Tagaytay is part of the island of Luzon, Philippines.
Tagaytay is a popular destination of residents of Metro Manila primarily because of its mild climate and dramatic scenery, the most significant of which is the view of Taal Volcano.
The weather in Tagaytay is mild and the average temperature is 22-25°C (71-77°F). There are only two 'seasons', wet and dry.
The closest major airport is Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila).
If you're a foreigner, you can hire vans to get there or an airport taxi. Some taxi drivers charge a fixed rate or double the meter fare plus toll fees. Private taxis will cost between 1600 and 2000 pesos, depending on your bargaining skills. Ask to be dropped off at Tagaytay circle or Olivarez Mall.
Coming from Manila by bus
This can be very confusing for foreign tourists, and even people from Manila generally drive so do not know how to take the bus to Tagaytay. If you ask locals they will tell you conflicting things. There are many conflicting reports on the internet.
One sure way to get to Tagaytay via bus from Manila is to go to Roxas Boulevard, south of the Baclaran Redemptionist Bus Terminus, marked on Google Maps. Walk south along the west side of the street (the direction of busses going south) and look for a Cavite Batangas bus with the destination "Tagaytay" on its windshield. Flag it down and jump on. There is no need to buy a ticket in advance. There will be a conductor riding the bus. Tell that person where you are going and they will punch a ticket with an according fee. The journey from Roxas Blvd. near the Del Carmen bus terminal to Tagaytay Mahogany Ave bus station (corner of Crisanto de los Reyes Rd. and Mahogany Ave.) as of March 2018 cost 80 pesos.
There is also an AC bus that goes to Tagaytay from Ayala MRT south exit. 90 pesos.
There are other busses running to Nusugbu (final destination), with “via Tagaytay” written on the signboard are below. Frequency = one bus every about 30 minutes.
- San Agustin
- Erjohn & Almark
- Golden dragon
Travel time = close to 3 hours even when setting off early.
Disembark at a crossroad called Olivarez Square. Easily spotted due to the large KFC restaurant / Andok's / Jollibee (if you are on the right side of the bus) and “Pure Gold” and Mc Donalds” signs if you are on the left side of the bus. After this stop lies the Rotunda (with a statue in the center and colourful lights at night) - this forms the center of the town of Tagaytay.
Tagaytay does not have a dedicated bus terminus – buses just stop at this part of the road. Ask the bus conductor to tell you when the stop for "Tagaytay" or "Olivarez plaza" comes.
Avoid taking buses going to Batangas or Balibago. Avoid JAM transit.
Jeepney is a common use of transportation around the area, you'll need to ask the driver where you want to go and where they are going. Fares are usually around 8-10 pesos, sometimes a little bit more depending on the distance.
Tricycles (motorcycles with a sidecar) are also quite prevalent and will often offer rides to foreigners, sometimes very insistently. They can take you anywhere, but the pricing scheme is complicated. For 3+ people on a tricycle, the rate is 20 pesos each for a short distance. For 1-2 people, the rate is 100 pesos total for most trips. A tricycle trip down to Taal can be negotiated for around 200 pesos.
At the Tagaytay visitor's centre and near the zip line is quite easy to walk and explore for a person with average fitness.
Mabini Shrine The Shrine houses the remains and personal belongings of the late revolutionary hero and "Brains of the Katipunan," Apolinario Mabini. Mabini is known as the "Sublime Paralytic" who, despite his physical handicap, fired nationalism in the Filipinos and urged them to unite, with the sheer power of his writings. He wrote fiery articles against Spanish atrocities in revolutionary papers. His writings and memorabilia are kept here. His tomb lies at the middle of the site where a replica of the house where he was born also stands. Location : Barrio Talaga, Tanauan How to get there : Located about seven kilometers from the town proper of Tanauan and can be reached in an hour and 15 minutes' drive from Manila. Upon reaching the market area, one can turn to A. Mabini avenue leading to Barangay Talaga. The Shrine is open daily from 8:00PM to 5:00PM, except during holidays. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Travel Time : Approximately 15 minutes from the town proper.
