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Manila Layover

| April 13, 2014

Stuck on a Manila layover at the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in the Philippines? The airport is located in between Pasay City and Parañaque City, and is less than 5 miles from Manila which makes the bustling city an accessible destination for those stuck on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Manila layover, click here for useful tips.

stopover layover Manila, PhilippinesIf you’re stuck in the airport during your Manila layover, you’ll find a handful of snacks, drinks and services. The airport has four terminals: Terminal 1 if for International flights (non-Philippine Airlines), Terminal 2 is for Philippine Airlines flights only (North wing International, South wing Domestic), Terminal 3 is for International flights, and the Domestic Terminal is for all domestic flights other than Philippine Airlines.

According the airport, concessions include banks (with foreign exchange), post office, and telephones. There are several restaurants, coffee shops, and bars in Terminal 1. The airport has two duty-free shops which are located on the North Wing of the Departure’s Level and on the North Wing of the Arrivals Level.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a hotel room to rest and relax, there are many options. Click here to find a list of Manilla hotels from varying price ranges. For hotels specifically near the airport, click here.

If you’re planning on leaving the airport during your layover, taxi service and Jeepneys are available outside the airport and connects to all points in Metro Manila. You can also take the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) with a quick taxi ride to Baclaran station. There are plans to build another LRT line to connect directly to the airport’s terminals, but at this time it has not been constructed. Click here to see a map of the transit. Private transfers can also be arranged.

Always remember to budget with plenty of time padding at both ends — this is especially important in Manila as traffic may be unreliable.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Manila Layover:

Manila Tour
If you only have limited time in Manila, a tour might be a great way to see a bunch of sights. There’s many to choose from including day tours, bus and bike tours, night cruises, dinner theater, outdoor activities, and more.

Shopping Spree
Manila is a shopper’s paradise and there are tons of places to visit. Next door to Glorietta Mall, you’ll find the SM Shopping Center in Makati – which is a great place to stop for your shopping needs. For a breakdown of shopping locations and the best items to purchase in Manila, click here.

A historic site that showcases the ruins of the Spanish capital, Intramuros is a fort built by Spaniards in the late 1500s. It was destroyed (although most of it has been rebuilt in 1945 when America fought to win Manila from the Japanese.

Lotus Garden Hotel
Need a little rest and relaxation on your layover? The Lotus Garden Hotel can offer almost anything you need from a good night’s sleep to a full spa, massages, Internet and more.

None of these interest you for your Manila layover? Check out tons more suggestions here.

Have a suggestion for a Manila layover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Shahereen S Bhargava says:

    Hi, does Australian passport holders need visa for Phillipines?

  2. Natasha Hebberd says:

    Hi, do New Zealand passport holders need a visa for a layover in Manila? And to leave the airport?