Manila, the oldest city in the Philippines in the middle of the island of Luzon, is accessible not only from any point in Luzon but also from any point in the archipelago. Here are some Manila transportation options.
Cebu to Manila by Air
From the Cebu Airport tourists may board a plane for the Domestic Airport or Terminal 2 in Pasay City. Airlines include Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, and Philippine Airlines or PAL. Another option is to land on Clark Field Airport via the same airlines. If travelers take the Pasay City airports, they may take a cab from there to Manila via the Roxas Boulevard route ending up in Luneta Park.
Or, they may opt to take a bus from EDSA to Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati City and take a bus to Taft Avenue Manila. From Luneta or Taft, Manila transportation is easy. If tourists opt to land on Clark, they have to take a bus to Manila or Pasay. Victory Liner, Partas, and Superlines are among the buses.
Cebu to Manila by Sea
From the Cebu pier, take Cebu Ferries or WG&A Super Ferries going to South Harbor in Manila. The South Harbor or Pier in Manila is right behind the Manila Hotel adjacent to Intramuros. Within walking distance is Bonifacio Road where different Manila transportation public vehicles are numerous, like jeepneys and cabs.
Manila, being a major city, affords various transportation options. Famous of all Manila transportation is the colorful and artistic public jeepney which has been in use since the years immediately after World War II. These were originally American army jeeps innovated by Filipino ingenuity. The basic fare is Php 8.50 for the first 3 kilometers and an addition of 50 centavos hence. Jeepneys ply every route in Manila.
Another famous Manila transportation is the cab. There are two kinds—the regular metered cab and the FX. Air-conditioned, metered cabs in Manila have a flag down rate of Php25.00. They’ll take passengers anywhere in Manila. On the other hand, FX cabs are mostly Tamaraw FX units that don’t use meters but charge rates like jeepneys and buses do, only, more costly. These air-conditioned mini-vans carry as many as 12 passengers, including the driver, and are limited to fixed routes, unlike the metered cabs.
Then there are the Light Rail Transit (LRT) traveling two separate routes—the Monumento to Baclaran route and the Divisoria to Cainta route. These are raised railways about 20 to 25 feet above national roads like Rizal and Taft Avenues and Claro M. Recto and cut across the city of Manila with various LRT stations at strategic points. These air-conditioned commuter trains travel on traffic-free routes and are the much preferred Manila transportation by most people who want to get to their destinations really fast.
But some parts of Manila still travel unhurriedly. Regardless of the modernity in the city, Manila still has horse-pulled carts in some places. Intramuros has intricately designed and colorful “calesas” or roofed carts pulled by horses manipulated by a cart driver or “kutsero.” For Php 100 or a bit more, this archaic Manila transportation option takes tourists to destinations leisurely, mostly historical places, with the driver acting as a tourist guide.
For narrower interior roads and alleys, the conspicuous Manila transportation in use are colored tricycles. Each district has its own specific color for its tricycles. A tricycle is a motorcycle with a sidecar where 3 passengers sit. A fourth passenger sits at the drivers back seat. Per passenger is often Php 6 to 7. Tricycles take passengers right at the very doorstep of their destinations.
Touring Manila is convenient and easy with the various Manila transportation options available.