Manila Airport Taxi
Getting a usual cab at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Centenial Terminal is not that easy. When I say usual, i mean the cab that uses the meter.
Here there Airport Taxis. And frequent flyers know that Airport cabs charge 200% to 300% more than regular cab rates. That is because they don’t get to pick up a passengers when returning to the airport. So after dropping off their original passenger on the designated destination, they come back to the airport cued for the next arriving passenger.
So how much is the NAIA airport taxi fare? Here is the table. Click the picture to enlarge. That’s as of January 2008.
For sure the only thing that will happen to that list is either increase in rates or add other areas covered.
Do passengers have a choice? Yes, you may go to the arrival area and try your luck to get a cab that was used by departing passengers. And believe you me, this is something hard to do. There are a lot of people wanting to get a cab from there. Coz hey, why pay 300% more for the same service? =p
Another option would be to walk from the terminal to the road outside of the Airport. There you’ll find lots of cabs.. but make sure you are ready to endure several minutes of walking.. well.. about 3-5 minutes.. Will you do that if you have a lot of bags to carry? Oh, you cant bring the push carts outside of the airport grounds.
OK so that’s for Airport Cabs via the Centenial Terminal. How about at the Domestic Terminal? Yes ladies and gentlemen, that’s a different place or should i say different terminal.. =p
Its a 5 minute ride from the Centenial Terminal. Getting a cab here is easier to find. They just line up after dropping off the departing passenger. And arriving passengers just line up beautifully and wait for their turn to get a cab.
I wish they could also do this at NAIA. Unfortunately, they don’t allow ordinary cabs coz they have the airport taxis.
So if you’re just coming from a domestic destination, i suggest you board a plane that would land on the Domestic Terminal and Not on the NAIA. I’m not promoting any plane/carrier but i guess you know who they are.