Manila to Tagaytay: Best Travel Options to Get There

Tagaytay is just an easy two and a half hour drive away from Manila so it’s no wonder locals and tourists can quickly get to this cool elevated town especially on weekends or even frequently during the week, aside from the fact that Tagaytay City is famous for its hiking excursions, notoriously good food tripping hot spots and breathtaking views of the Taal Volcano and surrounding lakes. You can easily go by private car or commute via provincial bus, while some adventurers prefer riding their mountain bikes since the distance is actually doable. Here are some of the best ways you can go to Tagaytay from Manila.

Tagaytay Manila Tropical Fruits Stalls Philippines

Tagaytay is a must if spectacular views and endless tropical stalls are what you’re into.

Commute by bus

This is probably the cheapest option (take away the pedal-powered bike option) you can take to go to Tagaytay City. Your best best is to take any bus bound for Tagaytay-Batangas (another awesome destination). These buses passes by Tagaytay before reaching Batangas so just let the conductor know you’re headed for Tagaytay beforehand. JAM Liner has Manila bus terminals in Cubao (QC) and Buendia (Pasay) with buses heading for Batangas almost 24 hours daily. Another is the Batangas bound San Agustin bus, which has terminals in Cubao (QC) and Coastal Mall (Pasay).

When going back to Manila from Tagaytay, just go to the other side of the road and wait a bit for the next bus with a signage bound for the metro.

Fare price: Around ₱200 or less per way.

San Agustin Bus Manila Tagaytay Philippines

Photo by r0ckx used under CC

By private car

The best and most roadtrip-worthy way to drive to Tagaytay is by taking the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). Exit via Sta. Rosa, Eton, or Greenfields exit – your choice, really, because these three exits are almost in the same area anyway – then follow road signs leading to Tagaytay. Taking the SLEX is one refreshing countryside experience, and please don’t forego the food-trip-worthy gas and rest stops along the expressway because it’s already become some sort of a tradition for travelers heading down south.

SLEX toll fee: Around ₱200 per way.

SLEX Tagaytay Gas Stop

These gas stops along SLEX are something to get excited about. | Photo by busyprinting used under CC

By bike

Bikers heading down south especially to Tagaytay and Batangas are not an uncommon sight. This 51.94 kilometer route starting from the Mall of Asia in Pasay passing through the Cavite towns of Bacoor, Dasmariñas, and Silang then finally reaching Tagaytay is ideal for those seeking the rush. Just make sure to wear protective gear and you’re at the extreme side of the road because bike lanes aren’t common in these roads.

Cost: Nothing.

Bike Philippines

It’s not uncommon to see bike enthusiasts along the way to Tagaytay. | Photo by jonicdao used under CC

Other great ideas

We know that sometimes, time is of great essence so for travelers who do not have time to plan or those just wish to be whisked to and back but it’s also a must to have a great time and max out the Tagaytay experience. If this is you, then this adventure tour from Manila or this chauffeured car charter might just do the trick.

Going to Tagaytay from Manila to Tagaytay is a breeze – if you avoid the rush hours, that is – but other than that, a road trip to Tagaytay is easily a great option for a soothing trip if you want to take a breather from Manila for even just a bit.

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