Local transport Manila

With a population of over 20 million wherein majority of the people are commuters, there is a variety of local transport available to tourists and locals within Manila, the capital of the Philippines. The most common and cheapest mode of transportation within the city is the brightly decorated and usually cramped jeepneys. The history of the jeepney begins from World War 2, when the American troops used military jeeps during that time and when the war with the Japanese army ended, they just left thousands of jeeps and the locals reinvented it into what you call nowadays a jeepney. As much as 18 people can fit inside a jeepney so if you're planning to ride one, don't expect that you'll be the only passenger, as you have to share seats with other people. Jeepneys have different regular routes and the fare depends on the distance but it's better to prepare small bills and coins as the fares can be really cheap.

Jeepneys Manila

If you don't want the hassle of being cramped and sharing seats with strangers, it is advisable to take a taxi. Unlike the jeepney, taxi's are air-conditioned and more private. Taxis abound in Manila and major neighboring cities like Makati and Quezon City. The current flagdown rate is Php40 (USD1) and Php3.50 for every succeeding kilometer. Always insist to the driver on using the meter and if he refuses, it is best to get out and hail a new one. Also, it is better to take note of the plate number and the franchise name for safety purposes. Although tipping is greatly appreciated, it is not required and demanded.

Air-conditioned and non-airconditioned buses can also be found in the city but is more recommended for long distance travels, like traveling from Manila to any part of Luzon. There are different bus terminals with different fixed routes located within the city and you just have to find out which one is going your way. Air-conditioned buses charge almost double than non-airconditioned buses but are definitely more comfortable and recommended than ordinary ones specially if you're taking a long-distance travel.

A tricycle, which is basically a motorcycle with a sidecar for passengers attached to it, is popular among villages and roads where jeepneys and buses are not allowed to pass. It is very common in the city specially on smaller roads with only short distances.

Map of Manila MRT LRT and BUS

For the practical tourist, taking the Metro would be the best option.Aside from it being fast and not having to spend time in the traffic, it is also inexpensive. In Manila, the rail systems are called LRT which stands for Light Rail Transit System and MRT for Metro Rail Transit System. The LRT has currently 2 rail systems: The LRT1 (Yellow Line) has 20 stations, from Baclaran to Monumento, Caloocan while the LRT2 (Purple Line) has eleven stations, from Recto, Manila to Santolan, Quezon City. On the other hand, the MRT is from Edsa, Pasay to North Avenue,Quezon City. The stations of Doroteo Jose and Recto serves as the sole interchange between LRT lines 1 and 2 while Araneta Center-Cubao and Edsa-Pasay stations, serves as interchange for the LRT and MRT. To transfer trains, you need to exit from the station and go through the walkway connecting the stations. Operating hours for the LRT lines is from 0500 to 2300 on weekdays and from 0500 to 2130 during the weekend. The MRT operates from 0500 to 2300 everyday.