Car Hire at Ninoy Aquino International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Metro Manila, a great behemoth of cities forming a Frankenstein of a metropolis, can be chaotic yet fascinating to visit. It features a number of attractions to behold, from the historical to the cosmopolitan, allowing to set a specific theme for your itinerary. Some of the fine landmarks to check out are the Walled City of Intramuros and various museums such as the National Museum of the Filipino People and the Ayala Museum. You can also venture to the Cultural Centre of the Philippines for plays and performances, as well as UP Diliman, the country's state university.
Where to hire a car at Ninoy Aquino Internationa; Airport
When going out of Ninoy Aquino International Airport to various parts of Metro Manila and other nearby areas in the Philippines, one of the possible transport options is a car rental. You can look for one at Avis Rent A Car, 3Click Car Hire Manila Airport, and TransAvia Car Rental Philippines. You can contact them beforehand to enquire about their rates and their terms and conditions. Arranging ahead for a reservation can cut down on the transactions you need to do upon your arrival.
Driving in the Philippines is allowed for up to 90 days if you hold a driver's licence issued by the road authority in your home country. If your licence is not in English, an official English translation issued by your country's embassy in the Philippines should be shown with your licence. Ask your provider about your concerns in preparing a valid licence and other documentary requirements you might need. Doing so can help you find it easier to transact here.
What to expect when hiring a car from Ninoy Aquino Airport
Metro Manila, with all its streets and highways, can be difficult to navigate on due to the traffic jams experienced here regularly. The main roads surrounding the airport are the Metro Manila Skyway, Pan-Philippine Highway, Roxas Boulevard, Quirino Avenue, and Carlos P. Garcia Avenue Extension. They connect to various cities in the metropolis such as Pasay, Taguig, Parañaque, Makati, and Manila.
Toll roads can be found for major roads traversing out of Metro Manila to the provinces in the northern and southern part of Luzon island. Congestion charges are not asked for in any city as of the time of writing, which cuts down on the expenses. You will have to watch out for the rush hours, though, which generally occur between 7:00 am to 10:00 am and 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. One-way streets are generally limited to the inner areas of the cities, with non-existent cycling lanes in the busier parts of the Metro. If you need to refuel, you can look for the nearby PTT station on the Domestic Road, as well as the Caltex branches in the surrounding areas of West Service Road.
Driving around Ninoy Aquino Airport
When going to Pasay, the nearest major city from the airport, get on Metro Manila Skyway from Terminal 3 Arrivals area. You can then take R-3 and Epifanio delos Santos Avenue to P. Zamora in Pasay. The trip can be made in around 20 minutes, as long as the traffic conditions are bearable. It can be difficult to look for a suitable parking spot, however, so make sure to look for nearby accommodations offering secure parking spots away from flood-prone areas.
Getting to your destination
Taguig, one of the cities in the metropolis, offers a range of attractions. The Dambanang Kawayan can be found here, a century-old church with altar, wall sidings, ceilings, and benches made from native bamboo. There is also the Plaza Quezon to check out from here, which was founded to honour President Manuel L. Quezon.
Going here can be done via Bayani Road in around 20 minutes, depending on the traffic situation. Parking, however, can be difficult to manage, unless you park at a nearby mall.
Mandaluyong with its range of suburbs can be a pleasant place to be. You will find here the Plaza Tatlong Bayani, which was founded in memory of the three local heroes of the 1896 Revolution. There is also the Dove of Peace Arch/Dambana ng Kagitingan, which commemorates the peaceful People Power or EDSA Revolution of 1986.
This area can be reached through Epifanio delos Santos Avenue/AH26/C-4, in around 30 minutes, if the traffic conditions are light. When looking for parking areas, you can turn to SM Megamall or the carparks in Ortigas if you are venturing near these parts of the city.
San Juan, which can be rather quiet compared to other cities in the Metro, is also a place to visit from the airport. Shopping opportunities can be found in Greenhills, which is famous for its bargain stalls. Haggling is customary here, so you can negotiate for the price. From here, you can turn to Wilson Street, which is lined up with delicious Filipino, Chinese, and Western cuisines.
Turning to this part of the city will make it necessary for you to pass through AH26. Around 40 minutes is the usual travel time if there is no traffic jam to collude with.