Casa de Segunda Katigbak The ancestral home of prominent Batangas family, the Casa is a typical "Bahay na Bato" (stone house). It is Spanish Colonial in style, yet tropical in ambiance. It was named after Segunda Katigbak, reputed to be the first love of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the Philippines' national hero. Casa segunda is declared by the National Historical Commission as a heritage house for having harbored generations of artists, poets and persons of learning and distinction. Location : 198 Calle Rizal, Lipa City
Jose P. Laurel Memorial Library The personal property of the family of the late President Jose P. Laurel, it was donated to the Philippine Government as a historical site and public library. The library is open everyday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM Location : A. Mabini Ave., Tanauan How to get there : The place is in the town proper and can be reached by land. Upon reaching the town , turn to A. Mabini Road. The library is about 100 meters from the national road, jeepneys and tricycles service the area. Travel time : About 5 to 10 minutes' drive from the town proper depending on traffic. The library is located near the St. John Evangelist Parish, a gymnasium, Lo Consolacion College and some other schools, so traffic would be tight during the rush hours.
Marcela N. Agoncillo Historical Landmark (National Landmark) The birthplace of Marcela N. Agoncillo who was known as the maker of the first official Filipino Flag during the Philippine revolution against the Spanish authorities. The different flags of the revolution are also prominently displayed at the site. Location : Marcela Agoncillo St., Taal How to get there : One can take a bus or rented car from Manila to the town of Taal. Once at the town proper, one may take a tricycle to reach the place. Travel time : About 1 1/2 hours by car from Manila.
Punta de Santiago Lighthouse Built in 1890, it is one of the earliest lighthouses that remain functional up to this date. Since its construction, no ship has ever ran aground within its vicinity. Location : Calatagan How to get there : The lighthouse can be reached by taking a jeepney from the town proper of Calatagan. Travel time : 40 minutes through semi-rough road.
Palace In The Sky Originally designed to be the presidential guest house of former president Ferdinand Marcos, this complex was never completed. It is, however, now open to the public as a vantage area for viewing the Taal Volcano. Location : Tagaytay City. How to get there : The place is a short drive from the Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay City. Travel time : 15 minutes' drive from Aguinaldo Highway.
The Flower Farm On a windy slope of a hill in Tagaytay City sprawls a flower farm that keeps Manila abloom whole year round. The five-hectare flower farm has many varieties of flowers, such as chrysanthemums with assorted colors, gerberas, carnations, roses, and anthuriums. Location : Barangay Guinhawa, Tagaytay City. How to get there : From Tagaytay City, the farm is a brief 10-minute drive from the Aguinaldo Highway.
St. Anne's Shrine The shrine is a small garden where a grotto of the Virgin Mary stands, surrounded by well maintained shrubbery and flower garden. In front of the grotto is a small grass clearing, which is conducive to quiet reflection. Location : Barangay Sungay, Tagaytay City How to get there : From Manila, take BLTB buses that pass by Barangay Silang Crossing to the Tagaytay Marker. At Tagaytay Marker, alight to take a utility jeep leading to Barangay Sungay where the gate of the Shrine can be spotted from the road. Travel time : About 2 hours' drive from Manila.
- The Taal volcano is an active volcano with a large crater lake with a small cone rising in the middle. Tagatay is built on the rim of the larger crater. Access to the actual volcanic area is by boat. Boats leave anywhere from the lakeside, competition is fierce. Sadly prices are 'fixed' at 2000 pesos per boat, 6 people max. Even more sadly no one will allow you to share with other groups whence there, so team up before getting there. Tricycle drivers will take you to their favored place. Hard bargaining will drop the 'fixed' price to between 1200 and 1500, but obviously sharing is the better option.
There is a park at the overlook area above the Taal volcano. Worth the effort! About an hour from Manila, it is accessible by taxi, bus or privately owned vehicle. You can take a Jeepney to the Olivarez, then take a tricycle to the lake and hire a boat. It's also possible to negotiate with the tricycle driver "full package" including tricycle, boat, and horse on the volcano - everything depends on your negotiation skills.
While going up, a horse is a good idea at 500 Pesos(fixed price). A guide is not compulsory, you can take just the horse!
