The public metro buses of Metro Manila are classified into Bus A, Bus B, and Bus C. These buses run along a main highway called EDSA and head to other avenues and streets.
Here’s a sample photo of an air-conditioned public metro bus:
Looking at the photo, you will see the signboard on the lower left portion of the windshield, which will tell you the destination of the bus (this bus is heading to the LRT, Ayala, Leveriza, Baclaran, and Coastal). On the upper right corner, you will see a letter – in this example, this is Bus B.
The classification of the buses will tell you the area where they are allowed to load or unload passengers. Here is the bus stop infographic created by local news source Rappler:
You will see in #1 the bus stops for both Bus A and B. On the other hand, Bus C loads and unloads passengers in all stops (see #5).
(You will not really understand this information or where it goes if you’re not a local, so click THIS to understand what “southbound” or “northbound” is and where you’re hostel is located.)
When riding this bus, take note of the following:
- Be familiar of its loading / unloading area and take a look at what’s written on its signboard.
- You can ask the conductor to help you load your backpack into the storage compartment (if available). Otherwise, carry it with you inside the bus or leave it beside the driver seat (ask permission from the driver). Be MINDFUL of it whether you carry it with you or if you decide to leave it beside the driver. They will not be responsible for any damages / loss.
- Always be mindful of your valuables (passport, credit cards, cash).
- Minimum fare is 10 Pesos for a non air-conditioned bus and 12 Pesos for an air-conditioned bus.
- After paying the fare, make sure to keep the tickets with you to avoid problems during inspections.
- Be attentive to what the conductor’s saying. They will usually announce if a certain destination is close by.