Car Rental in Manila
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Where to rent a car in Manila
For a city that is highly dependent on public transportation and private (personal) vehicles, Manila still has developed a network of car rental companies that may be used by travellers who are looking in to renting vehicles. International car rental companies, as well as numerous local companies, have set up at the heart of the city, although mainly, vehicles that are for rent are limited to vans and group-sharing vehicles. Bookings and reservations for these vehicles are usually made through mobile phones and traditional landlines, however, some of these car rental companies have set up their social media accounts as their contact point for their clients. Some of these companies include Avis, Sixt, Grand Frix, Manila Rent A Car, Avalon, National, Nissan, Hertz, and many others. Be prepared to pay about PHP 2,000-3,000 (US$ 45-67) for a day of use, plus the toll fees and the gas prices.
Most local car rental agencies offer their vehicles with a driver, and travellers should simply ensure that the driver will eat complete meals during the day/s of service. Tipping these drivers is not mandatory but is encouraged. Further, some of the local agencies do not ask for identification documents or driving permits especially for locals who are renting a vehicle, but they do require that upon booking, there would be a down payment.
What to expect when renting a car from Manila
Manila is a busy metropolitan with a small size and dense population. It is almost always typical to see people walking along the main roads and hailing jeepneys; terminals and “bus/jeepney stops” are things that are essentially moot here, as people stop and alight public utility vehicles just about anywhere. Road rules and regulations has become a joke in the area; more like “suggestions” and not “rules,” which is quite troublesome, even with the presence of Metropolitan Traffic Police. Jaywalking is almost always acceptable here, as well as counter-flowing and following the ambulance to ditch the traffic (funny truth). Road width vary between 4-4 to 2-2 or even one way, and stop lights are almost always run over when the light turns yellow. Do not be surprised to see pedestrians running across a huge street, and bicycles and tricycles making circuits on the big roads.
Traffic is a norm here. Unlike other areas where there are only certain periods of time when heavy traffic is present, Manila’s roads are perpetually clogged by heavy and dense traffic, even with the presence of colour-coding schemes as such. From 8 in the morning up to 9 or 10 in the evening, congestion prevails.
Getting to your destination
The neighbour of Manila, Quezon City is a vibrant metro of industries that invests heavily on its people and its belief of progressing towards the betterment of the country. Visit the many shopping malls here, and drop by a few attractions and theme parks. Reach Quezon City by travelling through Recto Avenue to Espana Blvd and Quezon Avenue, all the way to Visayas Avenue in Diliman. Here you’d reach central Quezon City.
Home to the biggest shopping mall in Asia, Pasay is an almost coastal city located south of Manila, accessible by the R-1 and the Osmena Highway. Here, travellers may check out the theme parks, the biggest mall in Asia, and several cultural buildings that have been home to the arts in the Philippines.
Want to have the best gastronomy trip in the north of the Philippines? Visit Pampanga. Here, travellers can legitimately taste the best Filipino cuisine up north; sisig, crispy pata, and longganisa included. Pampanga can be reached by heading to Rizal Avenue towards Dimasalang Road and A Bonifacio Avenue, which is connected to the North Luzon Expressway. Just drive straight in and then take exit 65 from the expressway to reach San Fernando City and the province.