The drink sellers along the way, try to sell you cold drinks by saying your guide or horse owner is tired. The cold drinks cost 5-10 times the cost in Manila. Coffee is however available at 20 Pesos up there.
The park is well kept and there are numerous picnic seats, tables or covered huts for daily hire.
- Tagaytay Ridge Zipline. edit
You can take a 15 min outrigger boat ride to the volcano that is within the lake. As you head from Tagaytay city toward the lake, many touts may jump in front of your vehicle offering boat rides - they take a commission. If you know where to go, however, you can catch a boat directly from the boat owners. You will need to catch private transport of some kind down to the lake from Tagatay as there is no jeepney service there. If you take a motorbike or trike, you are recommended to lock in a fee for both directions at the top (including waiting time). If not, once you are down there, you are caught with requests for more than double the fee to get back up to Tagatay for the return journey. Many operators will try and offer all inclusive deals to the volcano, including the horse ride, lunch, etc. You are better to negotiate just the boat trip and then choose what you want to do on the island.
Once on the island, the boat guides will herd you to a point where you can go horseback riding to the volcano. It takes about 30-45 minutes and is quite bumpy. The guides with the horses take you to the top which is very spectacular and you can explore the top for as long as you want.
Another option is hiking which will take anywhere from 50 minutes to 90 minutes, so only do so if you have reasonable fitness (because of the hills, rocky terrain, etc).
When up at the volcano, watch out for guides trying to show groups of tourists heating tricks. These consist of getting a can of soft drink or water, cutting the can or bottle in half and watching the ground heat boil the water or liquid which is pretty cool to see, and you can boil an egg if you bring one with you!
Philippine Adventures or Tripinas provides scenic city tours from Metro Manila to Tagatay with the option of catching a boat ride to Taal Volcano and hiking to the spectacular Taal Crater Lake.
Things to do in Tagaytay on TripHobo provides various options of activities to be done with family, kids or friends. Go for adventure activities on Taal Volcano, Taal Lake. To enjoy with kids choose Sky Ranch to spend time.
Wedding in the sky - The atmosphere and scenery of a Tagaytay destination setting provides a special character to the wedding. An hour and 15 minutes drive through South Superhighway or Coastal Road, Tagaytay offers different venues for different settings that will suit your taste.
Small shops line the roadway as you come into the area, the vegetables and fruits available here are fresh and seemed to be very good quality.
Pasalubong (small gifts) gathered by the traveller in remembrance of, and for, friends is a strong Philippine tradition. No need to be extravagant, a small gift is considered to be most appropriate. Need help? Here's a hint... senorita bananas. About the size of a fat finger, they are sweet and have a rich texture. The area is also famous for its Buko Pie, which is a popular item.
There is also the Good Shepherd Convent (like the one in Baguio) and you can get your favorite Ube jam, pili, etc. In addition to that you can also get their buko pie for which Laguna/Cavite is known.
- Kusina Tropikal in Tagaytay-Calamba Road San Jose Tagaytay City. Good food. Good view. Filipino Soul Restaurant and authentic Bacolod cuisine.
- Mushroom Burger in Aguinaldo Highway.
- Josephine's Restaurant is a well known restaurant in Tagaytay not just because of the great tasting foods but also because of the scenic view at the back of the restaurant. They also cater events like Weddings, Birthdays, etc. The ambiance is good especially for lovers and families too. A very cool place specially starting the Ber Month, from September. Josephine's Restaurant is along the road of Tagaytay. Very accessible even for foreign tourists.
