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6 Ways on How to Get off a Jeep in the Philippines

Updated on July 1, 2014
Example of a Jeepney. The product of creativity and innovation of the Filipinos.
Example of a Jeepney. The product of creativity and innovation of the Filipinos. | Source

What is Jeepney?

Jeepneys are non-aircon type but with open windows and are smaller than bus. It could carry around 18- 20 (and up) passengers depending upon the size and 'demand'. Usually some drivers still pick up more passengers though it's beyond the capacity because they want to earn more. In some cases, passengers are still willing to sneak in due to some reasons like time constraints and weather condition. To regulate their number in the streets, they have their respective routes and signs can be seen at the side. Specific place of destination can be observed hanging at the windshield.

Jeepneys which are the "remnants of World War 2" had traveled a lot in the history of public transportation in the Philippines. Improved versions were introduced along the way carrying the pride of its creator. Because of the innovative and creative thinking of the Pinoys, no two jeepneys are alike as what they say. Each has its own unique design and a story to tell.

As they continue to populate the streets side by side, they will always be a part of the daily lives of the "common Pinoys" whose only means of transportation is thru them.

Hop on! Hop off!

Example of a typical public jeepney in the Philippines. Photo was taken somewhere in Lucban, Quezon.
Example of a typical public jeepney in the Philippines. Photo was taken somewhere in Lucban, Quezon.

Ways on how to get off (esp. for the foreigners):

Even in getting off, Filipinos' creativity can be observed, here are some of it:

1. You can sayPara po ” or “Sa Tabi lang po (Please pull over, I’m getting off here). This is the most common or safest way in my opinion and if the driver can't hear or was not able to hear you, most of the time another nearer passenger says this "Para daw " so don't worry.

2. You can tap or knock the jeepney’s roof or ceiling either using your hands more than once or with the use of a coin (just to make a sound).

3. From my observation, some passengers whistle especially the guys but it's not a normal one (I'm not sure how they do it loudly). They can make a sound by compressing the lips' muscles and hmm.. letting air barely go through producing a loud squeaking sound.

4. a. Other jeepneys have a sign like this “Hila mo, Hinto ako ”- literally it means “You pull, I stop ” but actually you need to pull a string. You can easily figure it out once you are inside, you can notice a string in the middle along the roof/ceiling and just pull it down when you want to get off.

b. Others not using a string but a button and says like this “Pindot mo, Hinto Ako ” which means, “Press the button, then I will stop

5. If there’s a conductor, just tell him where you want to get off and he will take care of the rest but reminding him once or twice will be a great help …(a conductor is someone who gets the payment and usually hangs onto the back of the jeepney, waves or shout to attract the riders)

6. If you are lucky, without saying a word. How? If your fellow passengers have the same destination with yours, let them do the trick.. just go with them when they get off.

To avoid getting too much attention and glaring look from your fellow passengers, try what's applicable and blend in. Too much complaining will not help you. After all, you are in a public vehicle so be courteous and behave properly.


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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Good information to have if a person finds themselves in the Philippines. Here we call your JEEPNEY a bus. There is usually a string running above the windows on the inside of the bus that a person can pull to alert the driver they wish to get off the bus, where you say yours runs down the middle of the ceiling.

      Very good info to know. Thank you for sharing.

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      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      I love this little piece of culture! I've never heard of this, which makes me sad considering how many Filipino people I know :)

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Yes, I have been on a jeepney! I loved it, very differetn and unique, in the US we don't have them...great hub!

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      You have made me dizzy on this trip. Almost reminds me of when I was in Mexico.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      I hope I make it to the Philippines. The people from there are so wonderful! Thanks

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi very nice introduction to our culture, thanks

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      Febfifth 8 years ago from LAS VEGAS

      Hi Pinkhawk,

      And thank you for the great comment you left on my site!

      I also love the things you write about. I absolutely love everything about the Phils, the culture, the people and the food! Actually, I am dying now for some crispy pata! lol

      Anyway, I have now become your fan!

      Have a great day and I hope to hear from you again soon. Tell me how you did trying the music method I talked about in my hub.

      Your new freind,


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      pinkhawk 8 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      Hello eiphrille! Thank you very much for dropping by. I'm riding a jeep everyday... I'm happy that you enjoyed it... :) :)

      Hi elayne001! Oh, that's great ma'am... thank you very much (maraming salamat po!)for reading this. There's a lot of interesting attractions here,I'm sure you can visit Philippines one day!.. :) :)

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      Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I really enjoyed this hub. My daughter-in-law is Filipina and we really love having her in our family. I hope to go there some day.

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      eiphrille 8 years ago

      like this.. I know it already you see... as I use jeepneys everyday..

      but I enjoyed reading it so much...