City of Manila Transportation
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Ride around Manila
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...
Airlines going to/from Metro Manila
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....
getting around the Metro
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...
Pedicab: 3 wheeled public transportation
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 paxThe 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.
Airport Metered Taxis
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...
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.
Non-Aircon & Aircon Bus
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...
Taking the subway
We have 3 trains going around the metro- MRT3, LRT1 & LRT2MRT3 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....
UV express service & FX
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.
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