Buses/Taxi/Jeepneys/car rental/ DL requirements and more Philippines

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Terminal Address

Terminal Address Contact Number
PASAY EDSA CORNER, APELO CRUZ STREET, PASAY CITY (02) 851 8077 TO 79
CUBAO 601 EDSA BRGY. SAN MARTIN DE PORRES, CUBAO, QUEZON CITY (02) 722 7567; 409 8603
NAGA NAGA CITY CENTRAL BUS TERMINAL, BRGY. TRIANGULO DIVERSION ROAD, NAGA CITY (054) 478 7363
IRIGA BRGY. SAN NICOLAS, IRIGA CITY (054) 478 7314
LEGASPI LEGASPI GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL, BITANO, LEGASPI (052) 435 5039
ILOILO C/O TOTAL GASOLINE STATION, TAGBAK JARO, ILOILO CITY 0947 6266309
TACLOBAN PHILTRANCO NEW BUS TERMINAL, ABUCAY TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE Mr. Gerry B. Gamido 09178835744
CAGAYAN DE ORO AGORA TERMINAL, MAMBATO STREET., AGORA, LAPASAN, CAGAYAN DE ORO Mr. Omar Valenzuela 09109099512
DAVAO CANDELARIA STREET, ECOLAND TERMINAL, ECOLAND DAVAO CITY (082) 302 1015; 299 3419
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 Bus Terminals

On Public transportation also look at Train Travel Philippines for the rail public transportation for info on  LRT 1 LRT 2 MRT 3 Mass Transit.

source: Silent Gardens

When you arrive in Manila, you will have to find the terminal of your bus company. There is no bus terminal at the airport and there is no central bus terminal. To make the search job even tougher, not all companies going south are to be found in the southern bus terminals of Metro Manila. The same is true for the north. There are 4 major sectors in Metro Manila where you can find bus terminals: Pasay, Sampaloc, Cubao and Trinoma in Quezon City. Trinoma stands for Triangle North Manila,

The best solution to get from the airport to the terminal of your bus company is taking a taxi. Even the rather nearby Pasay Terminals are not easy to find. Indicate the terminal and the bus company, your taxi driver will bring you there.

Jeepneys

Jeepneys are the most known transportation to all Filipinos. They are the most affordable transport in the Philippines.  They stop if you wave at them. The jeepney is remnants of the Jeep used by the American troops during World War II, the innovative Filipinos modified the jeep (by lengthening the body and adding horizontal seats) to seat as many as 20 people (10 per side). Within Manila, you will find multiple Jeepneys per route, for added convenience. In the provinces, Jeepneys also connect towns and cities. For longer distances, however, buses are more comfortable.   Jeepneys have no timetable, but they ply usually fixed routes. The endpoints of this route are painted on the side. If you you are new to the region, it is rather difficult to know, whether your destination is on the route or not. Ask the driver whether he stops at your destination or not.  If you are a group, you may consider to hire a jeepney for a day. The driver then puts a sign on his windshield saying “Family use” and you won’t be stopped by other travelers.

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Taxi

Taxis are generally available within the major cities but are usually not used for travel across the various provinces and regions. Some FX (shared taxis), however, usually ply provincial routes. You can also call reputable Taxi companies that can arrange pickups and transfers as well as airport runs.

When hailing a taxi in the cities, ensure the meter is on and pay the metered fare. A tip of 10 pesos is acceptable. Also, make sure you have small denomination banknotes, as the drivers often claim not to have change in an effort to obtain a larger tip! Please do have coins ready with you. Moreover, don’t be surprised if drivers want to bypass the meter during rush hour.

 Fares

There are 3 different official types of fares:

  • Fixed fares (coupon taxis)
  • Metered (yellow) airport taxis
  • Metered (white) common taxis

If you have never used a taxi in the Philippines, the “coupon taxis” might be best choice. Their fixed tariffs might be higher than the ones of the metered taxis, but only if their drivers are honest.

The tariffs for the yellow “airport” taxis are:

  • PHP 70 at flag fall, including the first 500 meters
  • PHP 4.00 every 300 meters afterwards.
  • PHP 4.00 every 2 minutes waiting or standing in traffic.

The tariffs for the white* “common” taxis are:

  • PHP 40 at flag fall, including the first 500 meters
  • PHP 3.50 every 300 meters afterwards.
  • PHP 3.50 every 2 minutes waiting or standing in traffic.

Car rental

Major international car rental companies such as Hertz  and Budget have offices in Metro Manila, notably at the airport. Avis  and Europcar are among the largest international car rental companies, with offices in several cities throughout the Philippines. There are also local car rental companies.

Car rental companies usually allow either self-drive or chauffeur-driven rentals: some types of cars however (like vans) may only be rented out with a chauffeur. Also, some rental companies (mostly local ones) may only allow rentals to be driven within the island where the city of rental is located: for example, it may be possible to drive with a rental from Manila to Legazpi (both on Luzon), but not from Manila (Luzon) to Tacloban (Leyte) because it would entail the use of roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ferries. If you intend to drive out of Luzon and into the outlying islands, the Visayas or Mindanao (and/or vice-versa), be sure that the rental company’s terms and conditions allow it.

The big 3 companies

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Booking: www.hertzphilippines.com

 

 

Locations:

  • Manila Area
    • Manila
    • Makati City
    • Pasay City
    • Laguna
    • Cavite
    • Batangas
  • Northern Luzon
    • Clark
  • Visayas
    • Cebu City

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Booking: www.avis.com.ph

 

 

 

Locations:

  • Manila Area
    • Manila
    • Manila Airport NAIA-1
    • Pasay City
    • Laguna
  • Northern Luzon
    • Angeles City
    • Baguio
    • Clark
  • Visayas
    • Cebu City
    • Cebu Airport
  • Mindanao
    • Davao
    • Davao Airport
    • General Santos
    • Cagayan de Oro

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Booking: www.europcar.com.ph

Locations:

  • Manila Area
    • Manila Airport: NAIA-1, NAIA-2, NAIA-3
    • Makati City
    • Mandaluyong City
    • Malate
    • Taguig City
  • Northern Luzon
    • Clark
  • Visayas
    • Cebu
  • Mindanao
    • Davao
    • General Santos
    • Cagayan de Oro

Driver license requirements

International driving licenses are valid in the Philippines for up to 30 days after arrival, after which an International Driver’s Permit or a Philippine driving licenses are required. Vehicular traffic in the Philippines moves on the right, and the vast majority of road signs are in English. Most signs conform to design guidelines used in the United States but all units used are metric.

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