Bus / Taxi from Manila to Angeles & Back
Beeway Travel driver
When looking for a reliable taxi service from Manila to Angeles I Googled it along with ‘philippines-addicts’, that’s a good forum with information from expats.
I found a fairly up to date thread with two expats arguing over whether Margarita Station or Beeway Travel, two private car hire companies, were best.
Taxi Manila to Angeles
I picked Beeway Travel as Margarita Station only seems to pick up from Manila airport (?), everything turned out fine. 2500 pesos ($50) door to door from my Airbnb condo to my Angeles hotel in 2 hours.
Taxi Angeles To Manila
Then the same driver (Rommel was his name) picked me up from outside my Angeles hotel after my trip and took me back to Manila for the same 2500 rate. They pay all the tolls either way.
I’ve used hotel taxis before, bit more expensive e.g. Fields Hotel arranged me a car to Manila for 2900.
Bus Angeles to Manila
Or you can take a trike that charges foreigners 150 to go to Dau bus station in Angeles, then buses to Manila leave every 30 – 45 mins or so to Victory Liner Pasay station. Sometimes they stop at the Mall of Asia.
Trikes on Walking Street
When you get to the Angeles bus station a guy will offer to show you where the bus is hoping for a tip.
Bus Manila to Angeles
This one time I met a Pinay at a coffee shop, said she worked in a call center but turned out to be a hooker.
She brought a sister and cousin to the first date last minute who kept ordering buckets of beer and asking me ‘is it okay’ (I had one water). Implying I’d cover the bill which I wouldn’t have minded.
Then my girl started asking ‘what’s our deal if I go to your hotel’. I said ok I like hookers but I’m not buying food & drinks for one that didn’t tell me in advance, and her friends, then paying for sex, it’s unfair.
Plus she wasn’t that hot, ok for a freebie but she was annoying me at this point. I gave cash for half the bill for 4 people (they ordered the most) which I thought was generous and left.
Got an angry ‘fuck you!’ text message and she knew where my Manila condo was so I thought ok I’m off. No time to book a taxi from Manila to Angeles so I got the last bus at 1am.
Manila Bus station
It cost 140 pesos, adding on taxi fare to the Pasay bus station and then ripoff trike again (150 pesos) from the Dau bus station to your Angeles hotel, you’re looking at ~350 pesos total cost via bus.
Shared Car Angeles to Manila
From the Dau bus station you also have the option of a shared car for 500 pesos per person, a lady approached me and I got in, then waited for two more passengers to fill the car up.
It was a decent car, said she worked as an Uber driver in Manila so I went with it. I got lucky as the other two passengers turned out to be smoking hot girls.
They explained they were from Pampanga and travelling to Manila for work, at the Remington hotel. Seemed very well spoken compared to the average Angeles girl and I didn’t get a hooker vibe.
Shared taxi Angeles to Manila
I swapped numbers with one and we texted back and forth for a while, the taxi was dropping me off at the airport to fly out. When I went back to the Philippines on my next trip I texted again.
‘Come see me at my work!’ that was a bit of a red flag but I’d never been to the Remington hotel whiskey bar, which she now explained was where they were working.
It turned out to be Single’s whiskey bar where on the 2nd floor you pay 2000 pesos for unlimited drinks and have different hot girls with you in a rotation every 15 mins, 300 per lady drink you buy on top.
And I could request just her and her friend for an additional fee, instead of girls rotating. I was like lol thanks for letting me know.
Thankfully she came downstairs to the ground floor and up to the third floor by the Lucky Fish casino, so we got to have a few normal drinks together.
By Lucky Fish Casino
So they were basically hot PR girls, not hookers but these girls will often go with a guy for the right price. I didn’t make an offer just had a few ~300 peso drinks. I liked her less as I got talking to her more.
She didn’t want to hit Manila house club in the Remington with me after work either, ‘tired’.
White Taxi Manila to Angeles?
Once I negotiated 2000 plus I pay the tolls, to get to Angeles, from City of Dreams casino, that’s a bit rare though. I’ve also done 2500 without tolls from P Burgos.
I wouldn’t recommend going with a white taxi though they don’t drive that as safely as private taxis. But 2500 is about what it would cost to go there and back on the meter.
Once a friend managed to find a Grabtaxi driver in Angeles who agreed to take him to Manila for 1300, he must’ve been going there anyway.
Dante also recommends the bus run by Swagman hotel in Ermita, I haven’t taken it before though. I read they’ve switched to using vans. There’s also a Southern Cross bus company, haven’t used that either.