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To travel to destinations in Philippines within the major islands that are not connected by LRT and MRT, one can opt for the bus service. Various provincial bus companies like ALPS, Victory Liner, Philtranco and others operate in the country. These companies serve regular scheduled trips from Manila to important provinces in the north and south like Bulacan, Cavite & Laguna.

The fares of these bus companies are controlled by the government. Tickets can be booked in advance via phone or purchased on-board.  The frequency of buses for important destinations from Metro Manila varies between 30 minutes and 1 hour.

Some of the major operators in the country are Baliwag Transit, Maria de Leon Trans and Victory Liner. Baliwag Transit serves Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Isabella, Cagayan Valley and Pampanga. Maria de Leon Trans serves Angeles, San Fernando, L.U., Laoag and Vigan.

Victory Liner has services for Alaminos, Angeles, Baguio, Balanga, Cagayan Valley, Dagupan, Iba, Olongapo and Sta. Cruz. The fare for travelling by bus in Philippines ranges from 6.90 USD to 11.51 USD.     

Manila Light Rail Transit System (LRT) serves 31 stations, which are spread over a length of 31 kilometres. This metropolitan rail system is operational only in the Metro Manila area in Philippines. The system operates via two lines. Line 1 is known as the Yellow Line and traces the north–south route. The east–west route is traced by the Purple Line, or Line 2.

The Yellow Line, which has 20 stations in its network, links Monumento with Baclaran. The Purple Line has 11 stations in its network. It connects Recto with Santolan. The LRT network links Metro Manila with the cities of Caloocan, Manila, Marikina, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, and San Juan.

The frequency of LRT 1 during peak hours is 3 minutes, while that for LRT 2 is 5 minutes. The fare of the LRT ranges from 0.27 USD to 0.34 USD, depending on the number of stations travelled.

Apart from the LRT network, Metro Manila also has a third rapid transit line, namely Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3). The system, which is also known as Metrostar Express or Blue Line is located along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA).

The system has a network of 13 stations that link Metro Manila with Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Quezon City and San Juan. MRT is operational from 5:30 am to 10:30 pm daily. The fare of the MRT ranges from 0.23 USD to 0.34 USD.

To travel around Manila, one can also opt for Pasig Ferry Service. The fare of these water buses lies between 0.57 USD, 0.80 USD and 1.03 USD. To travel from one island to the other in Philippines, ships are operated by several companies like WG&A SuperFerry. The ferries connect Manila with Coron, Palawan and other private islands. A two day trip costs 22.93 USD or 13.76 USD, depending on the company.

To travel from one island to the other, one can also opt for the Bangka that can seat 30-40 people at one time. It is ideal for moving from Pundaquit to Anawangin Cove in Zambales and for travelling between islands like Caticlan & Boracay. An island hopping trip by Bangka costs 45.87 USD.

To travel in Kalibo in Aklan, Tagbilaran in Bohol, and Tanay in Rizal, tricycles are available. Jeepney, which is a relic of the vehicles used by American forces during the Second World War, is one of the most preferred modes of transport in the Philippines. Its basic fare is 0.16 USD.

To travel around Philippines, one can also opt for hubal-hubal that is a motorbike. It can seat 2-3 people at a time, including the driver. A 1.5 hour trip from Naga City to Sabang in Camarines Sur costs 2.06 USD.

To travel within the island province of Camiguin, one can also opt for motorella that can seat 8-10 people at a time. Korong-korong or topless tricycle, multicabs and vans are other modes of travel in the island provinces of Philippines.   

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