- Antonio's, From Manila, take the South Luzon Expressway. Exit at Santa Rosa. Follow the long road until you reach Tagaytay. At the rotonda, turn right. Take the road that will lead you to the Taal Vista Lodge. Antonio's is farther up the road. Turn right when you see the Antonio's sign. Follow the signs leading to Antonio's. At the intersection, take the road with the arch (Bo. Neogan, Purok 7). After a few hundred meters, turn left to find Antonio's., ☎ +63-917-899-2866. Antonio's is open from Tuesdays to Sundays. Lunch is served from 11:30AM to 1:30PM while dinner is from 5:30-7:30PM.. $20-$40 per person. edit
Coffee - Coffee shops are abundant in the city proper, some of the noted ones are Starbucks Coffee and Bag of Beans. Try their apple pie at Bag of Beans, it's said to be great.
hard to find a place to sleep in Tagaytay for under P 2000
- Romar Homes (Near Pink Sister), Vilbay St., Maitim 2nd east Tagatay city Philippines (10 TO 15 min from Fora mall AND 600 meters from Aguinaldo Hiway), ☎ 09175456008. checkin: 3/12 12:00 NN; checkout: 3/13 2:00 NN. affordable town house, comfortable rooms, P1,500.00 per day, 2,500.00. (1,800.00,1 day) edit
- Anya Resort Tagaytay, Buenavista Hills Road, Barangay Mag-asawang Ilat, Tagaytay City, ☎ (632)553.8888, . Anya Resort Tagaytay meets internationally recognized hotel standards, infused with the Filipinos' cordiality. It’s your choice that makes your day—to relax by the pool, or to go for a morning jog among the greenery. If you wish to be alone for some secret moment. Your time belongs to you, and only you. edit
- Phi-Phi View B&B, Tagaytay-Calamba Road San Jose Tagaytay City (Near Tagaytay Rotonda), ☎ (+63) 046 413 5492, . checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12noon. Brand new rooms at affordable prices, air-conditioned rooms with cable TV, hot and cold shower Rates start at 2,000. edit
- Amora’s Home, Kaykulot Rd. Sungay East (Near Tagaytay Picnic Grove exit), ☎ (+63) 046 860 0221, . checkin: 11pm june 11; checkout: 5am june 13. Modern well maintained facilities, air-conditioned rooms with cable TV p2000"". edit
- Fat Bill’s Bed and Breakfast, Barangay Sungay East, Tagaytay City, Philippines, ☎ 046 695 6349, . Double and Family Rooms with TV and DVD player, and their bathroom has a hot and cold shower. Best rates on official website start at 2,800.00″. edit
- Mi-jo Hotel Tagaytay, . Provides all the comforts and conveniences expected of a luxury hotel. Filipino and American dishes are served in the Restaurant and for guests preferring a less formal start to the day, a breakfast selection can be served in the room. Prices starts at approximately $40.. edit
- Starflower Tourist Lodge, Km 62 Barangay Mendez West, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City, Philippines, ☎ +63 (02) 8684579. checkin: 9/12; checkout: 9/13. Starflower Tourist Lodge in Tagaytay provides you with expansive views of Taal Volcano and Lake, and surrounded by rolling hills and lush greenery. It is an affordable retreat for any traveler. The lodge's low-priced accommodations are a place where you can put your feet up and enjoy the mountain breeze coming in from the balcony. Room rates starts at Php 2000. Best rates on official website start at PHP 1800. edit
- Tagaytay Econo Inn, ☎ 046 413-4284, . Tagaytay Econo Inn (TEI) is your gateway to the beautiful City of Tagaytay. With unbelievably warm hospitality, inviting interiors and a magnificent view, TEI offers 17 comfortable and quality rooms, fully serviced and furnished to international standards. Tourism Ave. Hollywood Subd., Brgy. Francisco, Tagaytay City, Philippines. Rates start at PHP 2,000. edit
- Alfonso Hotel, #4 Washington Ave., Royale Tagaytay Estates, Alfonso, Cavite, ☎ (046)413-0770 / (046)413-4077, . Each accommodation is air-conditioned and has cable TV and a private toilet and shower. Rates start at PHP 2,575. edit
- Days Hotel Tagaytay (Days Hotel Tagaytay), Aguinaldo Hwy (Located about 60 km, Southwest Manila, and is 75 kilometers away from the nearest airport, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.), ☎ +63-46-4132400, . Resorts sit on a ridge 2500 ft above sea level and overlooks Taal Volcano. edit
