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Land transportation


Main highways

The Balintawak Toll Plaza of the North Luzon Expressway in Caloocan City


  • Total: 199,950 km
  • Paved: 39,590 km
  • Unpaved: 160,360 km (1998 est.)


  • Petroleum products: 357 km

Public utility vehicles

The Filipino-made Jeepney
  • Taxi - (Public Utility Vehicle with a taximeter used in Metro Manila and other Philippine major cities).
  • Jeepney - Filipino-made vehicle
  • minibuses - derived from truck chassis
  • Tricycle - A type of Auto rickshaw. A regular motorcycle with additional passenger seating. Designs vary but are usually fairly standard within a municipality. Passenger seating is usually in a side car attached to the right side, but some designs seat passengers in a towed trailer or enclose the motorcycle inside of a body structure. Passenger seating capacity varies for different designs, ranging from two up to seven or more. One or two additional passengers may be seated behind the driver, usually riding sidesaddle on the motorcycle pillion.

Bus companies

  • Alfonso Liner
  • Altransco
  • ALPS The Bus, Inc. - Operates routes between Batangas and Metro Manila. The company also offers roll-on-roll-off-routes to Iloilo starting from Metro Manila via Batangas City.
  • Autobus Transportation Systems Inc - it started operating in Northern Luzon after it bought some of St. Joseph's buses
  • A.C Trans - Owned By Alberto Carating And its Operating in Metro Manila. By Malanday-Baclaran Route
  • Astroliner Inc.
  • Baliwag Transit Inc.
  • Ballesteros Bus Line Co. - the other bus company founded in Cagayan Valley, the other rival of GV Florida Transport.
  • Bataan Transit Co., Inc.
  • BBL (Biñan Bus Lines) Transport System Inc.
  • Batangas Laguna Tayabas Bus Co. Inc. (BLTBCo) - one of the oldest provicial bus companies, established since 1918.Laguna via Rizal.
  • Batangas Starexpress Corp.
  • Calamba Megatrans, Inc.
  • Cagsawa Travel and Tours Corp.
  • Candon Bus Lines
  • Cavite Batangas Transport Service Cooperative
  • Cedec Transport
  • CEM Trans. Services Inc. - this bus company was under the Joanna Jesh Group, where it was named after its founder of Joanna Jesh Transport and Nicholas Albert Transport, Crisinciano E. Mahilac, which was founded in 2007.
  • Cher Transport
  • Corimba Express
  • CUL Transport
  • Dagupan Bus Co., Inc. (sister company of Saulog Transit)
  • Dalin Liner Inc.
  • Dangwa Tranco - serves as a link between Manila, Benguet, and Mountain Province
  • Dela Rosa Transit (sister company of N. Dela Rosa Liner)
  • Dimple Star Transport
  • Dominion Bus Lines - formerly Times Transit, but a strike put it out of business until a company bought its remains from owner Santiago Rondaris and started a new company
  • Don Mariano Transit Corp.
  • Eaglestar Transit Corp.
  • Elavil Tours Phils., Inc.
  • Erjohn & Almark Transit Corp.(Operates in Las Piñas, Cavite and Batangas, also sister company of Tas Trans and San Agustin)
  • EMC Transportation Inc. - once a major bus company in northern Luzon until it bankrupts in mid-2008 and was bought by Northstar Transport.
  • EPJ Transport (city operation division of Northstar Transport )
  • ES Transport (provincial operation division of Jell Transport, Inc.)
  • Everlasting Transport Co., Inc.
  • Farinas Transit Company
  • Federico Franco Lines (Franco Trans)
  • Ferdinand Liner - an affiliate comapny of Saulog Transit Inc., plying routes from Indang, Cavite to Pasay City.
  • Fermina Express
  • First North Luzon Transit(Formerly Royal Eagle)
  • FiveStar
  • G Liner - the bus company owned by the de Guia family. It operates routes from Taytay, Rizal to Quiapo, Manila via Cainta Junction, Ortigas Avenue, University Belt (in Recto).
  • Genesis Transport
  • German Espiritu Liner Inc.
  • Green Star Express Inc.
  • Greenline Express
  • Golden Highway Transit Inc.
  • Guardian Angels
  • GV Florida Transport - once a small minibus operator, but, when it took over the bankrupt B.Transit in Batac, began to ply routes in Northern Luzon to Manila, first to introduce "Sleeper Bus".
  • HM Transport/HM Liner, Inc.
  • Isarog Lines
  • JAC Liner Inc.
  • JAM
  • Jasper Jean Liner Inc.
