How to commute going to Manila Airports

Posted by on April 12, 2009

A lot of people have been asking me how to go to the Manila Airports on a shoestring budget. Sure thing, there are a lot of cabs waiting for travelers to be dropped at the terminals by for the backpackers and those traveling on a tight budget, the jeepneys and buses are the way to go.

Going to the Old Manila Domestic Airport Terminal

Since time immemorial, I find this as the most challenging of all. It was only recently that I discovered that there’s actually a jeepney route that passes by near the terminal itself. Nah, you won’t be dropped right at the dorrstep, but you still need to walk a few meters just to get there. But the best of all, it’s cheap. So here’s how:

Get yourself at the EDSA Taft Avenue. Right at the stairway leading to the MRT (the ones near SOGO Hotel, and Mc Donald’s) there are jeepneys that has a signboard marked as NICHOLS. To be sure, ask the driver or the barker if the jeepney route is bound for Nichols.

Get on the jeepney. Fare is only PHP7.00 (as of this writing). From there the jeepney will make a right turn to Tramo Avenueand then another right turn at the end of the stretch leading to the Airport Road. You won’t miss the gas station on your left before the jeepney makes a right turn.

The jeepney will make its way leading to the Airport Rotunda. There is also a gas station in that area. From there, ask the jeepney driver to let you down. From there, walk towards the Domestic Airport Terminal. You won’t miss it since a lot of airline companies still has its ticket offices in that area.

To return to EDSA Taft, from the Domestic Terminal, take a wlak leading to the rotunda again and hail a jeepney marked MRT, EDSA TAFT. Check the Map below, click to enlarge

Manila Domestic Airport

If you are going to the NAIA Terminal, just follow the step above, but don’t go down at the Airport Road Rotunda. the Nichols jeep will traverse right up to the new Airport in Manila. The jeepneys stop right at the side of the airport. Fare is also PHP7.00


And if you wish to go to the NAIA terminal 1 and NAIA Terminal 2 or the Centennial Airport, all you need to do is take a bus with a signboard “MIA 611 TAMBO”. The bus will traverse the whole stretch of EDSA, then make a turn going to the Macapagal Blvd., some buses though, opt to pass by the Mall of Asia first before making a turn to Macapagal.

From Macapagal Blvd, the bus will make another turn leading to the NAIA Road, but more poplarly known as the MIA Road. It will then go straght, passing by the old Nayong Pilipino before it drops passengers at the NAIA Terminal 2. From there the bus will proceed to the old Manila international airport (NAIA terminal1) then goes aout again to NAIA Road then Roxas Blvd, until it reaches EDSA again. Fare rate depends on the distance youll be traveling from your origin to the terminal.

NAIA terminal 2

All maps were taken from Google Maps PBA097472665

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Comments (6)


  1. shaun says:

    thank you very much for this. I always ride the taxi when going to the airport. This post is very helpful. Nice work!

  2. Winston says:

    wow. this one’s helpful when picking up friends from the airport. i’m having a hard time figuring out how to get to the airport through public transport. I always take the cab to avoid the trouble of getting lost. hehehe

  3. Arnel says:

    I have followed the direction using the Bus but it is not MIA 711, rather MIA 611. Anyways, thanks for this valuable information on how we can definitely save going to the airport.

  4. bernie says:

    When arriving,is there a counter in Centennial Airport(PAL)where we could left our baggage for maybe 3 -4 hours.

  5. glc says:

    hello could you [lease help me,il be picking up my friend from naia but i dont wanna ride a taxi cause they will charge 300 pesos where its only 15 mins away from victory liner bus terminal.what will i ride?i dont wanna get lost. i have to pick him at the arrival be coming off at victory liner terminal what will i ride using public transpo so that i will not be charge 300 pesos using a taxi.i live here in pampanga thanks email me at

  6. zyrel says:

    im living in welcome rotonda and im going to international airport, i dont want to ride on taxi or they so called airport taxi coz they are charging 2 or 300 pesos, i wanna know what the best way to commute…. via mrt or lrt

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