.philippineairlines.com.
for local flights and cheaper air fares at www.zestair.com or www.airphilexpress.com.
You won't have a hard time to book since the websites are in English language and credit cards are accepted as mode of payment.
for cheap airfares- local and international flights can be purchased in www.cebupacificair.com since it's an airbus. Also, the Philippine Airlines (PAL) just got an airbus and you can book for a Fiesta deal for a cheaper fare. Business Class and 1st class are also available in Philippine Airlines. another local airline providing cheap airfares is the airphilexpress, the sister company of the Philippine Airlines.
Most of the airlines in the Philippines give lots and lots of promo fares but on an advanced travel date, like for example today is 11-November-2011, they will give a promo of 200Php within the travel periods of Feb. 1-Mar. 2012 only. This is how they attract customers, so plan ahead your itinerary, save more money and book online for convenience.
Please remember that Philippines travel tax (for those who'll be flying through Cebu Pacific for international flights) not included in the airfare. You have to pay separately for this one, passengers from Metro Manila, travel tax is 1620Php and boarding pass of 750Php.
Usually, Philippine Airlines include travel tax in the airfare which I find it more convenient.
For all international flights from Metro Manila, boarding pass must be paid for 750Php while for domestic flights 200Php.
Jeepney is our local transportation in getting around the city of Metro Manila and in all of the provinces in the country, due to its cheap fare, 8.50Php being the minimum fare for 5-10 km. It’s also a practical way to spend money especially if the distance you need to reach is just a few blocks away.
When you wish to ride a jeepney, you just have to wave your hand to be noticed by the jeepney driver. There are sign boards infront of the jeepney that will give a summary of a few places of its route; from the sign boards it will tell you if that is the appropriate jeepney route you need to take.
Passengers in a jeepney sit side by side and the fare is being passed on to the nearest person behind the driver. Sometimes, people used to say "Makikisuyo lang po"- that's just the equivalent of Please in English. The same thing happens when the driver gives back the change of the passenger. When you have reached your destination, you just have to shout "para" or "sa tabi lang po".
In a busy district like here in Manila, with the high hot temperature, riding a jeepney is not the preferred transportation by most of the people going to work, or the people who doesn’t want to look haggard before going in the office or to any of their appointments.
Personally, I enjoy riding the jeepney when I go to the province. The cool wind that brushes your hair will definitely give you a relaxing feeling.
Pedicab is a 3 wheeled public vehicle that’s more commonly seen on the streets of Manila and in the provinces. It's like the manual version of a tricycle that goes around only for a short distance.
Maximum capacity: 3 pax
The fares vary in locations. In Taft Avenue, Manila, pedicab fare ranges from 10-20Php per pax. Just beware of the pedicabs around Metro Manila especially in Chinatown and Divisoria Market, don’t get fooled. They overcharge their passengers.. as in exaggerated overcharged!!! They’re more expensive than taking a cab.
Tricycles are comparable to the tuk-tuks of Thailand. Tricycles can only travel in a short distance so you can only see these vehicles in the corners of streets or subdivisions & these are commonly seen in the provinces.
Usually tricycle drivers, wait for passengers to occupy all the seats of the vehicle before the passengers are sent to their destinations.
Today, the tricycle design has improved being able to load additional passengers, from 4 seaters to 6 seaters now.
Minimum fare: 7Php.
The airport taxis, yellow colored ones, has an initial flag rate of 70Php which is very far from the regular flag down rate of ordinary taxis, 40Php.
If you’re on a budget, you can take a taxi from the airport- NAIA terminal 2, up in the upper level of the arrival area, ordinary taxis are available there (ordinary taxis available 630am-8pm).
from NAIA terminal 3, you can take the airport shuttle bus, fare’s 25Php, the ride’s up to Pasay Terminal station (Available 7am-11pm).
From NAIA terminal 1, for a long way back home, you can take a the airport taxi and tell the driver to take you to Mall of Asia or anywhere as long as you exit the airport road. Remember, airport taxis starts the meter at 70Php,.. just think of how much it will cost you when your destination is 50km away from the airport.
Please remember these things when taking taxis:
1. Always ask for the taxi meter on.
2. Always ask for your change. All of us work so we need money too.
People usually take a cab especially if they're late going to work, meetings, or appointments and sometimes when they aren't sure of the road to take to go in a certain place.
Flag down rate starts at 40Php.
