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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!

if your layover is long, do most of your waiting on 4th floor before final security check as food choices and overall surroundings much more pleasant than at the gate - a traveller at terminal 3

Airport Overview

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 in 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.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Manila Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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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

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

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

Airport WiFi

Free WiFi is available at Manila Airport.

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Airport Hotels