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.
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.
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.
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
Flights from Perth to Manila – 9 hrs 35 mins
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.
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.