Travel to Philippines

Flying to Philippines

Flights to the Philippines are serviced by the national airline Philippine Airlines (

The period over Easter, from Good Friday to the following Bank holiday (and sometimes beyond), is a major holiday in the Philippines, as are Christmas and New Year. There may be some difficulty booking a flight during these periods.

Flight times:

London to Manila flights take 15 hours, and from Los Angeles 16 hours. Both include one change of plane, although Philippine Airlines runs a direct service in the other direction from Manila to Los Angeles (13 hours).

Departure tax:

Php750 for international departures. Children under two years of age and transit passengers are exempt.

Airport guides

Airport Code: MNL. Location: Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport is situated 7km (4 miles) south of central Manila. Money: Banks at the airport provide bureau de change services during flight operations and there are also... Read more

Other airports in Philippines

Mactan Cebu International Airport

Airport Code: CEB. Location: The airport is 45km (28 miles) from the city centre. Website: Public transport description: Hotels and tour operators provide their own coaches; taxis can be hired.

Travel by rail

Getting to Philippines by boat

Although the country is a fixture on international shipping routes, there are no significant passenger services. The only international ferries run between Sandakan in Malaysian Borneo and Zamboanga on the Filipino island of Mindanao, operated by Weesam Express ( and Aleson Shipping Lines ( The journey is slow, cramped and generally not recommended.