Travel to Manila

There are different means to travel to Manila. Tourists coming from other countries usually go on board a plane to reach the city. Meanwhile, those who are already in the country can opt to visit Manila by bus or train (if within Luzon area) or by ship (if from another island in the Philippines).

If you are planning to take a trip to Manila, it is highly advisable to check which airlines operate flights to Manila. Tourists from European, American and Oceania regions are likely to have connecting flights or stopovers to any of these neighboring countries like Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore or South Korea.

Here are some flights to Manila, Philippines:

From San Francisco (and selected cities in the US) to Manila you can opt for Philippine Airlines

From Sydney to Manila, you can fly with Qantas Airlines

From London to Manila, Cathay Pacific can give you great flying experience

From Dubai to Manila, you can choose to board via Emirates

From Hong Kong to Manila you have several options such as Cebu Pacific, Tigerairways, Singapore Airlines, etc.

Other Airlines include:

Airphil Express

Zest Air



Air Asia Philippines




Japan Airines


Saudi Arabian Airlines

United Airlines

Thai Airways International

Korean Air

Note: All of the above airlines have flights from several point of origins to Manila. Hence, it is recommended to visit their sites to see complete details.

A complete list of airline companies with available flights to Manila is compiled here.

If you are going to reach Manila by air, you will likely step a foot at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). It has four (4) terminals wherein three (3) of which cater to international flights. A comprehensive information regarding NAIA Terminal 1, 2 and 3 is made available here through an article.

For those who are traveling to Manila by bus or train (point of origin is just within Luzon), there are many stations you can find. Metro Rail Transit has 13 stations which span in five (5) cities. These stations include: North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, GMA-Kamuning, Araneta Center-Cubao, Santolan-Annapolis, Ortigas Avenue, Shaw Boulevard, Boni, Guadalupe, Buendia, Ayala, Magallanes and Taft Avenue. Should your destination situated in any of these stations, transport is much easier. Bus terminals might vary depending on respective bus companies. For instance, Victory Liner company has bus stations in different areas in Metro Manila such as Earnshaw, Sampaloc, Kamias and Cubao. Generally, there is no central bus terminal for all buses operating in Manila. Thus, it is vitally important to know the stations of the bus liner you plan to take.

Traveling to the capital of the Philippines by car is likewise feasible. Tourists from provinces of south Luzon specifically CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) must pass by SLEX (South Luzon Expressway) wherein they have to pay for certain toll fee. On the other hand, those from the northern part of the country will likely pass by NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) to get to Manila area.

With so many options available to get to Manila, there is no reason not to visit the capital city. All you need to do is check which one suits your preference and budget.