Philippines Travel Guides

Airports

The vast majority of the Philippines' visitors arrive via Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which is located in Manila. Flights frequently connect to Indonesia, China, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, while international connections service Europe, the Middle East and North America. There are a number of other international airports strewn across the archipelago, with secondary terminals at Cebu and Davao.

Most of the airlines at Ninoy Aquino International utilise Terminal 1, though patrons of Philippine Airlines have the pleasure of landing at the lavishly modern Terminal 2. A new third terminal is scheduled to open in the near future.

The list of airlines operating out of Manila is long. A few of the more prominent airlines are China Airlines, EVA Air, Gulf Air, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Korean Air.

It is worth mentioning that the Philippines’ long and slender shape can make backtracking a serious issue for tourists. The most convenient itinerary involves flying into Manila Airport and then travelling toward Cebu, where your return flight awaits. Of course, following the converse path is equally convenient.

Public Transport

Other than travelling by air, it is possible to reach a handful of the islands by boat. Ferries from Indonesia land at Mindanao, while occasional passenger ships from Malaysian Sabah dock at Zamboanga. However, these Filipino port cities are notoriously unstable, and tourists usually opt for more mainstream forms of transport.

Once in the country, getting around the archipelago relies heavily on domestic flights and inter-island ferries. With more than 7,000 islands, travel by sea is a long-standing tradition in the Philippines. For the most part, ferry connections are fast and efficient, and typically inexpensive.

A varied fleet of boats facilitate connections. The most popular routes see frequent daily departures and enjoy large, modern ships. Arranging travel on minor routes may require waiting, and the boats are much more modest.

On individual islands, buses ply regular routes between cities and across metropolitan centres. Public buses have the name of their destination posted on the front. While these routes are operated according to a schedule, buses often depart early if they fill up.

Jeepneys are a throwback to post-WWII jeeps that the US army left behind. Some of these vehicles are vintage classics, though the vast majority are impressive remakes that hold true to tradition. These often gaudy vehicles handle public transport within each city. During peak hours of transit they can become crowded.Visit this website for further information about Jeepney in the Philippines

Tricycle rickshaws are a nice way to make a leisurely point-to-point transfer. However, they're best as a means of sightseeing, and can be hired at hourly rates. Motorised tricycles are able to make speedy connections across town and are more suitable than tricycles for long journeys.

Taxis are also readily available in major cities. Tourists are often surprised to find that travel by hire car is also possible. The Strong Republic National Highway connects one island to the next; and though travel times can be lengthy, travelling by hire car is a lovely way to see the Philippines.Visit this website for further information about Cebu Car Rental