But this isn't the practical way get around the city especially on rush hours (7-10am, 5-8pm), you'll just get yourself stuck in traffic.
Please remember these things when taking the taxi:
1. Always ask for the taxi meter on.
2. Always ask for your change. All of us work so we need money too.
3. If you’re around the City, if you can walk or bear taking the local transportation, that will be better.
Usually people who want to be comfortable would take the aircon buses or FX or the UV express services. The often disadvantage of the aircon buses is that if your travel time is allotted for 15mins only, taking the aircon bus will double your travel time. This happens because the bus drivers and conductors (these are the people that seems like the sidekick of the bus drivers since they shout out the destination of the bus to call attention of people to ride on their bus and they are the one collecting the fares of each new passengers) would wait at a certain corner to call for passengers until their bus is full.
Non-aircon buses are applicable for people who want to go natural and spend a little. Minimum fare is 10Php while for the aircon it varies from the bus’s name; usually 13-15Php is the minimum fare. If you want a thrill and you like to reach your place in a very fast way without spending too much, you can try the color “RED“ ordinary buses. I tell you, it’s like riding on a roller coaster! As for me, I prefer to ride this red bus when I want to reach my destination ASAP and I enjoy the speed of it… pretty much like I’m on a bus race.
Unlike in other countries, you just have to tap a card to get in the bus, here in Manila, manpower is all we got.
There are conductors assigned in every bus that will get your fare.
The conductors will ask the passengers to where they wish to drop off and base on the distance is how they will give you the fare amount you need to pay for.
Like what we use to say, these kind of stuffs are seen "only in the Philippines".
We have 3 trains going around the metro- MRT3, LRT1 & LRT2
MRT3 is the busiest and the most crowded train you’ll ever see… especially on weekdays! A lot of people exert effort and try to ride the MRT since it’s the cheapest mode of transportation. Minimum fare is 11Php, Maximum fare south to north bound, only 14Php. The end points- South and North give way to people residing in the provinces and going to work in the city that’s why it’s always mobbed. Its route is concentrated along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue.
2nd to the blockbuster train you’ll ever see is the LRT 1. The MRT 3’s route is along the main cities of Metro Manila going on a straight line while the LRT 1 is on a somewhat railroad curve inside the Manila, (south- Baclaran to north- Roosevelt), what I’m trying to say is that, picture a letter “D” in your mind…. The straight line serves as the MRT while the curve is the LRT1. But there’s no direct connection from the MRT to LRT, you need to walk inside a mall to transfer rides. There are only 2 fare amounts in LRT1- 15Php and 20Php.
A less toxic train is the LRT2; its route is within the Quezon City to the boundaries of Manila. This train is the most spacious and most convenient among the 3. Most of the passengers are college students. You can ride the LRT2 if you wish going to the Divisoria market or Chinatown. Minimum Fare is 12Php, Maximum 14Php.
For convenience, people who use these trains commonly purchase a Value Card worth 100php and 500php so they will not have to fall in a LONG line just to pay for the fare.
MRT3 Route: North Avenue-Quezon Avenue- GMA Kamuning- Araneta Cubao- Santolan- Ortigas- Shaw- Boni- Guadalupe- Buendia- Ayala - Magallanes- Taft Avenue
Open ON WEEKDAYS 5AM-1030PM WEEKENDS: 530AM-930PM
LRT2 Route on purple line: Recto (Manila) –Legarda (Manila) -Pureza (Manila)-V. Mapa (manila)- J. Ruiz (san Juan) – Gilmore (Quezon City)- Betty Go Belmonte (Quezon City)- Araneta Center Cubao (Quezon City)- Anonas(Quezon City)- Santolan/ M.A. Roxas (Marikina City)
Araneta Center Cubao serves as the link to transfer to MRT3 line
Legarda Station- closest link to get to University of Santo Tomas
Recto Station- connects to LRT 1 yellow line
LRT 1 Route yellow line: Baclaran- EDSA- Libertad- Gil Puyat- Vito cruz- Quirino- Pedro Gil- UN Avenue- Central Terminal- Carriedo- Doroteo Jose- Bambang- Tayuman- Blumentritt- Abad Santos- R. Papa-5th avenue- Monumento- Balintawak- Roosevelt
Balintawak Station- closest link to MRT 3 North Avenue station, but you have to walk a few meters to get in the MRT3 station
Doroteo Jose- gives the link to the LRT 2 purple line, by taking the walkway bridge to the Recto Station
The FX and the UV express services are also another convenient way to get to your destination. It’s air conditioned and like a personal service car but a little expensive. These vehicles can be found in terminal stations, they have specific location going to and you can also ask the driver to drop you off at a certain place. Fares vary from destinations, minimum fare 12-15Php.
