Information & Facts
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.
Short and long-term parking is available.
Car rental is available from Europcar, Avis, Hertz and National
desks at the airport.
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
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
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.
P750 (international), P200
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.
The official language of the Philippines is Filipino, but
English is widely spoken. Tagalog is the most predominant of the
many dialects or local languages spoken throughout the
The currency of the Philippines is the Peso (PHP), which is
divided into 100 centavos. Major credit cards are widely accepted
in the cities and tourist destinations. Banks do not always accept
travellers cheques, but a receipt of purchase is useful. ATMs are
available in the major cities. US dollars are widely accepted in
Manila and other tourist areas and are the easiest currency to
exchange; otherwise Euros and Pounds Sterling can also be exchanged
in banks and hotels. Banks open from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday,
but their ATMs are open 24 hours. It is best to carry pesos when
travelling outside of major centres.
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
Local time is GMT +8.