Transport in Manila


Manila has a chaotic traffic, as many other countries worldwide. Although it is preferable to use public transport, taxi or a chauffeur, renting a car is relatively easy. Just make sure your driver's license can be used in Manila and the rest of the country and that all the paperwork is in order to close the deal.


In Manila we can find both public and private bus companies. Work hours are extensive: they are working from 5 am until almost midnight. There is also a very popular bus called "jeepneys" that works 24 hours a day throughout the city. They are painted with bright colors and decorated with various ornaments. This is one of the most popular and characteristic vehicles in Manila and the Philippines. The main roads connecting the city with the rest of the Philippines are in fairly good condition and this means of transport greatly facilitates the connection between various points. Depending on the destination, ticket prices vary, though they are not excessively expensive.


Urban. There are several companies operating lines that connect a big part of the city. It is important to know that most stations work until just before midnight. You can buy single or multiple tickets that expire six months later.


There are plenty of taxis in the streets of Manila and they come in all sizes. These vehicles tend to be white with a color strip or a logo and belong to private companies. It is important to be pay attention whether the vehicle you're entering has a meter. If you are a tourist, they may increase the price a little.


Manila has a major port basically destined for trade. But it has a ferry service that connects Plaza de Mexico with the Intramuros. This connection, with 17 stops, is the only means of transportation on water that can cross the Pasig River.

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