Transportation in Philippines

Getting to the Philippines is particularly easy, as it is connected to many other parts of the world by air, land and water. Many visitors tend to arrive in the city of Manila, which boasts its own international airport that connects the Philippines with a whole host of prominent destinations in Southeast Asia and farther afield.

While most people choose to fly here, it is also possible to a ferry from places such as Sandakan in Malaysia. The many waterways of the Philippines are teeming with cargo and passenger vessels, and this is the only way to reach many of the remote island groups. Car hire is possible in Luzon and the larger parts of the country, and reasonably-priced.

Flights & airports

Manila’s international airport is located just seven kilometres from the heart of the city. Other major airports include Clark Fields, Cebu and Caticlan Airport for Boracay...more

Taxis & buses

Philtranco is the nation’s main bus line, which offers inter-island routes through the country’s nautical highway. Some of the largest bus terminals can be found in the heart of Quezon City...more

Driving & car rental

There is a wide range of different ways to explore the Philippines with hiring a car perfect for exploring the scenic mountains of Luzon’s Cordilleras region with rice terraces...more

Ferries

The Philippines is comprised of more than 7,000 islands, and most of the country’s major destinations come complete with large ports that offer passenger ferries to neighbouring islands...more

More on transportation in the Philippines

Many visitors to the Philippines start their trip by exploring Metro Manila, which is blessed with an excellent transportation system.

Generally speaking, taxis are cheap all over the Philippines, and while some drivers may be reluctant to use their metres at first, they should be easy enough to persuade.

Travelling by jeepney tends to be slightly cheaper than by taxi, while those who really want to cut costs can also choose to use buses to explore large towns and cities.

The roads in the Philippines are of mixed condition, with fine surfaces in the larger urban areas and gravel tracks in rural placed. It is a simple process to hire a car here, provided that you have an international driver’s permit. However, driving here can be a hair-raising experience, and those who are unfamiliar with the country’s traffic laws would be better off hiring a vehicle with a driver.

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