Airport in Manila and terminals

Transfer Time at NAIA:
For Domestic you have to be in the airport at least 2 hours before the flight
For Internationl you have to be in the airport at least 3 hours before the flight

If your transfer is inbound (international to domestic) then add the following:

5 – 30 min. for Immigration
20 – 40 min. for baggage claim
10 min. for customs
TRANSFER (10  to 60 min)
5 – 10 min. for first security check
5 – 30 min. for check-in
2 – 10 min. for for terminal fee
5 – 20 min. for second security check

If your transfer is outbound (domestic to international) then add the following:

10 – 40 min. for baggage claim
TRANSFER (10  to 60 min)
5 – 10 min. for first security check
15 – 60 min. for check-in
2 – 10 min. for for terminal fee
5 – 30 min. for Immigration
5 – 20 min. for second security check

NAIA Airport Shuttle Bus:

The Shuttle Bus schedule runs every 20-30 minutes and operates from 03:30am up to 01:30 am. Flat Rate is Php 20 per person

Where are the bus stops of the shuttle bus?

NAIA-1: Arrival level at the extreme right* hand.
NAIA-2: Arrival level outside the international section
NAIA-3: Departure level, left* hand
NAIA-4: Over the road, right* hand

Transfer by Taxi:

There are 3 kinds of taxi in NAIA Airport:

  1. Yellow Airport Taxi (Flag Down is Php 70 for first 500 meters then raises Php 4 every 300 meters. (Receommended Vehicle’s are clean and new and can go anywhere in the airport) 
  2. Fixed Rate Taxi (Rate are about 3 times higher than the yellow airport taxi)
  3. Common Taxi (Street Taxi’s they are not really allowed in the airport. But be careful about the driver they might ask for higher negotiated rates specially if you are a foreigner and you might pay 20 times higher than the standard rate)

Luggage Hold:

NAIA 1: None
NAIA 2: Have but exclusive for PAL passengers only
NAIA 3: Have operating hours is from 6:00am – 11:00pm daily
NAIA 4: None

A Luggage Trick

When you have a long connection time, 5 hours and more, then you might take a taxi to the SM Mall of Asia.

This really big shopping mall has a free luggage hold called Package Pick-up Service. This service is open from 10 a.m. to midnight. There you also find a big selection of shops, restaurants and even movie theaters.

Taxi drivers coming from Manila’s Airport (NAIA) can drive down the south wing end then turn right on the first intersection. From inside the mall you can get easily to the Package Pick-up Service. Leave the mall at the Ice Skating Rink and then turn right. The counter is only a few steps away.

The one-way taxi ride from NAIA to SM-MOA and vice-versa costs about PHP 150 and lasts some 20 minutes but still depends on the traffic. Beware of the rush hours between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. when you may need an hour for the same trip.

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