My parents wanted to celebrate their anniversary at Tagaytay. The plan was to sleep there last April 25, 2010 and start going around early the next day. The problem was last April 24-25, 2010 was our company outing and we were in Balai Isabel, Talisay, Batangas and if I were to go back to Manila I would be wasting my precious time and money.
The solution, ask around Balai Isabel on how to get to Tagaytay from Talisay. I asked a security guard on how to get there, he then patiently told me how.
From anywhere in Talisay, ride a tricycle and tell the driver that you are going to Baranggay Banga, to where the jeepney to Tagaytay are located. This costs about 10 Pesos per person. To call a tricycle, just wait at the Tanauan-Talisay National Road and when a tricycle passes by just wave at the driver.
You will then be brought by the tricycle driver to the intersection of Ligaya Drive and Tanauan-Talisay National Road where the jeepney to Tagaytay are located.
From here you just have to patient. Passengers do not regularly go up to Tagaytay from Talisay, so you’ll have to wait until the jeepney gets full or you reach about 10 passengers and talk to the other passengers if it would be alright for them for all of you to pay the whole jeepney and just divide equally the fare among yourselves. According to the Sari-Sari store owner at the jeepney terminal, if the jeepney gets full, each passenger would be paying 40 Pesos per person Else if the passengers decides to rent the whole jeep, each jeep costs about 750 Pesos per jeepney. So if you are 10 passengers inside the jeep, you will be paying 75 Pesos per passenger.
According to the friendly sari-sari store owner, first trip to Tagaytay was about 5:30AM and last trip would be about 4:00PM. Sometimes (rarely) jeepneys will be waiting after 4:00 PM. Jeepneys are available daily.
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According to the patient guard at Balai Isabel, the jeeps usually becomes full in the early hours of the day.
The distance from where the jeepney is located to Tagaytay is 9 kilometers.
While waiting one of our officemates passed by and saw us waiting at the road and offered us to ride with him to Tagaytay. Fortunately, I did not have to shell out some money and fortunately for my brother, he did not have to wait for me for very long in Tagaytay since he came from a run in Tagaytay Highlands. Unfortunately, I did not get the travel time via public jeepney to Tagaytay from Talisay and where the jeepney will stop at Tagaytay. Also I missed the opportunity to ride the jeep and bumping into other passengers since the Ligaya Drive is actually a very steep road.
Anyways, I’ll just have to go down to Talisay and wait again.