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Compare Cheap Flights to Manila from Sydney
Looking to explore somewhere that’s naturally beautiful, culturally unique, and full of history? The Philippines could be the place for you. The country’s capital, Manila, is an exciting city that offers a completely different experience to anywhere else in Southeast Asia. Throughout history, the Philippines has been strongly influenced by Spanish culture, much of which you can still witness throughout the country today. Manila is extremely popular for its nightlife, and has seen lots of great bars and restaurants emerge in recent years. Manila makes the perfect starting point to explore the rest of the Philippines. While the city offers a fast-paced, cosmopolitan atmosphere, the smaller islands of the Philippines are known for their stunning scenery, laid-back atmosphere, and world-class snorkelling and diving.
Each day, there are about 80 flights to Philippines from Sydney, giving you plenty of opportunity to experience the excitement of Manila. Several airlines fly from Sydney to Manila, including Air Asia, Jetstar, Qantas, Philippine Airlines, and Singapore Airlines. Both Qantas and Philippine Airlines offer direct flights that will get you to Manila Airport in about eight hours.
Are you ready to plan a trip from Sydney to Manila and experience the beauty of the Philippines? Webjet will help you find cheap flights to Manila from Sydney to begin your Philippine adventures. Below you’ll find Webjet’s guide on everything you’ll need to know when booking Sydney to Manila flights and planning a trip to the Philippines.
Things to do in Manila
Manila is located right on the water, and Manila Bay is a beautiful spot to see. During the day, Manila Bay is a great spot for a walk. Then at night, the area comes alive with open-air cafes and restaurants lining the street. Make sure you catch at least one sunset from Manila Bay as it’s absolutely stunning.
National Museum of the Philippines
If you are interested in learning more about the history and culture of the Philippines, be sure to check out this free museum. There are a variety of collections touching on several subjects, including Philippine art, archaeology, and natural history. A visit to the museum is the perfect way to start your holiday in the Philippines.
For a great insight into the history of Manila, pay a visit to Intramuros right in the city centre. It’s a walled city and the oldest district in Manila. It was first built during the Spanish Colonial Era, and it’s one of the only places where you can still see examples of Spanish architecture in the city. Within Intramuros, there are lots of interesting things to check out, including Fort Santiago, a set of dungeons, Manila Cathedral, and a nice view of the Manila skyline.
Manila Ocean Park
The Manila Ocean Park is perfect for anyone who loves fish and marine animals. The Ocean Park is made up of several different attractions. The Oceanarium houses the majority of fish and sharks, the Trails of Antarctica exhibit is where you’ll find penguins, and the Jellies exhibit is where you can see colourful jellyfish lighting up a dark room. There are also various shows available, including a sea lion show and a birds of prey show.
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Centre
This large zoological and botanical garden is located in the Manila suburb of Quezon City. It’s full of native plants and animals, including turtles, monkeys, Philippine deer, and Palawan bearded pigs. The park has a large lagoon and is the perfect spot to go for a quiet walk or an afternoon picnic.
Take a Day Trip to Tagaytay
About 65 km south of Manila is a small city called Tagaytay. It’s full of beautiful scenery and offers great views of Taal Lake. What makes the lake so special is the volcanic island that’s in the centre of it. The Taal Volcano is the second most active volcano in the Philippines with its last eruption occurring in 1977. Tagaytay is a great town to experience Philippine culture outside of the big city.
Island Hop Around the Philippines
After spending some time in Manila, head out of the city to explore more of the Philippines. The country is made up of more than 7,000 islands with beautiful beaches and fascinating cultures. Manila is located on Luzon—the largest island of the Philippines. Some other beautiful islands to visit are Boracay and Palawan. Both are made up of incredible beaches, reefs where you can dive and snorkel, and caves and caverns. The islands of the Philippines are exactly how you would imagine paradise to be.
Best time to visit Manila
When should you book flights to Philippines from Sydney?
Due to its tropical location, the Philippines experiences both a wet and a dry season. The best time to book Sydney to Manila flights is during the dry season between November and April. Toward the end of the dry season, temperatures and humidity start to rise, but the weather is still enjoyable. Festivals are held regularly throughout the dry season, making it a great time to learn more about the culture of the Philippines.
