Getting Around: Jeepneys
Jeepneys are the most popular means of
public transportation in the Philippines. They were originally made from US military jeeps left over from World
War II and are well known for their flamboyant decoration and crowded seating. They have also become a symbol of
Philippine ingenuity and culture.
The current fare for local jeepneys is 8.5 pesos for the first 4 kilometers and 1.5 pesos for
each additional kilometer. A jeepney from Bali Hai to San Fernando will cost you P11.50 (about 25 cents US).
Q. How many people can fit in a jeepney?
A. Always one more!
Beware of pickpockets, especially in crowded jeepneys. Cellphones are a popular target.
Note: These fares are subject to change at any time.
The Tricycle is another Philippine
icon. The tricycles (trics) in the Bali Hai area are blue; those in San Fernando are white.
We recommend you always agree on a price for your trip BEFORE you get in. Just ask the driver
if he knows your destination, and then ask how much. The tric driver will often say "up to you." If so, just
quote what you think is a fair price. Most times he will accept your price, but if he doesn't, you can haggle
some more, or just walk away and try another driver.
Alternatively, if you already know what you consider a reasonable fare, first ask the driver
if he knows your destination, for example, Bali Hai. If he says, "yes" then tell him what fare you are prepared