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Public Transportations in the Philippines

Updated on May 14, 2015

Philippine Jeepneys

The majority of the people in the Philippines rely mostly on the public transportation. In this page I will feature three of the most popular public transportations. The jeepney, tricycle and pedicab.

The picture showing here is my sister's jeepney. Down below, is a replica of a jeepney, that we bought from one of our visits to the Philippines. See how colorful and artistic the design on this model. Jeepneys are known to be the "king of the road" in the Philippines. You can find them everywhere you go. People chose this kind of transportation because it is the cheapest way to go from one point to another.

Where did Jeepneys came from?

Jeepneys or mini buses are the most popular public transportation in the Philippines. It is the cheapest way to travel from one place to another. During World War II, US military brought jeeps to be used for war effort. At the end of the war, American military had hundreds of surplus of these military jeeps and were left in the Philippines. Being creative in a lot of ways, Filipinos altered and customized the jeeps to accommodate more people. It started to be very simple public transportation, until manufacturers started to produce this kind, more spacious than the original one and having brilliantly colorful designs. Owners of these jeepneys added more elaborately excessive ornaments to decorate their cars. It has been part of Filipino culture since its inception.

The Jeepneys - Let's investigate the body of this jeepney

A replica of a jeepney. Showing its front view. There are two front seats available near the driver's seat

Where to get in? - The entrance of the jeepney

This is where people enter to ride a jeepney, it is at the back side of the car.

The art work.

Jeepneys has been decorated and painted very artistically.

The roof!

The roof of the car is nicely painted with beautiful Philippine scene.

Inside of my sister's old jeepney

This is how it looks inside the jeepney: Two long seats are opposite each other. This jeepney can accommodate 12 people on each side. We used this during our stay in the Philippines.

Some late afternoon ride...

Over crowded jeepney!

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Taken during our visit in the Philippines
Taken during our visit in the Philippines | Source

Another Kind Of Public Transportation

Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands, so diverse just like its people. It is also true with its transportation. Next to the jeepney, is the motorcycle with sidecar, it is called the tricycle, it has a third wheel attached to the passenger cabin. Tricycles can go anywhere, especially on smaller roads for short distances, where jeepney could not operate. Like jeepney, tricycle is also very common passenger transport in the Philippines, except on busy highways and busy cities. They varies in design, it is built around a motorcycle. They are decorated almost like the jeepneys, with vibrant colors stickers and paint.

This mostly use as transportation in rural areas in the Philippines, and also in some towns around. The only thing homeowners don't like it in their subdivision is the noise of its engine. Some home owners associations were trying to limit how many tricycles would be allowed to roam in their neighborhood at certain time.


Local Transportation, Pedicab


The "Trisikad" (pedicab) - "tri" because it is a 3-wheeled vehicle," sikad" means pedaling. A three wheeled machine powered by human pedal; with a side car mounted to a regular bicycle. This is like a taxicab that will bring you directly home from jeepney or bus depot. It is very helpful transport when you carry a heavy load of groceries. This kind of transport saves gas, the only energy used is human feet. It's a hard kind of job to earn money, but it helps with their needs. I remember, this kind of transportation started in the 80's and became popular in the rural areas of the Philippines.

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      LornsA178 3 years ago

      @tazzytamar: Thanks for all the visits, Anna!

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      The Philippines is somewhere I would love to go - your lenses are fascinating!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I visited your beautiful country a long time ago and remember the jeeps very well. Each one more colorful than the next!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It looks like everyone smiles when riding your Jeepney and I stopped with perfect timing to submit this in the transportation quest and also G+ and FB for the fun of it all....and a history lesson too....I got 100% on your quiz! :)

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Another well done lens that brought back some more fun memories riding the jeepneys. It was interesting in learning that your sister is a jeepney owner. Riding the jeepneys was another fun experience just like riding the tricycles. Thank You for sharing everything as I learned so much more about PI and the customs. i also really appreciate you stopping by a couple of my lenses as well. Have a Great Day! (^_-)

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      The "12 Wonders" and the jeepney is amazing. Beautiful lens!!!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      We have this type of transportation because we live in a hilly area. Though, our vehicles are not colorful as yours but structure and model look same to me :)

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      Deborah Carr 5 years ago from Orange County, California

      This looks really cool! I will look for one if I ever have the opportunity to visit the Philippines!

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Awesome vehicle. First time to see one was in Seoul Korea, sadly could not ride in it, it was a display piece. COUNTRYLUTHIER blessed with gladness!

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      Jeepneys are quite cool and unique.

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      rainykua 5 years ago

      It's been months since I last took a jeepney. My work is only a few minutes from home so I don't have to commute.:D

      Despite my being short, I would always accidentally bump my head on the jeepney's roof every time I ride on it. It's embarrassing LOL.

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      These are so colorful. They remind me of the Mercedes-Benz buses in Thailand. They were very colorful and had a lot of chrome


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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      The Jeepney's are so colorful. What a good use of something left behind!

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      coolmon2009 lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens on the Jeepney; I hope to ride one again soon

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Hi, Lorna! It is always interesting to know about Philippines. Jeepney seems to be the lifeline for commuting there. Its being overcrowded and people on the top of jeepney make it a curious coincidence of happening in my country as well in spite of a revolution in transport facilities. Thanks for publishing this lovely lens.

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      charlenedelfin lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for reading my Lens, and thank you for blessing it (I'm too new here to know what blessing a Lens means, but it seems good). Your miniature jeepney is cute. A very informative Lens about jeepneys of the Philippines. :)

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      esichrissa 5 years ago

      i like the miniature toy jeepney!!

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      Jeepney's are very colorful just as colorful as busses in Central America

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      These are so fun. Would love to ride them again.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Very interesting. I had never heard of a Philippines Jeepney.

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      These look awesome. Very colorful!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed this. Makes me want to go home.

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      sarasentor lm 5 years ago

      Very Helpful and Interesting lens. I appreciate you for making such a splendid lens. It deserve THUMB UP!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      had good and bad memories concerning jeepneys.

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      curtmaxwall 5 years ago

      Jeepneys would have been a great mode of transportation in Philippines.. Would love to sit in those if got a chance...

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      These look really cool - I love the way they are painted! *Blessed!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Every day would look like a parade with those jeepneys! Great lens! Angel blessings!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      These are really cute.. I have never seen these before! Blessed!

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      @Heather426: It's nice to meet you! I'm so glad you been to the Philippines and very familiar with the topic of this lens. I was in grade school during martial law, we thought it was the best thing due to we are brained wash at school. We thought we have a new society, a new life and prosperity but it was another way around. Thanks for your visit.

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I lived in the Philippines in the 70's and rode many jeepneys. In fact, I was out running around Luzon on the day Marcos declared martial law in the P.I. in a jeepney. The driver took us to Clark Air Base in Angeles City and it was on lockdown. Had to get a taxi and go to our friends' house. I will never forget that day.

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      Informative lens. The pictures of the jeepney look really cool.