  • Jayross Lucky Seven Tours
  • Jell Transport Inc.
  • Joanna Jesh Transport Corp.
  • J.S. Vergara Lines (now taken over by San Agustin)
  • Juaymah Maureen Transport - this company was founded by Oscar Mababangloob. It plies routes from Alabang to Quiapo and Lawton.
  • Kellen Transport (sister company of Jell Transport)
  • Lilian Express
  • Lorna Express
  • Lucena Lines
  • Mafel Trans Corp.
  • Maria de Leon - operating out of Ilocos Norte, it is dubbed "The Fastest Woman on the Road"
  • Metro Manila Transit Corp. - the first bus company owned by the Philippine government under the Marcos regime, established in 1981 during the Iran-Iraq War but the operation was crippled by the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986, and later became bankrupt in 1995. On the defunct MMTC shattered into four bus companies - United Workers Transport Corp., DCOMMP (Drivers, Conductors, Mechanics Multipurpose) Transport Service Cooperative, Filcomtrans (went bankrupt in 1999), and Fastrans (went bankrupt in 2007).
  • MGP Trans - a sister company of PVP Liner. It also owns ordinary units.
  • Mindanao Express - a provincial bus company under the Mahilac Group, plying route Nasugbu, Batangas to Lawton.
  • Nelbusco
  • Nicholas Albert Transport Inc.
  • Newman Goldliner Inc.
  • Northstar Transport Inc. - It started operating in Cagayan and Apayao province in 2008 when it bought the franchises of the defunct EMC Transportation Inc. and Dalmatian Lines
  • Nova Auto Transport Inc.
  • N. Dela Rosa Liner- Provincial Operation Division of Dela Rosa Transit. Operated by Rosauro Dela Rosa of Binan, Laguna and it also sister company of Dela Rosa Transit, Corp.
  • PAMANA Transport Service Inc.
  • PP Bus Lines
  • Partas
  • Pascual Liner
  • Peñafrancia Tours and Travel Transport Inc.
  • Philippine Rabbit - once called "The King of the Road", but, after 50 or so years its routes and stops was reduced by a crippling strike.
  • Philtranco
  • Philippians Bus Line (owner of Newman Goldliner)
  • Philippine Corinthian Liner
  • PVP Liner - the bus company started its operations in 1984 by late Panfilo V. Pajarillo, which the bus company was named after him. It was dubbed as the "Morning Star" before it was changed into "Rising Star" with its air-conditioned units in 1995, with the following routes: FTI-Navotas Terminal via EDSA (went bankrupt and was sold to CHER Transport in 2006) and Asturias -Ayala via Taft Avenue.
  • Raymond Transportation Inc.
  • RCJ Lines - an offshoot of the successful RCJ Trucking corporation
  • RCJ Trans - a sister company of RCJ Lines
  • RJ Express
  • RRCG Transport
  • RSL Bus Transport Corporation
  • Santrans - Operated by Silverio and Eleanor Santos of City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan
  • San Agustin Shuttle Service Corp.(sister company of Tas Trans and Erjohn & Almark)
  • Saulog Transit Inc.
  • Sierra Madre Transportation
  • Silver Star - a sister company of Green Star Express Inc.. It plies routes to Tacloban, Leyte from Cubao.
  • Inocencio Aniceto Transportation - also known as St. Joseph. It is the one of the most dominant bus companies in the 70s and 80s until it went bankrupt; however, it is recovering and is now maintaining its old route.
  • Sta. Lucia Express (under management of Victory Liner)
  • Superlines - plies routes to Bicol Region from Cubao. Its name was taken after the superhero Superman.
  • Tas Trans Corp. (sister company of San Agustin and Erjohn & Almark)
  • Universal Guiding Star Bus Line (sister company of Everlasting Bus Co., Inc.)
  • Victory Liner
  • Vallacar Transit Corporation, operating Rural Transit of Mindanao Inc. (RTMI), Bachelor Express, and Ceres Liner
  • Valisno Express
  • Vil 5000 Inc. (formerly known as Vilfran Liner)
  • Viron Transit - owned by millionaire Santiago Rondaris' son; formerly operating as far as the second district of Ilocos Sur but has started to operate as far as Laoag City
  • Weena Express- plying Davao City to Cotabato City
  • WLH Trans
  • Yellow Bus lines Incorporated - (Oldest bus line in Mindanao) and the second largest in Mindanao with 200 units its base terminal are in Koronadal City and General Santos City. It operation years are 50 years already in 2009.

