1. Do not travel at night.
Night travel is not recommended in the Philippines, especially in Manila. The same can be said for walking at night. While the weather may be agreeable for an evening stroll, tourists put their safety at risk by wandering the streets at night. Skip the walk, and take a taxi back to your hotel.
While these decorated buses are apart of the Filipino culture and are abundant in Manila, travelers should avoid using this form of transportation. Jeepneys can be crowded, unreliable, and confusing in terms of their routes.
3. Airport arrival.
: Before your arrival, be sure to understand how you will get to your hotel, especially when arriving at night. Do they offer a shuttle or van? If not, use common sense, and book a taxi with a secure company that can be found just outside of the arrival area. It may be a bit more expensive, but it saves you time and the hassle of arguing over the meter with other taxi drivers.
4. Use the meter.
Always tell your taxi driver to turn on the meter. Drivers may say the meter does not work or that they have set fees, but, this is only the case for an airport taxi. If the meter is not on, the driver will inflate the price significantly. If the driver refuses to turn the meter on, leave the car and hail another taxi.