In recent years, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has been dubbed in various surveys as one of the worst airports in the world. Luckily, reforms have been made and the airport is gradually improving.
Here is a guide to make your journey going in or out of Manila effortlessly and comfortable as much as possible.
Before arriving in Manila, it is always good to know which terminal you will be arriving from. The different terminals in Manila are scattered faraway from each other and transport options vary from terminal-to-terminal. You can use the handy terminal finder to know the terminal details.
If you are not a Filipino citizen and is using Manila as your port of entry, make sure to prepare your itinerary for your journey together with your proof that you are leaving the Philippines. This is usually in the form of a return ticket or an onward flight going to another country.
Before or upon your arrival, you can check out the Transport Guide to know your options.
Before your flight, it is crucial that you know which terminal you will be departing from. The different terminals in Manila are scattered faraway from each other and transport options vary from terminal-to-terminal. You can use the handy terminal finder to know the terminal details.
As you pack your bag, make sure you know which everyday items are allowed and prohibited onboard. You might not know that even packaging or masking tapes aren't allowed in your carry-on! Also read the guide regarding restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels.
If you are planning to take public transport going to the airport, you can check out our guide on the different transport options going to your terminal.
In case you're planning to drive yourself and leave your vehicle at the airport, it's also nice to know in advance where you can park at the airport and how much it will cost you.
If you are connecting through Manila within the same terminal, the procedures are straightforward if your journey is on the same ticket. Simply approach the transfer desk at the arrivals area. Those coming from international flights will need to clear immigration and customs in Manila first.
If you are connecting to a flight in a different terminal, please check our NAIA inter-terminal transport guide.
If you wish to contribute to this airport guide, feel free to email us at mikko [at] mnlairport [dot] ph. Attributions will be given to contributions.