Affordable places to visit in Tagaytay on a quick day trip

Tagaytay is located in the province of Cavite 62.4 kilometers away from Manila Airport (NAIA) southern part of Luzon. The travel time is usually 2 hours one-way. Tagaytay is known for being “The second summer capital of the Philippines next to Baguio” due to its cold climate and the scenic view of beautiful Taal Lake and Volcano. It’s the best escape for a weekend get away from a stressful week in Metro Manila or if you have a plenty of layover time in between flights and just want to try something new and quick. If you want to spend your 1 day worthwhile, come to Tagaytay. I got you covered with my simple itinerary. I have visited Tagaytay for three times already.

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A. CAR RENTAL – If you have the money and just want to avoid commuting, especially with Covid-19, I suggest you hire a private car especially when you are in a group with family or friends. Rental fee costs about Php 2,500 (USD 50.00) with a driver roundtrip includes waiting for a day excluding tolls, meal and gas. Still it depends upon negotiation with the car rental company. There are some car rental companies who offer Self-Drive for as low as Php 1,500 (USD 30.00) good for one day.

B. PUBLIC BUS – I usually do this considering that I would travel alone or if I am with someone. I recommend this if you are in small group. It is cheaper to ride in a public transportation. The fare is around Php 200.00 roundtrip (USD 4.00) from DLTB Buendia Terminal in Makati, Metro Manila going to Tagaytay via Nasugbu highway (Vice Versa), Batangas road. You must always ask the conductor or driver to drop you off in Tagaytay. The travel time is more or less 2 hours per way. Aside from DLTB busses, there are also other bus companies that cater this route and the fare price would vary.

C.) GRAB CAR – Yes, it can be done from via Grab car and book it via the App. A 4-seater Grabcar would cost around Php 1,500 while a 6-seater would be around Php 1,700 from Manila.


Here are the affordable places to visit in Tagaytay on a quick day trip:

1.) Eat Bulalo at Mahogany Market for brunch

This is the most underrated activity to do. Usually once I arrive in Tagaytay by bus in the morning around 10:00am if I leave at 8:00am from Metro Manila, I would tell the bus driver or the bus conductor to drop me off the Mahogany Market or you can just come here early in the morning. I like eating here especially when the weather is cold. Any day would be okay still. Ordering Bulalo soup (beef soup) from here is always the best. After eating Bulalo and Tawilis (catch from the lake) with rice, you can walk around the market and enjoy fruit and veggie shopping if you like. There are plenty of fruits and vegetables in the area. A local fresh beef meat is a good quality buy. Not just that, you can also find souvenirs or “pasalubong” in here. Spending 1-2 hours in Mahogany market could be worth of your time. There have a well-maintained public toilet that you can quickly use for PHP 10.00 each use.

COST OF Meal for 2 persons sharing: 
Bulalo – Php 360.00 per order
Tawilis ( freshwater sardine) – Php 200 per order
Plain white rice – Php 10 each
TOTAL of Php 570 (10 USD)




Bulalo Soup


Tawilis and spices


After Mahogany Market, it’s easy to ride a jeepney nearby going to Mcdonald’s Tagaytay. The jeepney fare is as cheap Php 10.00 per person. Mcdonald’s is more practical if you are trying to save money instead of dining in fancy restaurants that offer the same view of Tagaytay lake. Order some fries and sundae for dessert or snacks while enjoying the overlooking of Tagaytay Lake.

Cost of snacks in Mcdonald’s: Less than Php 100.00 (2 USD) per person

3.) Buy Buko Pie for Pasalubong back home

Rowena’s is a must “pasalubong” from Tagaytay. Their buko pie is highly recommended. However, it only lasts for few days. Aside from buko pie, they also offer variety of delicacies. From Rowena’s store, there is also a view of Tagaytay lake. The reason that I buy pasalubongs early because I am afraid of best sellers delicacies to be sold out.

Cost of one box of Buko Tart / Pie : Around Php 300.00

4.) Walk around the Tagaytay center and visit their malls

Across the Rowena’s pasalubong/souvenir store, you can walk along Fora Mall and Ayala Mall to scroll inside for some interesting items or if you are just like me who wants to burn some calories after a heavy meal, then walking inside the mall is a free thing to do.

Cost – free to stroll

5.) Visit Bag of Beans


Can’t get enough of the taal view? Visit the Bag of Beans for a cozy instagrammable meal before catching a bus back to Manila.

This time you’re probably go hungry again because it’s past 3PM after walking around the  center of Tagaytay. I have visited this place called Bag of Beans couple of times and they don’t disappoint so far. Relaxing ambiance, Al Fresco dining, freshly made pastries, delicious food choices, signature coffee, Bag of Beans is always top of mind. Food ranges from Php 200-Php 500 per person. They have 5 branches overall. The one I always go to is the Athena Branch (infront of Carmela’s banana cake) along Nasugbu highway. This branch is amazing and improving every time. Plus, you can just hop on the bus going back to Metro Manila.




If you have extra time, you can book overnight in Tagaytay. There are plenty of hotel room accommodations with average of Php 1,500 per night via, Facebook groups and AirBNB. You can enjoy the rest of the night by having dinner reservations at Antonio’s Restaurant or visiting bars & pubs with live music for amazing experience. You may go to have picnic at People’s Park and have fun in Skyranch Amusement Park Tagaytay the next day with your loved ones.

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Disclaimer: I am not a paid travel agent. All my posts are based in my personal DIY experience of the trip.


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