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Getting Here & Around

Metro Manila covers 250 square miles and has a population of 12 million. The old center of the city is Rizal Park, in many ways its green lung, and to the north is the historic district of Intramuros. To the south are the two main tourist districts: Ermita and Malate. To the east lies another key area with visitors—the commercial and business district, Makati City. Manila's sprawling layout can be daunting, but there are several public transport options. From the airport to downtown, taxis are your best bet, though locals insist the yellow cabs (those authorized to use the airport) have faster-running meters than the white ones seen elsewhere. Jeepneys (open-back, chrome-covered minibuses) are a fun and cheap way to get around if you're feeling adventurous. They run on fixed routes, but their cramped interiors make it difficult to keep track of where you are. There is also the SRTS subway system, which has three lines.

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