Low Cost Airline
This airline is pretty good especially if you don't want to pay another extra money to other carrier. Is a low cost airline and since we flying with them for quite sometime now we never have had any problem such as delayed
I guess we're lucky because when I heard my daughter taking a flight from Sydney to Bangkok she has a 4 hour delayed in Kuala Lumpur. And certainly get bad reviews either, but who cares! is cheap and bring you to your destination.
If you checked their fares from time to time they sometime has promo and can be cheap though. I could booked our flight from Cebu to Manila for 700 peso or vice versa
They have many destinations as well not only around Southeast asia also to Oceania. Booking well in advance is advisable.
Manila Airport Shuttle Service Between T1..2..3..4
I was surprised that the shuttle service has changed this year, this now well organized. Last year this wasn't organized yet, the shuttle has to run on a busy road
This blue shuttle is your best friend if you need a transfer between terminals easy and convenient! a lot easier than taxi, no traffic and free of charge
If you have a connection flight with any terminals, simply go to a counter for free shuttle service. What you need is to show your flight itinerary or boarding pass
There is a shuttle every 20-30 minutes in each terminals. You get a coupon which you have to handed to a driver before entering the bus
The shuttle runs inside the runway. From terminal 4 to terminal 3 it takes about 10 min. The bus will pick you up at the back of terminals at the runway. This now much easier than before, you can rely the shuttle bus if you need to catch your flight from other terminals
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Manila Domestic Airport Terminal 4
When it comes to terminal building in Manila it sounds like horrible, but it is so. Is a pity we didn't fly to the same building where we arrived. Terminal 1 is the main building and is a lot nicer than terminal 4.
Take it or leave it if you flying domestic especially with low cost airlines like Airasia and Cebu Pacific seems like you've been punished.
Anyway, it doesn't matter if you have no long layover, but if you have more than 3 hour of waiting is awful to stay in this cramp airport. Shortage on seats some people sitting o the floor
No facility except snack shops inside. This really like a pig stall, we have flights with Airasia to Palawan. Was early in the morning when we get to the airport, I see some tourist sleeping on the ground because there were no place to sit.
When you enter the building you'll directly to a security control sometimes a queue till outside
Manila has 4 terminals 1 to 4 and located near each other: Terminal 1 is for international arrivals and departures for non Philippine carriers.
Terminal 2 is exclusively for Philippine Airlines international, domestic flights. Terminal 3 exclusively for Cebu Pacific international and domestic flights.
Terminal 4 exclusively for domestic flights with Airasia and Zest Air and Cebu Pacific
If you happen having domestic flights with Airasia, you'll be flying from this terminal 4. If you have book a flight with Cebu Pacific can be happen that your flight will move to Zest Air, and you will depart from this terminal.
I've booked a flight with Cebu Pacific and we normally arrived at terminal 3 which is a better terminal than 4.
A few months before our trip, I receive an email that our flight was moved to Zest Air and we'll arrived at terminal 4. I don't know what happen I think because we have a connection flight to Busuanga Coron
The things is, we have more than 3 hour layover here. Arriving at 3am from Cambodia flight. We can't go outside because none is open yet, so we kind of stuck is this small airport. This something you can't prepared or known before and after the booking.
You'll received an email in a few months after your flight is booked. We receive a new flight number that our flight is moved to another carrier.
This is Philippines, and flying with low cost airline is good for budget travelers like us, but there is always some changes afterwards. So, we just have to take it. Altough is part of a journey but annoying
Taxi is easy to get around but be careful
The easiest way to get around the city is by taking a taxi. Taxi in Manila is normally cheap but there are some drivers around who tried to scam passenger and this should be aware if you're first time in Manila
Manila is a chaotic city I really hate this capital of Philippines. If there's another way to avoid I would do. I use the city as a gateway into the provinces
I've been to Manila dozen times, I didn't pay any attention of taxis from my previous trip, but this time I really keep an eye of them.
Taxi meter start at 40.00 peso be sure it'll turn on when you get in. Some driver doesn't want to use the meter and they will name the price when you step in. Insist to use his meter because it is cheaper than hired them
We took a taxi from the Mall of Asia to our hotel in Pasay which is 15 minute away, we step in he didn't turn on his meter, I ask him to turn on his metered he insist us to pay 250 peso, I said no, turn on your meter because I know it didn't cost us 250 peso to get to Mall of Asia I only pay 72 peso. He don't want to use the meter so, I said to him stop we'll get off. He drop us 300 meters away from the Mall. A good taxi driver will turn on his meter without asking
When you step into a taxi check the windshield in front of the passenger seat there is a sticker it says "metered tested" it means this meter is correct.
