Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) (IATA: MNL) is the airport serving Manila and its surrounding metropolitan area. NAIA is the main international gateway for travellers to the Philippines. NAIA is located along the border between Pasay City and Parañaque City in Metro Manila. It is about 4 miles (7 km) south of the city, and southwest of Makati City's Central Business District.
NAIA has four terminal buildings that share the same set of runways. Click the links below to find more information about each of the terminal buildings (facilities, vicinity maps and servicing airlines):
The airport complex is situated close to the main Commercial Business Districts of Manila. Metered cabs, hotel drivers, and chauffeur services are familiar with the various terminals and routes leading up to them.
Airport metered taxis are available to convey passengers to their desired destination. An initial flag-down rate is charged upon start of hiring. Meters are calibrated to charge based on distance traveled as well as time spent stopped in traffic during the hire.
Airport coupon taxis operate on a flat rate basis. The rate charged depends on the zone that covers the passenger's drop-off point. Click here to view the list of coupon taxi operators and their contact details.
Several car rental desks are present at the Terminal. Passengers wishing to rent a vehicle may consult these desks directly for vehicle choices and rates. Car rental firms typically require that the passenger present a valid driver's license along with a photocopy thereof. Should the license not be written in English, an English translation of the license should be secured from the Embassy of the country issuing the license.
Getting Around Manila
Moving around the country by land is easy with national highways connecting the major islands and an extensive public transportation sytem, which includes the exotic Philippine jeepney. Trains, taxis, buses, jeepneys, and trikes are the main modes of public transportation. Ridesharing apps like Uber and Grab also grow to be a preferred point-to-point mode of transportation among locals and tourists. the The calesa, a more elegant means of traveling in most major cities, is more commonly offered as a “fun ride” in many public parks across the country.
Within Metro Manila, the Light Railway Transit (LRT), which stretches from Caloocan to Baclaran, provides a fast alternative from the regular jeepney. LRT 2 traverses five cities in Metro Manila namely Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, San Juan and Manila) along the major thoroughfares of Marcos Highway, Aurora Boulevard, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Legarda and Recto Avenue. The Metro Railway Transit (MRT) traverses the length of EDSA and connects North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City, passing through the major arteries of Makati's financial district.
Taxis provide the best means of transportation around the city, with a flag-down fare of PhP 40 on the meter. Alongside taxis, ridesharing apps Uber and Grab allow you to hail a car within the app. Eliminate the guesswork and set your pick-up and drop-off points in a map beforehand and the driver knows exactly where to bring you. You can pay using cash or even credit card.
For the steel-hearted, buses also tread the roads. A vast majority of city buses travel via Epifanio delos Santo Avenue (EDSA) while provincial bus lines have put up various terminals all across the country. The best means of short distance travel is the trike: the motorized version is called a tricycle, and the pedal-powered one is called a pedicab. Trike terminals are often found near a “palengke” or marketplace.
The undisputed “King of the Philippine Roads” is the jeepney. Since it first emerged after the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, it has become a fixture in roads all over the country – so much so that it is now considered a symbol of national pride. Jeepneys are adorned with colorful designs that distinguish them from one another, with themes ranging from the serious to the outright silly, but all uniquely Filipino.