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You will probably have queries regarding the means of transport that are available in Manila if you intend to settle there. Here is an overview.

On moving to Manila, you will probably not have a car yet. So if you wish to move around the city, it is best to have an idea about the means of transport that are available there. For instance, you can easily access to buses, to the subway, or hire a taxi, whether to go to work, or for some other purpose. Boats are also available if you wish to travel from one region to another. Once you have settled properly, you may also rent or buy a car, depending on your financial means. In short, the Philippine capital city has a developed transport network which makes traveling easier.


Local buses are almost an essential part of the local landscape. In fact, you can find these all around Manila, connecting the most popular neighborhoods to one another, Makati being one of these. Travel fares are rather affordable. However, you have to be very patient while traveling by bus, especially due to traffic jam in and around the city-center.

Buses are ideal for both long and short trips. In regions where there is no bus terminal, you can ask the driver to drop you at the nearest bus stop. You can also find Jeepneys across the capital city.


Manila's subway system consists of three lines, namely the LRT1, the LRT2 and the LRT3. However, these are available only up to 10 pm. Tickets can be used only once, but you can buy multiple-trip tickets which can also be recharged. In all cases, subway tickets are available on board.

 Good to know:

During peak hours, you will have to be very patient if you prefer to travel by subway as waiting lines can reach till outside the station.


You can find taxis anywhere and at any time in Manila. If the taxi you have hired is equipped with a meter, insist for its activation before starting. The travel fare will then be displayed once you have reached your destination.


As Manila is located in a coastal region, you can easily travel to Pier Port, and then to neighboring countries such as Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia by boat.

Rent a car

You are advised to be very careful while driving in Manila, even if you are an experienced driver. In fact, driving in the capital city, as anywhere else in the country, can be very risky, especially due to road conditions and local driving habits. Pay a particular attention to buses and Jeepneys during peak hours.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Transports in Manila Forum 
Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) www.lrta.gov.ph

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