Transportation in Manila

In Metro Manila, you can go from one place to another through various transportation options. It’s quite convenient especially to daily local commuters as well tourists exploring the city on their own. So next time you roam around Manila, keep these options in mind:


Seats up to a maximum of 21 passengers per route, jeepney is the most popular public transportation in Metro Manila. It can transport you from one city to another in a very affordable fare. Jeepneys have been known for their flashy and colorful decorations making them one of national symbols of the country. Air-conditioned version of jeepneys are also operating in several cities in Metro Manila. The fare is a bit expensive than that of the ordinary, but it’s still affordable.


Manila has two types of buses; the so-called ordinary (without air-conditioning) and the air-conditioned buses. The fare is inexpensive and being monitored by the government. Operated by a driver and a conductor, buses run everywhere in Manila in different forms and sizes.


, often called as taxi, is one of the prominent modes of transportation in Manila. They operate 24/7 around the metro. Taxicabs in the Philippines are colored white. Airport taxis, conversely, are yellow. They can operate from Metro Manila to anywhere in Luzon.


The Philippine version of rickshaw, a tricycle is a motorbike with a sidecar attached with it. In Metro Manila, tricycle drivers usually operate around secondary roads and inside subdivisions. It can seat up to four to five passengers per route.


The pedicab is a bicycle with an attached sidecar where passengers can seat while the driver pedals and takes them to their destination. A pedicab ride is the least expensive mode of transportation in Metro Manila.


There are four train lines in Metro Manila. Two of them belong to Manila Light Rail Transit, commonly known as LRT. LRT Line 1 operates from Taft Avenue to Rizal Avenue route. On the other hand, LRT Line 2 operates from Santolan, Marikina to Recto, Manila route. The other train line belongs to Metro Manila Rail Transit (MRT) which has 13 stations passing the cities of Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Quezon City, and San Juan. The biggest train line belongs to the Philippine National Railways. It operates from Manila down to Southern Luzon in Bicol.

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