An archipelago comprised of 7,641 islands, the Philippines is an ideal destination for travelers who wish to go island hopping and visit different places within one country. This, however, can also pose as a challenge to the uninitiated, especially for those who are not familiar with how to navigate around the country.
Whether you are transferring from one island to another or going on a road trip with friends, here are five means of transportation that you can try when you are visiting the Philippines.
Taking the plane is probably the fastest yet most expensive way to travel from point A to point B, but it is also the most convenient. Compared to bus rides that may take hours or even days, an airplane ride only lasts an hour, or an hour and a half at the most like, let’s say, from Manila to Davao.
Some airlines also offer promos and discounted fares, so better stay updated about these deals as they can really help if you are traveling on a budget. Before boarding, also make sure you are not carrying any prohibited items in your carry-on or check-in baggage.
If the prices of plane tickets are sky-high, then riding a ferry is an option for you. This is also advisable for islands that are near each other that getting a flight is not reasonable, or there is no nearby airport. Some examples of these destinations are Cebu and Bohol, Dumaguete and Siquijor, Manila to Coron, Coron to Puerto Princesa, Iloilo to Bacolod, Oslob to Dumaguete, and Dumaguete to Bohol.
Booking ferry tickets can be done on-site or online. You can also book with KKday for added convenience.
If you’re into road trips or long rides along the highway, then take a bus to your next destination. There are various bus terminals all over the Philippines that you can go to, depending on where you plan to visit. In Manila, there are bus lines that can take you to as far as Ilocos to the north and even to Mindanao in the south via the RORO (roll on, roll off) ferry.
Want to go to Baguio or La Union but don’t have your own car? Then head to major areas in Manila such as Pasay and Cubao where you will most likely see a bus terminal to these tourist hubs.
Ride-hailing or Sharing Service
For those who prefer to stay within and explore the city, making use of a ride-hailing or sharing service will be very helpful to you. It has been beneficial to many Filipinos who want to avoid the hassle of everyday commute, and most travelers also prefer using it to avoid being scammed by cab drivers. Just download the app of your preferred service, key in your details, and you’re ready to book.
A little reminder though—the rates of these ride-hailing services could go up on peak hours or at certain times of the day. Make sure you have enough cash or that you are completely okay with being charged for a large amount.
Private transfers are ideal for those who are traveling in large groups and want to be in charge of how they want to spend their time when touring around. These are usually booked for trips from the airport to your chosen hotel, especially at night or if you have suitcases.
These are more convenient than ride-hailing services or taxis, as you can book this in advance and the driver will be at the airport to meet you and help you with your stuff. They are also available 24 hours a day, so arriving late at night or early in the morning will not be a problem.
Enjoy the convenience of traveling around the Philippines with these transport services!