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.
Five Star Hotel
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City 1300
Telephone: (632) 551 5555
Four Star Hotels
Hotel Jen Manila
3001 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Telephone: (632) 795 8888
Century Park Hotel
Ocampo St., Manila
Telephone: (632) 528 8888
Quintos St., Ermita, Manila 1000
Telephone: (632) 528 3000
Three Star Hotels
Orchid Garden Suites
620 Ocampo St., Malate, Manila
Telephone: (632) 708 9416
Bayview Park Hotel Manila
1118 Roxas Boulevard corner United Nations Avenue,
Ermita, Manila 1000
Telephone: (632) 526 1555
City Garden Suites
1158 A. Mabini St., Ermita, Manila 1004
Telephone: (632) 536 1451
Executive Plaza Hotel
1630 A. Mabini St., Malate, Manila 1004
Telephone: (632) 523 1000
Intramuros is the oldest district and historic core of Manila, Philippines. It is also called the Walled City, and at the time of the Spanish Colonial Period was synonymous to the city of Manila itself. It was the seat of government when the Philippines was a component realm of the Spanish Empire. Construction of the defensive walls was started by Spanish colonial government in the late 16th century to protect the city from foreign invasions. The 0.67-square-kilometre (0.26 sq mi) walled city was originally located along the shores of the Manila Bay, south of the entrance to Pasig River. Guarding the old city is Fort Santiago, its citadel located at the mouth of the river. Land reclamations during the early 20th-century subsequently obscured the walls and fort from the bay. (Wikipedia)
Fort Santiago is a citadel first built by Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi for the new established city of Manila in the Philippines. The defense fortress is part of the structures of the walled city of Manila referred to as Intramuros. The fort is one of the most important historical sites in Manila. Several lives were lost in its prisons during the Spanish Colonial Period and World War II. José Rizal, the Philippine national hero, was imprisoned here before his execution in 1896. The Rizal Shrine museum displays memorabilia of the hero in their collection and the fort features, embedded onto the ground in bronze, his footsteps representing his final walk from his cell to the location of the actual execution. (Wikipedia)
Manila Chinatown (Binondo)
Binondo is a district in Manila and is referred to as the city's Chinatown and is the world's oldest Chinatown. Its influence extends beyond to the places of Quiapo, Santa Cruz, San Nicolas. It is the oldest Chinatown in the world, established in the 1594 by the Spaniards as a settlement near Intramuros but across the Pasig River for Catholic Chinese, it was positioned so that colonial rulers could keep a close eye on their migrant subjects. It was already a hub of Chinese commerce even before the Spanish colonial period. Binondo is the center of commerce and trade of Manila, where all types of business run by Filipino-Chinese thrive. (Wikipedia)
Bay City is the name for the reclamation area located west of Roxas Boulevard on Manila Bay in Metro Manila, the Philippines. The area is most well known for being home of the SM Mall of Asia and Entertainment City with casinos in Las Vegas-style, shopping malls, amusement parks, theaters, hotels, business offices, residential buildings and resorts. The First Resort-casino complex to open in Entertainment City is Bloomberry-owned Solaire Resort & Casino on March 16, 2013. Other resort casino complex to rise are City of Dreams Manila (soft opening December 14, 2014), Manila Bay Resorts (opening 2015) and Resorts World Bayshore (opening 2018) (Wikipedia).
Rizal Park, also known as Luneta National Park or simply Luneta, is a historical urban park in the Philippines. Located along Roxas Boulevard, Manila, adjacent to the old walled city of Intramuros, it is one of the largest urban parks in Asia. It has been a favorite leisure spot, and is frequented on Sundays and national holidays. Rizal Park is one of the major tourist attractions of Manila. The execution of national hero José Rizal on December 30, 1896 fanned the flames of the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Kingdom of Spain. The area was officially renamed Rizal Park in his honor, and the monument enshrining his remains serves as the park's symbolic focal point. The Declaration of Philippine Independence from the United States was held here on July 4, 1946 as were later political rallies including those of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino in 1986 that culminated in the EDSA Revolution (Wikipedia).
The Ayala Museum is a museum in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. It is located in Ayala Center adjacent to Greenbelt mall and is run privately by the Ayala Foundation. This six-storey edifice houses ethnographic and archaeological exhibits on Filipino culture, art, and history. Since its establishment in 1967, the museum has been committed to showcasing overseas collections and situating contemporary Philippine art in the global arena in a two-way highway of mutual cooperation and exchange with local and international associates (Wikipedia).
Tagaytay is a component city in the province of Cavite, in the Philippines. It is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations because of its outstanding scenery and cooler climate provided by its high altitude. Tagaytay overlooks Taal Lake in Batangas and provides one of the iconic views of the Philippines, the view of Taal Volcano Island in the middle of the lake, viewable from several vantage points in the city. Tagaytay is relatively close to the capital city of Manila, only 55 km (34 mi) away via Aguinaldo Highway, providing an easy escape for the locals from the heat of the huge metropolis (Wikipedia).
Corregidor Island is an island located at the entrance of Manila Bay in southwestern part of Luzon Island in the Philippines. Due to this location, Corregidor was fortified with several coastal artillery and ammunition magazines to defend the entrance of Manila Bay and Manila from attacks by enemy warships in the event of war. During World War II, Corregidor played an important role during the invasion and liberation of the Philippines from Japanese forces. Heavily bombarded in the latter part of the war, the ruins left on the island serve as a military memorial to American, Filipino and Japanese soldiers who served or lost their lives on the island. Corregidor is one of the important historic and tourist sites in the country (Wikipedia).