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By plane

Philippine Airlines and Air Philippines Cebu Pacific SEAIR Asian Spirit and Interisland Airlines are some of the airlines that operate domestic flights. Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific serve most large cities, while smaller operators like SEAIR, Asian Spirit and Interisland Airlines typically fly to popular resort destinations.

By train

Within Metro Manila, there is a network of light railway systems that connect various portions of the metropolis. This mode of transport is top choice among travelers for they are cheaper and faster compared to other land-based transportation. It operates from 6am to 12midnight daily.


Within Metro Manila, there are networks of LRT (Light Railway Transport) and MRT (Metro Rail Transport) that connect various portions of the metropolis. The LRT network consists of two lines; the Purple line and the Yellow Line.

The Megatren/Purple line covers stations from Santolan to Recto while the Metrorail/Yellow line covers the station from Monumento to Baclaran.

Fares in the LRT range from Php12 to Php15. Tickets are available on purchase on the stations while ticket machines are installed in the Purple line.

The MRT network covers the network from Taft Avenue to North Avenue, passing the financial center; Makati. The MRT is open from 5:00AM to 11:00PM with Midnight services extending to 1:00AM. Fares start from Php10 to Php15, a multi-use ticket can be purchased at Php100.

G-Pass, an alternative pass for the MRT launched by Globe Telecom, it can be purchased at Php100 and have a free balance of Php50, however this isn't only exclusive to Globe users.

The Philippine National Railways covers services in Metro Manila and provinces of Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Camarines Sur and Albay.

By car

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There are major car rental companies such as Avis Hertz and Budget have offices in Metro Manila, notably at the airport. These companies have chauffeur driven rentals available and prices are bound to be reasonable.

Due to heavy traffic in Metro Manila, certain areas of the city have laws that restrict certain vehicles based on the day of the week and the ending number of your vehicle's license plate (this plan is called "Color Coding", though it has nothing to do with the color of your vehicle). For example: Cars with license plates ending in 1 or 2 cannot drive between the hours of 7AM and 7PM on Mondays on most main roads. Be sure to check with a local contact or the car rental agency/hotel concierge about whether these rules will apply to your vehicle, especially as foreigners driving can become targets for less scrupulous traffic aides.

Travel from Metro Manila to various provinces in Luzon will typically start off from either the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) or South Luzon Express Way (SLEX). These are tollways with good paved roads. Farthest tolls will not cost more than a few dollars from Metro Manila. From the expressways, national highways and provincial roads connect to the major cities and provinces. Another main highway system built in the northern part of Luzon is SCTEX or Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway which is a 94-kilometer 4-lane freeway.

Bridges and ferries connect the major islands together. Roads vary greatly in quality from the paved multi-lane highways to narrow dirt roads, which further complicates travel by car

By taxi

Taxis are generally available within the major cities but are usually not used for travel across the various provinces and regions. Some FX (shared taxis), however, usually ply provincial routes. You can also call reputable Taxi companies that can arrange pickups and transfers as well as airport runs.

When hailing a taxi in the cities, ensure the meter is on and pay the metered fare. A tip of 10 pesos is acceptable. Also, make sure you have small denomination banknotes, as the drivers often claim not to have change in an effort to obtain a larger tip! Moreover, don't be surprised if drivers want to bypass the meter during rush hour. Most taxis have the flag down rate of Php30 with each 300 meters cost Php2.50 while Yellow cab taxis are more expensive with a flag down rate of Php40 with each 300 meters cost Php4.

By bus

Apart from flying, buses are usually the way to go when it comes to traveling across the Philippines, at least from within the major islands. It is the cheapest mode of transport when getting around, fares are as low as Php300-Php500. Provincial bus companies have scheduled trips from Manila to provinces to the north and south. Major provincial bus companies such as ALPS The Bus, Inc. Victory Liner Philtranco operate in the country.

By boat

Metro Manila

Get around Manila with Pasig's Pasig Ferry Service, waterbuses are available in stations around the historical river of Pasig. Fares ranges from Php25, Php135 and Php145. For students and youth fares range Php20 regardless of distance.

Inter-island trips

Next to buses, ships are the cheapest modes of transports when getting around the country as fares are as low as Php1,000 if it's a trip lasting a day or two and Php600 if it's only a one hour trip. WG&A SuperFerry and a number of other companies operate interisland ferries. There is a convenient Friday overnight ferry trip to Coron, Palawan. This allows divers to spend the weekend in Coron and take the Sunday night ferry trip back to Manila, arriving around noon. You can also stay on a Cruise Ship that's exploring around the Coron area. The 7,107 Island Cruise Ship takes passengers around Coron and some of its private islands.

