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There are five main types of transportation within the Philippines.

Bus Service. (Coach)
The bus service network in the Philippines is very good and affordable.
Depending on how far you are willing to travel, you will probably be able to get there by bus, you will probably have to change, but you will get there eventually.
They mainly use the national highways between towns and cities but some do venture off the beaten track.
Most major towns will have a bus terminal where you will be able to see the possible destinations.
You can also just stand on the side of the road and hail one, most have the destination on a board in the front window.
Keep your belongings safe and secure.
Fly The Bus is also worth a mention, they have a bus service that runs between most tourist locations, very safe, very secure and very reasonably priced.

Private Hire. (Car or Van)
You can hire anything from a motor cycle up to a large minibus.
The minibus option can work out cheaper than the buses if there is a group of you.
Most hotels will have a private hire service of their own or use a local company with a good reputation.
We personally use a local company in Angeles City and get a better rate than the hotels.
The good thing about private hire is that they will stop for a break when you ask them and can also divert off the beaten track if the traffic gets heavy.
I would suggest that when you go through major towns and cities, keep the doors locked and the windows up, most are air conditioned so why have the windows open in the first place.

Taxi.
Probably the most expensive form of transport in the Philippines.
Always set the price before you travel.
Always take the cab number and telephone number of the company.
If you book through an office always get a receipt.
Not all cab drivers are as nice as they seem.
Again, keep the doors locked and windows up when going through major towns and cities.

Jeepney.
The cheapest form of transport in the Philippines.
You can get a Jeepney by standing at the side of the road and putting your hand out.
Each Jeepney has a specific route to it's destination, so always check the route or you may be going the long way round.
The price for your destination is set so no haggling is required, make sure you have small notes or coins on you for the fare.
When you get on the Jeepney it is normal to give the person sitting between you and the driver the money for the journey, they will pass the money down until it reaches the driver, your change will return in the same manner.
Once you have told the driver your destination he will normally remember this and stop for you, if not, then just rap the roof of the Jeepney with your knuckels, this is like ringing the bell and he will stop.
Once you get used to them, this is not a bad mode of transport.
Keep your valuables safe, pickpockets love foreigners on the Jeepney.

Trike.

The famous trike, basically a motor cycle with an adapted sidecar.
To get a trike just walk out of the establishment you are in and shout at the top of your voice "TRIKE" you will be surrounded by 30 of them in 2 seconds flat.
Quicker than the Jeepney as they can take shortcuts but much more expensive.
Depending on which location you are in depends on the trike type.
Baguio does not have trikes, the 2 stroke engines don't like to work that high up.
La Union and Subic Bay have some good drivers, not expensive and very helpful.
Angeles City trike drivers are only after the money and will hike the prices all day long.
I can't give an opinion about the Manila drivers as I have never used one there.
Always set the price for the journey, you may have paid 30 peso yesterday, this driver wants 100 peso today.
For short journeys they are ideal, but for longer journeys where traffic may be involved, all you seem to do is breath in exhaust fumes.

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