Sleeping in Airports

Manila Airport Guide

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 [the] 4th floor before final security check as food choices and overall surroundings [are] much more pleasant than at the gates – a traveller at terminal 3

March 2024 – Manila media is reporting that gangs are hanging out in the airport and thefts have occurred.  Sleeping in the public area of the airport is not recommended.

MNL Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

What to Expect

Manila Airport (code: MNL) 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 travellers report that this bus often doesn’t operate, 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 travellers 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, with 24 hours options available in terminals 2 and 3; 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 guide below for locations and access information.

Manila Airport Guide
(Photo courtesy of yogaboy / 01Jun2011)

Sleeping in Manila Airport

Past travellers do not recommend others sleep at Manila Airport 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”.  Explore our guide to sleeping in Manila Airport or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.  If you would prefer to sleep in comfort and privacy, there are sleep rooms in Terminals 1 and 3 and several hotels nearby.    See Airport Hotels in the 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.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Manila Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

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 we really don’t know what to advise here. If you are in transit you should have better luck, especially if you do not have to transfer terminals.

Manila Airport Hotels & Day Rooms

Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  Inside the Airport
  • Sleep Cabins & Pods: No
  • Day Rooms: Yes
  • Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: No

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair is giving you nightmares, you may be better off staying at a hotel.

Hotels near Terminal 3

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Manila NAIA Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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 about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Terminal 1
  • Marhaba Lounge – Location: Airside, International departures, near Gate 9, West Satellite. Hours: 0:00AM – 12:00AM. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
  • PAGSS Lounge (Gate 7) – Location: Airside, East Concourse, next to Gate 7. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.
  • A Lounge – Location: Airside, International Departures, East Concourse, next to Gate 2. Hours: 5:AM – 11:00PM. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
Terminal 3
  • Marhaba Lounge – Location: Airside, International Departures. Hours: open 24 hours (Tue, Thu, Fri, and Sat) • 07:00AM – 12:00AM (Mon, Wed, and Sun).
  • Pacific Club Lounge – (Temporarily Closed) – Location: Airside, Level 4. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • PAGSS Lounge – Location: Airside, Departure Area, Level 4. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • Skyview Lounge – Location: Airside, International Departure Area. Hours: open 24 hours (Tue, Thu, Fri, and Sat) • 7:00AM – 12:00AM (Mon, Wed, and Sun). Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • Wings Transit Lounge – Location: Landside, Level 4. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door
  • A Lounge – Location: Airside, International Departures, Level 4. Showers are available. Hours: 5:00AM – 11:00 PM. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

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 International – Location: T2. Hours: 3:00AM – 12:00AM • Cathay Pacific Lounge – Location: T3. Hours: unknown • SilverKris Lounge – Location: T3. Hours: Unknown.

Related Lounges: Manila Airport Lounges

Drinking Water

A reader tells us that drinking water fountains are available in all terminals.

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the terminals operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:

  • Terminal 2: Denny’s (Arrivals Area 3-4) • Jollibee (Arrivals).
  • Terminal 3: Mc Donald’s (Departure Area) • KFC (Food Hall, Level 4) • Denny’s (Mezzanine Area) • Wendy’s (Arrivals, Level 1) • Jollibee (Departures Area).

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Luggage and More offers left luggage storage at the following rates: Small luggage / items – ₱200 for the first 3 hours • Small luggage / items – ₱350 for a day • Small luggage / items – ₱1800 for a week • Small luggage / items – ₱6500 for a month. Location: T2, Departures Area. Hours: 3:00AM – 9:00PM. • T3, Departure Areas, near Gate 4. Hours: 2:00AM – 10:00PM. • T3, Arrivals Area, South Wing. Hours: 24 hours.

Mobile Charging

A reader has informed us that free mobile charging stations are scattered throughout Terminal 2. We do not have information about availability in the other terminals.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.


Freshen up before your flight. Showers are available in the Wings Transit Lounge (Terminal 3) and in the following lounges: T1, Marhaba Lounge • T3, Pacific Club Lounge • T3, PAGSS Lounge • T3, Skyview Lounge • T3, A Lounge. [ see Airport Hotels above ].


Free WiFi is available at Manila Airport. Free WiFi is available for three hours only. However, most people complain about the connection stating it often doesn’t work and when it does it tends to be slow.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

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.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – At one point, nursing rooms offering cribs, playpens, bottle warmers, formula, diapers and more could be found at the following 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 outside of restrooms.
  • Children’s Area – Fun and colourful 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). Location: T1, airside, Transit Lounge In addition, two more Kiddie Traveller’s Lounges used to be located in T3, airside, one each at Domestic and International pre-departures areas and T4, airside, Pre-Departure Hall, near Gate 5.

Information Desk – At one point, information desks could be found in the following locations: Domestic and International Wings.


  • 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: Arrival level, next to the Customs Area Offices (Arrivals-level clinic).
    • Terminal 2: Basement of the Rotunda, accessible via elevator.
    • Terminal 3: Near Customs Area.
    • Terminal 4: Pre-boarding Area.
  • Pharmacy – Stores in the departure transit areas and pre-boarding areas sell non-prescription medicines.


  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available throughout 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. Note: there seems to be more ATM’s Landside, plan ahead.
  • Currency Exchange – At one point, banks and money changers could be found throughout the Departures and Arrivals levels of all four terminals.

Post Office – At one point, several post offices could be found in the following locations: T1, Arrivals Lobby – West Wing • T2, Arrivals Lobby – South Wing, near the Passport Control Office. We were unable to confirm this at the time of our December 2023 update. If you know whether they are still there, click here to update this guide.

Prayer Areas – Looking for a quiet place for prayer or meditation in a spiritual setting?
» Christian chapels – At one point, Christian chapels used to be available in all terminals in the following 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 – (Temporarily closed) – Locations: T3, Airside, Departures.» Our Lady of the Airways Parish Church – Scheduled masses are available on a daily basis. Location: 500m from T1.

Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in T1 (Hours: 24 hours), T2 (Hours: 2:00PM – 12:00AM) and T3 (Hours: unknown). There is also a 4 level shopping mall that connects Terminal 3 and the Parking Building.

SIM Cards – A reader tells us “do not purchase at the airport. These are extremely over priced and not the best value. Once you leave the airport, purchase one at a convenience store.” (September 2022)

Smoking – Smoking areas can be found in the pre-boarding areas of T1, T2, and T3. Passengers heading to T4 will only be able to smoke outside the terminal.

Manila airport is served by the following airlines: Air Asia • Air China • Air Niugini • Air Swift • All Nippon Airways • Asiana Airlines • Cathay Pacific • Ceb Go • Cebu Pacific • China Airlines • China Eastern Airlines • China Southern • Delta Air Lines • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • EVA • Gulf Air • Japan Airlines • Jeju Air • Jetstar • KLM • Korean Air • Kuwait Airways • Malaysia Airlines • Oman Air • PAL Express • PanPacific Airlines • Philippines Airlines • Qatar Airways • Royal Brunei Airlines • Saudia • Singapore Airlines • Skyjet • Thai Airways • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines • Xiamen Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies are available at Manila Airport: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Pacific Blue Transport. Locations: Terminal 1 • Terminal 2. International Driver’s License or English-language Driver’s Licence is required, along with a photocopy of the license.

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update we were unable to find any hotels offering an airport shuttle.  See also Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

MNL 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 waits 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 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.  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 a reliable operator recommended by your hotel or friends/family.

Airport Photo Gallery

Related Pages: Manila Airport Photos

Last updated: 2024-02-07

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.