Metropolitan Manila is 16 cities in one—a megacity where the colourful jeepney is the king of the road. Amidst the noisy traffic and the urban sprawl, Old Manila’s churches and forts acknowledge the Philippines’ Spanish colonial heritage, whilst the basketball courts in every barangay (barrio) is a reminder of its close American ties.
Best time to visit
The cooler, drier months between December and February are considered the best time to go, coinciding with high season. The summer months of March to April can be sweltering, while the rainy season from May to November may spell typhoons from the Pacific (and great deals if you can avoid them).
Electrical outlet type: Type A (2 flat pins)
Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)
Top modes of transport from the airport and cost estimate to city centre
Ninoy Aquino International Airport is in Metro Manila
– Regular (white) taxi from PHP 40 (flag-down rate)
– Ride-hailing from PHP 50
– Airport (yellow) taxi from PHP 70 (flag-down rate)
– Premium Bus from PHP 150
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