Living in a highly-urbanized city like Manila can be stressful at times. With the time-consuming traffic in EDSA that keeps worsening every day and the demanding job you have, stress has become a part of your everyday routine. We can’t blame you if you feel you need to destress.

Don’t worry! We’ve rounded up 6 best budget-friendly getaway destinations near Manila for your much-needed quick escape!

1. Tagaytay

people walking at the peoples park in the sky

If you want to experience cool weather, you don’t need to go to Baguio because Tagaytay will already give you that. It will only take 1 to 2 hours from Manila to go there. You can take a bus from Gil Puyat going to Nasugbu or Calatagan and this will pass through Tagaytay. There’s also a direct bus en route to Tagaytay from Taft Avenue in Pasay. The bus fare going to Tagaytay costs P100 – P150. To get around, you can ride a jeep or tricycle to make your trip more affordable.

Must-visit places: Picnic Grove, Sky Ranch Tagaytay, Museo Orlina, and Peoples Park In The Sky.

2. Laguna

people on the hot air balloon ride in enchanted kingdom

Same with Tagaytay, it can only take 1 to 3 hours of travel time from Manila depending on which area of Laguna that you want to go. You may opt to go to hot springs like in Calauan to get energized from your tiring work week.

Must-visit places: Nuvali, Enchanted Kingdom, Pagsanjan Falls, and Rizal Shrine.

3. Rizal

cerulean blue waters of tinipak river in rizal

With its proximity to Manila, Rizal has become a favorite quick getaway destination near Manila. The travel time will take about 1 to 2 hours via van or jeep. If you opt to ride a bus, expect the travel time to have an additional one hour. You can even spend less than P1,000 for this trip.

Must-visit places: Calinawan Cave, Daranak Falls, Batlag Falls, Masungi Georeserve, Mt. Daraitan, Tinipak River, Hinulugang Taktak and Pililla Wind Farm.

4. Aurora Province

people surfing at baler, aurora

If you’re into surfing, Baler in Aurora is perfect for you. There are buses going to Baler from  Cubao that will take 5 to 6 hours. Price ranges from P480 – 700. There are tricycle tours that you can choose for about P800/day (up to 3 passengers) to see the adventure spots, heritage sites, and other tourist spots. Here’s a tip, the town of Dingalan is dubbed as the Batanes of the East because of its resemblance.

Must-visit places: Sabang Beach, Dicasalarin Cove, Diguisit Beach, Museo de Baler, and Dingalan.

5. Zambales 

pink bean bags at inflatable island in zambales
Photo credits to Inflatable Island PH

Zambales is also a famous beach destination where travelers go for a quick getaway. The travel time takes about 3 to 4 hours from Manila by bus. Bus fare costs around P300 – 500 per person for a one-way ticket. 

Must-visit places: Inflatable Island, Liwliwa Beach, CASA San Miguel, Subic, Anawangin Cove, and Capones Island.

6. Batangas 

colorful castle of fantasy land

For only 2 to 3 hours of travel time from Manila, you can already reach Batangas which is also a popular beach destination for a quick escape. Bus to Batangas takes 4 hours, which costs more or less P200 per person.

Must-visit places: Fortune Island, Laiya Beach, Masasa Beach, and Isla Verde and Verde Island Passage.

There are more places near Manila that you can spend less. All it takes is thorough planning and research. Appreciating the small things that you currently have is another factor that contributes to saving. Same with travel, it doesn’t need to cost much for you to really enjoy and get relaxed.

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