Quezon City

High rise buildings in Eastwood City, Quezon City

Quezon City (Tagalog: Lungsod ng Quezon or Lungsod ng Keson) in Metro Manila is the largest city in the Philippines. It has a population of 2.68 million people. Recently, it has become the hub of information technology as well as its entertainment industry in the Philippines. The city was named after former Philippine president Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina. Quezon City was the country's capital from 1946 until 1972, when the seat of government was officially returned to neighboring Manila. Quezon City consists of five districts.

Understand

Get in

Like the rest of Metro Manila, Quezon City is served by a world-class airport, an international seaport (in Manila) and is connected to numerous streets, highways and expressways from neighboring provinces.

By air

The nearest airport is Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the main aviation gateway to the Philippines. It is a 30-minute drive from Quezon City. It services more than 30 airlines which fly direct from 50 different destinations across the globe.

Alternatively, from the north, passengers can get in through Clark International Airport (CRK), formerly Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), in Pampanga. This alternative however is only good for passengers willing to take low cost carriers. After arriving at CRK, travellers just need to take the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and the southbound lane of the North Luzon Expressway to get to Quezon City served by Valenzuela and Malinta Exits as well as the EDSA interchange past Balintawak Toll Plaza.

CRK serves the following airlines:

Transportation from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 to Quezon City

Shuttle, MRT-3. The cheapest yet most convenient way to get to Quezon City from NAIA Terminal 3 is by shuttle and MRT-3. From the airport, there is a shuttle called the NAIA-Loop that would bring you to the MRT-3 Taft Avenue Station. The shuttle fare is PHP20. Then, you can take the MRT-3 from MRT-3 Taft Avenue station to Quezon City MRT-3 Stations like Araneta Center-Cubao Station, Kamuning Station, Quezon Avenue Station and North Avenue Station. MRT-3 Fare would cost PHP10-15.

Taxi. There are many taxis outside NAIA Terminal 3. Yellow-colored ones are the Airport Taxis, and white-colored taxis are the normal taxis.

By sea

The Manila International Port and Container Terminal serves Metro Manila.

By land

Quezon City is connected to the two railway lines in Metro Manila which are the MRT-2 and MRT-3. These two train lines can get you around Metro Manila. Buses are also commonly found in Quezon City, particularly along Quezon Avenue and EDSA. Fares start at PHP10 non-A/C, and PHP12 for A/C buses. Jeepneys are found almost everywhere. Fares start at PHP8 for the first four kilometers. Tricycles and pedicabs can be used for short-distance commuting. Fare usually costs PHP15 above. For commuting directions, visit [www.parasatabi.com].

Get around

If you need to use public transportation try sakay.ph, it will show you the right type to your destination.

Several options are available covering various distances and some areas are accessible only by certain means of transportation.

Jeepney is the cheapest mode of transportation and most major roads and destinations are covered by multiple jeepney routes. Public buses, operated by private bus companies, are also available on main routes and could be more convenient and roughly the same price as jeepneys.

Metered taxis are probably the most comfortable option - just be wary of large taxi fares during rush hours and drivers being picky on their passengers (they try to avoid destinations in crowded areas).

Smaller lanes and roads in residential areas are plied with bicycles fitted with side cars, termed padyak or traysikel.

Finally, two lines of the metro system (MRT Line 2 and MRT Line 3) run through some main points along the city. While their area coverage is limited - this is the best option for avoiding road traffic especially during rush hour (the metro system is bound to get crowded as well though).

See

Landmarks

The Park surrounding the shrine is one of the few green lungs in the city, and is a haven for joggers and bikers alike. There are also eating establishments within the park, for those who'd rather sit and people watch. A railway station is being planned to open up in the park, but until then the best option for a tourist is to take a cab.

Nature and Wildlife

Churches

Museums

Other Places of Interest

Learn

Buy

Eat

Dining options vary upon each area or district of this large city. In the Diliman/Katipunan area, where some of the best universities in the country are located, dining options are largely geared towards the student population (though this does not say anything about the range or quality of available options -- posh dining is equally possible). The Tomas Morato area is a known nightlife area and serve good options for both dining and drinking, especially afterwork. When all else fails, people flock to the nearest mall (within just this city, there are several) survey the dining options there (from posh and chic restaurants to fast food dining in food courts).

Drink

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Barangay Laging Handa,  +63 2 373-2384. Casa Pura offers rooms equipped with air conditioning, telephone, writing desk and sofa. The hotel has a deck garden, restaurant, banquet hall, conference rooms, and parking. Room service, laundry service available. Rates start at 2,400.00 PHP.

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