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Car rental is challenging in the Philippines

Renting a car in the Philippines is still difficult. There are three major problems. The first problem is to find a car rental company. The big ones like Hertz, Avis or Europcar have only few locations and they are all in the mega-cities.

There are lots of small companies in Metro Manila, Cebu City, Davao and Angeles City. But their service and the condition of their vehicles are not very trustworthy. They can be found in the classified ads of the local newspapers.

Problem number two is that you have to bring back the car to your point of departure. Because of the over 7000 islands of the Philippines, you cannot rent a car in Manila and give it back in Davao. The costs of returning the car would be much too high.

And when you found a car, problem number three will hit you. You will encounter a completely new style of driving and very strange traffic rules. Read our "Driving in the Philippines – a Beginner’s Guide".

If you plan to do "Island Hopping" then we rather recommend to rent a motorbike on each island you visit. The cheap 125ccm bikes are easy to drive and you can do so with any foreign driver license.

Motorbike rental is here!


The big 3 companies

Hertz

Booking: www.hertzphilippines.com

Locations:

  • Manila Area
    • Manila
    • Makati City
    • Pasay City
    • Laguna
    • Cavite
    • Batangas
  • Northern Luzon
    • Clark
  • Visayas
    • Cebu City

 

Avis

Booking: www.avis.com.ph

Locations:

  • Manila Area
    • Manila
    • Manila Airport NAIA-1
    • Pasay City
    • Laguna
  • Northern Luzon
    • Angeles City
    • Baguio
    • Clark
  • Visayas
    • Cebu City
    • Cebu Airport
  • Mindanao
    • Davao
    • Davao Airport
    • General Santos
    • Cagayan de Oro

 

Europcar

Booking: www.europcar.com.ph

Locations:

  • Manila Area
    • Manila Airport: NAIA-1, NAIA-2, NAIA-3
    • Makati City
    • Mandaluyong City
    • Malate
    • Taguig City
  • Northern Luzon
    • Clark
  • Visayas
    • Cebu
  • Mindanao
    • Davao
    • General Santos
    • Cagayan de Oro

Your choice

All 3 companies offer chauffeur driven cars and self-driving. Some categories are only available as "chauffeur driven".

If you have no driving experience in the Philippines, a chauffeur driven car might be a good idea to prevent stress. A chauffeur not only is used to the somehow strange traffic rules, he also knows routes and places.

Booking on-line and paying at booking time is less expensive than on-site booking. Some companies offer up to 20% discount in some locations.

If you drive yourself, you will enjoy a new driving experience and freedom. You won't have to feed and lodge a driver. But then you absolutely have to acquire good maps, a good navigation system or use your smart-phones navigator (e.g. Google Maps).

We are using the map app from Ulmon on our smartphones and tablets. You can use them without being connected to the Internet.

Ulmon navigation app

 

Theory:

Driving theory

 

Realty:

Driving realty

A short Driving lesson

  • Private Filipinos drive carefully and rather slowly. Buses, taxis and vans are usually speeding.
  • There is no priority like "right of way". The rules are:
    1. Buses/Trucks
    2. Vans (in cities tricycles and motorelas)
    3. Cars
    4. Motorbikes
    5. Pedestrians
    6. Animals
  • Traffic enforcers override any other rule or traffic light.
  • A highway isn't a freeway or motorway. It has the width of a country road.
  • Use your horn when ever you overtake and when you see people on the road-side.
  • Outside the big cities only 20% of the cars have correctly working lights in the night. We recommend not to drive after sunset.
  • Beware of heavy rain. Landslides can block a high-way, non-concrete roads become non-navigable.
  • Beware of animals. Dogs cross the roads anytime. Other animals suddenly come out of the roadside bushes.

 

Priority? What priority?

Philippines traffic

There is no unique or uniform traffic law or traffic code. The best resource is: Land Transportation & Traffic Code (RA 4136, 1964)

 

Sometimes very dense traffic in cities

Philippines traffic

We strongly recommend to read the LTO - TRAFFIC VIOLATION AND ADMINISTRATIVE FEES AND CHARGES.


An awful accident

We hesitated to include this CCTV video clip because the clip contains heavy injury of 3 people.

We decided to show it to you, because such accidents happen every day in the Philippines.

 

This video had been recorded by a fixed police camera near Tarlac City on Christmas last year (2016).

Even if you are a really cautious driver, such accidents can hit you.

 

When watching this video you see a motorbike with 3 passengers, a kid, the driver and a 3rd person.

Keep an eye on all the persons not implicated in the accident. Only few people in the Philippines know about FIRST AID.


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