Some taxi doesn't have this sticker keep an eye of the meter it will run faster than the regular one.
We also took a taxi very early morning from Cubao bus terminal to Pasay bus terminal. The taxi driver turn on his meter and still asking that we have to add extra from his meter. I said to him, I will see if how much your meter run, he keep insisted that I have to pay additional I said to him, just let your meters run and I will see how it goes and I will give an additional. I saw he has a sticket of "metered tested"
It was very traffic that morning so, even he still stand the meter runs. At the end of the ride the amount go up to 270 peso, I didn't heard him anymore for the additional fare I guess it was enough for him.
And I also have a little chat with him during our ride I ask him where is his ID? he said, he still not have it and he's waiting for it.
He start talking about passengers being robbed in a taxi, and passenger being sprayed by some taxi driver to get unwell.
Since then after I heard the story of that driver, every time we took a taxi I never sit at the back anymore, I take my place in front. And first thing I do when I get in I take out my camera and took picture to their registration number and their ID. Be careful of taxis in Manila many of the drivers are not very honest
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Luggage Locker in Manila at Terminal 3
Most international flights are arriving at terminal 3 depending on which airlines you are flying with. In this terminal 3 you'll find most airport facilities inside the building
Terminal 3 is one of the best terminal in Manila, very roomy and plenty of restaurants. Besides, the most important thing if you have a long layover in Manila before your next flight, you can leave your luggage here and go outside
The luggage locker is at "level 1" just behind the Burger King. Follow the sign and it'll take you right under the escalator where the locker is located.
Is attended locker and you can see the price on the board. We have a 7 hour layover in Manila is too long to stay inside the terminal. We left our luggage for 3 hour
The attendant will give advice when will you comeback, he know exactly what time you must take the taxi coming back to the airport. We took the taxi from terminal 3 to Mall of Asia which just nearby, because is traffic he advised us to take a taxi on that time.
Open 24 hour manned, your luggage will be left inside the office secured. A convenience place if you don't like to dragged your suitcases all the time. You can leave your luggage here upto 15 days maximum
Prices are per piece for checked bag, backpack or hand carry cost 350 Peso a day 200 for 3 hour. It is not the cheapest way to leave your bags, but certainly one of the safest way
Cebu Pacific Shuttle Transfer Between Terminals
If you have a connection flight in Manila especially if you flying with "Cebu Pacific Airlines" and need a transfer to other terminal they'll gave you a free shuttle service between terminals.
For example arriving at "Terminal 3" and you have conncetion flight at "Terminal 4" follow the sign "TRANSFER" you'll get to a counter of Cebu Pacific. They also given you your boarding pass if you haven't one yet
What they need is your passport or ID to retrieve your booking for issuing your boarding pass to your connection flight
Meanwhile they also arranged the shuttle for you. Once you got your boarding pass the Cebu Pacific staff will assist you to the shuttle bus waiting area.
When the shuttle arrived they'll personally assist you outside to your shuttle, you feel like a VIP. I was surprise how good the service we have during this transfer
Cebu Pacific staffs are very helpful and accommodating during the transferred
Transfer between terminals are easy and is free of charge and pretty good organized. Never hesitate to ask any airport ground staff of Cebu Pacific. Patient is always needed in this country, but worth to wait
There's a shuttle every 10-15 min and it only takes 5 min from one terminal to the other. The shuttle drive through a tarmac to reach the other terminal where no traffic with other vehicles
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Coupon Taxi Outside Manila Airport
Manila is a chaotic city and very busy. Arriving in Manila airport is okay but once you step out the terminal you will be hearing the taxi canvassers. Taxis outside the terminals are plentiful and be smart if you decide to take a taxi from here.
Outside the terminal there will be yelling "taxi sir, taxi maam". At first I ignore them I went to the board with price in it. In the board you will see prices in each destination around Manila that way when you ask how much for a taxi to your destination they can't fool you
Outside the terminal building you'll see fixed rate taxi but still, asked how much it cost you to your destination. Beware that fixed rate taxi might slightly higher, but if you walk a bit further away from the fixed rate taxi and take a metered cab this lower than fixed rate.
All taxis outside terminals are with coupon which is safe to take, you'll get a coupon with a plate number in it. You see most white taxi outside the terminals
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EAT AT T3 BEFORE YOUR FLIGHT
Again, not quite sure where to post this but if you want a quik snack go to the fourth floor at the terminal as there are many of the restaurants from the food chains where you can have a reasonably priced snack or meal. They are just a fraction more expensive than the equivalent establishments in Manila.
Jollibee, MacDonald's, Chow King, Wendy's, and about ten more restaurants are there.
