Whether you want to ride tricycles, jeepnies, taxis or just about anything in the middle, you can find it in the Philippines. The Philippines has so many public transportation options, it is hard to choose sometimes. Maybe the best way to make the right choice is to let your budget be the guide. You can literally go somewhere in the Philippines for so many different prices that it will boggle your mind. You can spend a few pesos up to a couple of hundred pesos to make the same trip depending on the mode of transport that you choose!
I have a friend who lives in a neighborhood here in Davao. When he steps outside his door he has several choices for public transport. He can jump on a Jeepney to go to the mall and the fare for that ride would be P8. Or, he can ride a taxi to the same mall for P120 or so. Taxi fares depend on traffic and such, so the P120 is just the normal fare. It might be a bit more than that. That’s a big difference, but in fact, there are some places where the difference can be double that amount. I can go from my house to another mall for about P250 in taxi fare, or pay P8 to ride the jeepney to the same place. I once figured out that I went to 3 or 4 places on the jeep one time, and it cost me 32 Pesos to make the full trip and get back home. There were 3 jeepney rides and a bit of walking involved. P32 spent. If I had taken a taxi to all of those places I would have easily spent P600!
Imagine, if that was my average day of going to different places, for one month my taxi fares would run P18,000, that’s about $400. But, if I took the jeepney instead, I would spend P960. That is a about $20 or so. Huge difference! Can you imagine!
There are other public transportation methods too. For example, there are tricycles, buses and here in Davao we even have water taxis!
In today’s podcast, I will explain the different public transportation options and the cost of each.
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