Mabuhay! Welcome to Metro Manila, Philippines!

Metropolitan Manila or Metro Manila, officially the National Capital Region (NCR), is the seat of government of the Philippines. Greater Manila is comprised of 11 cities and 5 towns, the biggest of which is Quezon City, which is where both conference venues are located. Quezon City is also home to the main campuses of the country’s premier public and private universities. Other notable cities in Metro Manila are Makati City, which is the country’s premier business district, and Manila City which is the historic center of the country.

Dubbed as the country’s center, Metro Manila has created a strong local and international impact on commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. It is also home to the consulates and embassies in the Philippines, making it a significant hub for international diplomacy in the country.

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is located along the border between Pasay City and Parañaque City in Metro Manila. It is about 4 miles (7 kilometers) south of the city, and southwest of Makati City's Central Business District. NAIA is now one of the 50 world’s busiest airports by passenger traffic.

NAIA consists of 4 passenger terminals:

  • NAIA Terminal 1: Manila Airport Terminal 1 serves international flights from several airlines. It has 16 gates: 1-7, 9-12 and 14-16.

  • NAIA Terminal 2: Manila Airport Terminal 2 currently houses international and domestic flights of the country’s flag carrier: Philippine Airlines. This six-storey building is divided into two wings: North wing for International Flights, South wing for Domestic Flights.

  • NAIA Terminal 3: Manila Airport Terminal 3 serves the international flights not served at Terminal 1 and some domestic flights. It is the newest and largest terminal in NAIA Airport.

  • NAIA Terminal 4: Manila Airport Terminal 4 hosts flights from local and regional carriers such as Cebgo and AirAsia Philippines. It is the oldest terminal and spreads into a single level.

Below are the recommended means of transport from and to the NAIA Terminals:

  • UBE Express P2P buses

    The Point-to-Point (P2P) buses of UBE Express are top-of-the-line buses that are fully air-conditioned, equipped with global positioning system (GPS) technology, Wi-Fi connection, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, and easy access to persons with disabilities. Upon arriving from NAIA, delegates who will opt to ride the P2P buses will find it convenient as Novotel Manila Araneta Center is located a few blocks away from the UBE Express lounge at the Araneta Center Bus Station. The travel time is around an hour and a half up to two hours. There is also a waiting time of at least an hour at the NAIA terminals going to the Araneta Center.

    The bus fare is only around US$ 2 (Php 100) one-way.

    Here are the Dispatch and Arrival Times going to Novotel from NAIA and vice versa:

    Dispatch Time ETA in Araneta Center
    4:00 AM 4:30 AM - 5:30 AM
    5:30 AM 6:00 AM - 6:30 AM
    7:00 AM 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    9:00 AM 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    11:00 AM 12:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    1:00 PM 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    3:00 PM 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    5:00 PM 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    5:00 PM 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    7:00 PM 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    9:00 PM 10:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    Dispatch Time ETA in NAIA Terminals
    2:00 AM 2:30 AM - 3:00 AM
    4:30 AM 5:00 AM - 5:30 AM
    5:30 AM 6:00 AM - 6:30 AM
    7:00 AM 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    9:00 AM 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    11:00 AM 12:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    1:00 PM 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    3:00 PM 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    5:00 PM 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    7:00 PM 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    9:00 PM 10:30 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Grab App

    As the leading private hire car hailing service in Southeast Asia, you can select the Grab app as your mode of transportation when you arrive in Manila. You can conveniently book a taxi or a Grab Car with a few taps on your smartphone without waiting in line or hailing on the streets. For GrabCar, you can pick between a GrabCar (Sedan) or a GrabCar+ (Premium vehicles) to take you to your destination.

    How It Works:

    1. Download the Grab App in your mobile via Google Play or App Store.

    2. Book a ride by setting your pick up point, your designated NAIA Terminal Arrival Bay, and drop off point, Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Main Entrance, and tap Next.

    3. Get a driver by letting the app find for you the nearest available driver.

    4. Track your driver. The app will show your driver’s details, location, and estimated arrival time.

    5. Share your ride and let your family and friends track your ride and get to your destination with no worries.

    The cost of a GrabCar ride from NAIA to Novotel Manila Araneta Center should be USD $10.00 - $15.00. You should not pay any additional charges besides what is charged on the app.

  • Public Transit/Rail

    The Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT-3) is a rapid transit system that runs for a length of 16.9 km along the north and south lanes of EDSA. MRT3 stations are located in the major cities in Metro Manila:

    • North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Kamuning, Cubao and Santolan-Annapolis, all in Quezon City;

    • Ortigas Avenue in Pasig City;

    • Shaw Blvd. and Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong City;

    • Guadalupe, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia), Ayala Avenue and Magallanes Avenue in Makati City; and

    • Taft Avenue in Pasay City.

    While the Metro Rail Transit System (MRT) is a safe means of transportation going around Manila, stations and trains can get too crowded at peak hours. We do not recommend this as your priority mode of transportation for getting to and from the airport, unless you want to be adventurous!

  • Bus

    Several bus services run continuously between NAIA Terminals and downtown.

  • Taxi

    Airport taxis are at your disposal 24/7 outside any of the NAIA Terminals. We recommend the Yellow metered taxis, which have waiting stands at each of the terminals. Please note that the taxis only accept cash as payment.

Transport from NAIA to Microtel-Technohub

From the NAIA terminals, the two best ways to get to Microtel are by Grab or by Yellow Taxi. You may also take the P2P bus from the airport to the Araneta Center, and from there, take a Grab ride or a taxi ride to Microtel. While it will take you much longer to reach Microtel, it will cut your transportation fare by at least half of what you will pay if you take a Grab car or a Yellow Taxi straight from the airport.

Important to Remember:

  • UBER no longer operates in the Philippines. The only taxi or rideshare app available is Grab.
  • Upon arrival at the NAIA 01, 02 or 03 International Terminals, you will find kiosks for Data and Prepaid SIM Cards (SMART Network or GLOBE Network). The kiosks are past the luggage belts and customs in the Arrivals Area.
  • ATMs and Money Changers may also be found in the Arrivals areas.
  • NAIA Terminals all have free wifi available for up to two hours.