Car Rental in Manila
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Where to rent a car in Manila
Although Manila's locals are highly reliant on public transportation modes and their private vehicles, the city also has several car rental companies within it. Local and international car rental firms, Manila has it all. Some of these car rental companies include major Avis, Sixt, Grand Prix, Hertz, and National, and local Manila Rent-a-car, Avalon, Nissan Rent-a-car, and others. Some locals also rent out their private vehicles for a price, however you should know personally know the owner to avail of these private vehicles. Usually, bookings for these car rental firms can be done through the phone (mobile or landline), but the bigger companies have set up their respective websites. Upon booking, you must present identification documents and prove that you are eligible to drive in the city by having a Philippine-issued driver's licence. Drivers may be as young as 16 years old (student drivers), although the legal age in the country and in the city is 18. International driving permits may be honoured by major car rental companies, but local ones might look at it dubiously.
What to expect when renting a car from Manila
Manila is a small city compared to its neighbours such as Quezon City and Pasay. However, it is a dense area that is filled with people, and therefore traffic congestion has always been a problem. Add this to the fact that there are plenty of commuters on the road (Manila's commuters usually ignore bus stops, if there are any) – then you'd have a mayhem on the streets. New drivers to the city are advised to tread carefully and surely, using normal speeds. More experienced drivers may quite risk the drive, however it is still better to be careful. Intersections can be tricky when the stop lights are not functioning, so just give way and be understanding. Heavy traffic is to be expected within the city starting 7:00 in the morning up until early in the evening, subsiding at around 9:00 in the evening until the wee hours.
Getting to your destination
A historical destination found north of Manila, Malolos is an accessible capital city that is home to Hispanic-Filipino food finds, traditions, and practices. Visit the iconic churches here, which include the Barasoain and the Malolos Cathedral for some treat.
Reach Malolos by taking Rizal Avenue towards Dimasalang Road all the way to Andres Bonifacio Avenue, passing by La Loma to the North Luzon Expressway. Continue through the expressway and exit at the Tabang exit. From the exit, drive to the archway of Malolos to reach the centre.
Looking for a great nature trip? Visit Laguna and check out Mounts Banahaw and Makiling from here. Enjoy the hot springs in the area of Pansol too, visit the churches, and taste some of the best kakanin dishes around.
Laguna can be reached by travelling through Quezon Boulevard in Manila towards the Metro Manila Skyway that connects to the South Luzon Expressway. Take exit at San Pablo. Tolls are to be expected.
A historical city that is comparable to a small town in Spain, Vigan's charm lies on its cobblestone paths and preserved buildings that were built during the Spanish colonisation of the Philippines some 400 years ago.
Situated up in the northern region of Ilocos, it can be reached by treading through Rizal Avenue towards the North Luzon Expressway, taking exit at the SCTEX/Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway. From there, take exit in Tarlac, and then enter the TPLEx or the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway. Exit at San Fernando City in La Union, and go north towards Vigan.