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Manila Airport: NAIA Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4 + Where To Stay Overnight

Manila Airport, otherwise known as NAIA is one of the most confusing and intimidating airports in the world. This is mostly due to its scattered terminals and taxi scams…

On top of that, there’s also little information available online, which makes it hard to prepare.

To remedy that I’ve created this guide. In it I distill all my local knowledge and added research into one easy to read page, so that you can prepare well, and travel through without a hitch.

NAIA stands for Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It has been voted the world’s worst airport in 2011 and 2013, but since its P1.3 billion renovation in 2014 it has managed to brush up its reputation somewhat…

It’s now only the 5th worst airport in Asia. Yay! 😀

NAIA consists out of 4 terminals that are up to 4.8 km apart. They all have free WiFi, plus ATMs and money changers throughout their arrival and departure areas. It’s also worth knowing that all applicable airport fees and taxes are included in your ticket price.

I describe each terminal and how to transfer between them below, plus you can see which airlines use which terminals here.

P.S. The only option to sleep in NAIA is currently The Wings Transit Lounge in Terminal 3. If you’d rather stay in accommodation near the airport, see the hotels near NAIA on Agoda.

NAIA Terminal 1 accommodates most international flights. It has no domestic flights section, so if you have a connecting domestic flight, you have to transfer to another terminal to catch it.

It’s also the terminal that gave Manila Airport the name of being the worst airport in the world, as determined by popular vote. Luckily that changed after the renovation in 2014.

For more in-depth info see this Terminal 1 arrival guide or the departure guide.

NAIA Terminal 2 is used exclusively by Philippine Airlines, for both international and domestic flights. The left half of the building is reserved for international flights, and the right is used for domestic flights.

It’s a 2 story building, with arrivals being on the 1st floor, and departures on the 2nd.

For more in-depth info see this Terminal 2 arrival guide or the departure guide.

NAIA Terminal 3 accommodates both international and domestic flights from various airlines. It’s the biggest of the 4 terminals, and with it being completed in 2008 it’s also the newest.

It’s a 4 story building, with arrivals on the 1st floor and departures on the 3rd. You can shop and grab a bite on the 1st and 4th floor, the latter also has a food court.

For more in-depth info see this Terminal 3 arrival guide or the departure guide.

NAIA Terminal 4 is used exclusively for domestic flights, with mostly small propeller airplanes. It’s the smallest of the 4 terminals, and with it being built in 1948 it’s also the oldest.

It’s a pretty simple and straight forward building for an airport terminal.

For more in-depth info see this Terminal 4 arrival guide or the departure guide.

Taxis & How To Avoid Getting Scammed

Where To Stay Overnight




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