Jeepney or Jeep as it is often called, is the famous trademark of Manila Streets. They are fast and furious! :-)
A regular Jeep can accomodate upto 16 persons but some can accomodate upto 20 persons!
Jeeps, just like any other mode of transport has their own specific route. Their routes are painted on the sides of their jeeps and a small signboard is place infront of the windshield for the passengers to see.
The only drawback when riding a jeep is that, they dont have a specific jeepney stop which means, anytime and minute they can just drop or pick up a passenger along the way.
The mufflers are really ear bugging plus the fact Jeepney's are of great contribution on the city's air pollution.
But, The good thing about riding a jeep is that , any foreigner can feel the honesty of the Filipino's - it is through handling over their fare to the other passenger's until it reaches the driver. Honestly, if the driver doesnt have a good memory he wouldnt know who already paid or who does not.
Light Rail Transit or LRT has 18 stations which will take you to 3 major cities in Metro Manila - Caloocan, Manila and Pasay.
LRT is considered as the fastest way from North to South. Though the speed may not be as fast as the bullet train or any train in the world still it is the most convenient way of staying away from the traffic below :-)
LRT was my companion in my 5 yrs of working in Manila. Everyday, large numbers of commuters are taking this mode of transport. During peak hours, dont expect to take the first, second nor third train that will come your way esp in the mid stations. All the trains will be full packed, jam packed, sardines like or whatever you call it.
A little puch here and a little push there and definitely you can go inside the train (standing!)
Fare: 15 pesos
Mrt, LRT 2 are also operational running through Manila & Quezon City
Major Airlines like Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Asiana etc. have their daily flight schedules to and from Manila.
There are 2 international terminals (as of this time) located in the boundaries of Paranaque and Pasay City.
Centennial Airport is exclusive for Philippine Airlines flights while the rest , they still used the old NAIA airport.
The Jeepney is the Philippines unique contribution to transportation. There are built from the bodies of old american jeeps and each is painted with a unique airbrush design. Although loud, hot and noisy, they are the incredibly cheap way to get around and no experience will make you feel more like a local than riding around in one of these.
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
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.
Intramuros is such a small place. It is fun strolling leisurely around the area. However, you can opt to ride the tram or kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) to tour Fort Santiago, and the kalesa or pedicab to tour Intamuros, especially on a hot or rainy day.
The jeepney is what is usually referred to in the Philippines as 'THE KING OF THE ROAD' due to reckless drivers who would pick-up a passenger and stop in the middle of the road regardless of the fraffic.
The shortest ride is at 5.50 Pesos.
Watch out for the once taking the Taft Ave and Quipo-Pasig route. These drivers are the most reckless I've encountered.
As EDSA (main thoroughfare in Manila) is usually clogged 24/7 (maybe not on a Sunday), just take the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) which runs from north to south of EDSA. It takes you from Pasay (South) to Quezon City (North).
The MRT is elevated so you can see skyscrapers, houses, trees, and cars/buses/jeeps moving like turtles during rush hours.
Here are worthwhile stops:
Pasay - nearest station to SM Mall of Asia's IMAX Theater; closest station that links MRT to another Light Rail Transit which goes the whole stretch of Taft Avenue.
Ayala - for CBD - Makati, skyscrapers, hip place to be seen
Shaw- largest shopping mall SM Megamall has 10 theaters, ice skating rink, and bowling alley. The station is linked to the posh EDSA Shangrila mall.
Ortigas - for bargain hunting of good copies of designer bags, shirts, and shoes, take another jeep going to Greenhills
Cubao - Araneta Coliseum (for concerts of big bands and university basketball playoffs), stations of long distance buses going to northern provinces like Baguio, Pampanga, Subic. Cubao MRT is linked to another MRT which runs from Marikina to Recto.
Quezon - Quezon Memorial Circle, Parks and Wildlife, government offices (Quezon City used to be the capital of the Philippines), University of the Philippines
Avoid the MRT on rush hours.
For a complete joy ride, buy the stored value card for P100 (roughly $2) and go from station to station. Journey from end to end takes some 35 minutes. Fare ranges from P10.50 to 16.
In Bangkok, it is the tuk tuk. In NYC, the yellow cab. In Manila, it is the jeepney.
Your experience in traffic congested and people everywhere's Manila is not complete without a ride in the local jeepney. I tried a few times.
Difficult to know where the routes and destination and just hop on board. Ask around. If it is the wrong direction, you can stop, get off and wait for the next one.
The jeepney are individually decorated and a Manila lifestyle.
Hop in the calesa or horse drawn carriage and experience the old parts of Manila, particularly Binondo (the heart of Chinatown) and Sta. Cruz. It's a ride down memory lane!
In the picture is a grander version of the calesa, specifically meant for tourists, since it travels around Fort Santiago and Intramuros.
Tip: Be prepared to haggle and agree on the fare before boarding. Life is tough for these horsemen and they expect tourists to be a bit generous.
Aside from jeeps and calesa, we can rely on the water buffalo for a ride. A carabao on the loose in Intramuros?
Possibly only during summer months when most tourists swelter in the tropical heat and students have their summer vacation, you can enjoy a carabao ride around Intramuros.
Now, you'd definitely feel like our farmers who get help from these water buffalos in plowing the fields. Ah how rustic and slow can it get!
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.
Jeepneys are a cheap and exciting way to travel around Manila, but provided you have a local friend to bring you around or you are very familiar with the routes. This is because there are many confusing routes of the jeepneys and they are usually very crowded and a good chance for pickpockets and theft especially when a foreigner is on board. More photos of jeepneys are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
There are many buses in Manila which offer a cheap mode of transport but you need to be familiar with the routes and be careful of safety as these buses tend to be very crowded. There are also buses from Manila to the surrounding cities and towns as well. Not advisable to take the local buses unless you have some local friends bringing you around.
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