If you want to get out of Manila, I have a perfect day trip for you!
Just 3h drive out of the city and you reach this little nice town Tagaytay that is famous for its still active volcano called “Taal”. It is the 2nd most active volcano in the Philippines!
In this article, you will find out step-by-step how to get to the Taal Volcano and how much it will cost!
To start with I would suggest that you try to do this trip with a group of at least 4 people because for one person or a couple everything will cost quite a lot, but because prices usually are just to get in or get to no matter how many people are in the group, it gives you the opportunity to divide costs and do this trip cheaper.
First, you need to get to the city of Tagaytay. You can get there by bus from Manila, Pasay City. The bus terminal is located in the Coastal Mall and will cost you around 300 Pesos (around 5 Euros). Another way is to rent a private shuttle, and this is where a bigger group starts to come in handy. You should be able to arrange a private shuttle with a driver at the local travel agencies for around 3000 – 5000 Pesos, which is around 65 Euros.
Once you get to the town, you need to find a boat, which shouldn’t be hard as there are signs everywhere. A boat will cost you around 2000 Pesos (around 33 Euros), and this is where you pay for just the boat and not per head, so now you can see where more people again is better value. Once getting to the island you will need to pay an entry fee of 100 Pesos per person.
Then to get up to the volcano you can walk, which I warn you now will be challenging, as the track is quite long and steep with no shade! It will take you around 40 – 50 minutes each way. Another way to get up is with horses, this will cost you 500 Pesos (around 9 Euros) per person for a round trip.
Once up there, you can enjoy the beautiful view. The heat and stream are actually coming out of the ground. You will also be able to enjoy a fresh coconut juice at the top of the volcano.
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