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Money and costs

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Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed or single room: P400–800
  • Local meals and three beers: P600
  • Medium-range bangka or jeepney ride: P80
  • Tricycle ride: P10
  • Air-conditioned double room: P800–3000
  • Restaurant meal with drinks: P700
  • Group van or bangka tour: P1000
  • Daily motorbike rental: P500
Top end (more than)
  • Boutique resort: P3500–10,000
  • Meal and drinks at a resort restaurant: P1500
  • One-way domestic plane ticket: P2000
  • Private island-hopping trip: P3000-6000


A free 30-day visa is issued on arrival for most nationalities. You can extend, for a fee, in major provincial centres, or extend upon arrival at the airport.

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Getting to Philippines

Most people enter the Philippines via one of the three main international airports:

Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), by far the most popular and best connected to the rest of the country.

Cebu A good option if you are heading to the Visayas.

Clark Budget-flight hub north of Manila, expanding and becoming more popular.

A handful of international flights also go straight to Kalibo, near Boracay; Iloilo City on the island of Panay; and Davao in southern Mindanao.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Philippines

Air Several discount carriers link a vast range of destinations, primarily with Manila, Clark and Cebu.

Boat Bangkas, 'fastcraft', car ferries and large vessels with bunk beds and private cabins link the islands.

Van Often the quickest overland option and generally shadows the same routes as buses.

Bus Comfort and reliability runs the gamut from hobbling skeletons way past their expiration date to long-haul, modern vehicles with air-con and wi-fi.

Tricycle The Philippine version of a rickshaw, these sidecars bolted to motorcycles are everywhere and will transport you several blocks or kilometres. Being replaced with quieter e-trikes in Boracay, Manila's Chinatown and elsewhere.

Jeepney Workhorse of the Philippines, both within cities and towns, as well as between more far-flung destinations.

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