Getting Around Manila

Taxi, Jeepney, Uber, Grab, Bus, LRT, MRT and Car Rental in Manila

Getting around Manila is fairly simple due to the variety of transportation options that are accessible. Manila is a tentacular metropolis that covers an area of 1,475 km2 including its suburbs. The city centre is concentrated on the bay shore, and houses the historical centre – Manila Intramuros, as well as most of the tourist attractions and hotels.

The modes of transportation at hand in Manila include taxi, jeepney, Uber and GrabTaxi apps, bus, Light Rail Transit (LRT), Metro Rail Transit (MRT), and car rental. Walking is also an option for short distances, but bear in mind that walking in some districts of Manila, mostly the poverty-ridden residential areas, puts you at risk. However, walking in the major business areas, shopping areas and tourist destinations in the centre of the city is far more common for visitors.

Read More

Taxi, Uber and Grab in Manila

Regular taxis are metered and air-conditioned. They unfortunately have a rather bad reputation, even among Filipinos, for forgetting to put the meter on, therefore trying to overcharge their passengers, and not returning the correct change. The ‘MGE’ taxis (white and green) are reputed the more trustworthy.

New technology has reached Manila and you can now use the popular Uber and GrabTaxi apps. There’s an additional PHP 70 fee to pay, but the vehicles you get by using these apps are generally in good shape, more comfortable, and their drivers are generally more honest.

Jeepney in Manila

Riding a Jeepney is a must-try if you come to the Philippines. These customized jeeps are the most popular means of transportation in the country. Get ready for crowded seating in these kitsch, brightly decorated vehicles that have become a symbol of the Philippines. Each Jeepney has a designated route. Rates are cheap, and start at PHP 8 for a short ride.

Bus, Light Rail Transit (LRT), and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) in Manila

Buses are the cheapest option for getting around Manila. As Filipinos usually speak good English, it’s easy to get assistance regarding which bus to take to your destination. Riding the LRT and MRT is also very affordable, but it’s best to avoid it during weekday rush hours (07:00 to 09:00, and 17:00 to 21:00). Note that access to most of the MRT and LRT stations is badly designed, and make them accessible only via a steep staircase, as most of the time, the escalators do not work.

Car Rental in Manila

Car rental with a driver or self-driving are two interesting options when visiting Manila independently - the former being obviously more expensive than the latter. All reputable car rental companies have a desk at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and usually other agencies in Metro Manila. A valid international driver’s licence is all that you need to rent a car in the Philippines.

Rate This Place: ( votes)

Tours You May Like

Related Pages

  • 1st Time in Manila: Where Should I Stay?

    All those who travel for the first time to Manila are somehow puzzled about where they should stay during their holiday2 Read More»

  • 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Manila

    10 Best Luxury Hotels in Manila

    Our list of the 10 best luxury hotels in Manila gives to wealthy travellers the opportunity to discover the favourite Read More»

  • Manila Attractions A-Z

    Manila Attractions A-Z

    Manila's architectural attractions have taken a battering over the years; the city was second only to Warsaw in terms of Read More»

  • Manila Hotels

    All Manila Hotels

    Accommodation in Manila goes from the top of the chain to simple guesthouses. Five-star, uber-luxurious properties are Read More»

  • Palawan Weather Forecast

    Check out the Palawan weather forecast widget below to see Palawan weather trends and a forecast for the coming week. Read More»

  • 10 Best Hotels in Palawan

    The 10 best hotels in Palawan featured in the listing below have been carefully selected according to the number of Read More»

We try to provide free information that is as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, if you are planning to travel it's a good idea to double check specific dates and information to avoid surprises.