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Here we share all that you need to know to book your upcoming trip to the Philippines, from the best deals from Australia to the Philippines to which airlines fly there.
As a bonus, we've also included how to get to and from the airport.
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Flight times to Philippines
- From Sydney: 7 hrs 15 mins +
- From Melbourne: 8 hrs 35 mins +
- From Perth: 10 hrs 50 mins +
- From Brisbane: 10 hrs 35 mins
Who flies to the Philippines?
Other airlines offer flights from from Australia to the Philippines with stopovers, including Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, AirAsia, Jetstar Asia, Air China, Thai Airways, Asiana Airlines, China Southern, China Eastern and Royal Brunei.
What are the main airports in the Philippines?
The main airport serving the Philippines is Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). As the hub for all of the Philippines, it can connect you to flights further into the country.
How do I get to and from the airport?
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Manila is seven kilometres from the city. A popular way to get there is by American army-inspired jeeps known as “Jeepneys”. To catch a taxi it’s best to buy a coupon at a counter in the airport terminal, paying a flat rate by destination. Yellow taxis can also be flagged down outside the terminal, but they’re normally more expensive. Private airport buses run every 15 minutes to the city centre, or there are less frequent but cheaper public buses. Several car rental companies are found at the airport, with desks inside the terminal.
Cebu is an 80-minute flight from Manila to Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The most convenient transport is taxi, private transfer or car rental. Taxis are cheaper than yellow taxis but harder to come by. You can arrange an airport transfer from both MPH and KLO airports to Boracay. Book it online in advance to include airport pick-up, boat transfer and a Boracay map/guide. TripAdvisor posts are a good resource for up-to-date transfer advice from these airports.
What airport transfer options are available?
Taxis, local buses, jeepneys (a form of local transportation) and car hire are available at the NAIA airport.
Depending where you're travelling to in Manila, an Uber costs about PHP152–297 and transfers can be booked.
Philippines insider flight tips
- Australians can fly directly from Sydney, Darwin, Cairns and Melbourne to Manila and there are two main airlines to compare. You’ll generally find the best flight deals to the Philippines with Cebu Pacific, a budget Philippine airlines. Lead-in fares buy you a seat only, and the 7kg hand-luggage restriction is strictly enforced. Philippine Airlines is the national carrier with full-service flights at low cost lead-in fares that include baggage and meals.
- Boracay is a one-hour flight from Manila with a choice of two airports: Caticlan (MPH) is only 10 minutes from the jetty for boat transfers to Boracay, while Kalibo International (KLO) is a 90-minute overland ride to the jetty. The route is scenic and worth spending the time for a chance to see rural Philippines. Flights from Manila to MPH tend to be cheaper than the return MPH to Manila, so you could fly into MPH and out of KLO.
- Getting around the Philippines is easy with domestic flights. AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, Skyjet and Philippine Airlines offer many routes between them. Some Philippine airports are very close to each other so it’s worth comparing the fares, eg, Clark (CRK) for Manila, General Santos (GES) for Davao and Tagbilaran (TAG) for Cebu.
- AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines all have regular promo fares, so sign up to their newsletters and you’ll know as soon as a sale is on.