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Car Rentals Philippines - Self-Drive

Renting a self-drive car in the Philippines will give you the freedom to explore the country at your own pace. It also allows you to discover new destinations and tourist spots not included in regular tours. Commuting is common in the Philippines, but driving a car will save you cost, time, and energy. You don't need to transfer from one vehicle to another like boarding public buses, taxi/cabs, jeepneys, and tricycles to go to your destination. Locals who have cars also prefer self-drive when traveling in and outside the city for convenience and comfort. 

The Philippines is divided into three major islands (Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao). We recommend renting a car in the location where you’re traveling to. If you’re exploring Luzon, you can rent a car in Manila and drive around the neighboring cities and provinces. If you’re exploring the Visayas, rent a car service is available in major cities like Cebu, Iloilo, and Bacolod. Are you traveling around Mindanao? You can rent a car in Davao and explore at your convenience.


Rent a Car in Manila

Metro Manila, the National Capital Region located in Luzon, includes the capital city Manila and other urban centers like Makati, Quezon City, Pasay, and Mandaluyong, to name a few. Driving in Manila is more convenient than riding public transportation. Tourist spots within Metro Manila are geographically located near each other and are easier and faster to reach with a self-drive car.

Since Metro Manila has a significant population and covers multiple cities, the government implements traffic regulations to decongest the traffic. It includes the number coding scheme during weekdays, one-way streets, designated areas for loading and unloading, and assigned lanes for motorcycles and buses. Make sure to familiarize yourself with these traffic rules and regulations before driving in Manila. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section below to learn more about these rules. 

The majority of provinces in Luzon are located on one main island and are connected by highways and expressways. Driving in Manila will also give you the freedom to explore tourist spots outside the cities. You can self-drive from Manila to other destinations or provinces in Luzon and explore Tagaytay, Batangas, Pampanga, Baguio, Ilocos Region, and Bicol region to name a few. 


Rent a Car in Cebu

Cebu is one of the main jump-off points when driving to destinations around the Visayas. Unlike Luzon, where the majority of cities and provinces are on one main island, Visayas is divided into multiple islands. These islands are connected by national highways and ports where you can board your self-drive cars in Roll-On Roll-Off (RoRo) ferries or vessels. Renting a car and driving in Cebu will let you explore Cebu tourist spots like Mactan, Moalboal, Malapascua, Oslob, Bantayan Island, and other Visayas destinations like Boracay, Bohol, Iloilo, and Bacolod.


Rent a Car in Davao

Davao is the center and main jump-off point in Mindanao. Similar to Luzon, the majority of Mindanao destinations are on one island and are connected by national highways. Renting a car and driving in Davao will let you easily reach destinations in Mindanao like Cagayan De Oro, Zamboanga, and Surigao, to name a few. You can also board your self-drive cars in Roll-On Roll-Off (RoRo) ferries or vessels to explore Mindanao island destinations like Camiguin and Siargao.


Cheapest Car Rentals in the Philippines

Guide to the Philippines is partnered with credible car rental providers that provide the best value and quality car rental services in key destinations like Manila, Cebu, and Davao. Browse and compare our collection of car rental products to find the cheapest car rentals in the Philippines to best suit your needs and preferences. Make sure that you avail of self-drive car rentals from authorized providers only that have regularly maintained and serviced vehicles for safe driving in the Philippines. 


Practical Information

The Philippines generally has a tropical climate and is divided into the dry season and wet season. Depending on the month and the place you’ll be visiting, make sure to check weather updates first. Be cautious as this will prevent accidents that might happen while you’re behind the wheel.

If you’re driving during the rainy season, practice extra caution and avoid flooded roads or landslide-prone roads. Keep your tank full and make sure your brakes are in good condition. If the weather update indicates a typhoon, it’s best to avoid traveling and just stay indoors. 

Regardless of the season, you must be a responsible driver. Do a pre-trip inspection of your car, take photos of it once you receive it, and check the weather conditions before hitting the road. Knowing the rules and regulations (will be discussed in detail below in the FAQ section), as well as making the necessary precautions will help you in having a great time in the Philippines.


Frequently asked questions

Where to rent a car in the Philippines?

