Find flight deals and promotional fares to Manila from across Australia.
Manila in the north of the Philippines is getting popular with Aussie travellers and is well worth exploring even if you plan to move on to explore the 7000+ islands. The cosmopolitan capital has bucketfuls of culture, diverse architecture and a collection of excellent museums and art galleries. Visitors to the city will discover tasty cuisine and market food, exotic cocktails and lively nightlife. Escape the manic traffic and skyscrapers by wandering along the Baywalk and enjoying the sunset. Manila is also great for bargain shoppers and has one of the largest shopping malls in the world, the SM Mall of Asia.
You can find flight deals to Manila on indirect routes as well as direct flights that leave daily from Sydney and on select days from Melbourne, Cairns and Darwin.
Cebu Pacific is a low-cost Philippine carrier that typically has the lowest fares to Manila as well as direct flights from Sydney and Darwin. They are strict with their 7kg hand-luggage rule, though, so if you’re not a light traveller, it’s wise to pre-book check-in luggage when you book your flight.
If you prefer the full-service treatment when flying, Philippine Airlines has a low-cost flight with in-flight meals and a 30-kilo baggage limit included in their lead-in fares. They fly direct to Manila from Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin and Cairns and onwards to many destinations beyond, such as Japan or China.
Manila Airport can be very chaotic and Terminal 1, where many international flights land, is one of the most overcrowded terminals in Asia. It gets very busy, so factor in plenty of time for transits and getting to your destination.
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How to get from the airport
Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) is composed of four terminals, with a free shuttle connecting them all. It’s only seven kilometres from Manila and takes around 20 minutes by car. To get to Manila city centre, you can catch a jeepney to the Baclaran transport hub (10 minutes from the airport), or you can take a shuttle from Terminal 3. From there, the Metro-Rail goes to the city. There are also private airport buses every 15 minutes and a city bus goes from Terminals 1 and 2. You should also inquire with your hotel about airport transfers.
To catch a taxi, it’s best to buy a coupon at a counter in the airport terminal so you pay a flat rate according to your destination. You can also flag down a yellow taxi outside the terminal, but these tend to be more pricy. Several car rental companies operate at the airport with desks in the terminal. If you’re only staying in Manila, it’s better to rely on the public transport system, which includes Metro and Light Rail, than trying to negotiate the city’s traffic.
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