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    How to Get to Tagaytay by Commuting: Bus Fare, Map, Commute, Directions, Jeepney Routes,

    Latest information on how to get to Tagaytay by commuting i.e. using public transportation. He entertains most queries but this time, he'll just refer his friends here for the infor

    How to get to Tagaytay:

    The Ninoy Aquino Monument at Tagaytay Rotonda, the most recognizable of Tagaytay's landmarks, is surrounded by BPI, Chowking, Mang Inasal

    Driving directions to Tagaytay for those with private cars, vans or taxi cabs:

    Option 1: via SLEX Sta. Rosa Exit, the most popular and easiest, is a straight drive all the way to Tagaytay Public Market (and right smack into Tagaytay Econo Inn) where you turn right going to Tagaytay city proper and Nasugbu/Balayan/Lemery Batangas or left going to People's Park in the Sky. Usual travel time from Makati CBD is just around one hour (except CBD traffic).

    Option 2: via SLEX Eton Exit (recommended for weekends to avoid traffic in Nuvali, Solenad and Paseo de Sta. Rosa) turn right to Greenfield Parkway (pass by Riverbend and Pramana Residential Park), on to United Boulevard (pass FortMED and South Luzon Hospital and Medical Center, Paseo Premier Hotel) right to Laguna Boulevard then left to Sta. Rosa - Tagaytay Road to reach Tagaytay

    Option 3: SLEX Greenfields Exit, an alternate route to Tagaytay that pass by Pramana, Nuvali, Eton City and Paseo de Sta. Rosa, ideal to avoid traffic buildup on Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay National Road

    Option 4: SLEX Southwoods exit then Governor's Drive in Carmona going to Dasmarinas. Turn left on Maguyam Road just before the Shell Station to your left.

    Option 5: via Aguinaldo Highway: Roxas Boulevard, Baclaran, Coastal Road, Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas via Aguinaldo Highway. Not recommended due to presence of heavy traffic made worse by SM Dasmarinas and Robinsons Palapala. At the end of Aguinaldo Highway is the Tagaytay Rotonda (roundabout) where a statue of Ninoy Aquino (see picture above)

    Option 6: Another route for the adventurous to Tagaytay is via Daang Hari that passes by Molino, Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas and Silang. It bypasses the traffic chokepoint of Bacoor rotonda but not SM Dasma and Robinsons.

    Option 7: From Sto. Tomas, Batangas via StarToll in going to Lipa City, take Sambat exit and follow the national road to Talisay then go up Ligaya Drive, the zigzag road to Tagaytay (sometimes called Bitukang Manok, not for the faint of heart and newbie drivers)

    Note: If you're a foreigner, you can hire vans to get there or an airport taxi. Some taxi drivers charge a fixed rate or double the meter fare plus toll fees. Taxi rates to Tagaytay from the airport is approximately PhP3,000.00 (depends on your haggling skill)

    Tagaytay Skyranch's SkyEye: the giant ferris wheel in Tagaytay next to Taal Vista Hotel

    How to Commute to Tagaytay: Buses, Fx, Vans, Jeepneys

    This is a backpacking blog so backpacking Tagaytay should really mean taking public transportation :P

    If you're going to Tagaytay via public transportation, request the driver to drop you off at your destination if along the way or at Tagaytay Rotonda (landmarks: Ninoy Aquino monument, BPI, Max's, 7-Eleven) where you can ride jeepneys or tricycle to your target place.

    From Manila Airport to Tagaytay

    From NAIA Terminal 1 or NAIA Terminal 2, walk outside the terminal from arrival gate and take the bus going to EDSA to MMDA Southwest Integrated Bus Terminal) where you need to ride the bus going to Lemery, Lian, Nasugbu, Calatagan or DLTB/Crow Transit and alight in Tagaytay (Fare is around PhP100.00)

    You can also take the Airport shuttle from the airport terminals for only PhP20.00 and alight at Pasay Taft Rotonda (where you can see LRT Taft Avenue Station and LRT EDSA station). Ride the bus at the back of McDonalds

    From NAIA Terminal 3 (serving flights from Cebu Pacific, PAL Express and some Philippine Airlines domestic flights), exit the gate cross Andrews Avenue. Look for jeepneys with signboard Pasay Taft Rotonda then alight at Rotonda (landmarks McDonalds and Sogo Hotel). At Rotonda, ride buses with signboard MIA to take you to MMDA Southwest Integrated Bus Terminal where you take bus to Tagaytay (Fare is around PhP100.00)

