Ride the Pasig River Ferry and Explore Metro Manila by boat

Jump on board the Pasig River Ferry

Whether you are a tourist, expat or local, a wonderful way to see Manila is by taking a ride on the Pasig River Ferry!

 

When I moved to the Philippines this summer I was told to BRACE myself.   Even though #itsmorefuninthephilippines, a major contrast to island life is the countries’ massive capital, Manila. Although the city is dirty and overcrowded (to name a few issues) I am really enjoying life here! There are tons of things that make this city GREAT…but unfortunately, one thing that can be a real downer is the TRAFFIC! Commuting can be a nightmare, and that 5km taxi ride can easily be an hour trip.

 

I tried to solve this problem by taking public transportation, but what may possible be worse then sitting on a highway, that is a parking, lot is waiting in an hour long line just to BOARD a bus or the subway.  Sooo…when I read about a ferry service that runs along the Pasig river and goes through the heart of the city I had to give it a try!

From Makati you can take the ferry at Guadalupe station for a pleasant river ride to popular tourist sites like Intramuros or China town (Binondo). The ferry runs about once per hour and it is a great option for sightseeing or a leisurely day exploring Manila.  If you haven’t seen Manila by boat it is a must try!

Price: 50php per trip

line map

Pros:

  • Relaxing voyage
  • Affordable at only 50 pesos per ride
  • Great for site seeing
    Pass the presidents house, City Post office and see local river life

 

Cons:

  • Voyage is slow and takes about one hour from Makati to Intramurous
  • Schedule is not concrete and ferry sometimes leaves before or after printed time

Sky line

post office Bridge

ELSEwHERE

A visual artist by profession and a sightseer at heart, I spent a year as a commercial photographer before letting my urge to Travel ELSEwHERE take over. After receiving a job offer that lead me to a sleepy town high in the Tuscan mountains, my travel adventure began. Since that time my travels have lead me to visit over 60 countries, marry a fellow globetrotter, move intercontinentally seven times and to create temporary homes in four continents! Through my travels, I’ve held many suitcases packed for adventures as a journalist, blogger, philanthropist, teacher, army-wife, magazine director, photographer, barmaid, but mainly just an adventurer. With each new experience, elsewhere, I endeavor to live sensibly while exploring a new culture, living sustainably, and giving back whenever possible. I aspire to make this travel blog help those starting a new life elsewhere or just passing through…