- Hotel Dominique, Km. 55 Aguinaldo Hi-way, Brgy. Maitim II East, ☎ (02) 5298173, . Hotel Dominique is located along Aguinaldo Hi-way, a few meters away from the Tagaytay Rotonda. All of their rooms are fully air-conditioned, have a cable tv, telephone with NDD/IDD, and refrigerator. For suites, a bath tub is available. Some of their facilities include swimming pool, spa, game room, bar and restaurant, and a souvenir shop. Best rates on official website start at Php 4,000.00++. edit
- Emiramona Garden Hotel, (near Pink Sisters Convent and Angels Hills), ☎ (046) 4134661, . checkin: 2:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 noon. Emiramona Garden Hotel is located along Aguinaldo Highway. They have 48 rooms and 2 villas, each has a cable television, DVD Player, night table with lampshade, wardrobe closet with a full-length mirror, refrigerator, safety deposit box, and a balcony.It offers a wide range of amenities/ facilities. Among them is the only glass-enclosed indoor pool in Tagaytay, also an indoor jacuzzi with its gardens and waterfall as a background. Best rates on official website start at Php 3,000.00++. edit
- Fernandina Tagaytay Villa, #2 Hollywood Subdivision, Brgy. Tolentino East, ☎ 438-6686, . All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, tv with cable channels, dvd player, breakfast, hot and cold shower with hygiene kit. Some of its facilities and services are mini-gym, mini-garden, kitchen facilities and housekeeping service. Rates start at 1750.00 PHP. edit
- Golden Jade Hotel and Restaurant, Calamba Road, Brgy. San Jose, ☎ (046) 413-0055, . This hotel and restaurant offers rooms equipped with air conditioning, television, private toilet and bath. Some of its facilities and services are bar, restaurant, fitness room/gym, parking and Wi-Fi. Room rates start at PHP3,000.00. edit
- Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay, Amadeo Road, ☎ (02)521-1888 for reservations or (046) 483 8888 ([email protected]), . Hotel offering 2 swimming pools, playgrounds, lush gardens, games room, free wi-fi. Best rates on official website start at PHP 4,500.00 inclusive of breakfast and dinner″. edit
- The Lake Hotel Tagaytay, Km 58, Emilio Aguinaldo Hi-way, ☎ (+632) 725-7243, . All rooms have hairdryer, internet connection, minibar, telephone with IDD, writing desk and chair, luggage rack, private toilet and bath and safe. Some of its facilities and services are ballroom, bar, business center, cafe, conference room, fitness room/gym, swimming pool, restaurant, high-speed internet access, laundry service, massage service, parkings, safe deposit boxes, room service and airport transfer. edit
- MC Mountain Home Apartelle, Km. 68.9 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway (Aguinaldo Highway), Buck Estate, Alfonso, ☎ +63 464132232, . MC Mountain Hotel is in Buck Estate, along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway (Aguinaldo Highway) in Cavite Province. Each room at MC Mountain Apartelle has air-conditioning, a television, deck/ balcony, and private toilet and bath with shower. Rates are inclusive of daily breakfast. Rates start at PHP 2500. edit
- Nurture Wellness Village, Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West, ☎ +63 917 687 8873 / +63 2 401 9030 ([email protected]), . edit
- One Tagaytay Place Hotel, Barrio Sungay, ☎ +(63 922) 834 8874 (fax: +(63 2) 818 8319), . 120 air-conditioned rooms with LCD TV & DVD player, Wi-Fi, minibar, microwave ovens and free morning newspaper. PHP 3,200.00. edit
- Royal Taal Inn, Calamba Road BGY Iruhin Central (In Front of La Verna House of Pray), ☎ +63 46 413 1066 ([email protected], fax: +63 2 857 2228), . $45-$65. edit
- T House Tagaytay, 3195 Calamba Road, ☎ (02)788-7356, . Best rates on official website start at PHP 4,255.00″. edit
