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    Public Transportation in Style

    by nengmaui Updated Mar 25, 2011

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    What is interesting in the Philippines is its public transportation means that come in various forms. Trains, buses, jeepneys, tricycles, pedicabs and even habal-habal (motorcycles using wooden platform that extend like wings for additional passengers) are all common transportation means in getting around and to the different places in the Philippines.

    When you visit Iloilo, you'll notice how artistic Ilonggos are by heart because of the evident artistic modern transportation not only for city destinations but also for provincial areas. At first glance, one might think that an approaching headlight is a private car, only to find out that it's a PUJ (Public Utility Jeepney) all along!

    When I get back, I'll try to take pictures of what I'm talking about so I can post it here. For the meantime, look it up in Google using the keyword "iloilo jeepney".

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    Metered Taxi

    by cyndymc Updated Mar 11, 2011

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    We had 3 different experiences with taxis:

    1) Arrival at Iloilo Airport: It was still dark so we asked the security guard where we could get a metered taxi. He pointed us to the desks of taxi companies at the right side. We learned only later on that they were booking agents for the metered taxi. We were told that we would pay the amount registered on the meter PLUS P50. (I presumed the additional amount is the booking fee. We were surprised but since it was still dawn when we arrived, we didn't bother to find out where we could get a metered taxi without additional booking fee.) We were asked where our destination is, then a staff escorted us to the taxi. We were given a small piece of paper indicating the taxi's plate number and the name of the driver, and contact numbers in case we'd want to complain or give feedback.

    2) Going around places in Iloilo City: We paid the actual amount registered in the meter plus tip.

    3) Going back to Iloilo Airport: Our hotel called for taxi service. Although the driver used the meter that registered P92.50, we paid P350. We were told this is the flat rate for taxi service from hotels. We didn't give a tip anymore.

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    Tricycles & "Trisikads"

    by cyndymc Updated Mar 10, 2011

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    When travelling short distances, you may take a tricycle or "trisikad". The former is motor operated; the latter uses muscle power (manual pedaling of feet) of the driver. Tricycles ply mostly secondary roads going to subdivisions/communities. Some“trisikads” also ply the secondary roads and roads within subdivisions/communities. Fare is P10-35 per trip of 2 pax, depending on how far you're going. To avoid quarrel over cost of fare, follow the rule of thumb: ask the driver first how much is the fare before you ride. They can overcharge tourist-looking riders. On our first day, for example, we took a tricycle to bring us somewhere. We asked how much was the fare; the driver said P45. Fortunately, a traffic policewoman overheard him so she reprimanded him. She said we should pay only P35.

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    "Passad" Jeepneys of Iloilo City

    by cyndymc Written Mar 10, 2011

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    The main modes of transportation within Iloilo City limits are the public utility jeepneys called "passad", white metered taxis and tricycles. At first, I thought the front desk staff said "Passat" when she was referring to the vehicle that we should take going to some destinations. I was familiar with Volkswagen's Passat so I thought she mentioned Passat. I told myself Passat is a very expensive car for a taxi, so I asked again. It turned out she said "passad" not Passat.

    Iloilo City's "passad" is actually a jeepney, but it looks very differently from the Manila jeeps. It is more sleek with a sedan-like body design. It has fixed routes, mostly limited to the city's major and secondary roads. The "passad" terminal is at the market.

    Minimum fare is P7/pax. Prepare exact change always. Don't pay the driver. The conductor will collect your fare along the way.

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    Fly From Manila To Iloilo City

    by cyndymc Updated Mar 9, 2011

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    We flew to Iloilo City via Zestair, availing of a promo fare. We spent P2,851.60 (including taxes) for 2 pax. Please refer to their website for prevailing fare and/or promo rate for Iloilo City.

    Prepare P200 terminal fee.

