Individual Travel to the Philippines: Transport

Individual travel to the Philippines: Transport

The Philippines is an excellent and unique country in Asia, where millions of people worldwide dream to visit. In these places, you realize that the most beautiful things on earth are created by nature. After all, none of the man-made can compare to the indescribable beauty of lagoons, bays, beaches, mountains, jungles, volcanoes. All this is worth seeing with their own eyes, especially nowadays people with very different income levels can afford it.

This article will help you understand the ways of traveling around the country and choose the best one that suits you well.


Several Airlines, including low-cost Airlines, make it very inexpensive to travel between the Philippine islands by air.

Keep in mind that daily flights to all points of the country are available only from the capital, so when planning an individual trip, you should keep in mind that you will probably have to get to your destination through Manila (less often through Cebu City).


The most widespread type of transpotation between Philippine cities - water transport: ferries and boats. Modernly equipped ships and passenger ferries operate between the main ports. But local sea transportation like small boats could give you creeps. Conditions are the same for everyone, and there is no air conditioning on local passenger boats.

You can buy ferry tickets online for the most popular tourist destinations and popular with locals, and it's better to do it in advance. Since there are many carriers, it is best to check schedules and buy tickets at 12go.asia, an aggregator of Asian carriers.


There is a long railroad line in the Philippines, connecting Manila through Naga, and Legazpi City in Albay. It is almost 900 kilometers long. There are three trains a day on the line. This type of transportation has not gained local favor, so the authorities do not pay much attention to it: the carriages are pretty old and go slow along the way.


Some places on Luzon (such as Baguio City and Tagaytay) can be reached comfortably by bus. From Manila, as from the center of the web, there is a fairly wide network of bus routes.

It is easy and affordable to take a bus from one city to another in the Philippines, and there are regular intercity buses, however, they are quite slow. Even some of the islands are connected by bus, and the ferry fare is included in the ticket. But there are no bus stops as such, transport stops at the request of those who are about to enter and those who vote on the road.


The Jeepney is the country's national mode of transportation, a hybrid of Jeep and minibus that is only produced in the Philippines (and even exported to some countries in the world).

In large cities, they run on officially equipped and numbered routes, and in small towns, they can simply run on routes without numbers, which only locals know about, it is a kind of national cab. They stop at any place on demand.

Rent a car

In large cities, you may be tempted to rent a car. But it is much better to hire a car with a safe driver (like they provide in Dubai) who knows much better than you how to navigate the local streets and traffic jams.


Most of the islands have their airports, and the ticket’s cost is competitive with buses and ferries. So before you look for a bus or ferry ticket we suggest checking prices for the flights, it may be cheaper, and you will save a lot of time. But of course, keep in mind that the lowest rate tickets do not include the luggage, you have to pay extra for it.


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