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The cosmopolitan city of Manila promises a beautiful bayside location and an impressive blend of cultures. Visitors are often overwhelmed by Manila’s traffic and urban sprawl. However, the city offers a generous choice of tourist-friendly accommodation and attractions. Manila experiences a typical tropical climate with distinct wet-dry seasons. At times, there is an overlap of a month or 2 between the seasons. June – November is officially the wet season, characterized by heavy rains and serial typhoons. However, the rains are not constant, and rarely impact travel plans. If you visit in the wet season, you will find less crowds and a lush, green landscape. From March – May, the weather is hot and humid and average temperatures soar as high as 95 degrees Fahrenheit. From late November – early March, the weather is dry and average temperatures are around 80 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a good time to explore the city and its surrounding islands.


Manila flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares to Manila found recently by users on momondo
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Air China
Air China
LAX
29 Oct
Los Angeles airport
32h 05m
1 Stop
MNL
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
Air China
MNL
12 Nov
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
20h 40m
1 Stop
LAX
Los Angeles airport
437 USD
Air China
Air China
LAX
07 Nov
Los Angeles airport
32h 05m
1 Stop
MNL
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
Air China
MNL
24 Nov
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
26h 40m
1 Stop
LAX
Los Angeles airport
437 USD
China Eastern
China Eastern
LAX
01 Sep
Los Angeles airport
19h 40m
1 Stop
MNL
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
China Eastern
MNL
09 Sep
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
26h 50m
1 Stop
LAX
Los Angeles airport
438 USD
China Eastern
China Eastern
LAX
01 Sep
Los Angeles airport
19h 40m
1 Stop
MNL
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
China Eastern
MNL
07 Sep
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
26h 50m
1 Stop
LAX
Los Angeles airport
440 USD
China Eastern
China Eastern
LAX
31 Aug
Los Angeles airport
31h 05m
1 Stop
MNL
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
China Eastern
MNL
23 Oct
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
18h 55m
1 Stop
LAX
Los Angeles airport
442 USD
China Eastern
China Eastern
LAX
01 Oct
Los Angeles airport
19h 40m
1 Stop
MNL
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
China Eastern
MNL
12 Oct
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
26h 50m
1 Stop
LAX
Los Angeles airport
442 USD
Philippine Airlines
Philippine Airlines
HNL
16 Aug
Honolulu airport
10h 50m
MNL
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
Philippine Airlines
MNL
27 Aug
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
10h 20m
HNL
Honolulu airport
748 USD
China Airlines
China Airlines
ONT
31 Oct
Ontario airport
18h 50m
1 Stop
MNL
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
China Airlines
MNL
18 Nov
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
15h 05m
1 Stop
ONT
Ontario airport
626 USD
China Southern
China Southern
LAX
16 Jul
Los Angeles airport
20h 05m
1 Stop
MNL
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
China Southern
MNL
12 Sep
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
17h 05m
1 Stop
LAX
Los Angeles airport
537 USD
Major Airline
Major Airline
IAD
31 Oct
Washington Dulles Intl airport
20h 10m
1 Stop
MNL
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
Major Airline
MNL
12 Nov
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
20h 15m
1 Stop
IAD
Washington Dulles Intl airport
590 USD
China Southern
China Southern
LAX
31 Aug
Los Angeles airport
25h 45m
1 Stop
MNL
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
China Southern
MNL
07 Sep
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
17h 05m
1 Stop
LAX
Los Angeles airport
521 USD
China Eastern
China Eastern
LAX
01 Sep
Los Angeles airport
19h 40m
1 Stop
MNL
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
China Eastern
MNL
09 Sep
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl airport
26h 50m
1 Stop
LAX
Los Angeles airport
438 USD

Which airlines fly to Manila?

Only Philippine Airlines offers direct non-stop international flights from some U.S. cities to Manila. Other airlines that offer flights with 1 or more stop are ANA (All Nippon Airways), Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Asiana Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Saudia, Korean Air, Turkish Airlines, Korean Air, Xiamen Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, KLM, Air China, Qatar Airways, and EVA Air.


How to get from the airport to Manila city center?

Below you will find all the airports in Manila along with the distance from the city center
Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl
6 mi from city center

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)

Also known as Manila International Airport, MNL is located around 9 miles from the City of Manila. There are several options to travel from the airport to the city center. To travel between the various terminals, MNL offers the Airport Loop, a paid shuttle system with vehicles departing every 15 minutes.

Buses

The airport is served by several city bus routes that take you to various parts of Metro Manila. Visitors arriving at MNL should look for buses with ‘MIA/6-11/Tambo’ signboard posted on the dashboard. Bus fares start at approximately ₱12.00 PHP and ply though Terminals 1 and 2. For Terminal 3, you will be able to use the jeepney. Ultimate Bus Experience (UBE Express) offers bus transportation service connecting all the airport terminals with several hotels located in the City of Manila, as well as neighboring Makati, Pasay, and Parañaque. Fares range from ₱200.00 PHP – ₱300.00 PHP per person.

