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MANILA TRANSPORT - TAXI'S, JEEPNEYS, BUSES

Manila JeepneysManila Transport - Taxicabs are a popular mode of transportation for tourists in Manila. However, tourists must be careful when it comes to picking Taxicabs, because some drivers are abusive and tend to cheat on the fare. There are several reputable taxi companies such as EMP, Dollar, and R&E, and you can call them up to pick you up anywhere and anytime.

Another mode of transportation in Manila is the Philippines Jeepney. These jeepneys are the most popular transportation used by locals, because a jeepney ride costs only between 4 to 10 pesos. In order to signal the driver to stop, you must say "Para" (meaning "Stop") and tap the ceiling. Jeepneys originated from the vehicles left by the Americans during their occupation in the Philippines. The locals modified these American jeepneys into the colorful and artistic staple of Filipino life they are today.

Manila RickshawThere are 2 kinds of buses in Manila: air-conditioned buses and regular buses. The fare is Php 15 for air-con buses and Php 9 for regular buses. Passengers wait for the buses at bus stops. Once on the bus, tell the bus conductor your destination and pay the appropriate fare. He will hand you a ticket, which you should hold onto until you get off. Buses in Manila are crowded and chaotic, and not recommended for tourists who are travelling to the city for the first time.

For shorter distances, locals ride tricycles. A Manila Tricycle is a motorcycle attached with a sidecar and convenient for short distance trips. It's also a good way to get around the small streets of Manila that buses or the LRT does not reach. The fare is 4P for the first kilometer, then an additional peso for every additional kilometer.