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    Manila Taxi Meter Rates / Fare Increase

    Another bad news for 2011 along with the SLEX, NLEX and SCTEX toll fee hikes, impending MRT, LRT and PNR fare and skyrocketing (and really aboveboard gasoline prices), starting January 14, 2011, taxi fares will increase.

    The present metered taxi fare is pegged at P30.00 for the first 500 meters with P2.50 for every succeeding 300 meters plus P2.50 every two minutes of idle/waiting time and last increased years ago.

    The impending 2011 taxi fare increase is now 33% more for the flagdown rate and 40% increase for every succeeding 300 meters (and possibly for the waiting/idle time)

    P40.00 flag down rate for the first 500 meters
    P3.50 for every succeeding 300 meters

    Manila Airport Taxis:

    P70 for the flagdown rate for the first 500 meters
    P4 for every succeeding 300 meters

    manila airport yellow taxiyellow cab: the manila airport metered taxi (sighted in Frisco, QC)

    There posts here with estimated taxi fares to/from various points of metro Manila. Will update posts from time to time.

    Even if Tutubi no longer takes the taxi regularly, he can still estimate taxi fares from different points in Metro Manila particularly from Manila airport terminals (NAIA), Makati, Ortigas Center (Pasig) and Quezon City (Munoz, Trinoma mall and SM City North EDSA area) so he can detect tampered taximeters, called batingting, installed by miscreant taxi drivers that should have been flushed out by the LTFRB (via thei useless LTFRB hotline splattered on public utility vehicles including cabs)

    Updated: November 2011


    posted by GingGoy @ 11:30 PM,


    At Jan 9, 2011, 1:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Please do not tip abusive drivers. In the Philippines it is okay to pay those taxi drivers exact fare. It's your right to demand for change.

    At Jan 19, 2011, 2:49:00 PM, Anonymous Gary said...

    If the gov't allowed such, then they should also allow increase in everything including minimum wage. But the gov't. would try not to let that happen because they would say that is will create a vicious cycle and lead to more inflation. So, they will let this vortex funnel all the profits into the pockets of the business men.

    At Jan 20, 2011, 11:08:00 AM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    Gary, minimum wage earners don't ride taxis except then they're many to lessen the cost. cabs are considered luxury even to these days. what i think the government should do is enact an anti-trust law to use against the big three oil companies (petron, shell and chevron/caltex) for manipulating oil prices resulting to astronomical gasoline prices here

    At Feb 9, 2011, 9:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    backpacking philippines, you're absolutely right the word BIG means a lot. BIG income, BIG people, BIG connections, BIG........ Go to Baguio even a 50centavo change would be given back to you. Up to this time taxi fare in this city has no increased due to formalities. Pity the operators and drivers coz fuel is even 4 to 5 peso higher than in Manila, higher cost of maintinance, mountainous terrain and other issues like corruption

    At Aug 17, 2011, 12:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


    Could you help me estimate how much would my approximate cab fare from Cebu Pacific Terminal(NAIA 3, I think)to the Omani Consulate Office on Rodeo Drive, 802 W. Service Rd, Km 18, Paranaque? I need to be there by Wednesday, Aug 24 and I don't have the luxury of allowing cab drivers to rip me off. Thank you.

    At Aug 20, 2011, 1:49:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    anonymous, it's just around P100 but not beyond P200

    At Dec 25, 2011, 1:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    3. P 40.00 FIRST 500 m
    4. P 3.50 EVERY NEXT 300 m
    5. P 3.50 EVERY 2 min TRAFFIC
    (b)FOUR DIGIT Body no. MUST match
    (c)PLATE no. MUST match
    (d)COMPANY name MUST match
    (e)DEMAND and SEE on driver's PALM EXACT CHANGE

    At Jan 15, 2012, 11:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


    Just want to ask for help in estimating the cab fare from Mactan-Cebu International Airport to 91 Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City (Paragon Suites). I just heard that a lot of taxi drivers in Cebu are tampering their cab meters.

    Thank you.

    At Feb 20, 2012, 11:15:00 PM, Anonymous David from Missions in Taiwan said...

    When you say that they are tampering with the meters, how much excess are you talking about. Double, triple? These Taxi's prices seem very low to me coming from Taiwan. Thank you for your information.

    At Feb 21, 2012, 1:28:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    david, usually around 50% increase in my experience. but as i said i no longer ride taxis these days as i find txi rates too expensive besides the fact that i have my own car

    At Jul 3, 2012, 1:15:00 PM, Anonymous CallATaxi said...

    Glad that I've found this blog post. On the latter part, it made me reminds of the "batingting" story featured in Imbestigador way back 2010 I guess. I used to ride taxi when I'm in a hurry, or when it's late. I'm picky in choosing which taxi to ride, my choices are:

    if the car is clean, pleasing and the driver is clean as well

    if I had a choice, I'll wait for Basic, Dollar, MGE and Xavierville taxi to come. These taxi companies have established a good reputation and popular in taxi industry.

    At Sep 6, 2012, 11:30:00 PM, Blogger Ron Salvador said...

    just rode a taxi with batingting yesterday. cost me 250 from Balut Tondo to Makati

    At Sep 6, 2012, 11:34:00 PM, Blogger Ron Salvador said...

    just rode a taxi with batingting yesterday. cost me 250 from Tondo to Makati. Forgot to get the plate and the name of the taxt cause im really in a hurry. Rode an avanza taxi today, the driving of the driver lived up to its taxi name Harurot taxi. I Can't wait to get a new car.


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