Philippine Travel Guide
Money: The currency of the Philippines is the Peso (PHP), which is divided into 100 centavos. Major credit cards are widely accepted in the cities and tourist destinations. Banks do not always accept travellers cheques, but a receipt of purchase is useful. ATMs are available in the major cities. US dollars are widely accepted in Manila and other tourist areas and are the easiest currency to exchange; otherwise Pounds Sterling can also be exchanged in banks and hotels. Banks open from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, but their ATMs are open 24 hours. It is best to carry pesos when travelling outside of major centres.
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
Location: The airport is situated four miles (7km) south of the centre of Manila. Time: GMT +8.
Contacts: Tel: +63 (0)2 877 1109. Transfer between terminals: A Jeepney operates between the terminals for PhP2.
Transfer to the city: There are numerous taxis awaiting customers outside the airport, but it is best to book one before leaving the airport at one of the Taxi Offices. On presentation of a receipt at the desk outside the airport, an attendant will organise an official metered taxi. There is an airport bus service to the city centre, and regular buses that leave from outside the airport every 15 minutes to traverse destinations along Manila's ring road.
Colourful 'Jeepneys' offer services between the airport and a metrorail terminal, which connects to the city centre. Car rental: Avis and Hertz have desks at the airport for car hire services.
Facilities: Passenger services at Manila airport include shops, restaurants and bars; ATMs, currency exchange, left-luggage and postal services. The airport is hot and uncomfortable, however there is an excellent lounge, the Manila Lounge, which offers showers, clean toilets, drinks, magazines and newspapers for only US$11, or free for Diners Club members. Departure tax: For international flights, PhP750. Fees must be paid in cash.