Philippines Transport

Get in


International airports are located in Cebu, Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles, Davao, Kalibo, Laoag, Manila and Zamboanga. A much more congenial airport to arrive at is Mactan- Cebu International Airport which is both in the centre of the Philippine archipelago and outside the Typhoon belt. Tourists departing the Philippines have to pay a terminal fee about ₱550. Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, PAL Express, Air Asia, Tiger Airways are among the national carriers.


Rail transport in the Philippines plays a vital role of transporting passengers and cargo within major cites as well as long distance travel. Rail network in the country including Manila Light Rail Transit System, Manila Metro Rail Transit System, Philippine National Railways and Panay Railways. Three types of train systems are currently under development namely the Automated Guideway Transit, an electric powered, fully automated train, the Hybrid Electric Road Train which is a long bi-articulated bus and a full- scale passenger train.
Get around


Buses are usually the cheapest way to go when it comes to traveling around the Philippines, at least from within the major islands with fares as low as ₱300-500. Provincial bus companies have scheduled trips from Manila to provinces to the north and south. Major provincial bus companies include ALPS The Bus, Victory Liner and Philtranco.


Taxis are generally available within the major cities but are usually not used for travel across the various provinces and regions. When hailing a taxi in the cities, ensure the meter is on and pay the metered fare. Make sure you have small denomination banknotes and a tip of ₱10 is acceptable. Please do have coins ready with you and don’t be surprised if drivers want to bypass the meter during rush hour.


Apart from buses, ships are the cheapest modes of transports when getting around the country as fares are as low as ₱1000 if it’s a trip lasting a day or two and ₱600 if it’s only a one hour trip. Ferry trips to other islands can take over 24 hours, depending on distance. Be aware that while travelling by ferry is cheap, and relatively care-free compared to air-travel, boat services can be unreliable. Ferries can sometimes be delayed anywhere between 24 to 48 hours because all the cargo and passengers has not yet boarded.


Car rental companies usually allow either self-drive or chauffeur-driven rentals, some types of cars however may only be rented out with a chauffeur. Also, some rental companies may only allow rentals to be driven within the island where the city of rental is located. International driving licences are valid in the Philippines for up to 30 days after arrival, after which an International Driver’s Permit or a Philippine driving licences are required.