What you should know before you rent a car
Where to rent a car in the Philippines?
Located in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is an archipelago of over 7,000 islands. Its capital city is Manila, which is also home to the busy Ninoy Aquino International Airport (also known as Manila International Airport). Other international airports in the Philippines include Clark International Airport and Kalibo International Airport. There is a very limited railway network in the Philippines; instead, due to the country being formed of thousands of islands, many visitors opt to travel around by plane or boat. However on dry land, renting a car to explore the Philippines is a great option. Car rental desks can be found at international airports include Ninoy Aquino International Airport, with companies such as Avis, National Car Rental, Hertz and Thrifty all operating in the Philippines.
What are the driving rules in the Philippines?
Renting a car in the Philippines? Here are some road rules to be aware of before getting behind the wheel. In the Philippines, drive on the right and be aware that to rent a car, you will need to be at least 21 years of age. Speed limits are usually 30km/h in urban areas; 50km/h on rural roads; and 100km/h on the freeway. The blood alcohol limit in the Philippines is 0.05%, so avoid drinking before driving. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers as well as the driver, and cell phones must not be used while driving unless in hands free mode.
There are a number of parking options for those renting a car in the Philippines. Paid parking lots can be found in towns and cities, while curb side parking is available - be sure to buy a ticket and pay attention to any time restrictions.
Road trips in the Philippines
Discover the Philippines by rental car, from bustling cities to white sand beaches.
Located on the island of Luzon, Manila is the capital city of the Philippines and home to a range of attractions for visitors to enjoy. These include Rizal Park and the Rizal Shrine; Fort Santiago; and the National Museum of the Philippines. Once you've explored Manila, rent a car and drive out to one of the many nearby destinations accessible by car. These include the city of Antipolo, which can be reached by a short 11 mile drive from Manila; and Mount Pulag, which is popular for climbing and hiking.
Also located on Luzon island, Quezon City was once the capital of the Philippines. It is home to popular sights and attractions such as the Quezon Memorial Circle; the Jorge B. Vargas Museum & Filipiniana Research Center; and the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center. From Quezon City, road trip destinations include Tagaytay, a town just 50 miles away by road and home to the beautiful Taal Volcano and Taal lake; and the city of Antipolo, which is just 9 miles away by rental car.
The island of Boracay is a popular tourist destination, known for its white sand beaches. Sunbathe on White Beach; enjoy water sports on Bulabog Beach; and enjoy the nightlife which Boracay has become famous for! While cars aren't permitted on Boracay, the island can be reached by rental car from cities including Manila and Quezon City. Simply drive to the Caticlan Jetty ferry port, and park your rental car in one of the parking lots available at the port.