Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Manila 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.
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
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Manila NAIA Airport.
What to Expect
Manila NAIA is a large, and often frustrating, airport. It consists of 4 terminals (T1, T2, T3 and T4), which are allegedly connected by shuttle bus. However, many travelers report that this bus is often unoperational, forcing you to take a taxi at an inflated price. T3 is the largest and newest terminal, and T1 has had some recent renovations. Combined, they handle most of the major airlines.
While travelers do report slight improvements at NAIA from year to year, you can still expect to wait in numerous long lines as you make your way to your flight. The airport does have a number of shops and restaurants; however, many are cash only, requiring you to find an ATM inside the airport. The airport reputedly offers free WiFi, but many report issues when they actually try to connect. For those looking for added comfort, there are first class lounges, some of which have showers, that economy class passengers can pay to access. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and access information.
Where to Sleep
Past travellers do not recommend others sleep at Manila NAIA unless they absolutely have to. While there are a number of chairs without armrests, most of the seating is made of metal. Terminal temperatures also seem to fluctuate between extremes, making it difficult to know whether you’ll need more layers – or less. If you must sleep here, T3 is apparently more comfortable than the others. One traveller also reports finding an unmarked lounge on the ground floor of Terminal 2, where they have leather loveseats and reclining chairs. However, be sure to pay attention to signage, as there are some areas in the airport that prohibit sleeping and penalize the weary with hefty “fines”. If you would prefer to sleep in comfort and privacy, there are sleep rooms in Terminals 1 and 3, and several other nearby hotels connected by shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.
Good to Know
Beware of scams and take extra care of your belongings at Manila NAIA. There are a number of reports about bullet-planting scams, demands for bribes, broken CCTVs and a general theft.
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.
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 (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
Each Terminal has VIP Lounges located airside. Lounge Access: rate unknown
If sleeping in Manila Airport does not appeal to you, there are day rooms inside the airport and nearby airport hotels:
In Transit 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 and sleep facilities, as we do not have additional information about how to book these rooms.
Near Airport Marriott Hotel – Located across from Terminal 3. Free airport shuttle runs 24-hour daily in 1 hour intervals. You can also call + 632 988-9999 to book a private car, rates starting at 2000 PHP each way. » Check Rates
Near Airport Remington Hotel – Located across from Terminal 3. Free roundtrip airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
Near Airport Maxims Hotel – Located across from Terminal 3. Free roundtrip airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
Near Airport 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. » Check Rates
Near Airport Mabuhay Manor – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available upon request, minimum 1 day notice suggested, Php 480.00 each way (up to 4 persons). » Check Rates
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.
Free WiFi is available at Manila Airport.
A reviewer (May 2018) reported that the free WiFi is only available for 30 minutes and in order to access more free time you require a local mobile phone. There also appears to be no way to purchase additional time so use your time limit sparingly.
- 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.
- WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.
- 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.
- 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).
Food & Drinks
- 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 any 24-hour dining options. 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: unknown.
- Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge throughout the airport. NAIA Porters are also 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 claim area, and there is a “no tipping” policy.
- 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.
- Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at [email protected]
- ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available throughtout all terminals. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans.
- 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. Jacinto Money Changer in Terminal 4 (Arrivals) is open 24 hours.
- 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.
Rest & Relaxation
- Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
- Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
- Rest Zones – Not available.
- Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in T2 and T3. There is also a 4 level shopping mall that connects Terminal 3 and the Parking Building.
Showers, Salon & Spa
- Showers – Freshen up before your flight. Showers are available in the Day Rooms (Terminals 1) and Wings Transit Lounge (Terminal 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.
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.
As of March 2018, Manila airport is served by the following airlines: Air Asia • Cebu Pacific • Skyjet • Air Canada • Air China • Air France • Air Macau • Air New Zealand • Air Niugini • Swift Air • Alitalia • ANA • China Airlines • China Eastern • China Southern • Delta • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • Garuda Indonesia • Gulf Air • Japan Airlines • Jeju Air • Jetstar • KLM • Korean Air • Kuwait Airways • Malaysia Airlines • Philippines Airlines • Qantas • Qatar Airways • Royal Brunei Airlines • Saudia • Singapore Airlines • Thai Airways • Tigerair • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines • Vietnam Airlines • Xiamen Airlines.
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.
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.
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 between terminals.
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.
Last updated: 2018-10-29
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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.