- Tagaytay Wingate Manor ([email protected]), Magallanes Drive, Maitim II West, ☎ (0917)5688861, . checkin: 2:00 PM; checkout: 12:00 PM. It offers 24 rooms, all of which have an air-conditioner, cable LCD television, and a mini-bar. Some of its amenities are 24/7 staffed reception area, swimming pool, and ample free parking. While staying here you can do some leisure activities like picnics, horseback riding, camping, golfing, and zip lining. For inquiries and reservations, please email us at [email protected] Best rates on official website start at PHP 2,500.00. edit
- The Windy Ridge Hotel, Tagaytay Rotonda, Brgy. San Jose, ☎ +63 46 4134353, . Offers ten rustic, yet elegant rooms with hot and cold baths and private jacuzzis. Best rates on official website start at PHP 4,800″. edit
- 8 Suites By Fat Jimmy’s, Lot 7, Ridge View Subdivision, Barangay Iruhin, ☎ +63 46 697-7048, . offers an organic modern architecture setting for eight uniquely designed chocolate themed rooms, spacious lobby, dining area, seminar rooms, infinity spa and a sprawling garden overlooking the Taal Lake: comfort, nature and privacy. Rates start at ₱4,000. edit
- Lee Boutique Hotel, ☎ +63 46 483=0379, . rooms equipped with Air-conditioning, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Private toilet and bath. Oui Drink Tea Eat Rice Restaurant, Massage service on request. Rates start at ₱4,296.25. edit
- Summit Ridge Hotel, Km 58 Aguinaldo Highway, ☎ +63 2 240-6888 ([email protected]), . view of Taal Volcano and cloud-watching at the coldest spot in Tagaytay City. Summit Ridge Hotel and Promenade features within it several shopping, dining, and recreational facilities. Venue for meetings and banquets edit
- Taal Vista Hotel, Km 60 Aguinaldo Highway, ☎ +63 2 886-4325, . Built in the style of an English Tudor lodge, it boasts 261 well-appointed guestrooms equipped with stylish furnishings and conveniences, including a mini-bar, cable TV, and Wi-Fi Internet connection. Choice rooms even feature verandas that look out over the lush tropical garden or majestic lake. A restaurant, spa, and conference rooms are also provided for further satisfaction. Amid rolling greens and rich flora, the hotel exudes serenity at its finest in the most picturesque of settings. Unsurpassed in terms of style, service, and peerless location, and favored by a crisp, cool climate, Taal Vista Hotel is your perfect haven in Tagaytay. US$100-360. edit
- The Theodore Hotel, Km. 54, Silang Crossing East Aguinaldo, ☎ +63 46 483-0350, . rooms named: The Cherry Blossom, The Neo Baroque, The Skyline, The Moorish, The Farm, The Whimsical Garden, The Modern Filipino, The Geometric Room, and The Theodore. Lounge area, which is an exclusive recreational and dining area for checked-in guests, arden that has a splendid view of the Taal Lake. Best rates on official website start at ₱5,000.00. edit
Tagaytay is a safe place to visit, and the locals are very nice, just beware of the usual things in Tagaytay such as scammers and pickpockets; in short exercise the usual level of common sense when travelling.
Beware of the obvious scams and ensure that if you are visiting Taal volcano or any other attractions with guides that they have the proper identification usually administered by the Philippine Tourist Board.
As with all tourist destinations, they like to "plus plus" everything, that is add the taxes and the tourist fee on later, so make sure that you ask for the complete price inclusive of tourist fee. It is recommended that if you visit Taal Volcano and you go horseback riding, that you demand to pay your guide a tip and forego paying 500 pesos as a tour guide fee at the ticket office as this ensures that your working guide actually gets paid as they get undercut from the ticket office; a tip of 200 pesos usually suffices.
- Police, Medical and Fire: 117/112/911. 117 may also be texted from cellphones.
- Tourist hotline: +63 2 524-1728 or 1660
- Immigration hotline: 527
- Directory assistance: 187 (fee applies)
Mobile Phone reception is good in the area.
Leaving for Manila by bus
There are many coach buses that leave from Olivarez Square. They have different destinations in Manila, but will go to Taft Avenue MRT, Glorietta Mall (1 block west of Ayala MRT), and Roxas Boulevard. Just check for signage on the bus windows. Fare is around 80-90 pesos per person. There is a conductor on the bus.
Travel time = 2.5 - 3 hours