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Getting There

In a country with an overwhelming number of islands and a unique landscape, it is hardly surprising that many would expect to encounter transportation problems. Nevertheless, many are in for a surprise when they find out that the Philippines has an extensive selection of different types of transportation that makes traveling so much easier and convenient for both travelers and locals.

Getting There

Basically, there are two ways to get to the Philippines, either by air or by sea. Despite the options given, most tourists still prefer to get to the country by air if compared to the journey by sea.

By Air

Majority of travelers arrives in and departs from the Philippines by air. Since Manila is strategically located, it has become an important point on major international routes with over 420 international flights serviced by 28 international airlines such as Air France, United Airlines, Swissair, Lufthansa and Malaysia Airlines on a weekly basis. With so many flights and different airlines to choose from, it is no wonder that most would prefer to fly. Not only that, flying also offers more comfort and safety for travelers.

Philippine Airlines, the major domestic (and international) carrier, links Manila with 26 cities in 19 countries worldwide as well as offers regular service to and from 43 domestic points.

As the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila is virtually the only international gateway, the capital would be the first experience that most visitors would have of the country. However, there are also several international flights that arrive weekly at Cebu's Mactan International Airport as well as Subic, Zamboanga and Davao International Airports. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the domestic terminal are centrally located, about 7 km from the city center.

By Sea

Although most tourists arrive by air, nevertheless, there are still quite a few who prefer to travel by sea on luxury cruise ships that dock at Manila Bay. With the increasing number of cruise liners servicing Manila, the government is even more determined to protect tourists, as piracy is a major problem on the route between Borneo and Mindanao.

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