Traveling To & Around the Philippines

From Phnom Penh there are direct flights available with Philippine Airlines. The journey from Phnom Penh to Manila takes just 3 hours. If you’re on a budget and need a cheaper option with a stop on the way, then flights are available with Air Asia, stopping in either Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur.

You can also fly to many other destinations in the country with one-stop flights including the 2nd city Cebu, with a short stop in Manila.

From Siem Reap it is also very easy to get to the Philippines with Air Asia with a stop in Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur.


With long distances to cover between many of the islands, flights are the way to go if you want to visit many of the highlights of the country. Luckily there is a large network of domestic flights and many regional airports, making air travel very straightforward. Manila is the main hub for many flights in the country.


Trains are a great way to get around Metro Manila. The area is served by 2 railway lines which form the Manila Light Rail Transit System, as well as the Manila Metro Rail Transit System, currently made up of one line (Line 3). There are more extensions to the train network of Metro Manila being planned.


The Philippine islands are connected by an incredible network of ferry routes and prices are usually good value.

Bangkas, also known as pump boats, are very common. They are small wooden boats that are great for regular routes between islands and you can often hire them for the day for diving, snorkelling and sightseeing.

ROROs, popular on medium length routes including from Manila to Davao in southern Mindanao, are slow and can be a very enjoyable way to cross between the islands as they allow you to sit outside in the open air.

Fastcraft are passenger only and are mainly used on popular short routes; they offer much faster travel times but do cost a bit more.

There are also major car carrying ferries travelling on major routes.


Jeepneys are the most iconic form of transport in the Philippines. They are colourfully decorated buses with crowded seating. Jeepneys are a unique cultural symbol of the Philippine’s culture and art and many of the original jeepneys were converted from jeeps left behind by the Americans after the second world war.

With more modern and environmentally friendly types of transport increasing in the cities of the Philippines, the jeepney may not be around forever but at the moment, if you would like a unique and low cost, authentic Filipino ride, then a trip on a jeepney can be a fantastic experience.

Roads & Busses

The Philippines has around 216,000 kilometres of roads, mostly paved, with some fantastic national roads and highways.

Busses are good value and simple to use. There are provincial busses that will take you across country as well as short-distance metro buses that run regular routes around the major cities in the country.

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