The Fastest Route to Tagaytay from Manila: CALAX Silang-Aguinaldo Interchange
Tagaytay is a popular tourist destination, boasting cold weather, breathtaking scenery, and various dining options. Dubbed the Second Summer Capital of the Philippines, Tagaytay is also a go-to for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Manila.
However, traveling to Tagaytay from Manila became troublesome due to traffic, especially on weekends. Fortunately, the new Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) Silang-Aguinaldo Interchange is set to open in September 2023.
CALAX Silang-Aguinaldo Interchange, the fastest route to Tagaytay
After being delayed for over two years due to an issue of right-of-way (ROW) and Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns, the CALAX Silang-Aguinaldo Interchange will soon open to motorists. The opening of this new route will benefit motorists who want to travel to and from Tagaytay.
With this new exit, you can cut your travel time to Tagaytay by 30 minutes, making your trip faster as per Metro Pacific Tollway South. With this new route, travelers will get a chance to explore and visit more Tagaytay tourist Spots. At present, motorists have to travel for about an hour from the Mamplasan Rotonda before they can catch sight of the beauty of Tagaytay.
Thus, you can save 30 minutes of travel time once you exit the new CALAX Silang-Aguinaldo Interchange. As of August 1, this new route is 91% complete and expected to be finished by the end of August, said its construction manager Wilson Bontigao.
According to Metro Pacific Tollway South’s Vice President for Communication and Stakeholder Management, Arlette Capistrano, this new exit is eyed to start its operations in mid-September. Once completed, it will connect the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) and Mamplasan exit in Biñan, Laguna.
It will shorten the travel duration by 45 minutes from CAVITEX to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). Also, it will help decongest traffic on Aguinaldo Highway, Governor’s Drive, and Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road as the government target to turn Calabarzon into an investment destination.
The remaining areas under construction include toll plaza development, pouring of concrete in median barriers and main line, and other finishing works. Afterward, toll facilities will be constructed, such as signages, sound barriers, and road lights.
In total, there will be eight interchanges, including Aguinaldo Highway, Governor’s Drive, Kawit, Open Canal, Laguna Boulevard, Laguna Technopark, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay, Greenfield-Mamplasan (Biñan) Silang-Aguinaldo, and Silang East.
As of writing, only 14.24km are being utilized from Greenfield Mamplasan to Silang East Interchange. When the Silang-Aguinaldo Interchange starts operation this year, it will add around 4km to its operation, benefiting thousands of motorists daily.
Toll collection systems are currently being set up as CALAX utilizes the Easytrip RFID. It can also be used for motorists paying toll fees in Cavitex, Cavitex C5 Link, North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). Nonetheless, some toll plazas still accept cash if you don’t have an Easytrip RFID yet.
While there are many routes you can choose from to visit Tagaytay, the new CALAX Silang-Aguinaldo Interchange is a great alternative route, especially for motorists coming to and from Manila. Through this route, motorists can shorten their travel time to and from Tagaytay by around 30 minutes, making quick getaways possible and more relaxing due to less traffic.
Furthermore, it can help decongest roads, making it faster for motorists and commuters to arrive at their destinations. This development will not only benefit motorists and travelers. But it will also boost the economy and tourism of Tagaytay and nearby towns as it’s more accessible. So, if you’re visiting Tagaytay, check out the CALAX Silang-Aguinaldo Interchange once it opens.