Manila transportation - getting here

The Manila Metropolis lies at the heart of the main island group of Luzon. As one of the most developed regions in the Philippines, it also has the most extensive transport links with easy connections to any other part of the archipelago and the world beyond. Connections by air, road and sea are possible from the city.

International and domestic connections are offered from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) which is also the principal gateway to the country. The Philippines Nautical Highway is one of the best innovations in the country’s transport industry, as it paved way for inter-island travel via bus. The system connects major islands through Ro-Ro Ferries (roll-on and roll-off) which carry coaches, cars and even cargo trucks.

Airport

Arriving into Manila is simple with the International Airport situated just seven kilometres from the city centre, but the new budget terminal of Clark Fields is growing in popularity two hours north...more

Bus

Philtranco is the main bus line offering inter-island routes through the nautical highway. Their terminal can be found at the heart of Quezon City in also the heart of the Cubao district...more

Getting around

Manila is easy to navigate with ubiquitous taxis, the fast, clean and efficient metro system plus plenty of bus and jeepney routes if you fancy trying out what the locals do...more

Ferry

Any country comprised of 7,000 islands is always going to have boat travel as the backbone of its transport system, and the Philippines has a huge complex network of ferries...more

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The Metro Rail Transit and the Light Rail Transit have quick connections to and from major points in the metropolis, although crazy crushes can also take a toll on the crowds. Taxis are your best bet if you don’t know the area very well.

Transport fares in Manila are pretty minimal by international standards and taxis are metered, however it can be difficult to persuade drivers to turn these on. Train rides cost somewhere between 10 to 25 pesos, and a jeepney ride costs from only seven pesos.

Major cities in the metro area have traffic-congested roads, especially during morning and evening rush hours when local workers make their way to and from inner city offices. It is best to avoid the daily rush hour jams from 07:00 to 10:00 in the morning and 17:00 to 19:00 in the evening.

Manila International Airport is located near the border to Paranaque and Pasay City, some seven kilometers from the city of Manila and a few minutes from the country’s premier business hub, Makati City. It is the sole airport serving Manila, although Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) at Clark Fields in the neighboring province of Pampanga also offers a good alternative for budget flights.

Transport to and from Manila Airport is easy, with coupon taxis, although you could also find luck in hailing metered taxis outside of the airport complex. Flights to Manila from Europe take around 12 hours, around eight hours from Australia, 15 hours from the US and even longer from Canada.

Provincial buses ply routes south from the metropolis to the main Luzon ferry hub of Batangas, and north to Sagada, Banaue, Vigan and the far extremes of the scenic Cordilleras. Main bus terminals are found in neighbourhoods of Cubao, Kalookan and the Bonifacio Monument. Buses from southern Luzon stop at the main terminal in Makati and in Pasay. Routes from Boracay to Manila and other southbound areas are also possible from here.

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