Traditional Transportation

Jeepney is the Filipinos native transportation vehicle. It was a remnant from the World War II.  The most common mode of transport, jeepneys ply several routes around the country, especially those areas where bigger buses cannot serve.


Tricycles are less visible in major highways in the Philippines. Being smaller in size, they are used in short-distance travel, and are most commonly seen on the side streets, subdivisions, smaller cities and towns. In some instances, tricycles are hired to ferry people and merchandise from the market. You can ride tricycles along with other passengers, and pay an average rate, or you can ride it privately, which they also call “special”, where you pay a higher rate or the equivalent rate of the number of passengers.


kalesa (also known as caritela or karitela) is a horse-drawn calash used in the Philippines.

If you happen to visit Vigan, Ilocos Norte, a calesa ride completes the whole experience. Tour along and feel the quaint ambience in the Spanish lanes of the town. Manila, specifically Intramuros, also offers a calesa ride the old-fashioned way with your coachman serving as your tour guide, in complete costume and all.