Popular Driving Schools in Metro Manila

We all have our own memorable experiences when we first learned to drive. Some were great memories, while others weren't as fortunate. We know someone who narrowly missed colliding with a truck at the start of the lesson, and what saved the day was the additional instructor brakes the trainer used to stop the car.

Don't let this discourage you from taking lessons from a driving school, though. Panic, nervousness, and mistakes come with the territory when you're learning to drive for the first time. Driving schools know this, and trainers know this. Who better to understand first-time drivers than those who teach driving for a living?

What gives driving schools an edge is their knowledge about the technical and legal implications of vehicle use. And there’s something about professional training that gives students an added boost of confidence. Maybe it’s because we expect trainers to be more objective, and their feedback more candid -- so we take their word for it. Believe us, that pat on the back for a perfect parallel parking will stay with you for the rest of the day.

Taking the Driving School Route

The trick here is to know which driving schools are worth your time and money. Based on our research, Honda Driving School and Smart Driving Institute are well-rated, with favorable-to-good reviews by students. A1, Xcel, Universal, and Socialites Excellent Driving are fairly rated, with mixed reviews by students depending on their instructors. All of them are LTO-accredited. You can learn more about them by browsing through our list of the most popular driving schools in Metro Manila:

1. Honda Driving School

(curriculum modeled after the Honda Driving Academy in Singapore)

Honda Safety Driving Center building

Schedule

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mondays to Sundays (selected)
  • Day Sessions (Sessions 1-4) / Night Sessions (Sessions 5-6)

Training Courses

  • Beginners ( No Riding - No Driving Experience)
  • Refresher Courses (With Previous Riding – Driving Experience)
  • Seminars (Safety, Teen, & Pedestrian Seminars)

Budget

  • Manual: Php 12,600 (20 hours)
  • Automatic: Php 12,600 (20 hours)

Branches

  • Paranaque City

Contact Numbers

  • (02 )5816714/ (02) 7567313/ (02) 7567314 / (02) 8380814
  • 63 (917) 5625984 / 63 (917) 5625993

2. Smart Driving Institute

Smart Driving School Ad

Class Schedule

  • Monday to Sunday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Training Courses

  • Refresher's course- 5, 7, and 10 Hours (for students with little driving knowledge & would like more exposure to traffic situations.)
  • Beginner's course- 15 and 20 Hours (for students with zero knowledge or no experience in driving.)
  • Masteral course- 30 Hours (designed to teach advanced driving skills and expertise.)

Other courses

  • Manual Course
  • Automatic Course
  • Executive Course
  • Masteral Course
  • Masteral Executive Course

Budget

  • Manual: Php 12,700 (15 hours)
  • Automatic: Php 15,000 (15 hours)

Branches

  • Makati
  • Mandaluyong
  • Manila
  • Pasig
  • Paranaque
  • Quezon City
  • Rizal
  • San Juan

Contact Numbers

  • 63 (02) 534-7152
  • 0949-1808072 / 0906-7036999.

3. A1 Driving School

A1 Driving School Car

Class Schedule

  • Monday to Friday (depends on the branch)

Training Courses

  • Premium (Sedan, AUV, Pickup, Compact SUV, Midsize SUV, Van )
  • Executive (Sedan, AUV, Pickup, Compact SUV, Midsize SUV, Van )
  • Rush (Sedan, AUV, Pickup, Compact SUV, Midsize SUV, Van )

Budget

  • Manual: Php 9,800 (15 hours)
  • Automatic: Php 17,700 (15 hours)

Branches

  • Cubao
  • Fairview
  • Las Pinas
  • Mandaluyong
  • Makati
  • Manila
  • Marikina
  • Muntinlupa
  • Novaliches
  • Pasay
  • Paranaque
  • Quezon City
  • Rizal
  • Valenzuela

Contact Numbers

  • 63 (02) 5322272
  • 63 (927) 7415331 / 63 (942) 3827688

 4. Xcel Driving School 

Xcel Driving School Logo

Class Schedule

  • Monday to Sunday (not definite)

Training Courses

  • Refresher’s Course (Manual and Automatic)
  • Beginner’s Course (Manual and Automatic)

Budget

  • Manual, (Sedan) Special Course: Php7,200 (15 hours)
  • Automatic, (Sedan) Matic Course: Php12,000 (15 hours)

Branches

  • Quezon City
  • Mandaluyong
  • San Juan
  • Pasig
  • Rizal
  • Manila

Other branches soon to open in

  • Caloocan
  • Manila
  • Quezon City
  • Pasay
  • Makati
  • Paranaque

Contact Numbers

  • (0922)8441245 / (0922)8220774

 5. Universal Driving School

Universal Driving School Logo

Class Schedule

  • Monday to Sunday, from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Training Courses

  • Beginner’s Course
  • Refresher’s Course

Budget

  • Manual: Php 7,200 (15 hours)
  • Automatic: Php 13,200 (15 hours)

Branches

  • Makati
  • Manila
  • Pasig
  • Taguig

Contact Numbers

  • Taguig: +63(2) 643-6369
  • Pasig: +63(2) 628-3168
  • Manila: +63(2) 484-3532; +63(2) 561-3501; +63(2) 563-4446
  • Makati: +63(2) 898-2493; +63(2) 882-6859; +63(2) 729-7288; +63(2) 889-4941

 6. Socialites Excellent Driving 

Socialites Logo

Socialites Driving School has quite a number of YouTube lectures and videos that may be helpful for student drivers and LTO license takers, so check them out if you have time.

Class Schedule

Monday to Sunday

  • 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Training Courses

Premium Course – Manual and Automatic

Budget

  • Manual - Php7,500 (15 days)
  • Automatic - Php 10,500 (15 days)

Branches

  • Mandaluyong
  • Quezon City
  • Makati
  • Taguig
  • Manila
  • Rizal
  • Paranaque
  • Las Pinas
  • Antipolo
  • Marikina
  • Pasig
  • Valenzuela

Contact Numbers

  • 63 (02)7417185 / 63 (02)4738932
  • (906)0882513

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