RELAX IN FIRST AIRPORT LOUNGE IN THE COUNTRY (T3)
While waiting to meet a friend at Terminal 3 I was wandering around the airport and discovered a new lounge that had just opened, in fact the lounge was still being painted and the official opening will be later this month, July 2015. This is particular handy for some travelers who arrive at T3 from who are waiting for an onward connection, like myself who arrived from Hong Kong and waiting for my flight to Puerto Princess. The lounge is called THE WINGS and is located on the 4th floor of the terminal. The sales executive, Mari noticed me as i was checking out their establishment so she invited me in and showed me around. There were a several lounges to relax in, as well as several bedrooms that could accommodate families or couples. Besides this they had Japanese style capsules, for men and separate ones for the ladies. Also there was a snack room where drinks and snacks were offered. They could also arrange meals to be delivered to you within fifteen minutes. On top of this they offered massage, manicure, haircut, showers and luggage storage.
The staff were extremely friendly and next time I arrive at the airport for a connecting flight I would definitely spend some time here between flights.
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GETTING TO TERMINAL1
Most travelers will take a taxi to the airport which is actually very economic, costing no more than 300 pesos from Makati or Malate, but if you have light baggage you could get there for as cheap as 40 pesos. By using the LRT our MRT you will arrive at the last station, Baclaran or Taft , then you can walk through Baclaran Market is until you reach Quirino Avenue, maybe a kilometer and catch a jeepney that says MIA which passes by T1. Check to make sure your flight departs from there.
Most or all foreign airlines leave from T1
Philippine airlines leave from T2
Budget airline companies usually leave from T3
Partas Bus terminal in Cubao
Manila is a hub for bus terminal, especially Cubao Quezon City is one of the best place to hop on for long distance bus to Northern part of the country. Before taking the trip to Philippines, I've done a lot of homework about traveling by bus, especially long distance bus.
Reading all blog by local who done the trip around the country, they all like recommend "Partas Bus" as I understand it seem , is one of the good bus to travel for long distance journey. As I read about negative review of other bus company in Manila, that there were passenger lost their luggage during the trip
With Partas Bus the luggage were very secure. We travel with Partas to Ilocos Norte and we're satisfied with the service, even though was a tough journey of 14 hour but can't complain more. The bus brought us to our destination, and leave on time from Cubao Quezon City, we arrived just 10 minute before and bought the ticket inside the bus
The nicest thing of these bus in Philippines that they leave on time. That is something to be aware off, be sure to be at the bus station before departure time. If you are 5 minutes too late, then you'll have to walk to your destination ;-) (JOKE) there will be another bus, but it'll take another hour before it departs
Partas has a website where you can reserve a ticket in advance online. They also have terminal in PASAY, but destination is limited. CUBAO QUEZON CITY is bigger, and they have more destination here. If you don't like to reserve a ticket online, especially to those foreign visitor, doesn't want to order ticket online, NO PROBLEM. You can hop on the bus and buy the ticket inside. But those DELUXE bus of PARTAS need a reservation in advance
The exact address of bus terminal in Mannila: 816 Aurora Boulevard, Cubao Quezon City... Pasay City, Bus Terminal, Aurora Boulevard (Tramo) Corner Edang St. San Roque.... Sampaloc Manila, Bus Terminal
Telephone Numbers: I have contacted some of the phone number below and some of them is not working, try all the number until you get connected to one of staff in bus terminal
+63 (2) 7257303
+63 (2) 7249820
+63 (2) 4101307
+63 (2) 4145097
+63 (2) 7251756
+63 (2) 4162809
+63 (2) 4146094
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Dangwa Bus terminal in Cubao
Cubao is a place to hop on to Northern trip in Philippines, most long distance buses departed here. Dangwa bus is one among of the bus going to North, and also a direct bus to Banaue during night time and vice versa. Buses to North are all the same when it come their service. They stops on the way for bathroom used, also in the terminal there are shops where you can buy snack as well
All buses with air conditioning on board has a terrible air temperature. It is something they can't control. Bring a pullover to keep you warm, inside the bus can be very cold especially those night buses. Long distance buses in Philippines are really good, they're reputable for this kind of long journey. But do not expect for luxury inside.
