Cheap Flights to Manila

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When is the best time to fly to Manila?

Peak Season: 

Manila is becoming more popular as a holiday destination for Australians, especially during the dry season which runs from December to May. January to March is the busiest period as the weather is cooler with temps in the low 30s. Travellers book cheap flights to Manila as a jumping off point to explore the Philippines’ islands but many stopover in Manila to enjoy its cultural attractions, excellent shopping and cosmopolitan nightlife. Easter and Christmas are busy times to fly to Manila, and annual festivals, which can affect flight ticket prices and availability, include the Feast of the Black Nazarene in January, Cocoa De Flores in April and Flores de Mayo in May.

Off Season

It’s best to avoid travelling to Manila during typhoon season which is July to October. Look for cheap flights to Manila either side of this period. June and November, though likely to be wet, are considered ‘transition’ months so there’s a good chance the weather will be favourable.

When is the best time to book a flight to Manila?

The cheapest flights to Manila may be during September and October but this is a risky time to travel being typhoon season. The month of May can also be too hot for many people, with sweltering temps in the mid-30s, so always take the weather and your health into consideration when booking flight tickets to Manila.

How long is the flight to Manila?

Flights from Sydney to Manila – 8 hrs 5 mins

Flights from Melbourne to Manila – 11 hrs 10 mins

Flights from Brisbane to Manila – 7 hrs 25 mins

Which airlines operate flights to Manila?

Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Qantas are the main carriers which operate direct flights to Manila from Darwin, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. If flying from outside of these cities, you’re less likely to find cheap flights to Manila but there are quite a few airlines that fly indirectly to Manila via Kuala Lumpur including Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

Depending which airline you fly, international flights to Manila land at either Terminal 1, Terminal 2 or Terminal 3. If you need to connect with other terminals, take the free shuttle bus service which runs every fifteen minutes. To reach the city centre, the cheapest (and most colourful) way is to catch a jeepney to Baclaran, a major transport hub ten minutes from the airport. From here you can catch the Metro-Rail to the city. Alternatively a city bus service leaves from outside Terminal 1 and 2. Major hotels may provide a shuttle bus or taxi service, so check when you book your accommodation.

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How much do things cost in Manila?

Petrol (1 litre)
$ 1.25
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 1.19
1 km taxi journey
$ 0.36
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 0.60
Bottle of wine
$ 8.20
Large bottle of water
$ 1.11
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 2.81
A dozen eggs
$ 2.04
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
$ 0.71
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
$ 0.53
Cheap meal
$ 3.88
3 course meal for 2
$ 29.83
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of jeans
$ 70.04
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 127.77
How much does an apartment cost in Manila?
3 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 1376
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 271
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 603
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 663

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  • The nightlife in Manila is booming; there are plenty of vibrant bars and jazz cafes with live entertainment.
  • Why not search now for the cheapest deals on last minute flights to Manila, the ‘Pearl of the Orient’?
  • On hot days visit Manila’s Splash Island water park that is filled with huge swimming pools, rides and slides.
  • Journey round Rizal Park and the Zoological and Botanical Garden as well as many other fantastic plazas and parks
  • As the gateway to the Philippines, the capital Manila is a fantastic location for a city break full of vibrancy
  • Laze on Manila’s famous White Beach, popularly considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
  • Explore Manila’s fantastic array of museums, including the Bahay Tsinoy that traces the Islands’ influences.
  • Manila is a fantastic place to shop with a shopping mall every block or two in Metro Manila, open ‘til 9pm
  • For the Arts, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and the many artefacts from the city’s cultural heritage.
  • Discover the remains of Manila’s old Spanish fort, Intramuros, which defended the city back in the 16th Century.

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