    From NAIA Terminal 4 (old Manila Domestic Airport terminal serving as terminal for AirAsia Zest, SEAir), take a taxi to Uniwide Coastal Mall (MMDA Southwest Integrated Bus Terminal) where you take the the bus going to Lemery, Lian or Nasugbu or DLTB/Crow Transit and alight in Tagaytay (Fare is around PhP100.00)

    Alternatively, hire a taxi to take you directly to Tagaytay (around PhP4,000.00) or get the services of car-for-hire

    From Mandaluyong to Tagaytay: Ride vans (V-Hires) bound for Lemery, Batangas via Tagaytay in front of Starmall at the corner of EDSA and Shaw Boulevard (walking distance from MRT Shaw Boulevard station). Fare is the same as those going to Batangas (derecho)

    from Navotas bus terminal via Malabon, Caloocan City, Quezon City via EDSA, Jasper Jean bus plies the Navotas to Pala-pala, Dasmarinas, Cavite route and pass by EDSA. (Those buses usually park to the detriment of other drivers) in front of Highway 54, Meralco Sub-station). In Dasmarinas, transfer to jeepneys going to Mendez, Cavite that pass by Tagaytay.

    From LRT Gil Puyat Station (Buendia): Buses going to Nasugbu, Balayan and Lemery, Batangas (e.g. DLTB and Jam Transit) will pass Tagaytay (Fare: PhP83.00). Shuttle service (vans, FX, V-Hires) in front of EGI Mall (Jollibee) at the corner of Taft Avenue and Sen. Gil Puyat Ave (Buendia) going to Nasugbu, Balayan and Lemery, Batangas that all pass by Tagaytay but you need to pay a "derecho" fare of PhP180.00

    From Ayala Avenue, Makati: Erjohn & Almark, Arbiel Bus Line and Ferdinand Liner serve the Tagaytay - Ayala route. They pass via Buendia from Coastal Road,right to Ayala Avenue right to EDSA then left to Roxas Boulevard, Coastal Road then Aguinaldo Highway up to Tagaytay. On the return route, it's Aguinaldo Highway, Coastal Road, right to Buendia (Gil Puyat) then Ayala. Fare is around PhP100.00

    Shuttle service (vans, FX, V-Hires) going to Nasugbu, Balayan and Lemery on Zamora Street near Metropoint mall and behind Kabayan Hotel near the corner of EDSA and Taft Avenue (accessible from LRT EDSA Station or MRT Taft Avenue station (EDSA Rotonda). Current fare is PhP180.00 (regardless of where you're going since it's a derecho trip). Travel time to Tagaytay from Pasay is around one hour and fifteen minutes.

    From Alabang, Muntinlupa: ride the van/fx at the terminal at the corner of SLEX and Alabang-Zapote Road, Filinvest Festival Mall, or still another at Starmall (formerly Metropolis Mall Alabang)

    From Laguna to Tagaytay: In Pagsanjan Public Market, there are vans/fx/V-Hires going to Palapala in Dasmarinas Cavite. On reaching Pala-pala transport terminal (near Robinsons Dasmarinas and SM Dasma), transfer to a bus going to Tagaytay where it's less than an hour away.

    Calamba to Tagaytay: ride shuttle service at the public market beside Waltermart Calamba or at the Calamba Central Terminal. Cheaper alternative, ride a jeepney going to Balibago complex in Sta. Rosa then transfer to Tagaytay-bound jeepneys.

    Balibago to Tagaytay Public Market: Regular jeepneys plying the route to/from Balibago Transport terminal in Sta. Rosa Laguna to Tagaytay Public Market route.

    Buses to Tagaytay: Route and Bus Fare

    ALl buses to Tagaytay now stop at Uniwide Coastal Mall (MMDA Southwest Integrated Bus Terminal)

    Bus Fare to Tagaytay Rotonda from Uniwide Coastal Mall (MMDA Southwest Integrated Bus Terminal): around PhP80.00. Travel time is around one hour and thirty minutes

    JAM Transit has trips to Tagaytay, Balayan, Batangas, Lemery. Jam Transit terminal is at Taft Avenue corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue accessible from LRT Buendia station. Fare: PhP83.00

    Crow Transit, Erjohn & Almark and Genesis have bus terminals at the corner Taft Ave & EDSA, behind Sogo Hotel and McDonalds, right below MRT Taft Avenue station and walking distance from LRT EDSA station. They have buses to Nasugbu/Calatagan/Balayan in Batangas or Alfonso, Cavite in regular schedules.

