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.
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.