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Private car with driver Nov 03, 2011
Travelling by car with a driver will saves up a lot of your time and has the superior comfort which saves your energy and preserving them to be use on truly important activities.

When travelling in Manila, you may have considered the Metro Rail or any public transportation to get around. It is the more economical choice but, it can't entirely provide you with the safety that the car rental provides. You don't need to stop and walk to the next station or ask people for directions or be hassle by a cab driver. This means that you don't risk losing anything most especially if you have a lot of luggage and it's your first time in the city.

If you are always travelling to Manila, it is definitely a smart choice to have a car and a driver meet you at the airport. If you find a company that you trust, you can use them all the time. You can build a good relationship with the driver making your trip more safe and comfortable. Keep in mind that a particular company may charge higher because they are quite competitive in the business. This only shows that you can always try to look for an individual that are just starting to make a name in the industry but are known to give good service and charges reasonable rates.

Traveling by car allows you to travel at your own pace and stop at different sites when traveling for leisure. Tourist drivers are courteous, attentive to your needs, will look out for your safety, provide necessary Information, act as a guide, organized and savvy in relationships with other service providers such as restaurants, hotels, etc…. making your vacation more enjoyable.
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P10 Taxi Tip Jul 25, 2008
Due to the increasing cost of fuel, the Land Transportation Office has issued taxi drivers stickers that would allow them to charge an additional P10.00 "Tip". This move started on July 25, 2008.

As of this writing, there are still Taxis that do not have the YELLOW sticker, it's up to the passenger to give the tip or not.

Should you encounter erring drivers and operators (and you will), you can report them to the LTFRB hotline: 7890.

Applicable to Metro Manila Taxis only. For Provinces: TBA.

NOTE: Months ago taxis have reverted back to just using their meters. Disregard any taxis with those stickers from now on.
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Posted on: Aug 26, 2008
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Mar 14, 2007
As many other places of the eastern world bargaining is VERY important. The worst ones are tricycle drivers, which will pester you with offers to take you all over the world and back.. The normal fare for a tricycle is P15 pr kilometre , and perhaps more some other places. Never pay more than P150 for a tricycle ride unless its very long.


In Batangas a tricycle driver said that i had to pay P500 for the short trip to the hotel (5mins).. After laghing in his face and asked him if he was joking i managed to bargain it down to P60 (it was at nighttime so i didnt want to walk). Be aware that tricycle is bad for your health. You are sitting close to the road and you will breathe alot of toxic exhaust if there is other cars on the road.

Kalesa. These are used in Intramuros and Chinatown in Manila.. P50 for 30mins is not so bad. Do NOT pay much more than this.

Taxi Drivers: Once you get in point at the meter and ask them to turn them on. Otherwise it can get expensive. Got overcharged the first time i took a taxi ,but after you learn them to use the meter its much cheper. Most times maximum P200 , but a short stop from Ermeta to Makati should go over P130 with moderate traffic.. There is ONE exception to this. If there is heavy traffic give the driver more money and give him a little break.

LRT: 15Peso everywhere you want to go.

Jeepney. Cheap way to get around ,but this is not for beginners (at least in manila). Other places the jeepnes often leave when they are full (which can take upto 1hour, but normally max 30mins) so if you are in a hurry tricycle is a better option.

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