Getting to Manila
Manila is well connected by plane to other cities in South East Asia. Ninoy Aquino International airport is the main hub for international and national travellers. It is located 10 km south of the city and the journey can take between 20 minutes and 1 hour depending on the traffic. There are ATMs, currency exchange and internet facilities on the airport and a small shopping area. Most national flights leave from the new terminal II at the Northern end of the airport. Philippine airlines is using terminal 2 and all other airlines are located in the aging terminal 1. There is a taxi counter outside of customs where you can order prepaid taxis for 10 USD to the city center. Alternatively you can take the airport bus which leaves regularly outside terminal 1. Passengers flying to International destinations from Ninoy are required to pay a hefty 750 PHP departure fee, so make sure you have some pesos left. Ninoy Aquino Airport is included in the routes of many budget airlines. Cebu Pacific Air, Zest Air, Fly Seair and AirPhilexpress have frequent flights to national and international destinations at sometimes amazingly row rates.
About 80 km away from Manila is the Clark International airport, formerly used as a US Airforce Base and transformed in a hub for mostly budget airlines. Currently Airasia has daily flights from Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu to Clark. Cebu Pacific is operating routes linking Clark to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. Tiger Airways is operating flights to Singapore and Macau. A shuttle bus is connecting the airport with the Dau bus terminal from where busses to the province and Manila are leaving. Philtranco is offering AC busses to the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City for 7 USD. The trip takes about 1,5 hours and a taxi from the Megamall to the city center an additional 4 USD.
Manila has two main harbors: the North harbor a couple of kilometers north of Intramuros and the South harbor opposite intramuros. The North harbor is hosting the even pier numbers: 2, 4, 6 etc., while the South harbour the uneven pier numbers. The North harbor can be a bit difficult to reach by public taxi, so it is advised to take a taxi for 3 USD. Currently two shipping companies are offering ferry services. WG&A operates 6 superferry lines from Pier 15, South harbour. Pier 15 is also known as the Eva Macapagal Terminal and is located directly opposite the Manila hotel. Destinations include Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Coron, Cotabato, Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iligan, Iloilo, Ozamis, Puerto Princesa, Surigao and Zamboanga. Tickets can be booked on their website www. superferry.com. ph. The other major passenger shipping line is Negros Navigation- www. negrosnavigation. ph using pier 2 of the North harbour as their main hub. Tickets can be booked via a local travel agencies. Currently they are operating routes between Manila and: Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Coron, Dipolog, Dumaguete Estancia General Santos, Iligan, Iloilo, Ozamis, Tagbilaran, Puerto Princesa and Roxas.