Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, is also known as the "Pearl of the Orient". This coastal city is located along the Manila Bay on the Luzon Island which is the largest of the 7000 Philippines islands. This city, formerly known as Maynilad, was the centre for the Philippines battles against Spain and then the United States. Today, it is the centre for the country's social, political, economic and cultural activity. The city is also popular for sports with basketball, baseball, football and billiards taking the limelight and trips to Manila cannot be called complete without the shopping list being ticked off.
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Things to do and places to see in Manila
Haggle around the street markets of Manila for an exciting shopping experience to find all that you want at reasonable prices, or get to the malls for some brand name shopping. After shopping to your heart's content, head out to some of the hottest clubs, pubs and lounges for some inspiring night life. To enjoy fabulous live music, hip hop and dance performance.
You can land here on any of the direct flights to Manila from anywhere in the world to enjoy the city's vibrant lifestyle
Take a glimpse of the oldest San Augustin Church and marvel at many fine artefacts
Spend a few hours admiring the Santiago Forts interesting history of the national hero Jose Rizal
Take a view of the sea life from the tunnel and shows on the marine animals at Marine Ocean Park
Take a day's tour to explore the open air museum and the cultural heritage at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Enjoy a full day tour to marvel at the active volcano along black sands and beautiful Taal Lake
Enjoy an evening having ice cream while watching the sunset at Manila Bay Waterfront outside Mall of Asia
Visit the world's oldest China Town and stimulate your taste buds with delicious Chinese cuisines
Do not miss the historical buildings and structures or old Spanish times at Intramuros
Enjoy many unique rides and shows at the air-conditioned Star City amusement park
Stroll around the crowded streets of Manila and try San Miguel (local beer) at the local bar
Manila is serviced by two airports: Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Clark International Airport. Both airports receive domestic and international flights.
This airport is at an approximate distance of 42km from the Manila. Part of the airport is also used for military operations.
There are regular bus services from this airport which connect you to the nearest Metro rail head. You can take the metro from there for your onward journey to Manila City. You can also opt for the taxi service or hire a car and explore the city on your own.
This airport is located about 7km south of Manila and serves as the hub for Philippine Airlines.
On reaching Manila you can take the airport shuttle to the Metro Rail Transit line which will connect you to the Manila city. You may also take any of the nine different buses routes from Terminal 1, 2 and 3 to connect you to the city or other locations in Manila. An airport shuttle service moves between the four terminals of this airport.
FAQ's about Manila
How can I find cheap flights to Manila at Opodo?
At Opodo you can find flights from £11 to Manila. Our offers are the result of a combination of different technologies, machine learning algorithms and real searches form our customers in our platform, so you can get the options that better suits your needs when flying to Manila.
When's the best time to book flights to Manila?
The top month to book flights to Manila is January, based on our Opodo UK customers.The next most popular booking period for Manila flights is October.In third place: September.By this we mean when travellers book their tickets. For the best time to actually travel to Manila, read on.
When's the best time to go to Manila?
We checked our customers' flight searches, and the winner of best time to fly to Manila is... December.The next best month to travel to Manila is April.And let's not forget January, the third top choice for when to go to Manila.However if you prefer things on the less busy side, we can also tell you (quietly) that the least popular month for flights to Manila is September.
Which airlines fly to Manila from the UK?
Airlines flying direct from the UK to Manila include:
Cathay Pacific, which flies from London and Manchester to Manila plus from Newcastle.
Air China, which has flights from London and null as well as null to Manila.
Philippine Airlines, with flights from London to Manila and null and also from null.
Indirect flights from the UK to Manila include:
China Southern Airlines, which flies from London and Manchester and also from Edinburgh.
Cathay Pacific, with flights from London and Manchester to Manila plus Belfast.
Air China, which has flights from London and Belfast as well as from Glasgow to Manila.
How early should I be at the airport to take a flight to Manila?
To ensure punctuality for your flight to Manila, it's essential to arrive at the airport at least two to three hours beforehand. This timeframe allows for necessary procedures such as check-ins, security screenings, customs, and boarding, all of which can consume considerable time. At Opodo, you'll discover unbeatable deals for flights to Manila, departing from over 73 cities. Moreover, you can select from various services aimed at enhancing your airport experience, such as priority boarding and additional luggage allowances. For added convenience, when booking your flight with Opodo, consider including insurance or opting for a refundable fare to ensure a hassle-free journey to Manila!
What is the name of Manila’s airport?
Manila is served by 3 airport[s]. Ninoy Aquino (Manila) International Airport airport operates flights towards both domestic and international destinations within 73 cities, such as London, Manchester and Bangkok, the most popular routes.
How far is Manila’s airport from the city centre?
Manila’s airport Ninoy Aquino (Manila) International Airport is located 5 miles from the city centre.
How much does it cost to travel from the airport to the city center of Manila?
By Public transport: The price for the trip is about 0.36 GBP per person. By taxi: If you have more budget and prefer to take a taxi from Ninoy Aquino (Manila) International Airport , for example, the average price for the ride to Manila centre is around 0.58 GBP per km. By car: For more convenience and freedom during your stay, Opodo has the best offers of car rentals in Manila. Pick your preferred car type and get from Ninoy Aquino (Manila) International Airport to Manila city centre on your own terms.
How much should I budget for a trip to Manila?
If you are going to Manila, here is a list with an average price of some goods:
- Inexpensive Restaurant: 2.89 GBP
- Mid Range Restaurante: 17.31 GBP
- Cheap Restaurant: 2.31 GBP
- Domestic Beer: 1.15 GBP
- Imported Beer: 1.73 GBP
- Coffee: 2.00 GBP
- SoftDrink: 0.68 GBP
- Water: 0.46 GBP
What is the weather like in Manila?
If you're looking for summer vibes, the best time to travel to Manila is in April, May and June, when the average temperature reaches 32.97 °C, while April, March and February are the 3 sunniest months of the year, with an average of 22.32 hours.
If you prefer colder temperatures, however, make sure you visit Manila during the months of July, January and February to experience an average of 22.41 °C.
For those who don't care too much about temperatures, but want to avoid getting wet in the rain, it's important to avoid travelling during January, February and March, when the average precipitation in Manila is 9.75 mm, while the months of January, February and March are drier, with an average of 0 mm.
Airport codeMNLThe IATA code for the arrival airport on flights to Manila is MNL
Most popular airlineCathay PacificMost popular airline with flights to Manila
High seasonDecemberAccording to search data from our customers, December is the busiest time to fly to Manila
Low seasonSeptemberAccording to search data from our customers, September is the least busy time to fly to Manila