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Jeepneys and Tricycles:

The Cheapest Transportation.

There are a lot of ways to get around in the Philippines but the two cheapest are the Jeepney and the Tricycle.

The Jeepney or Jitney “baby-bus”, is the most popular mode of public transportation in the Philippines. After World War 2 (WWII), when the Americans returned to their homeland, they left a lot of old military equipment behind, these included jeeps. The Filipino people took these jeeps, add a truck rear-end to them, and then added a roof for shade., Jeepneys are known for being crowded, and at some locations you may have to wait until it is full (downtown) for it to travel.

The Tricycle is the next choice for cheap travel in the Philippines, it is a motorcycle with a sidecar and is used as the primary “taxicab”. You can call for one to your location or hail one on the side of the road.

A Tricycle driver will take you anywhere from your barangay, but if your downtown or at a location like a mall you may have to ask around for a ride to where you’re going. The fare for a ride on a Tricycle is around 70 pesos (USD $1.23).

As long as you know where you are going, and if you are looking for cheap local transportation, the Jeepney. and the Tricycle are your best choices.

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