Sleeping in Airports

Iloilo Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Iloilo Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Iloilo International Airport (ILO) is, at the moment, probably the best-looking and most efficient airport in the Philippines. – datrekker

Pro-Tip: Steel benches are really cold at night. Bring a jacket!

Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

  • A small, aesthetically-pleasing and modern airport that opened in 2007. The single terminal houses international and domestic flights, with beautiful gardens and water features interwoven throughout. Enjoy beautiful views of the countryside while you wait for your flight!
  • Although the terminal seems spacious inside, it receives a high-volume of traffic and is often packed to capacity.
  • Good dining options are available in and near the airport. Try the airport canteen in the parking lot or JD Cafe in the pre-departure area for a delicious budget-friendly meal!
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • We don’t have many reviews from travellers who have spent the night, though some seating seems available but often already occupied.
  • Valid identification and a boarding pass are required in order to enter the Terminal.
  • If you plan on spending the night, please have a backup option.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • A reader (March 2019) mentioned that a travel tax of P1,620 must be paid at the airport. You are also required to pay a Terminal Fee of P200 (Domestic) or P700 (International) before departure.

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.

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.

Mabuhay Lounge – Location: Airside, 3rd floor, pre-departure area, near Gate #5.

If sleeping in Iloilo International Airport does not appeal to you, you will find a few options within a 10 minute drive of the airport. For more options, you would need to head to Iloilo City about 30 minutes away.

  • Fleur de Liz Inn – (8 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Iloilo Gateway Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Sotogrande Hotel – (18 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Free WiFi is available at Iloilo Airport through Smart Inc., Globe Telecom and PLDT. The service is reportedly slow. However, a reader tells us the connection speed has improved, but it depends on the number of users.

Duty Free – A reader tells us that a Duty Free shop is located at the arrival area, on the right side, just after you step-out from the baggage claim area.

Food & Drinks – There are restaurants available at the airport. Stores and restaurants open at 6:00AM and close at midnight. It’s best to bring your own food for a stay-in to catch red-eye flights.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A traveller (August 2018) informed us that charging stations are available Airside.

Parking – A reader sent us this tip: “Overnight parking is available, but you must coordinate with the parking attendant or the officer-in-charge of the parking area. Leaving your vehicle overnight without notifying the airport personnel is considered a security threat.”

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – There are designated smoking lounges in the airport.

According to a review we received in August 2018, the airport is open as early as 4:00AM. The reviewer did not know the closing time. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

As of May 2019, Iloilo airport is served by the following airlines: Air Juan • Cebu Pacific • Philippine Airlines.

Jeepneys

Jeepneys are the cheapest way to travel to the Iloilo Airport. The fares start at Php 16.00 So if you are on a tight budget or just want adventure grab a jeepney.

Ride Sharing

Ride sharing is available to/from the airport through Grab and Hirna.

Shuttle Buses

Shuttle bus services are available with pick-up and drop-off points at the SM City Iloilo Mall and Jaro District Plaza. At the time of this May 2019 update, the fare from SM City Iloilo to the airport is around Php 70.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available at the airport. Most taxi drivers offer a fixed rate (negotiate) but you can also insist on using the meter. As of this May 2019 update, the ride to the city centre costs approximately Php 350 – Php 400.

Last updated: 2019-05-24

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.