Public Transports to Consider When You Can’t Use Your Car

To reduce traffic congestion in Metro Manila, a number coding scheme has been enforced in the cities to ban certain vehicles from using the major public roads for a specific day. Cars with plate numbers ending in 1 or 2 are banned on Mondays, those finishing in 3 or 4 aren’t allowed on Tuesdays, and so on.

It’s essential for you to comply with these rules; not doing so is a traffic violation , which in case you didn’t know, can raise the premium of your car insurance upon renewal. But you don’t need to worry about getting around Metro Manila. You can still navigate your way in the city via other modes of transportation, some of which are listed below.


If you’re coming from nearby provinces like Laguna, Rizal, and Bulacan, then taking a bus is your best option to get there in case your car is barred from entering Metro Manila due to coding. Most buses these days are air-conditioned, and the seats are large enough for you and other commuters to sit comfortably, so riding one to work or school shouldn’t be a big deal.

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Many air-conditioned vans can also be found in the city, sharing routes with other public vehicles. And although they cater mostly to commuters within Metro Manila, many also pick up and set down passengers from neighboring provinces like Laguna and Cavite.


Jeepneys have long become part of the Filipino culture and way of life, but riding one within Metro Manila can be an interesting (and sometimes challenging) experience ― especially for the uninitiated. This mode of transportation can weave in and around the city in ways other public utility vehicles aren’t capable of, and they offer a wide array of destinations that can sometimes be confusing for first-time passengers.


The LRT and MRT trains offer commuters an excellent way to avoid the heavy traffic that regularly plagues Metro Manila roads. The LRT is divided into two high lines: the LRT-1, which runs north to south between Monumento and Baclaran; and the LRT-2, which runs west to east between Recto and Santolan. Meanwhile, the MRT runs south to north along the EDSA highway. All three lines have intersecting stations (EDSA, Doroteo Jose, and Cubao).


But if you’re uncomfortable with riding jeepneys, trains, and vans to get around Metro Manila, you can always get a cab, either via calling Grab or via hailing one that’s passing by. Taxis in Manila are plentiful, and it gives you space since you get to have the car all to yourself. Flagdown rate is P40 for the first kilometer and P3.5 for the subsequent 300 meters, so better be prepared to shell out at least P100 if you grab one.

Choose Your Ride

They may not be as comfortable as riding your own car, but these public transports are just as capable of getting you in and around Metro Manila as any other vehicles. So whenever it’s your car’s coding day best take any of these rides to navigate the city.

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