Airport Guide: Accessing Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) on Foot

This Airport Guide outlines how travellers can access Terminal 3 (T3) of Greater Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) – commonly referred to as NAIA – on foot.

Note: This post should be used only for general reference. Timetables, prices, available forms of transport and other details may change anytime without prior notice.

IMPORTANT NOTICE!: This Airport Guide has NOT been updated to reflect changes brought about by the ongoing global health emergency. Because my last visit to MNL took place just before pandemic-related restrictions were introduced, and because of the very fluid situation around travel bans and border checks related to the emergency, I shall make no attempt to describe the changes here. Please refer to the official websites and/or verified social media channels of your origin and destination airports, your airline, the relevant government agencies, and other reliable sources to collect up-to-date information that’s accurate for your specific circumstances.

Read about the other options for travelling to/from MNL via the following posts:

  • Travelling by road – This guide lays out the different road-based transportation options: buses, taxis, ride-hailing apps, and private vehicles (plus details on airport parking rates).
  • Travelling by rail – MNL isn’t directly served by trains, but indirect access via Manila’s urban rail network is possible through railway stations north of the airport (with a shuttle bus to cover the gap in between).

Let’s face facts. Manila as a whole – and that includes the area around its main airport – isn’t a pedestrian-friendly place. Of course, you’ll be just fine walking around in upscale areas like central Makati or Bonifacio Global City or other business and leisure-orientated districts of that sort. Elsewhere, you may be better off paying to be transported in a vehicle than taking your chances in the hot, unkempt, heavily polluted outdoors, where pedestrians are easy prey for undisciplined drivers and pavements are rarely designed with accessibility in mind. That’s especially true if you’ve got mobility issues, valuables on your person, children by your side, or heavy luggage in tow.

That said, it’s possible to walk to any of MNL’s terminals from somewhere in the immediate vicinity. However, only Terminal 3 (T3) is equipped with infrastructure designed specifically to allow direct pedestrian access from the surrounding neighbourhood.

In this case, the “surrounding neighbourhood” is Newport City: a cluster of hotels, shopping malls, leisure facilities and apartment complexes located across the NAIA Expressway (NAIAX) and Andrews Avenue from T3.

Bridging the gap between T3 and Newport City is the so-called Runway Manila: a 220-metre, fully enclosed footbridge that allows people to walk from one side to the other in sheltered comfort.

The overpass is fitted with travelators that cover a good part of its length (specifically in the sloped sections rising up from T3 to the footbridge itself).

Here’s Runway Manila as seen from the NAIAX, looking south-east. T3 is on the right, Newport City on the left.

Another view of Runway Manila, this time looking north-west. T3 is on the left, Newport City on the right.

On the airport side, Runway Manila is connected directly to the T3 building. Note that there’s a security barrier with baggage/body scanners at the entrance if you’re walking into the terminal from the bridge.

The Newport City side is not physically linked to any building, apart from the structure that houses the entrance and lifts. What you’ll find outside the door is a small transport terminal, served by shuttles assigned to ferry travellers between Runway Manila and various points around Newport City (including Resorts World and the different hotels).

Here’s a video – not by me! – showing what it’s like to use Runway Manila, starting from the airport side.

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