Top 3 Popular Driving Schools in Marikina: List of courses, fees & more

Jul 25, 2019 | Same topic: Let's Drive Smart!
To assist you in your journey to learn how to drive, we have listed here the most popular driving schools in Marikina. Included are details on their courses, fees and much more.

1. Smart Driving School -  Marcos Hiway, San Roque, Marikina City

  • Smart Driving School San Roque - Marcos Hiway, San Roque, Marikina City - Tel: 477-9229
  • Smart Driving School Conception - Bagumbayan Ave Ext. Conception 1, Marikina City - Tel: 941-8479

Overview

Smart Driving School or the Smart Driving Corporation is one of the most established driving schools in Marikina.

While not as old as some other driving schools, Smart Driving has a lot of experience under its belt and their highly professional driving instructors, modern facilities and equally modern vehicles were even recognized by the Costumer’s Choice Awards as the Most Outstanding Driving and Training School in 2017 and 2018.

Also of note is their induction into the Best Driving School Hall of Fame by the National Product Quality Excellency Awards back in 2016.

Another thing to note about Smart Driving School is that they treat their courses and lessons as a full-on commitment to their students. They even have their guidelines for driving lessons which serve as their assurance that a particular student will obtain the necessary skills to become a safe and competent driver.

A picture of Smart Driving School in marikina

Smart Driving School's staff are friendly and are always willing to help

Courses and Fees

Course
Fee
Regular Manual Course
P2,200
Manual Special Course
P3,360
Manual Smart Course
P4,200
Sedan Automatic Course
P6,000
Toyota Innova Automatic Course
P6,960
Toyota Fortuner/Mitsubishi Montero Automatic Course
P8,160
Sedan Automatic Course
P6,000

Note that we only listed the price for the base, lowest course length. Aside from these courses listed above, Smart Driving School can also give training for corporate entities for their driving fleets. You can also check out our detailed review of Smart Driving School.

Pros and Cons

While the courses offered by Smart Driving School are very comprehensive and their instructors very knowledgeable and professional, we can expect some degree of variety to their quality of service from branch to branch.

This also extends to the condition of training vehicles as some branches actually have more customers than others. Regardless of that, we highly recommend the Smart Driving School at the Marikina branch if you want to get your money’s worth of quality driving education.

2. A-1 Driving - SM City Marikina, Ground Flood, Upper parking Level

  • Garcia Hospital, 40 Bayan-Bayanan Ave, Concepcion Uno (besides David’s Salon) - Tel: (+6324) 750.183
  • SM City Marikina, Ground Flood, Upper parking Level - Tel: (+6324) 771.574

Overview

With over 80 branches nationwide and with two driving schools in Marikina alone, A-1 Driving is one the oldest and one most established driving schools in the country. And in being around for quite a while gives this driving school an edge especially when it comes to the legitimacy and polish of their driving courses.

In addition, A-1 driving also has more than 150 assorted training vehicles which range from sedans, SUVs, MPVs, and even cargo trucks. They even have their very own training centers with one located in Las Pinas, one in Quezon City, and one in Mandaluyong.

Aside from the conventional driving courses, A-1 can also train you in truck and bus driving, off-road driving, advanced handling skills and much more.

A picture of the A-1 Driving school in Marikina

Here's the A-1 Driving School branch located in SM Marikina

Courses and Fees

Course Name
Starting Price
Premium Course
Php 3,200
Executive Course
Php 6,400
Rush Course
Php 4,200
Training Center Course
Php 2,500
Car Maintenance 101
Php 800

Note: We only listed here the price for the shortest possible length of training. Also, note that your choice of vehicle will also affect the price. If you want to learn more about their courses and their respective prices, you can also view our in-depth review of the A-1 Driving School.

Pros and Cons

Like the school listed above, there is no doubt as to their overall quality of service and professionalism but due to that fact that A-1 is now a very large business, there will be a little bit of variance when it comes to their facilities and this extends to the training vehicles themselves.

Regardless of that, A-1 is a well-known and very reliable driving school and as we’ve said earlier, they have a lot of experience in teaching. In addition, some of their courses are very unique like off-road driving and industrial driving.

And finally, as for the Marikina branches themselves, both branches are comfortable and can accommodate a handful of people. Be warned though because sometimes these branches can become crowded. A-1 is after all, quite popular.

3. 2A’s Driving School - Riverbanks Mall, Andres Bonifacio Avenue, Barangay Barangka

Address: Riverbanks Mall, Andres Bonifacio Avenue, Barangay Barangka, Marikina, 1800 Metro Manila

Tel: (02) 369 8282

Overview

2A Driving School is a smaller business if compared to the first two on this list but still displays a high level of competency when it comes to their course offerings.

Like most driving schools, they are also focused on defensive driving and living as a good citizen that promotes safety and the protection of life, especially on the road.

A picture of 2A's training vehicles

You will have a good choice of 2A training vehicles

Courses and Fees

Refresher Course (5 days at 1 hour a day)
P2,300
Tutorial course (7 days at one hour a day)
P3,300
Full Course (For Beginners)
P4,500 to P9,300
Rush Course (One day at five hours)
P3,000 
Automatic Course
P4,200 to P7,500
Executive Course (Vios, Altis, and Innova)
P4,800 to P6,300
VIP Course (With drop-off and pick-up)
P5,000 to P8,500

Note: To keep it simple and short, we only included the lowest to the highest price in this list. As with any driving school, the longer the session, the higher the price.

>>> Check out List of Top 7 Cheap Driving Schools in the Philippines for more choices.

Pros and Cons

As far as feedback on social media goes, former students of 2A’s highly recommend the school because of their patient and very knowledgeable instructors and their overall excellent customer service.  

One downside to this establishment is that its fleet of training vehicles are a little old. Regardless of that, we still recommend 2A’s Driving School.

II. List of LTO Renewal Centers in Marikina

No.
LTO Office
Address
Contact No.
1
LTO Marikina District Office
LOL, Riverpark Bldg. 371 JP Rizal, Cor. Ming Ramons Lane, Sto. Niño, Marikina City
(02) 948 4435
2
LTO Robinsons Metro East
Lower Ground Robinsons Metro East, Marcos Highway, Barangay Dela Paz, Santolan Pasig City, 1610 Metro Manila, Philippines
(632) 477 0732

>>> Also check out: Complete list of LTO branches in Metro Manila

A picture of the LTO Marikina District Office

LTO Marikina District office is crowded but sufficiently comfortable

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Author

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.