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Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Manila Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

Food outlets are 3rd world standard. If you have cast iron intestines then you probably won't get sick, otherwise stay away from their version of 'food'. " - a traveller at terminal 3

Airport Overview

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To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Manila Airport.

What to Expect

  • Manila NAIA is divided into 4 terminals, T1-T4, and none are connected. If you have to transfer between terminals, the airport is suppose to offer a shuttle but many travellers report that these never show up so you are forced to pay an inflated price to a waiting cab.
  • Beware of scams. Travellers report many people standing around with questionable purpose - some believe these are thieves looking for your luggage or worse. Many travellers report both staff and non-travelling locals offering help or demanding handouts, money, etc.
  • Security is a major cause of concern; CCTVs have been non-working in past and missed serious crime incidents.
  • Expect long lines. There may be several security lines to process through from the time you enter the airport until you board your flight.
  • There’s an ongoing bullet-planting scam here, so do not let your luggage out of your possession.
  • WiFi is reportedly free and but travellers have reported issues with it. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Sleeping in this airport is not recommended, but if you must do so Terminal 3 is your best bet.
  • Metal seats throughout the airport, but fortunately they do not have armrests.
  • One reviewer in September 2016 tells us "Many people were sleeping in the departures area however there is very little seating and you have to be careful where you choose because certain areas have signs prohibiting sleeping with hefty fines."
  • Dress is layers, as the airport is reportedly either very cold or very hot.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there is a landside lounge in Terminal 3 that has sleep pods as well as several nearby hotels. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Cash only is accepted at all vendors.
  • Economy class travellers can buy entry to many airport lounges, and a couple have showers. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

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Manila Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

  • Miascor Lounge - Location: International Terminal 1, Airside, 3rd Floor, Gate 9. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Pagstop Lounge - Location: International Terminal 1, Airside, 4th Floor. Hours: 6:00AM - 12:00AM (Daily).
  • Pacific Club Lounge - Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Level 4. Hours: 1:30AM - 9:30PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Book Online (US$ 25 - 4 hours)
  • Skyview Lounge - Location: Terminal 3, Airside, International Departure Area. Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Wings Transit Lounge - Location: Terminal 3, Landside, Level 4. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door

Each Terminal has VIP Lounges located airside. Lounge Access: rate unknown

Airport WiFi

Free WiFi is available at Manila Airport. Surprise: It doesn't always work!

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Manila Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Day Rooms - Transiting passengers who wish to relax and freshen up at the airport can do so in Terminals 1 and 3. There are 12 air-conditioned rooms available for rent on the 4th floor next to the Sampaguita Lounge, and additional day rooms are currently being built. Rooms are 3x3m and feature private bathroom/shower facilities. Rates start at PHP 840 for 24hr period. In Terminal 3, the Wings Transit Lounge offers 17 sleep capsules, 16 twin rooms and a family room, showers and a spa and massage area. Location: Terminal 3, Airside, 4th Floor. Rates: from P880 to 3,200 including a light meal and shower. Hours: open 24 hours. Cash only, no credit cards. Important: Please do not email us with inquiries about the day rooms ad sleep facilities, as we do not have additional information about how to book these rooms.
  • Marriott Hotel - Located across from Terminal 3. Free airport shuttle runs 24-hr daily in 1 hour intervals. You can also call + 632 988-9999 to book a private car, rates starting at 2000 PHP each way.
  • Remington Hotel - Located across from Terminal 3. Free roundtrip airport shuttle available.
  • Maxims Hotel - Located across from Terminal 3. Free roundtrip airport shuttle available.
  • Manila Airport Hotel - Reviews are mixed, but this is the closest airport to Terminal 1. Free roundtrip airport shuttle is available, call 854-7549 to arrange or head to the Hotel Lounge within the airport and speak to a representative.
  • Mabuhay Manor - (10 min from the airport) Airport shuttle service is available upon request, minimum 1 day notice suggested, Php 480.00 each way (up to 4 persons).

