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Philippines Getting in & out

  
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By plane

Since the Philippines is an archipelago, most visitors will arrive by plane. International travelers can fly into airports in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark (Angeles), Kalibo, Laoag, Subic (Zambales), and Zamboanga. The Philippines, being an archipelago and therefore not connected by land to any of its neighboring countries is the usual reason why this paradise destination is skipped by many uninformed travelers. But below you will read about different options to reach the Philippine islands. Philippine Airlines Cebu Pacific Zest Airways South East Asian Airlines are among the national carriers, other carriers include Interisland Airlines that serves inter-regional flights and Pacific Pearl Airways that serve charter flights.

If you plan to travel around the various islands, it is best to get an open jaw ticket. This can save much time back-tracking. Most common open jaw combination fly into Manila and out of Cebu.

The cheapest option when coming from Europe or South America is transitting into Singapore (via Tiger Airways) or Hong Kong (via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines) or fairly recently Kuala Lumpur (via Air Asia). In fact, the Air Asia trip from London to KL can be as low as €200 if you book a flight during off-peak season or well in advance. From KL, Cebu Pacific airlines can take you direct to Manila or you can pass by Singapore before your trip to this beautiful archipelago. From North America, use Philippine Airlines which has direct service from Vancouver and a stopover in Guam from San Francisco and Los Angeles. But there are many regional carriers that can give excellent open jaw ticket options Silkair with Singapore Airlines being one. Cathay Pacific also gives you plenty of flights from Hong Kong.

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Airports

  • The Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu, is the second busiest airport with various domestic and international connections. Aside from flag-carriers, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, China Eastern Airlines and Cathay Pacific, Malaysian Airlines, SilkAir and Qatar Airways operate in the airport from their respective hubs.

Other airports in the Philippines such as Kalibo Airport (a gateway to Boracay), Laoag International Airport, Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao) and Subic Bay International Airport receives direct connections from Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.

By Boat

Either you fly or you take a boat to travel within the Philippines.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Services from Sandakan, Malaysia to Zamboanga, Jolo and Bongao are available, Weesam Express offers these connections.

Transport Hubs in Philippines

Airport Diosdado Macapagal International Airport
Low cost carriers such as Air Asia and Tiger Airways utilize the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Clark, Pampanga, which is a 2-hour drive north of Manila. These airlines have dedicated bus transfer services that transport passengers to and fro... more
in National Capital Region
Airport Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Most visitors will fly in through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport(NAIA) The Airport is divided into four terminals; Terminal 1, 2, 3 and the Manila Passenger Domestic Terminal. Terminal 1 serves non-Philippine Airlines and non-Cebu Pacific flights. T... more
in Manila
 
Airport Davao International Airport
Davao International Airport (more properly named as the Francisco Bangoy International Airport), which receives both local and foreign traffic to Davao. Completed only in 2003, DIA is said to be much better than its counterpart NAIA in Manila. Silk Air, the regi... more
in Davao
Airport Mactan-Cebu International Airport
This international and domestic airport is a modern alternative to the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. There are numerous direct daily flights to and from Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and scheduled flights to Japan, Qatar, Malaysia, Taiwan... more
in Cebu
 
Airport Bacolod-Silay Airport
The Bacolod-Silay Airport (ICAO: BCD | IATA: RPVB) is of international standard. There are buses provided by the airport to the city proper. Contact airport inquiries for details on arrival. If you land from overseas at Mactan-Cebu International Airport you can ... more
in Bacolod
Bus Terminal Ceres Southbound Terminal
Also known as Ceres South Terminal, the buses departing for and arriving from Dumaguete (via Mabinay) arrive and depart in this terminal.
in Bacolod
 
Bus Terminal Ceres Northbound Terminal
Also known as Ceres North Terminal, the buses here are departing for and arriving from Cebu (via Toledo or Tabuelan), San Carlos (via Don Salvador Benedicto), Bayawan (via Cauayan and Sipalay) and Kanlaon City (via La Carlota, La Castellana, Moises Padilla).Dire... more
in Bacolod
Airport Iloilo International Airport
Iloilo has a new airport of "international standards" about 40 kilometers outside the city. A flight from Manila to Iloilo takes one hour. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines currently fly 4 times daily, while Air Philippines flies 3 times daily. Ther... more
in Iloilo
 
Airport Diosdado Macapagal International Airport
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Clark Freeport Zone, is approximately 5 kilometers from the city proper. It has adequate travel facilities such as currency exchange, duty free shopping center, souvenir shops, free wireless internet, a tourist ... more
in Angeles
Airport Bacolod-Silay Airport
Baolod-Silay Airport is served by the major airlines of the Philippines and connects Silay and the whole of Negros Occidental with Manila and Cebu. Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines and Zest Airways have daily connections to and from their respe... more
in Silay
 
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