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Flights to Manila

The best price found from United States to Manila is on September 19th, 2017, travelling with Singapore Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

IAD
Washington Dulles
from $465.00
MNL
Manila Ninoy Aquino

Getting around by air

Departure Tax

At the time of research the P550 departure tax for international departures out of NAIA was set to be integrated into the airfare, so you won't have to pay at the airport.

Airports & Airlines

All international flights in and out of Manila use one of the three main terminals of Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila's south, while many domestic flights use a fourth, domestic, terminal. The four terminals share runways, but they are not particularly close to each other. ‘Airport Loop’ shuttle vans (P20, 7am to 10pm) link the four terminals, but it's slow and sporadic, so take a taxi if you're in a hurry. Take note that several Asian discount carriers fly to Clark International Airport (Diosdado Macapagal Airport, DMIA) in the Clark Special Economic Zones, a two-hour drive north of Manila.

Airlines

The main domestic carriers are PAL Express (PAL) and low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific. Tigerair Philippines and AirAsia Zest are also popular.

One-way flights cost P1000 to P3000 (including taxes) on most routes, provided you book in advance. Flight times range from 45 minutes for short hops such as Manila to Caticlan, to 1½ hours for flights from Manila to southern Mindanao.

The following airlines fly domestically in and out of Manila. All have ticket offices at their terminal of departure or around town.

AirAsia Zest Flights to Cebu, Boracay (Kalibo), Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro.

PAL Express

Cebu Pacific

ITIAIR Serves El Nido from Manila; primarily for guests of the offshore El Nido Resorts. Note its termnial is located in Pasay City, not NAIA.

Tigerair Philippines Recently taken over by Cebu Pacific.

Clark Airport

Transport Options

For Clark Airport, take the Philtranco shuttle, which stops to pick up passengers at Mega Mall in Ortigas on the way out of town. Or just take any northbound bus to the Malabacat terminal in Dau (near Angeles), a short taxi ride from Clark.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Transport Options

As there are no direct public transport routes from either of the four terminals to Malate or Makati, bite the bullet and take a taxi, especially if you have a bit of luggage. Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is quite close to the city and, barring traffic, you can get to Malate or Makati by taxi in 20 minutes.

There are ranks for yellow airport metered taxis, which have a flagfall of P70 (regular metered taxis on the street have a P40 flagfall) just outside the arrivals areas of the three international terminals. Your total bill to Malate should be about P200; closer to P250 if you're travelling to Makati.

Option one is the white, prepaid ‘coupon’ taxis that charge set rates of more than P440 to Malate and P530 to Makati. These can be found just outside the arrivals area at all four airport terminals.

To save a few pesos you can walk upstairs to the arrivals area of any of the terminals and angle for a regular metered taxi on a drop-off run. These will save you P70 to P100 to either Makati or Malate.

The domestic airport has an easy-to-find taxi rank with regular metered taxis outside.

Braving public transportation from the airport is tricky and involves several changes. It probably isn’t worth the trouble, given how cheap taxis are, but if you insist, walk out to the main road and hail any ‘Baclaran’ jeepney. In Baclaran you can get on the LRT or switch to a Malate-bound jeepney.

At NAIA's Terminal 3, an ‘Airport Loop’ shuttle bus (P20) runs every 15 minutes from 7am to 10pm straight from the terminal to the MRT/LRT exchange at Pasay Rotunda, where public transport is readily available to take you to Malate or Makati. Walk out of the terminal and go right – don’t confuse this with the other ‘Airport Loop’ shuttle that connects the four terminals. The van operates from Pasay Rotunda to the airport according to the same schedule.