Water transportation

Merchant marine

  • Total: 480 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 5,973,024 GRT/9,025,087 metric tons deadweight (DWT)

Ships by type

  • Bulk 159, cargo 122, chemical tanker 5, combination bulk 9, container 7, liquified gas 13, livestock carrier 9, passenger 4, passenger/cargo 12, petroleum tanker 47, refrigerated cargo 20, roll-on/roll-off 19, short-sea passenger 32, specialized tanker 2, vehicle carrier 20 (1999 est.)

Note: a flag of convenience registry: Japan owns 19 ships, Hong Kong 5, Cyprus 1, Denmark 1, Greece 1, Netherlands 1, Singapore 1, and UK 1 (1998 est.)


  • 3,219 km; limited to shallow-draft (less than 1.5 m) vessels.

Ports and harbors

The Batangas Port Terminal

The main gateway to the Philippines through the sea is through the Manila International Cargo Terminal and the Eva Macapagal Port Terminal, both in the pier area of Manila. Other cities with bustling ports and piers include Bacolod, Batangas City, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Butuan, Iligan, Iloilo, Jolo, Legazpi, Lucena, Puerto Princesa, San Fernando, Subic, Zamboanga, Cotabato, Allen, Ormoc, Ozamiz and Tagbilaran. Most of these terminals comprise the Strong Republic Nautical Highway, a nautical system conceptualized under the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo where land vehicles can use the roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) ship service to traverse the different islands of the country at minimal costs.

River ferries

Shipping companies

Air transportation


Quantity: 266 (1999 est.)

  • with paved runways: 76
    • over 3,047 m: 4
    • 2,438 to 3,047 m: 5
    • 1,524 to 2,437 m: 26
    • 914 to 1,523 m: 31
    • under 914 m: 10 (1999 est.)
  • with unpaved runways: 190
    • 1,524 to 2,437 m: 3
    • 914 to 1,523 m: 66
    • under 914 m: 121 (1999 est.)

International gateways

See main article - List of airports in the Philippines


  • Quantity: 1 (1999 est.)

Local airlines




During this period, there were 50,000 automobiles in the region. The carabao was used as a primary transportation source. The country's first public mass-vehicular transportation service was De Dios Transit Bus Corp., providing public mass transportation in major roads of Manila after the Second World War


There were 1,400 km of narrow-gauge track, owned by either the Manila Railroad Company (based in Luzon) or the Philippine Railway Company (an American company based in Panay and Cebu). 1,130 km of these tracks were on Luzon, with about 50% of this amount located in the central plain. In addition, there were some 400 km of privately owned track in the central plain of Luzon. All of this, with the exception of a stretch above Manila, was single-track.


There were 22,960 km of highway in the Philippine archipelago. More than half of these roads were in central and southern Luzon and three major highways of this island were, and probably still are, Routes 1, 3, and 5. These routes were two-lane roads with concrete or asphalt surfacing. Each of these 3 roads enters the capital, Manila, and their access roads linked the various parts of the island.

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