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    Jeepney

    by shohman Updated May 18, 2010

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    The Jeepney is the other main source of transport here. These are unique to the Philippines and some owners pimp their Jeepneys out to reflect their personalities. They are flagged like a taxi and people cram inside and also on the roof if needed. Very cheap, about 7-14 pesos

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    Trikes

    by shohman Updated May 18, 2010

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    Trikes, or tricycles are actually a small motorcycle or moped with a sidecar attached. It's only about 7 pesos per ride (14 cents) and as many people as possible cram into these. Seriously, I saw some that had 10 people hanging off every inch of the trike, even sitting on the roof.

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    Affordable way to get around

    by Yla Written Feb 25, 2008

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    Like any other place, big and small in the Philippines, the most inexpensive way of going around is by jeepney. This vehicle was adapted to the jeeps used by American GIs during WW2.

    Now it has taken several versions, showcasing Filipino creativity and innovation all through these years. Iloilo boasts of its own artsy jeepneys.

    Taking a ride costs P7.50 to maximum 4km, with fare escalating depending on the distance of your destination.

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    GDR Taxi: Reliable taxi service

    by Yla Written Feb 22, 2008

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    A relatively new taxi company, they give the impression of professionalism in handling difficult customers like me. Their fleet of taxis, mostly Toyota Innovas are new, clean and driven by a well-dressed and knowledgeable driver. I also noticed the driver's defensive driving skills. When one haggles for a fixed rate and tried the meter for good measure, you'll find that the difference is very little.

    I also noticed a separate direct line for any complaints.

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    Roro coming from Bacolod City

    by bike_packer Written Sep 13, 2006

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    Island-hopping the Visayas Islands is easy and affordable with Roros plying the nearest point-to-point between islands. Coming from Bacolod and bound for Panay Island, Dumangas Port in Iloilo City is the nearest docking point. There are about 3 shipping companies serving the route. We took the Jomalia Shipping's M/V Mika Mari. It coud accomodate about 6 10-wheeler trucks and 6 also of cars/vans.

    We paid P1300 for our van plus P75 per passenger for the 2 1/2 hour crossing. Btw, the port is about 10km drive to the City Center.

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    Sleek jeepneys

    by Tijavi Updated Jan 31, 2005

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    Yes, jeepneys are a uniquely Pinoy creation, and Ilonggos do take their jeepneys very seriously - going the extra mile in producing what could be the most modern and most upbeat version of this Pinoy road Icon.

    The jeepneys in Iloilo City are modern, sleek and simply fun to ride. Unlike their more colorful, more traditional Manila cousins, Iloilo City jeepneys sport a more modern look with their streamlined and well-polished exteriors and cozy interiors equipped with state-of-the-art audio systems to entertain riders.

    In addition to aesthetics, the jeepneys also serve as important modes of inter-city trasportation linking the city center to the suburbs. They are the cheapest and most convenient way to get around the city and to tour the city sights - and even beyond!

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    manila to iloilo city

    by ayn_g Written Sep 9, 2004

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    you can get to iloilo city by plane, boat, or by RORO. RORO: Philtranco and Bachelor offer RORO trips to iloilo. The RORO fare ranges from 1,100 to 1,200, these are aircon trips, excluding meals. If you decide to take the boat, Negros Navigation and WG&A offer trips to Iloilo. Both shipping companies have web sites: The boat fare prices ranges PHP 900 to PHP 2,000, depends on the accommodation. Web site for NN: http://www.negrosnavigation.ph/index.shtml
    web site for WGA:
    http://www.wgasuperferry.com/
    The fastest way to get to Iloilo is by plane, fare costs around 2,000, i think. Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific, and Philippine Airlines offer Iloilo-Manila and vice-versa flights.

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    Jeepneys

    by attoio Updated Nov 19, 2003

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    There are a lot of multi-colored and custom design jeepneys, as well as taxi, so there is no forseen problem in getting around iloilo. If you have problem in getting transportation, just contact me and i'll gladly show around.

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    The new Iloilo Airport

    by monina_c Written Feb 28, 2008

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    Very modern clean and manned by friendly and efficient people. The road to the city is clean and well-maintained but the trip is quite long: 30-45 mins. depending on the traffic.

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