Wondering about the means of transports available in the Philippines? Find an overview of the local transport system in this article.
Transports are deemed to be part of everyday life. So if you intend to settle in the Philippines, this should not be a major issue. The country has a developed transports network, including buses, subway, taxis, as well as traditional means of transport such as Jeepneys, pedicabs, taxis and FX, etc. You can choose among these, depending on the length and purpose of your trip, and your budget as well.
Jeepneys are a true legacy of the Second World War, almost considered a symbol of the Philippines. Indeed, many years ago, Filipinos used to recycle old jeeps left by the US military to make public transport. Nowadays, Jeepneys are manufactured in factories and are decorated in such a way that they do not fail to attract tourists. Note that Jeepneys operate on official routes at regulated prices.
The Philippines also has several private bus companies which operate in its major cities as well as in the provinces. Most of these buses are air-conditioned. These are especially ideal for long distance trips.
You can find minibuses in regions where public transport is rare. Minibuses are particularly appropriate for short trips. But beware! These transport not only human beings but livestock and good as well. You must have understood by now that minibuses are less comfortable than buses.
As regards the traditional means of transport, just like Indian rickshaw and the Thai tuk-tuk, the three-wheeler is almost an essential part of the local landscape. Three-wheelers are, in fact, motorcycles to which a cabin is attached. These are ideal for short trips. The three-wheeler can generally transport 2 to 7 people at a time.
Pedicabs are quite similar to three-wheelers, except that these are pulled by a bicycle. The cabin is either found on the side or on the front. Just like the three-wheeler, these are also ideal for short trips.
The subway network is operated by the Metro Manila Light Rail Transit (LRT). These are quite rapid and rates are affordable. The network consists of three lines and some thirty subway stations.
Taxis and FX
You can find taxis and FX in most Philippine cities. FX, for their part, are truck-taxis. In general, these are equipped with a meter, but they can still take you further for a few additional pesos. Most of these vehicles are air-conditioned.
You can as well travel from one island to another by plane, provided you have the means. In fact, prices can be up to three times that of a boat trip. But you can choose from several companies, including Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air and Air Philippines.
Boat and ferry
With more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines definitely had to set up an effective commercial maritime transport network. Travel fares are rather affordable. If you choose ferries, you can even take your personal belongings and car with you.