Metro Manila · The Pasig River Ferries are back
With the streets and trains of the Megacity being more congested then ever, Manila is resorting to a means of transportation that had been suspended several years ago: the Pasig River Ferry.
Five boats are operating since the soft launch on April 28, 2014: a 32-seater ferry, two bus-ferries and two "jeepney ferries" for up two twelve people. They load and unload passengers at five terminals, namely Guadalupe in Makati (near EDSA), Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Escolta, Plaza Mexico (all three in Manila City), and Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City, near Laguna de Bay. More boats and terminals are supposed to follow within the year.
The ferries will operate everyday from 6 am to 7 pm. An Android app to check estimated arrival and departure times will be released soon. All ferry terminals are connected to new jeepney routes. One ride will cost between 25 and 50 pesos in the first couple of months, until an appropriate pricing scheme has been figured out.
The ferry rides are quite an adventure an allow a complete new view of the city. However, we do not recommend them to Megacitizens for their daily commute to the office. The boats are quite modest and have no air-condition, the river is dirty and smelly, and the waiting time can not be estimated as of now.
The ferry services had been suspended in 2011 because passengers were discontent with the foul smell of River Pasig and the long waiting times. Ferries back then could carry up to 150 passengers, taking a very long time to load and departure.