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Philippines Getting Around - Internal Travel
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There are several airlines in addition to Philippine Airlines (PR). These include Air Soriano Aviation, Air Ads, Air Philippines Corporation, Asian Spirit Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Grand Air, Laoag International Airlines, Mindanao Express and Pacific Airways.

Departure tax for domestic flights from Manila is P100. Transit passengers remaining in the airport are not charged.


Inter-island ships with 1st-class accommodations offer connections between the main island ports. For more information, contact shipping lines (Aleson Shipping, tel: (2) 712 0507 or WG&A Super Ferry, tel: (2) 528 7979 or 7171).


Luzon Island has the only railway connecting San Fernando, Pampagna in the north to Legazpi city, Albay in the south. It is operated by Philippine National Railways. This network operates 3 daily trains to and from Manila. Some accommodations with air-conditioning are available.


There are some 161,168 kilometres or 100,148 miles of roads amongst the islands and highways on the Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon island groups. More roads are recently under construction. Traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road.

Bus: Buses operate between the towns and widely available are the infamous jeepneys. They are shared taxis using jeep derived vehicles that can carry up to 14 people on bench seats. The jeepneys fares are similar to buses.

Taxi: Taxis are available in many cities and towns. Verify that the meters are on or you might be paying astronomical and arbitrary rates.

Car hire: Rentals are available in the capital and in larger cities. The minimum age is 18.

Documentation: An International Driving Permit is required along with a national driving licence.


The Metro Manila Transport operates bus routes using traditional vehicles, which include double-decker's. Many journeys are made by jeepneys, of which there are an estimated 30,000 in Manila alone. The metro-rail is a light rail transit link that runs from Baclaran terminal in the south to Caloocan terminal in the north. For shorter distances around towns try the tricycles (motorbikes with sidecars) or trishaw's for a cheaper alternative.