Ninoy Aquino Int’l Airport, also commonly known as Manila International Airport, serves Manila and the surrounding areas.
If you want to travel from the center to Manila Airport, always carefully check at which terminal you need to be! There are in total 4 terminals with a max distance of 5km from each other. When it’s peak hour it can easily take more than 30min to travel to another terminal!
Taxi or Shuttle Bus?
To get to and from Manila Airport (Ninoy Aquino Int’l Airport), you can either hail a taxi or make use of the premium airport bus service. Taxis offer door-to-door service, while the airport bus service provides city access to specific areas in Metro Manila.
A taxi is the most convenient way to get to and from Ninoy Aquino Int’l Airport (NAIA). Taxis are hard to miss, as they are usually parked outside of the arrivals hall.
There are 3 types of taxis you can book from the airport to Manila city center. There is the coupon taxi, the metered airport taxi, and the metered regular taxi. We explain them all below, but first, we would like to highlight booking a taxi with Grab.
Grab (Asian Uber)
If you have a mobile simcard, you can order a Grab straight from the airport. This will be the cheapest and most convenient option.
If you don’t have a simcard, we recommend considering getting one. Wifi is pretty bad in the Philippines and a simcard can save you a lot of hassle and frustration. You can buy your simcard as soon as you arrive and already save part of the costs with the taxi ride to your hotel. I’m sure you won’t regret getting one!
Coupon taxis are white with a blue and yellow label on each side of the car. The fares for coupon taxis are fixed, depending on which area your destination belongs to. If you prefer this kind of taxi, just approach the coupon taxi counter, tell them where you want to be dropped off, and the staff will hand you a slip with the quoted price. Another member of the staff will guide you to the taxi. Coupon taxis do not pick up passengers on the way back to the airport.
400 PHP ($8)
530 PHP ($10)
600 PHP ($11.50)
720 PHP ($14)
Metered Airport Taxis
These are yellow taxis that are operated by the airport. They have a flag down rate of 60 PHP ($1.20) which makes them more expensive than the regular taxis. To get to Metro Manila, expect to pay between 300 PHP – 450 PHP ($6-$9), although the fare depends on the traffic. Yellow taxis heading back to the airport can be hailed from the streets.
Metered Regular Taxis
This is the cheapest among all the taxis available at the airport. You can easily hail one on the streets, and they are usually white. Flag down rate for the regular white taxis is 40 PHP ($0.80). A taxi ride to Metro Manila costs between 180 PHP – 240 PHP ($3.60-$4.80), depending on the traffic. Regular metered taxis are usually parked outside of the departure area. They are not affiliated with airport services, so always exercise caution and ask for a meter reading.
Another option is to book a car ride using Grab.
Tip: Always ask for a metered taxi so you end up paying the right price!
Manila Airport Terminals
The airport has 4 terminals, each with its own separate building. It’s important to be aware of which terminal you will land in or depart from, as the roads around the airport tend to be very busy. If you go to the wrong terminal, you’ll end up losing some time.
Terminal 1: This terminal services international flights from different airlines such as Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates and others.
Terminal 2: This is the main hub for the country’s official flag carrier – Philippine Airlines or PAL. The North Wing is used for international flights, while the South Wing is used for domestic flights. However, they also have flights that park at or depart from Terminal 3.
Terminal 3: Terminal 3 houses international flights not served at Terminal 1. Aside from this, there are also a few domestic flights. Cebu Pacific, Tiger Air, and Silk Air use this terminal.
Terminal 4: PAL and Cebu Pacific flights that use propeller planes for domestic routes use this small and old terminal. There are also other airlines that utilize Terminal 4 for domestic flights.
Ninoy Aquino Airport by Airport Shuttle
Duration: 25 minutes – 2 hours Cost: 150 PHP ($3)
Air21 operates the premium airport bus service called UBE Express. They offer at least 5 specific routes to various areas in Metro Manila, particularly Pasay, Manila, Makati and Cubao. UBE Express buses are parked outside the arrival halls of NAIA terminals 1, 2, and 3. They have also opened transfers to/from Terminal 4, but not for all routes. You can look around for their signboard or ask the airport staff to direct you.
Entertainment City Route
NAIA – Go Hotel (NAIA Road) – Solaire – Hotel 101 -SMX Convention Center – Mall of Asia
150 PHP ($3)
NAIA – Copacabana Apt. Hotel – Midas Hotel – Atrium/Jam Liner – Networld Hotel – Hotel Jen – Century Park – Diamond Hotel – New World Hotel – Luneta Hotel – Bayview Hotel – Manila Pavilion – Manila Hotel – Intramuros – Robinsons Manila – Pan Pacific Hotel – Manila Manor Hotel – Go Hotel (Ermita)
150 PHP ($3)
NAIA – Parksquare Ayala Center
150 PHP ($3)
Grand Prix Route
NAIA – Kabayan Hotel – Grand Prix Hotel/Victory Liner Pasay
150 PHP ($3)
Araneta Center Route
NAIA – Araneta Center, Cubao
100 PHP ($2)
If your hotel is around the Manila (city center) area, you can take the Robinsons Route. The fare is fixed at 150 PHP ($3) for all routes, except for Araneta Center, which is 100 PHP ($2). Buy your ticket from the bus counter.
Bear in mind that the bus stops at specific places, so knowing where your hotel is will help you decide if the shuttle bus is a convenient option.
Unfortunately, the bus passes through some heavily congested roads. Depending on the route, the trip can take somewhere between 25 minutes and 2 hours.