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Philippines Taxi

Taxis and taxi drivers

 

Taxis and their drivers

To calculate the fare to expect, use our new Philippines Taxi Fare Calculator. Drag marker A to your start point.Then drag marker B to the destination.

The best route is marked on the map. The estimated fare is displayed on right side together with the estimated travel time and a step by step road-trip.

One usually sits in the back of the taxi, but some drivers like company and invite you to sit aside them.

Taxis may only be found in cities.

Taxis can be found waiting at airports, sea ports and bus terminals. They can also be called in any spot in town by simply waving your hand.

More often you will be recognized as a tourist and each empty taxi approaches you, the driver honking like a madman.

Taxis can be "dealer new" Toyotas with a few 100 km of life. They can also be very old, rusty Chryslers hold together with a lot of rusty wire and tape.

Lots of drivers are fine guys and give you free information about their city and much more. Unfortunately there are also less honest drivers and black sheep. There are also places of real organized fraud, where we do not recommend to ride a taxi. Please see below.


The Fares

There are 3 different official types of fares:

  • Fixed fares (coupon taxis)
  • Metered (yellow) airport taxis
  • Metered (white) common taxis

If you have never used a taxi in the Philippines, the "coupon taxis" might be best choice. Their fixed tariffs might be higher than the ones of the metered taxis, but only if their drivers are honest.

The tariffs for the yellow "airport" taxis are:

  • PHP 70 at flag fall, including the first 500 meters
  • PHP 4.00 every 300 meters afterwards.
  • PHP 4.00 every 2 minutes waiting or standing in traffic.

The tariffs for the white* "common" taxis are:

  • PHP 40 at flag fall, including the first 500 meters
  • PHP 3.50 every 300 meters afterwards.
  • PHP 3.50 every 2 minutes waiting or standing in traffic.

* They are not all white but most of them.

 

Sample of a correct taxi bill:

Sample of a correct taxi bill

 

Old and new taxi meter:

Old and new taxi meter

Philippines Taxi Fare Calculator

Total Distance:
Off peak:
Airport taxi fare:
Common taxi fare:
Peak time:
Airport taxi fare:
Common taxi fare:

 

 

The initial route shows a trip from Manila Airport NAIA-1 to the Peninsula hotel in Makati. For your trip you first drag the green marker A to your start point. Then you drag the red marker B to the end point of your journey. The result is immediately calculated and displayed. On the map you see a blue line linking begin an end of your trip. On the top of the right panel you see the estimated fare of your ride. Try it, it's so easy ...

You can use this map all over the Philippines. Use the zoom function. You may even have a look at any point of your journey - simply use the "streetview peg".


The Drivers

Taxi drivers usually are neither owner of the taxi nor employees. The drivers rent the taxi per day from an owner of a car pool.

The driver has to pay between 1200 and 2400 pesos for a 24 hours use of the taxi. He has also to pay the fuel. One often sees taxi drivers getting gasoline or diesel for 100 pesos only, just enough for the next short trip of maybe 10 kilometers.

A honest driver can make up to 3600 pesos within 24 hours. But these means 2 naps of 4 hours and driving the remaining 16 hours, having the car always hired and doing short trips only. In real life a taxi driver earns maybe 1500 pesos a day.

This is why we always give a tip when the driver is correct and helpful.

Read also the 'theoretical' passenger rights.

 

A common taxi in Manila:

A common taxi in Manila

 

Passenger rights:

Theoretical Passenger Rights

Questions & Answers

Sorry, we are on an explorer trip and cannot answer your questions for now.

If we find some spare time and have access to the Internet, we'll write in our blog.

See you soon again.

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