Before you decide to travel by bus for long distance, looked for an option if you can fly to and from. Travel for long distance by bus, it is not very comfy. We have done a 14 hour ride, it was an exhausted journey. But it was okay, was a good experience and also is the only way to get there
Dangwa Bus has no website!, they have a terminal in Cubao at "Aurora Boulevard" purchase your ticket the day you want to travel, but if you doubt you can buy your ticket a day before, but certainly no need to do that
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Provincial bus Terminal is on Coastal Mall
We took a night bus from Banaue and wanted to go to Tagaytay right after arriving in Manila. I have looking the night before on the internet how to commute to Tagaytay from Cubao. I found the site that it can be easy to take a bus in the same area where we arrived. The website of buses in Manila is not updated, so never rely on that. To be sure of the timetable contact them and better ring them with telephone number that provide in their site, but sometimes the phone number is not correct, if you see more than one phone number try ring all the numbers
None of the buses leave from Cubao to Tagaytay. Don't even bother of asking a conductor or driver in Cubao, because you only get a wrong information
When we arrive at the terminal in Cubao I asked again the driver, he said we have to take a tricycle, so we took a tricycle from terminal to the other terminal which is very short distance. We get to the terminal where the driver indicated. We ask one of the driver or conductor in that terminal if there were bus going to Tagaytay and they said no, we have no destination for Tagaytay. They told us to catch a bus on the highway that goes to Tagaytay without going to the terminal in Pasay.
So, the tricycle driver drove us to the highway and we waited for the bus, we saw a few bus passing through with Tagaytay signboard and we try to stop them but they didn't stop because it's full already. We standing there for about 30 minutes and no luck. There was one passenger standing next to us also try to catch the bus to Tagaytay I ask him where to commute for Tagaytay or where is the main bus terminal. He said in "Buendia or Pasay". So, we took a cab and asked to bring us to Pasay terminal
The taxi driver wasn't sure either where to commute for Tagaytay, I said to him just bring us to Pasay bus terminal that bound for Tagaytay. And suddenly he said, "oh that is in "Coastal Mall" but I'm not sure he said. I said to myself, what? even taxi driver doesn't know the terminal?
Well, we made it to Coastal Mall and once we get off the cab I saw directly a bus with designated for Tagaytay, I was so relief. Now I know and will never forget!, this bus terminal called " Provincial bus terminal". Pasay terminal at COASTAL MALL is for "South Bound" short distance journey. While Cubao - terminal is bound for Northern trip, I will never forget this, after all the hassle we've been through
To get here, take a taxi or bus. If you are in Cubao, take a bus which is a lot cheaper than taxis with sign "PASAY or COASTAL MALL". We took a taxi from Cubao which cost us 270 peso on the meter. The Pasay bus stops at the mall and the terminal is just behind it.
Bound for Cavite, Batangas or Nasugbu and Tagaytay and etc. Look for designated or ask!. The terminal is not really good organized a bit confusing, each bus has signboard next to the driver seat for destination, so, you will never get into the wrong bus, if you are unsure about it, read the signboard carefully or ask.
Going to Tagaytay take a bus designated "Nasugbu via Tagaytay" and tell the conductor where you get off. The main stop is at Olivarez and Rotonda. Tagaytay has no terminated bus terminal. If you are planning to get off one of the stops I mentioned above, there are tricycles to take you to your destination
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NAIA, Manila, Philippines
"The Ninoy Aquino International Airport" or "NAIA", also known as Manila International Airport, is the airport serving the general area of Manila and its surrounding metropolitan area.
Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (airport code MNL) is the main gateway to the Manila Metro Area and all the Philippines islands. Manila Airport has four terminals, 1, 2, and 3, which oversee international travelers, and Domestic Terminal serving local carriers.
The airport managed more than 27 million passengers in 2010, which put it in the top 50 for world's busiest airports. Served by 29 airlines, the airport is also a hub for travel throughout Asia.
About four miles south of Manila, there is a 2-kilometer taxi ride to the Light Rail Transit line that takes travelers into the city. The Manila Airport Hotel is on-site next to Terminal 1.
As you arrive from an international flight and wanna switch to a domestic flight as like to "Cebu, Tagbilaran, Dumaguate" or so, you have to choose the domestic terminals accordingly.
There are 4 terminals ... :
Terminal 1: NAIA Terminal - International flights, non-Philippine Airlines
Terminal 2: Centennial Terminal - All Philippine Airlines flights only (North wing International, South wing Domestic)
Terminal 3: NAIA International Terminal - International flights (Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific, PAL Express)
Domestic Terminal - All domestic flights other than Philippine Airlines.
Have a nice flight and enjoy Manila... :)
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When catching a taxi from the airport i prefer to use the prepaid coupon system located in centre pickup area out the front of the terminal.It will cost you a little more than a regular taxis but this will avoid the driver who "cant find the hotel" or insists on taking you to "another hotel".This could cost you a lot more!
Before getting into a taxis, i always ask them to turn the meter on.If they" do not" or say "it is broken",wait for another to come along, as there are many and they will over charge you if the meter is not on.
I always carry a map/directions as some taxis say they dont know where hotels/places are.Always have low denomination bank notes as they may not want to or cannot change the large denomination notes.