These FX or UV express services usually are in the forms of vans (12-14 seaters) , crosswind (10 seaters) adventure or Tamaraw FX.
Like in a jeepney, you pay your fare by asking the person next to you to pass your payment to the driver.
Sometimes in a terminal, there are conductors that will collect the fares of each passengers and is better so no one can be disturbed (asking favor to everybody to pass your money to the driver) once all are inside the vehicle.
For foreign visitor who arrive at the airport's Terminal 1, if you need a ride to anywhere in Manila and you did not arrange for any airport transfer beforehand, the best and safest way to go around is by the yellow airport taxi. They're admittedly not the cheapest but to avoid the risk of being cheated by regular taxis who might charge you more than what you should pay.
Upon emerging from the arrivals area, go to the left and you should see a counter with the sign "Metered Taxi Loading Area" and a row of yellow taxis by the curb.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is the country's flag carrier and flies from major cities around the globe and into key cities in the Philippines (Baguio, Puerto Princesa, Cebu, Bacolod, Kalibo, Iloilo, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Gen. Santos). Only PAL planes use the modern and new Centennial airports. Other airlines use the old NAIA airport.
Cebu Pacific offers lower fares than PAL and flies into almost the same destinations as PAL. One unique feature of this airline is that it usually facilitates an in-flight game like "Bring me" to the delight of its passengers. Cebu Pacific flies to key Asian cities like Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore etc.
Asian Spirit uses smaller planes and flies into more exotic destinations like Baguio, Busuanga (for diving), Mindoro and Caticlan (for Boracay).
Southeast Asian Airlines%c flies to exotic locations like Busuanga/Coron, El Nido and Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Caticlan in Boracay, Batanes etc.
If you're in Manila on a tight budget, here are some low-cost ways of getting out of the airport. Taxis in Manila's airport are as a whole rip-offs especially the ones waiting in line at the arrival area.
Mind though that airport in Manila (strictly speaking it's not on Manila but on nearby 2 cities) has 4 functioning terminals. (1) Old Domestic - used by a few domestic carriers; (2) Centennial Terminal - used exclusively by Philippine Airlines for domestic and international flights (3) Ninoy Aquino (Terminal 1) - used for international flights (4) Terminal 3 - used mainly by Cebu Pacific Airlines and other minor carriers.
Centennial - go out of the terminal and walk to the left towards Terminal 1. Should be less than 100 meters. Near the on-ramp towards Centennial is a bus stop for buses going to EDSA (the metro's main artery) from where you can ride the light trains. Alternatively, you can take the taxis in the departure floor (the 2nd floor); just go upstairs.
Terminal 1 - the bus from Centennial goes to Terminal 1 on its way to EDSA. From the terminal exit, it should be on the right (~50 meters).
Terminal 3 - there is a shuttle that takes passengers towards EDSA near MRT-2's Taft Avenue Station. From there, you can take the bus, light rail (MRT-2 and LRT-1) or jeep. If you wish to take the taxi, board them from the departure area (upstairs).
Old Domestic - walk towards the busy street to the right of the exit and board a jeepney to Baclaran Church where you can board buses; you may also hail a taxi (less likely to take advantage than the ones in line @ the terminal.
The best way to go around Metro Manila is via the 3 light rail lines - (1) the Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT-1; yellow line), north/south, (2) Metro Rail Transit (MRT-2; blue line), travels along EDSA, around Metro Manila somewhat circumferentially, and (3) Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT-2; purple line), east to west. They are interconnected at some stations but you do have to punch in anew when transferring from one line to another. LRT-1 and LRT-2 stored value cards are interchangeable.
They can get crowded especially the MRT-2 @ around rush hour (early morning, late afternoon).
Why take the trains?
2. stop at the same places
3. you get a nice view of the city from above
4. they're cheap (P11 - 15)
5. most tourist attractions are a few blocks from a station
6. you avoid the notorious Manila traffic and noise
if you want to take the cab, it's best to hire the taxis of the big companies like Basic, R&E, Dollar, Davis, etc. You can actually call them to fetch you. I often use basic but only for going around here. I'm pretty sure some of them can accommodate your trip whether to go to angeles or just to the bus terminal.
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