Manila is served by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), 7 kms. from the city center; and by the Manila Domestic Airport, 1 km. from the NAIA. Cebu is served by the Mactan International Airport (MIA), 45 minutes from the city center. Both international airports have adequate traveler facilities: duty-free shopping centers, souvenir shops, tourist information centers, hotel and travel agency representatives, and car rental services. The NAIA has banks, postal service, a medical clinic, and a baggage deposit area.


For passengers arriving at the NAIA, baggage carts are available for US$1. Porterage fee on departure is P5.00 per baggage. At the Mactan International Airport, porters are paid P2.00 per baggage.


Taxis-Avis operates the only accredited taxi service at the NAlA. Coupons are available at the Avis counter at the Arrival lobby. At the Manila Domestic Airport, C&S is the authorized pre-paid coupon taxi company. Metered taxi rates in Cebu range from P60 to P70 from the airport to the city proper.

Hotel Car - Hotel transport can be arranged with hotel representatives at designated counters at the Arrival lobby of the NAIA and the Mactan International Airport.

Car Rental-Limousine service by reputable car rental companies is available at NAlA. At the Mactan International Airport, a trip to the city proper by hired car costs P100, payable directly to the driver or at designated counters in the airport.


Ninoy Aquino International Airport: P500; Mactan International Airport: P500; domestic departure fee: P30 (Manila); P7 (Cebu). Paid in Philippine pesos only.


Duty Free shops are located at the departure and transit areas of NAlA and MIA in Cebu. There are also Duty Free outlets at The Manila Hotel, the Hotel Nikko Manila Garden, and the Century Park Sheraton Hotel. The Duty-Free Fiesta Shopping Center near the NAIA is the country's largest duty-free outlet. Overseas Filipinos returning to the Philippines under the "Balikbayan Plus" program of the Department of Tourism have special duty-free shopping privileges.


Air-Philippine Airlines provides daily services to and from 42 local destinations. Pacific Airways has scheduled and chartered flights to major domestic destinations.

Sea-Interisland ships connect Manila to major ports. Ferry services connect the smaller islands. Departure schedules from the Port of Manila can be found in the local newspapers.

Land-Jeepneys and buses are inexpensive ways of getting around most places. In Manila, Love Buses ply certain key routes. Roofless double-decker buses run along Roxas Boulevard from Rizal Park and provide lovely views of the trip and Manila Bay. Metered taxis generally cruise for hire.

In Manila, the elevated Light Rail Transit (LRT) provides a fast, efficient rail system along a 15-km line from Baclaran in the South to Caloocan City in the North. There are 15 stations spread 800 meters apart and situated at major intersections. Travel time from end to end is 30 minutes. The Metro Tren offers commuter train service from Espana Street in downtown Manila to Alabang in Muntinlupa, a suburb south of Manila. The Metro Ferry plies the waters of the Pasig River from Escolta in Manila to Guadalupe in Makati.

Cars and air-conditioned tourist buses are also available for hire from licensed tourist transport operators in major cities. Most hotels have limousine service.

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