Packed with people and bursting with traffic, the frenetic pace of life in Manila is part of the city’s identity. The gateway to the Philippines and a fantastic destination in its own right, Manila has something for everyone.
The best time to book flights to Manila is between November and April. This is the dry season in the Philippines and you’ll be able to explore the city as well as the nearby islands that make the country so unique.
Between May and October the Philippines experiences its rainy season. Although downpours can be heavy and sudden, it doesn’t rain continuously and you’ll probably find you can still spend a large part of your vacation soaking up the sun. What’s more, with fewer people travelling to the Philippines at this time of year, finding cheap flights to Manila should be easy.
A number of airports in the US have direct daily flights to Manila with even more offering connecting services. If you want to boost your chances of finding cheap tickets to Manila, use Orbitz for your flight search.
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Located just four miles from Manila, Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the main gateway for visitors travelling to the Philippines. A hub for a number of Asian airlines, the airport sees tens of millions of passengers pass through its terminals every year.
There are a number of ways to continue your journey once your flight to Manila has touched down. A number of express and local buses serve the airport with routes covering most of the city. If you want to travel like a local, and save money in the process, catch a colorful Jeepney to your destination and dive into your city break feet first. Taxis are also available from the terminal building.
There are lots of airlines that offer direct and connecting services from the US to Manila.
As you’d expect for a city of its size, there are lots of ways to get around Manila. The cheapest way to travel is by Jeepney. These long-wheel-base Jeeps are a fixture of the Manila cityscape and, although using them can be confusing at first, they offer a great way to get around town.
Two train networks operate in Manila, the LRT (Light Rail Transit) and the MRT (Metro Rail Transit). Although the routes aren’t very comprehensive, and trains can be ridiculously busy at rush hour, this does offer a quick and easy way to get around the city.
Another option is to catch one of the many Toyota UV Express and Tamaraw FXvans that traverse the city. Following similar routes to Jeepneys, these vehicles are generally air conditioned and less crowded so offer a more comfortable way to get around.
Although Manila doesn’t have any world-famous attractions there’s still lots to see in the city. Start with a visit to Rizal Park. Also known as Luneta, it’s home to a monument to national hero Dr Jose Rizal and is well worth a stop on your tour of the city.
Another important historic sight in the city is Fort Santiago. Built in 1593, it was part of the original defenses for the newly founded city of Manila. A great way to view the fort and the surrounding area by is by boat. Join a sunset cruise for fantastic views of the city.
The weather in Manila can be unpredictable with typhoons possible at most points in the year. Keep an eye on the weather forecast whenever you’re travelling around to ensure you don’t get caught out in the rain.
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