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

This airport has an ongoing bullet-planting scam. Travellers are encouraged to protect their bags and  belonging at all times. Read our blog post for more information.

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 supposed 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.
  • 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

  • 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

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Manila airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Miascor Lounge - Location: International Terminal 1, Airside, 3rd Floor, Gate 9. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Priority Pass
  • Pagstop Lounge - Location: International Terminal 1, Airside, 4th Floor. Hours: 6:00AM - 12:00AM (Daily). Lounge Access: Priority Pass.
  • Pacific Club Lounge - Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Level 4. Hours: 1:30AM - 9:30PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Priority Pass.
  • Skyview Lounge - Location: Terminal 3, Airside, International Departure Area. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Priority Pass.
  • 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 opened in July 2015. There are 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.
  • Marriott Hotel - Located across from Terminal 3. Free airport shuttle runs 24-hr daily in 1 hour intervals. The red 18-seat shuttle operates between Manila Marriott, Resorts World Manila, and Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Call 63 2 2172785 for airport pick-up, or go to the Hotel Lounge at the airport to find the Marriott hotel representative for assistance.
  • 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.
  • Mabuhay Manor - (10 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle service available

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Manila NAIA Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.

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

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Yes. Located landside in all terminals.
  • Baggage Trolleys - available free of charge. You will likely encounter the airport's famous porters. For your own purposes, you should know that the acceptable amount for porter service is "$1.00 per luggage payable at the porterage counter" according to the airport's web site. 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.
  • Chapels & Prayer Rooms - There are three chapels and two muslim prayer rooms at NAIA.
    »Chapels: Terminal 1 - 4th Floor, West Wing • Terminal 2 - Departure Level, North wing • Terminal 3 - Mezzanine Level, North Head House.
    »Muslim Prayer Room: Terminal 1, 4th Floor Wing • Terminal 3 - 3rd Floor, Departure Area, North Head House
  • Children’s Area - Yes, exact location(s) not known.
  • Currency Exchange - Yes. There are foreign exchange counters available landside and airside.
  • Food & Drinks - At the time of this guide update it was not known if there are any 24 hour food concessions. Terminal 3 will be the best location for food, it is the newest terminal and boasts a four level mall with shops and restaurants.
  • Information Desk - Information desks are available for both domestic and international flights. Hours: Not known.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Luggage storage is available in the Wings Transit Lounge. Location: Terminal 3, Landside, 4th Floor. Rates: P250 (3 hours) or P350 (24 hours).
  • Pharmacy - Yes, hours and location not known.
  • 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 ].

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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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Terminal Quick Tips

  • Security is an issue at this airport. Do not sleep alone and do not trust that any CCTV's you see are actually working. On December 20, 2013, four people were gunned down in the Arrivals Area. There were no CCTVs to record the incident. Back in 2011, a traveller wrote to us about Terminal 3 "its infiltrated by thieves and it does not have a CCTV system with recording. This is what i found out when i returned and had my time to make a report to the airline. I was told that there is only a limited coverage and the airport operator doesn't have a recording system in place." Read full review

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Last Updated: 11 January 2016

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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