Public Rides and Transportation In The Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago that consists of over 7,107 islands, so island hopping is a popular leisure activity to the locals and foreigners. The Philippines offers plenty of interesting means of transportation and so we are going to discuss some of those transportation options available.

So what can you ride here in the Philippines

Transportation in some parts of the Philippines is undeveloped, partly due to the country’s mountainous areas and scattered islands, but in more recent years, the Philippine government has been pushing to improve the transportation system through various infrastructure projects.

Travel the Philippines by land.

Lots of inner-city traveling is carried out on “jeepneys”. These jeeps are the most common way of transporting in urban places within the Philippines. They have become a symbol of Philippine culture. The idea began because American jeeps were left in the Philippines after the second world war. The fare for jeepneys depends on where you are and on the distance that you need to go. But regularly, it’s around 7 to 12 pesos. Be sure to know where your destination is because jeepneys drive around everywhere, but feel free to ask the jeepney driver if you don’t recognize the location where you’re headed to.

Another popular form of public transport in the country is the tricycle; they are especially common in rural areas where there are no jeepneys available. Also available during the night if there are no jeepneys. Fares are around 10 pesos.

Then there’s the Habal-habal (motorbike taxis) in Cebu and some parts of the country. It is a pillion ride for one or two passengers on the back of a motorcycle. A sort of private budget taxi service if you may call it.

Trains are another mode of public transportation in the city of Manila, the Philippines’ capital. The Philippines has three main railway networks:

  • The Manila Light Rail Transit System (LRT) composed of Line 1 and Line 2 which are operational from 5:00 am to 10 pm on weekdays and 6:00 am to 8:00 pm weekends.
  • Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT) composed of Line 3, which only serves Metro Manila which opens from 5:30 am to 10:30 pm every day.
  • The Philippine National Railways (PNR) which also serves the metropolis and some parts of Luzon.

Trains in Panay (Iloilo-Capiz) and Cebu haven’t been operational for over a long period but were present during the early-mid 1900s.

Taxis and buses are also a major way of public transportation in metropolitan areas in the country.

When coming from the airport, refrain from those “yellow taxis” as they are a lot more expensive than the normal flag down rate for normal taxis which remains at P40. Furthermore, we now also have Grab taxis, Grab cars, and alike in metro cities in thex country.

Travel the Philippines by sea.

The Philippines is an archipelago, so you are bound to travel a lot via air or sea, no choice.

Ferries and fast crafts are one choice to travel around the Philippines. It is a cheaper alternative than taking an airplane.

Ferry trips may take 12 to 24 hours depending on where you are coming from and coming to. For example, Cebu to Iloilo would usually take around 12 hours, while Iloilo to Manila would take 24 hours.

Fast crafts are becoming common in sea transportation in the Philippines for shorter journeys. For example, Bacolod to Iloilo would take around an hour.

The major fast crafts operating within the Philippines are

  • Supercat
  • Ocean Jet
  • Weesam Express
  • 2Go Express

Do take note that during the Typhoon season, which usually starts from July to October, there is a high chance that schedules will be delayed or canceled.

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Travel the Philippines by air.

But if you’re in for speed, comfort, or would just rather prefer air travel, then you can opt for a domestic flight. The Philippines has 12 international airports (Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Subic, Zamboanga and Laoag), and has more than 20 major and minor domestic airports.

The major airlines operating within the Philippines are


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