For your vacation in the Philippines, the majority of car rental in the Philippines are in the cities of Metro Manila or the National Capital Region in Luzon. These include cars for rent in urban centers of Quezon City, Makati, and Mandaluyong to name a few. From the airports in Metro Manila cities of Pasay and Parañaque or in Clark, Pampanga (north of Metro Manila), the most convenient car for rent option is to hire a rent a car Philippines airport and drop it off there. Your car rental in the Philippines can be picked up 24 hours a day at the rent a car from airport centers.

How to rent a car in the Philippines?

Rent a car process in the Philippines is simple. When looking for a rent a car service, choose a destination where you want to rent a car in the Philippines, like Manila car rental, Cebu car rental, rent a car in Davao, car rental in Clark Pampanga. Select what type of car rental vehicle you want to avail of, you have the option to rent small budget car rental, 4x4 SUV rental, luxury car rental Philippines, or van rental Philippines. You can choose from our top-rated Philippines car rental patterns like Avis car rental and Hertz car rental Philippines.

How much is rent a car in Philippines per day?

The most affordable and cheapest rent a car Philippines rates is PHP1500 per day. Car rental rates in the Philippines also depend on the vehicle you’re renting, van rental rates are usually higher than car rental prices for sedan, which are the most affordable cars in the Philippines. Guide to the Philippines offers many vehicle options for affordable rent a car Philippines.

Can I rent a car and use it for tour?

Yes, you can drive your car rental vehicle to top tourists spots in the Philippines or when booking Philippine tour packages. Renting a car in the Philippines for your vacation is a great way to explore the country’s top attractions at your own pace and tour the Philippines.

Can foreigners rent a car in the Philippines? Is my driver's licence valid in the Philippines?

Yes, foreigners can hire a car rental the Philippines. If you’re a foreigner, your driver’s license is valid for 90 days in the Philippines provided that it’s in English. If not, make sure to get an English translation from your local embassy first to avail of car rental services in the Philippines.

What documents do I need when driving a rent a car in the Philippines?

Always have your car rental services document, passport and driver’s license with you at all times. In case you get into an accident or a road problem when availing cars for rent, this will help the authorities identify who you are and let them know you’re driving a car rental in the Philippines. Read our article on how to rent a car in the Philippines to know more.

Are rental cars insured in the Philippines?

Yes, car rentals in the Philippines cover insurance. Review the product details of your chosen car rental before booking.

Is rental car mileage really unlimited?

Most rent a car services have no car rental mileage limit in the Philippines. Check the mileage and area limit indicated in the product first before booking.

How is the road network in the Philippines?

There are the Philippines highway network and the Philippines expressway network.

How is the highway road network?

The Philippines highway network roads are made up of national roads with corresponding numbers. They are given unique names based on their location or destinations covered. i.e., National Route 1: Pan-Philippine Highway or Maharlika Highway connecting Luzon to Mindanao through roads, bridges, and ferry services.

How is the express road network?

The Philippines expressway network roads are made up of controlled-access expressways and regional high standard highways that have toll gates. i.e., E1 or Expressway 1 which includes North Luzon Expressway or NLEx and E2 or Expressway 2 which includes South Luzon Expressway or SLEx.

What is Epifanio de los Santos Avenue?

Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, also known as EDSA, is a major thoroughfare that connects the major cities? EDSA can be quite congested between during weekday rush hours. 

When are general rush hours?

Between 7-9 am and 5-9 pm, when most of the city-dwellers are heading to/from work and school.

Can you reach islands on a rental car?

It is possible to reach the 3 main islands by rental car. You can opt to board your car for rent vehicle in the Roll-On Roll-Off (RoRo) vessels or ferries that connect major destinations in the country from Luzon, Visayas, to Mindanao. You will need to drive to the ports where they are docked and drive the car inside the vessel. From here, you can choose to stay inside the vehicle for short-distance travel or stay inside the ferry where there are seating or sleeping quarters available depending on the vessel and distance covered. Take note that some car rental Philippines do not allow their vehicles to be driven outside of the main islands or regions. Example includes Manila car rentals are limited to Luzon island only, and Cebu car rentals are limited to Cebu island only.

Which side of the road do you drive on in the Philippines?

Philippine roads require vehicles to be driven on the right side of the road, with all vehicles in left-hand drive.