Trains

The Airport Loop shuttle transports arriving passengers from all terminals to the EDSA-Taft LRT station for a fare of ₱20.00 PHP. The journey takes anywhere between 20 – 40 minutes depending on traffic. From here you can ride the LRT Line #1 to Central Terminal LRT station in the City of Manila. Trains arrive every 5 minutes. The one-way fare is ₱20.00 PHP and the ride takes 15 minutes.

Taxis

Official, metered or pre-booked taxis from the airport terminals to City of Manila charge approximately ₱185.00 PHP – ₱200.00 PHP. The ride can take anywhere between 30 – 60 minutes depending on traffic. Ride share with Uber is also available from the airport.

Car rentals

Several leading car rental companies are present at the airport. You can also look for deals on car rentals with momondo.


Popular routes to Manila

Most frequently searched flights to Manila along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
Los Angeles to Manila
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San Francisco to Manila
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New York to Manila
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Honolulu to Manila
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Chicago to Manila
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Houston to Manila
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20h 25m
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Dallas to Manila
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24h 30m
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San José to Manila
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Charlotte to Manila
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24h 05m
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745 USD
San Diego to Manila
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23h 00m
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576 USD
Anchorage to Manila
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24h 15m
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858 USD
Atlanta to Manila
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Seattle to Manila
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17h 45m
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Shanghai to Manila
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3h 35m
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179 USD
Las Vegas to Manila
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22h 20m
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606 USD
Denver to Manila
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23h 25m
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635 USD
Portland to Manila
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17h 06m
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620 USD
Boston to Manila
Fastest flight time
19h 45m
Cheapest price
624 USD
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How to get around in Manila?

Manila is a busy and sprawling city with a fairly well developed public transportation system. The best way to get around in the city is to rely on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) that connect most of the popular tourist attractions and shopping destinations in the city. Fares are based on distance traveled, and range from ₱15.00 PHP – ₱25.00 PHP. When exploring Manila, remember that as long as you can see an MRT or LRT line, you will not be lost.

Metered taxis are available everywhere and you can hail a taxi anywhere on the streets. You can also rely on the app-based services such as Uber. To cover shorter distances, try a ride in one of the colorful jeepneys which are one of the key modes of public transportation in the Philippines. Jeepney fares start at ₱7.50 PHP for the first 4 kilometers. With constant traffic jams, gridlocks, and aggressive driving style of locals, it is best if you can avoid driving in the city and rely on other modes of transportation.


What are the visa and passport requirements when flying to Manila?

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to visit Philippines for up to 30 days. For foreign nationals, please check the Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs website.


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Additional info and tips about visiting Manila

Things to do and places of interest in Manila

Manila, also called the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, is a typical Asian megacity that moves at a hectic pace. The newer and developed parts of the city feature glossy high-rises and contemporary architecture which stand in stark contrast to the shanty towns in the less developed parts of the city. However, its rich culture and heritage reflects in its many monuments, museums and parks, which are a ‘must-see’ when you travel to Manila.

  • Visit the popular tourist attractions such as Malacañang Palace, Greenbelt Chapel, Ayala Museum, National Museum of The Philippines, Museum of the Filipino People, National Library of the Philippines, and Manila Metropolitan Theatre.
  • Admire the architectural styles of old Roman Catholic churches such as Quiapo Church, San Sebastian Church, and San Agustin Church.
  • Enjoy a stroll in the Washington Sycip Park or put on your hiking boots and enjoy the beautiful trails of Arroceros Forest Park.
  • If you’re traveling with kids, visit Rizal Park, Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden, Museo Pambata children’s museum, and Manila Ocean Park.
  • Go on a walking trip to the Intramuros to explore the historic sites within the walled Spanish settlement.
  • Stroll along the lively seaside promenade, The Baywalk, in Malate, and stop by for a drink or meal at the open-air cafés and eateries that line the promenade.
  • Indulge in retail therapy at Bonifacio High Street in Fort Bonifacio or Glorietta mall or Greenbelt mall, both housed in the Ayala Center complex. Also make a trip to street markets such as Divisoria Market, San Andres Market, and Baclaran Market.

Tips and tricks for visiting Manila

Travel safe

Manila is a developing city and certain parts of the city are prone to petty thefts. Try to stay within the tourist-friendly locations, watch out for your personal belongings in crowded, public places, and if you are out in the night, try to avoid secluded, unlit streets. Avoid drinking tap water and ice from street vendors. It’s best if you purchase bottled water at your hotel as well as when you move around exploring the city.