    DLTB (Del Monte Land Transport Company) with bus terminal on EDSA, Malibay, Pasay City has buses every 15 minutes to Nasugbu, Balayan, or Calatagan Batangas that pass by Tagaytay. Bus Fare to Tagaytay: PhP100.00 (Baclaran to Tagaytay bus fare: PhP100.00)

    Kirby Bus to Tagaytay from Lawton

    Getting Around Tagaytay via Jeepney (Routes and Fares)

    Once you alight from your bus at Tagaytay Rotonda, you can proceed to your destination by riding jeepneys:

    1. Tagaytay Rotonda to People's Park in the Sky

    Jeepneys going to People's Park in the Sky (indicated on the jeepney signage or emblazoned on the sides) at Olivarez Plaza near Tagaytay Rotonda will take you to People's Park in the Sky, Windy Ridge Hotel, Tagaytay Prime Residences, Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Mahran Snack Inn (halal food for Muslims), FMM Retreat House, Lee Boutique, Aroma Tagaytay Apartelle, Iglesia ni Cristo, Jose Elementary School, Golden Rooms, Casa Luntian, Estancia Resort Hotel, Country Suites, House of the Holy Trinity, Sister Maria Carmela Bescia, Amoroma, Tagaytay Econo Hotel, Kaye Ryan Grill, Tagaytay Public Market (where you can catch jeepneys going to Balibago, Sta. Rosa), House of the Holy Trinity, Taal Monte Vista, Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Keni Po Rooms, 5R Rooms for Rent, Fortune Duck Residence Inn, One Tagaytay Place, Tagaytay Elementary School (near Ligaya Drive where you can take jeepney to Talisay, Batangas), Tagaytay Science High School, Development Academy of the Philippines, Knights Ko Inn, Picnic Grove, Convent (Bahay Pastulan pasalubong, near Mary Ridge), Royal Taal Inn, T House, Japanese Friendship Garden, Tagaytay Gymnasium then to People's Park in the Sky besides among other interesting places to see in Tagaytay.

    2. Tagaytay - Mendez

    Jeepneys with signboards Nasugbu or Mendez will take you to Mendez Junction that will pass by Hillcrest Plaza, New Orleans Hotel, Days Hotel, Tirona Hotel, Pamana Restaurant, The Theodore Hotel, The Boutique Bed and Breakfast, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (Lourdes Drive), La Salette House of Prayer, Manos Greek Travel Hotel, Royal Parc Hotel and Restaurant, Radiant Star Apartelle, Canossa House of Spirituality, Tootsie's, Magallanes Square (Starbucks, Figaro, Leslie's Restaurant, Filibeans coffee shop, Max's, Cafe Lupe, Kitaro, LZM Lutong Bahay, Magallanes Square Hotel), Leslie's Restaurant, Filibeans, Carlos Pizza, Knuckles Bar, Rivera Hotel, Max's Restaurant, Yellow Cab, Cliffhouse Tagaytay, Fling Yoghurt, Buon Giorno, Elegant Star (near Maharlika Street), Petron gas station, The Lake Hotel, Belga Inn, Bistro Ibarra, Joyce's Diner, Joaquin's Bed and Breakfast, SM Wind Residences, Gerry's Grill, Josephines Restaurant, Summit Ridge Hotel, Robinsons, Giligans, Shakey's Pizza, Meralco/Tagaytay Power Station, Neul Borm Korean Restaurant, Tagaytay International Convention Center, Character Hotel, Fire Station, City College of Tagaytay, Casino Filipino (PAGCOR Casino), McDonalds, Sky Ranch (Sky Fun Amusement Park), Taal Vista Hotel, Antonio's Restaurant, Bag of Beans, Caleruega Church (after a tricycle ride), Evercrest Hotel, RSM Lutong Bahay Restaurant, Mijo Hotel, Josephine's Restaurant, Mushroom Burger and Mushroom Farm, Bali Village Hotel Resort and Spa, The Villa Hotel and Restaurant, Shell gas station, Petron, Allied Bank, Manukan Grille, Tides Grill and Bistro, Hotel Monticello, Villa San Jose, Taal Pink Hotel Apartelle, Nanay Dorie's Bulalohan, John Peter Bed and Breakfast, Belize Tagaytay, Country Sampler Inn, Sierra Spring Traveller's Inn, Mer-Ben Tapsilogan,Suspot Bulalohan,Balinsasayaw Restaurant, Viewsite Restaurant, Savemore, Mang Inasal, BDO, PNB, Security Bank, Jollibee, Tagaytay Haven Hotel, Mercury Drug, Starflower Tourist Lounge, Swiss Chalet, Bag of Beans, ATS Bulalohan, Tower Ground Bulalohan, Antonio's, A Taste of Honey, Sunview Inn, Breakfast at Antonio's, Residence Inn (with a mini-zoo), Marcia Adam's Restaurant, Villa Belus Subdivision, Andanita Taj Hotel (one of two earlier halal restaurants for Muslims, both closed now), Garden Hills, Luksuhin (where you can reach The Flower Farm Tagaytay and Paradizoo Theme Farm), Mountain Ridge, Potter's Ridge Hotel, The Roberts Inn, Hotel Dolores, , Tagaytay City Hall, Mahogany Market, 41st Division USAFFE site (beside Metro Tagaytay College of Business and Arts in Kaybagal South), Splendido Taal Golf and Country Club, Sonya's Garden, Canyon Woods Resort et al.

