You Don’t Need A Car Here

Considering a move to the Philippines. Did you know you really do not need a car here. You can conduct your life here easily without a vehicle. This means you can eliminate the extra expense of a vehicle payment and maintenance therefore life is cheaper here just based on that alone.

Public Transportation is readily available just about every where you go. Not only do they have inexpensive Taxi service but there are also motorcycles, tricycles, taxi’s, Jeepneys and buses all very affordable. Tricycles are everywhere on the side streets of every city in the Philippines and in the smaller cities like here in Lapu Lapu City they are on all the roads except the main highway. Jeepneys are also readily available usually only a short walk over to the jeepney stops. Consider the price list below which varies quite a bit here.

If you must own your own transportation I recommend getting a Honda Dash 110cc for around $1,200. Or you can purchase a inexpensive auto as we did for 599,000 Pesos or just over $13,000. We purchased the Suzuki Celerio shown below. It has a 1000cc engine and runs great and it is cheap on gas. But why bother ours spends a lot of time just sitting out front we only occasionally drive it.

250 Pesos ($5.65) Per Ride – Taxi from the bridges in Mactan to the mountains of Cebu City.

7 Pesos ($.15) per person – Tricycle ride from our apartment in Lapu-Lapu City to the Market.

20 Pesos ($.44) Per Person –  Jeepney Ride from Mactan Island to the University area of Cebu City, takes three different jeepneys to get there.

150 pesos ($3.40) Per Person – Bus ride from Cebu City to Bogo about 98 kilometers.

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Honda Dash 110cc costing around $1,500 It's hard ot get large displacement motorcycles here, you can but have to special order them. Most just drive the smaller motorcycles.

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Plenty of Tricycles on the road everywhere. These are like what you find in Manila.

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We Americans can fit in one of these, I ride them all the time.

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More Tricycles on the road, both peddle and motored. Each city has it's own style of tricycle, this one is like what you find in Cebu City.

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This is a tricycle I had built for the family in 2004 for $400
This is a tricycle I had built for the family in 2004 for $400, you find this style of tricycle in Bogo area.

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Here I am driving my tricycle. By the way we sold this tricycle in 2008 but the motorcycle is still on the road today attached to another tricycle.

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Jeepney are everywhere also but watch your head they are low head clearance.
Jeepney are everywhere also but watch your head they are low head clearance.

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Interior of a Jeepney
Interior of a Jeepney

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Interior of a Jeepney

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Ceres Bus Lines on Cebu Island This one is Air conditioned. This bus line is a lot slower than others and a lot safer. We have road many of these buses on the Bogo to Cebu route.

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Interior of an air conditioned Ceres Bus in Cebu

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NIce and roomy interior Ceres Bus Lines.

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Suzuki Celerio costing around 599,000 pesos or $13,500

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Hagnaya and Suzuki Celerio
Suzuki Celerio Photographed in Hagnaya, Cebu which is where you get the ferry to Bantayan Island.

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Another shot of the Hagnaya area.

 

 

And another of Hagnaya Town

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You might want to turn off the sound, I did not like the misic but the photos are good.

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Blueberry Ice cream, looks sooooo... good.


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