Ferry trips to other islands can take over 24 hours, depending on distance. Other major ferry companies include: Sulpicio Lines, Negros Navigation Trans Asia Shipping Lines and Cebu Ferries

Oceanjet is a reliable company offering fast ferries throughout the Visayas at affordable prices. Schedule Information is difficult to obtain - newspapers often contain pages with ads on certain days, but, believe it or not, most people rely on word-of-mouth.

If the boat appears to be over capacity, do not board.  Always check the latest weather reports before travel by ferry, as some captains are willing to sail even when a typhoon is approaching.  Bringing your own life preserver is strongly recommended (but no substitute for common sense).  Travel by boat should '''not''' be considered safer than air travel.


7107 Islands Cruise offers a cruises from Boracay to Puerto Galera to Boracay, prices range from Php2,000 - Php10,000, children below than 3 years old are free to travel who is accompanied by 2 adults, children from 5 to 12 years old are given a 50% discount, who are accompanied also by 2 adults while senior citizens can avail a 20% discount. The cruise will tour around the Philippines in islands such as Boracay and Coron Island.

Hans Christian Andersen Cruise will take you on an unforgettable voyage through the Philippines. They have set their sights on memorable experiences, empty beaches, local fishing villages, fantastic diving and snorkeling - the perfect way to explore the picturesque archipelagos of the Philippines. They offer a relaxed unpretentious holiday atmosphere and you won’t have to worry about dress code.

Sun Cruises has tour packages to Corregidor Island in Manila Bay. Prices range from Php2,000 for a day tour with a buffet lunch, to Php3,000 for an overnight stay at the island. The tour guides are very informative, and the island is steeped in history, particularly about the battles that raged there during World War 2. They also offer cruises around Manila Bay.

By jeep and rickshaws

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Jeepneys are the most known transportation to all Filipinos. They are the most affordable transport in the Philippines. Costing about Php7 per 4 km and additional Php1 per km, they are by far the most affordable way to get around most major urban areas. They stop if you wave at them. The jeepney is remnants of the Jeep used by the American troops during World War II, the innovative Filipinos modified the jeep (by lengthening the body and adding horizontal seats) to seat as many as 20 people (10 per side). Within Manila, you will find multiple Jeepneys per route, for added convenience. In the provinces, Jeepneys also connect towns and cities. For longer distances, however, buses are more comfortable.

Also worthy of mention are the traysikels and the pedicabs or in other words rickshaw; however, this may not be to the liking of most foreigners, as these are cramped and quite open to traffic. These means of transport are usually used for very short distances. Traysikels are different from Pedicabs; they are motorized while pedicabs are manually used with the help of bicycles. Fares range from Php3 to Php7 or even higher, depending on the distance of your destination.

Transport Companies in Philippines

Train MRT
The Metro Rail Transit (also known as Line 3 or the Blue Line) is a light rail transit system that runs along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue or EDSA, one of the main thoroughfares in Metro Manila. The MRT runs from the North Avenue Station in Quezon City to the ... more
in National Capital Region
Bus Company Victory Liner
has hourly bus service to Baguio from its Monumento Main terminal in Caloocan City, Cubao and Pasay terminals. Buses are generally modern and air-conditioned but seats are sized generally for Filipinos and tall people would need to take advantage of the various ... more
in Baguio
Bus Company Dagupan Bus
Also serves the Manila to Baguio route via its Cubao Terminal. Buses leave on an hourly basis.
in Baguio
Bus Company Partas Bus
operates a bus service that stops at Clark airport and heads north from there, departing the airport at 5:00 PM. Get off at Sison (arrival there around 8:00 PM) and cross the road to the restaurant stop opposite and get on a Victory Liner bus that does a dinner ... more
in Baguio
Bus Company Philippine Rabbit
operates from Dau Terminal. 250php. Journey takes about 4 to 5 hours.
in Baguio
Car Rental BaguioCarRental.com
Tour Baguio for a day or two. Vehicles are with-driver option only.
in Baguio
Bus Company Partas Transport Co.
in Pagudpud
Bus Company Farinas Transit
in Pagudpud
Bus Company RCJ Bus Lines
in Pagudpud
Bus Company Gv Florida Transport
Offers sleeper buses with built-in toilet.
in Pagudpud
These are just 10 of 26 Transport Companies in Philippines. Show more.

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