    3. Tagaytay to Talisay, Batangas Jeepneys via Ligaya Drive

    Jeepneys to Talisay, for those wanting for a Taal Volcano crater trek, are available at the corner of the highway and Ligaya drive (landmark: Tagaytay Elementary School)

    4. Tagaytay to Balibago, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

    Tagaytay Econo Inn, Museo Orlina, Tagaytay Public Market, El Mare Buko Pie, Rowena's Cafe, Good Shepherd, The Original Buko Pie of Los Banos Laguna (Silang, Cavite branch), Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Avida Land, Nuvali, Solenad, WalterMart Sta. Rosa, pass over SLEx, Enchanted Kingdom, Nila's Puto Binan (stall), Balibago Transport Terminal

    Tricycles in Tagaytay

    Tricycles can also be hired in Tagaytay (taxis are not available) but usually charge fares much more than taking public utility jeepneys (PUJ) so be forewarned.

    From Tagaytay Going Back to Manila:

    You may need to ride a jeepney to Tagaytay Rotonda and Olivarez Plaza where you wait for buses to take you back to Manila. Bus fare is about PhP100.00

    No updated information yet on the time of departure for first trips (6am is a safe one to assume) and last departure times, telephone numbers, bus schedules and current fares (due to fluctuating fares and gasoline prices)

    If you're looking for tips on what to do in Tagaytay when it's raining, just bring a raincoat or umbrella or just stay in your hotel room :P

    Where to Stay in Tagaytay (Hotels, Inns, Lodges, Motels, pension houses) for overnight accommodations:

    5R Rooms for Rent
    Aroma Tagaytay Apartelle
    Bali Village Hotel Resort and Spa
    Belga Inn
    Character Hotel
    Cool Breeze Hotel
    Country Suites
    Crosswinds Resort Suites
    Days Hotel Tagaytay
    Estancia Resort Hotel
    Evercrest Hotel
    Fortune Duck Residence Inn
    Golden Rooms
    Hillcrest Plaza
    Hotel Dolores
    Joaquin's Bed and Breakfast
    Keni Po Rooms
    Knights Ko Suites
    Lee Boutique
    Mijo Hotel
    New Orleans Hotel
    Potter's Ridge Hotel
    Rivera Hotel Bed and Breakfast
    Royal Taal Inn
    Summit Ridge Hotel
    Sunview Inn
    Taal Vista Hotel
    Tagaytay Econo Inn (Tagaytay Econo Hotel)
    Tagaytay Haven Hotel
    The Boutique Bed and Breakfast
    The Lake Hotel
    The Pines Suites
    The Roberts Inn
    The Theodore Hotel
    The Villa Hotel and Restaurant
    The Windy Ridge Hotel
    Tirona Hotel
    Starflower Tourist Lounge
    Villa Ibarra Tagaytay
    Villa Marinelli Hometelle
    Windy Ridge Hotel

    along Tagaytay- Sta. Rosa Road (budget-friendly, cheap accommodations)

    Bergamo Suites Cafe
    Casa Marcosa
    El Paso Inn
    Jessar Room for Rent
    Rachel's Bed and Breakfast
    REHM Inn
    Selber Room for rent

    please get in touch with hotel for their official website, telephone number/contact, email address. Tutubi is not endorsing any particular hotel here :P

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