Taxi from Manila Airport
Replies: 24 - Last Post: Jul 25, 2012 4:26 PM Last Post By: Shirley123
Mar 29, 2010 3:04 AM
Taxi from Manila AirportAccording to LP's South-East Asia guide, the best way to get downtown Manila (Malate) from Manila International Airport, is by taxi, which cost P350 if you buy a coupon from the line of booths around the departure hall. But if, like they said, you go upstairs to Arrivals and flag down a metered taxi, it should only cost you about P120. Is this right? Thanks to any replies in advance.
Mar 29, 2010 5:08 AM
Mar 29, 2010 5:47 AM
2The security guards up at arrivals only let taxis stop long enough to let their passengers get out of the car, they are then moved on and not allowed to hang around for a fare. If you want to save money your only option is to get out of the airport complex onto the main road and flag a normal metre taxi. But to be honest if this is your first time in Manila I'd say for you to just get an airport taxi as you will probably be ripped off by a normal metre taxi on the main road and it will save a lot of hassle!
Mar 29, 2010 9:31 AM
Mar 29, 2010 9:38 AM
Mar 29, 2010 10:16 AM
Mar 29, 2010 4:42 PM
6i tell you from all the years of fighting with manila taxi drivers i have never once had a problem with any of the ones i have taken from the airport by going up to the departing area. I think its due to them being thankful for having a fare right back to the city, never an issue about using the meter or anything. You should be able to get to ermita for about p100 though i am a very generous tipper my first taxi ride each time in the PI.
Mar 30, 2010 10:11 AM
Apr 1, 2010 1:22 AM
8Agree with Bounty. Not a problem getting an arriving regular metered taxi upstairs, and they will turn on the meter. Should be perfectly safe. However, if you walk out to the road, that's where you'll run into the crooked metered taxis - they inevitably won't turn on their meters and try to charge a premium. Also keep in mind that the location of the arriving taxis (ie, the departures area) depends on what terminal you fly into. Yes, it's upstairs at the regular old international terminal I (where the escalator is blocked) but it might not be blocked off at terminal 1 or 3 (I haven't checked).
All that said, your best bet is a yellow airport metered taxi from the arrivals area. These might cost P200 to Malate, just a tad more than a regular metered. They are safe and always use the meter (although one driver tried to charge me P500 to go to Mall of Asia recently; I asked for his ID and said I'd be calling his boss and he quickly changed his mind).
Apr 1, 2010 3:00 AM
Apr 8, 2010 3:40 AM
10I definitely agree that the coupon system is there to protect the travelers arriving to Manila which means that there are valid reasons to have this "system" in place i.e. unscrupulous drivers elsewhere. The only drawback is the higher starting level of the meters but for convenience and ease of getting away from the airport with the least hassle via a taxi, go with the coupon. Other options are available since many hotels/guesthouses etc. provide free airport pickup :)
Apr 9, 2010 10:23 PM
11I'm surprised how easy folks in Manila accept those official rip-offs. The plain fact that they block the escalator going up trying to force people taking an overpriced coupon taxi makes me angry - and it makes certain that I will not take their rip-off coupon taxis.
I rather walk off the ramp even with luggage, it's only about 150m walk to the road, flag down a regular cabbie, if he doesn't want to use the meter, wave him off and get the next one.
Or go upstairs using the elevator as mentioned above.
Same way I never use the rip-off overexpensive airport limousine here in Bangkok (albeit you get a nicer car in comparison to a regular metered cab) - but at least here there are signs leading you to the public taxi stand where you pay the meter (plus 50 baht airport surcharge, plus highway toll fees if needed). Even here at public taxi stand you get a piece of paper with phone numbers to complain if something goes wrong.
Why can't they get done something like this in Manila? Why do people not complain more, stop using their overpriced cabs? Why do people in the RP so easily accept those rip-offs?
I'm wondering as well why the coupon taxis are supposedly 'safer'? I never had any problems with regular taxis from the airport to town nor from town to airport - apart from that they don't want to use the meter; as said wave him off and take the next one.
Of course that won't happen to you in coupon taxi, you already agreed not using a meter and paying 450php instead of 120php or so...
Offer 450php to a metered cabbie on the road and he will agree immediately, btw...and he will tell at home that he found an idiot paying him more than triple of the regular fare...
No wonder those coupon guys don't argue about fares...
Apr 9, 2010 10:33 PM
Apr 9, 2010 10:39 PM
- I believe its blocked because it quit working.
Some 10yrs ago?
And they never fixed it?
Might there be a reason not to fix it?
The point is that this escalator is right in front of you before you exit - unlike the elevator which is out of view to the side...
You really good in helping them finding excuses????
Apr 9, 2010 10:51 PM
14I'm afraid I have to agree with tools here...the transport situation at Manila airport really p*sses us off and just screams rip off...whenever we can we avoid using Manila to fly to. Why aren't there buses (like every other airport in SE Asia?), why are the coupon taxis so bloody expensive? are two questions we always ask. We always walk out onto the road and flag a taxi or get a jeepney...but this isn't easy if you don't know what you are doing or if you don't know Manila. Regular metred taxis are always told to put the metre on and if they don't then we get another one.
The same as at terminal 3 they have put that huge wire fence up 'for security' around the car park perimetre...hmmm more like to stop arriving passengers taking a more direct route to the road to get a regular metred taxi?! Yep, very cynical of us but we can't help it!
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