The wet season lasts from May until October. The early part of the wet season doesn’t see too much rain, and the further south you travel in the Philippines, the less rain you will experience. Typhoon season starts at the end of August and goes through September and October. This isn’t a great time to book cheap flights to Manila from Sydney, because rain is heavy and the Philippines can experience typhoons and hurricanes.
Departing from Sydney
Sydney Airport is located just 7 km south of the CBD, making it easy and convenient to get to. About 80 Sydney to Manila flights depart each day, giving you lots of options to choose from. As one of the main airports in Australia, Sydney Airport has a variety of airlines with flights to Philippines from Sydney, including Qantas, Air Asia, Jetstar, and Philippine Airlines.
Getting to Sydney Airport (SYD)
Sydney Airport (also called Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport) offers transport options to satisfy every budget. The most affordable way to get from central Sydney to the airport is to catch the Airport Link train. Airport Link departs from several different train stations around Sydney, including Central Station, Wynyard, Bondi Beach, and Darling Harbour. There are even Airport Link trains that depart from outer suburbs, such as Wollongong. Train times and ticket prices vary by departure point. Trains from the CBD only take about 15 minutes to the airport, while trains from Bondi take about 45 minutes. CBD train tickets are $18.70, and Bondi tickets are $19.70. You can purchase individual tickets or pay with your Opal Card.
With the airport’s close proximity to the CBD, you can get to the airport quickly in a taxi or an Uber. A taxi ride from the CBD takes about 20 minutes and costs about $45-$60. If you catch a taxi from Bondi, you’ll have a similar fare between $45-$65, and you’ll get to the airport in under a half hour.
Parking at Sydney Airport
The Blu Emu car park is the most budget-friendly option for parking at Sydney Airport. Blu Emu offers a free 24 hour shuttle bus service between the car park and the Domestic Terminal. The shuttle takes about 15 minutes and runs every 15-30 minutes. From the Domestic Terminal, you can catch a free train to the International Terminal, which runs from 5AM-midnight. The Blu Emu car park costs around $30 per day, but by booking your spot in advance, you can get even better rates.
For quick and direct access to the International Terminal, the P7 car park is a good option. The car park is only a 5 minute walk from the International Terminal and offers covered parking. When you book your parking spot in advance, the P7 car park costs about $55 per day. Nice and convenient for a short visit from Sydney to Manila.
Arriving in Manila
Manila is the largest city in the Philippines, and Manila Airport is the gateway to the country for international travellers. Manila Airport is located just 7 km south of the city centre, getting you to Manila and ready to start your adventures in the Philippines.
Getting to Manila from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
Once your Sydney to Manila flights have arrived, there are several quick and easy ways to get into the city centre.
There are two bus routes you can catch from Manila Airport into the city. Bus route 2 makes several stops in the city centre and comes every 20 minutes. You can catch this bus outside of Terminal 3, and tickets cost 100 PHP (about $2.50). For a direct ride to your hotel, the UBE Express Bus has 4 routes stopping at many of Manila’s popular hotels. The Four Routes you can catch are the Entertainment City Route, Robinsons Route, Makati Route, and the Grand Prix Route. The UBE departs every 30 minutes from Manila Airport International Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Tickets for the UBE cost 300 PHP.
The most affordable mode of transportation in Manila is the Light Rail Transit System (LRT). Construction is currently in process to expand the LRT to Manila Airport. In the meantime, you can catch a train from Baclaran Station. While this station isn’t walkable from the airport, you can get there in a few minutes by taxi or the UBE Grand Prix Route. Fares on the LRT vary by station, but tickets into the city centre won’t cost more than 30 PHP (about 80 cents).
Since Manila Airport is so close to the city centre, a taxi is a practical and affordable way to get to your hotel. There are two different types of taxis in Manila. The blue and white ones offer fixed rates from the airport into the city. Go to a taxi dispatcher outside any of the terminals, pay a fixed rate to your destination, and give your receipt to your taxi driver. The yellow taxis that operate from Manila Airport use metres. This can end up costing much more due to Manila’s unpredictable traffic. On average, a taxi from Manila Airport to the city centre costs around 200 PHP.
It’s important to note that when you get a taxi from Manila Airport (or anywhere in the city), make sure it is an official taxi. If you are unsure if a taxi is legitimate, go to one of the taxi dispatching counters, and they will point you to an official taxi. Never accept a ride from someone who approaches you outside the airport, even if they are a taxi driver. This is a common way tourists get scammed or overcharged in Manila.