\To see more options there is a list of hotels near Manila NAIA Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - ATMs are available landside in all terminals.
  • Baby Care Facilities - Nursing rooms located throughout the airport offer cribs, playpens, bottle warmers, formula, diapers and more. Locations: T1, Departures area, opposite the Transit lounge • T2, airside, International/North Wing Gate 1 • T2, airside, Domestic/South Wing Gate 17 • T3, International pre-departure area, near Gate 108 • T3, Domestic pre-departure area, near Gate 119 • T4, pre-departures area. Additionally, diaper changing tables are also available in all restrooms in Terminals 1, 2, 3, and in female restrooms in Terminal 4.
  • Baggage Trolleys - Available free of charge throughout the terminal. NAIA Porters are stationed in designated areas of the airport to assist with your bags if needed. Porter service is $1.00 per bag, and must be paid at the porterage counter. Some reviewers have mentioned extortionist porter rates, so if you plan to use this service have the money ready and do not show larger bills or expect change when you do present a large bill. Porters are not allowed inside of the baggage reclaim area, and there is a “no tipping” policy.
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Children’s Area - Fun and colorful Kiddie Traveller’s Lounges have playhouses, slides, toys, books, and TVs with children’s programming. Kiddie lounges are staffed, so you can relax and have a little “me” time while your kids play (Children aged 3 years and under MUST be accompanied by a guardian at all times). Locations: T1, airside, Transit Lounge (Hours: 6:00AM - 10:00PM) • T3, airside, one each at Domestic and International pre-departures areas • T4, airside, Pre-Departure Hall, near Gate 5. (Open 24 hours).
  • Currency Exchange - Several banks offer full-service banking and currency exchange in the airport. You can find banks and money changers throughout the Departures and Arrivals levels of all four terminals. Hours vary per location.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty-free shopping is available in T2 and T3. In addition, a variety of retail stores are available throughout the airport.
  • Food & Drinks -Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we are unable to confirm the availability of 24-hour dining. Terminal 3 will be the best location for food, it is the newest terminal and boasts a four level mall with lots of restaurants on the 4th level.
  • Information Desk - Information desks are available for both domestic and international flights. Hours: Not known.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Luggage and More offers left luggage storage at the following rates: Small luggage / items - ₱150 for the first 3 hours and every 3 hours after or ₱300 per day • Large luggage / items - ₱200 for the first 3 hours and every 3 hours after or ₱350 per day. Location: T3, landside, Arrivals Hall.
  • Medical Services - Urgent and emergency medical care is available 24-hours a day at any of the medical clinics located throughout the airport. Locations:
    • Terminal 1: Ramp level, across the Pass Control Office (Main clinic) • 2nd location - Arrival level, next to the Customs and Quarantine Offices (Arrivals-level clinic).
    • Terminal 2: Basement of the Rotunda, accessible via elevator.
    • Terminal 3: International Arrivals conveyor in the South Wing Terminal.
    • Terminal 4: Arrivals Area
  • Pharmacy - Yes, hours and location not known.
  • Post Office - Locations: T1, Arrivals Lobby - West Wing. Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM (Mon-Fri) • T2, Arrivals Lobby - South Wing, near the Passport Control Office.
  • Prayer Areas - Looking for a quiet place for prayer or meditation in a spiritual setting?
    • Christian chapels - Scheduled masses are available, along with confession (upon request, before and after mass). Locations: T1, 4th Level - West Wing • T2, Departure Level, North Wing - beside the Rotunda • T3, Mezzanine of the North Head House • No chapel in T4.
    • Muslim prayer rooms - Locations: T1, 4th Level - West Wing, next to the Christian chapel • T2, landside, Ground Floor - South Wing • T3, airside, Departures - North, 3rd Floor, near NG 301 comfort room • No prayer room in T4.
    • Our Lady of the Airways Parish Church - Scheduled masses are available on a daily basis. Location: 500m from T1.
  • Shopping - There are 2 Duty Free shops available as well as a 4 level shopping mall that connects Terminal 3 and the Parking Building.
  • Showers - Showers are available in the Skyview Lounge in Terminal 2 (see Airport Lounges above ] and Transit Lounges in Terminals 1 and 3. Hours: open 24 hours. [ see Airport Hotels above ].
  • Smoking - Locations: T1, near the transit lounge in the Arrivals area • T2, The Tinderbox, Departures Level, between the North and South Wings • T3, airside, 3rd Floor, there are (2) smoking lounges near the Domestic boarding gates and (1) smoking lounge near the International boarding gates • T4 has no indoor smoking lounges.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. However, there have been reports that travellers will not be permitted to enter the terminals until 3 hours prior to departure. The airport has denied this in news reports, so I really don't know what to advise here. If you are transitting you should have better luck, especially if you do not have to transfer terminals.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies are available at Manila Airport: Alamo • ASSI • Avis • Budget • Diamond • El Sol Tours • Europcar • Hertz • JS Travel • National • Nissan • Orix • Pacific Blue Transport. Location: Terminal 1 • Terminal 2 • Terminal 3. International Driver’s License or English-language Driver’s License is required, along with a photocopy of the license.

Hotel shuttles

Here are some hotels that offer airport shuttle service: Belmont Hotel Manila   •   The Henry Hotel Manila   •   Isabelle Royale Paranaque   •   Kabayan Hotel Pasay   •   Manila Marriott Hotel   •   Maxims Hotel - Resorts World Manila   •   Midas Hotel Casino   •   Red Planet Aseana City   •   Solaire Resort & Casino.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

The airport runs a free 24-hour shuttle bus service that travels the airport complex, picking up and dropping off passengers at Terminals 1, 2 and 3. According to many reviewers the service is not always reliable with long wait and journey times worsened by Manila traffic. Many travellers cite taking a taxi instead.

Public Transportation

Metro Rail: Passengers taking the Metro-Rail Transit line may disembark at the EDSA-Taft station. An airport shuttle terminal is located beside the MRT station.

Bus: Those travelling by city bus routes may take a bus plying the EDSA-MIA route. These buses pass Terminals 1 and 2. Additionally, you can take the airport shuttle service between terminals.

Taxis

The airport is close to Manila's main commercial business districts so metered cabs, hotel drivers and chauffeur services are available from the terminals. Take only official, metered or pre-booked taxis.

Do not accept rides from people that approach you in the terminal. Taxis charge around 150-200 Pesos (6USD-8USD) to central Manila hotels. It will take about 20-60 minutes for the trip, depending on traffic.

Drivers here are notorious for overcharging passengers with rigged meters called a Batingting. In recent years there has been a crack down on cabbies using these devices, but you should be forewarned. For the least amount of hassle it is recommended that you pre-book a taxi with an reliable operator recommended by your hotel or friends/family.

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Last Updated: 24 March 2017

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