Manila International Airport
The largest airport and primary gateway to the Philippines, Ninoy Aquino International Airport is a huge facility serving roughly 27 million passengers each year. Situated 4.3 miles (7km) south of Manila, the airport serves as a hub for all of the Philippines.
Despite its popularity, international flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport go through Terminal 1, which is an old facility considered among the worst in Asia. Crowded and hot, the terminal is confusing to navigate and operates over capacity. Hopefully this will improve in the future as international flights are shifted to the modern Terminal 3.
Flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport come in from major cities all over Asia and Oceania, and there are a few long-haul flights to destinations like Detroit, Dubai and Amsterdam.
The airport is situated four miles (7km) south of the centre of Manila.
Getting to the city
Train: The Metro-Rail Transit station at Baclaran is 3 miles (5km) from the airport, and trains run regularly between 5am and 10pm. There is an airport shuttle that operates between the Terminal 3 and the station for PHP 20, or you can take a taxi or jeepney.
Taxi: Yellow taxi cabs leave from the stands outside each terminal. They charge a flagdown rate of PHP 70 in addition to a fee of PHP 4 per 250m. Coupon taxis, with desks in the terminals, charge a flat rate depending on the destination and are often cheaper.
Bus: There is an airport bus service that travels to the city centre every 15 minutes or so for about PHP 50. There's also a city bus service that leaves from outside the arrivals areas of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Tel: +63 (0)2 833 1180.
Car rental is available from Europcar, Avis, Hertz and National desks at the airport.
There are numerous taxis available outside the airport, but it is best to book one before leaving the airport at one of the Taxi Offices. On presentation of a receipt at the desk outside the airport, an attendant will organise an official metered taxi.
Transfer between terminals
There are four terminals - Terminal 1, Terminal 2 (also called the Centennial Terminal), Terminal 3 and Terminal 4. Most international flights go through Terminal 1 and a few through 3, while Terminal 2 is used exclusively by Phillipine Airlines. Terminal 4 handles domestic flights. There is a free airport shuttle bus between terminals for passengers catching connecting flights, otherwise you'll need to pay a fee to use the HMG transport shuttle service. You can also catch the colourful "jeepneys", or decorated US Army jeeps, around the airport or into town.
Passenger services at Manila airport include shops, restaurants and bars; ATMs, banks with currency exchange, left-luggage and postal services. The airport is hot and uncomfortable, however there is an excellent lounge, the Manila Lounge, which offers showers, clean toilets, drinks, magazines and newspapers for only US$11, or free for Diners Club members.
Parking at Ninoy Aquino International Airport is PHP 35 during the day and PHP 50 for overnight.
P750 (international), P200 (domestic).
Flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport are available via Phillipine Airlines, Delta Airlines, KLM, Qantas, Air China, Nippon Airways and Emirates.
Wifi is available in the Terminal 1 and 2 VIP lounges.
VIP lounges in Terminals 1 and 2 provide services like free internet, newspapers, television and refreshments.
Manila International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.