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With its sprawling cities and colourful jeepneys contrasting with lush rice paddies and smouldering volcanoes, the Philippines offers a vast array of experiences. Explore some of the 8,000 islands, swim off beautiful beaches and discover a unique mix of Asian, Spanish and American influences.
The Philippines are most popular during the dry season, which runs from November through to April. The country is fully accessible at this time, including most of its more remote and beautiful islands. Temperatures can be high during March and April, but December through to February has much more tolerable weather.
The wet season falls between May and November – while you will still get dry and sunny days, it can interfere with some travel plans. However, it is easier to get cheap flights to Philippines destinations and better rates on accommodation during this time of year.
The best way to get cheap flights to Philippines airports is by searching flexibly with Expedia.
When you’ve put in your chosen departure and arrival options, select ‘Nearby Airports’ located just underneath the box. This will let you see all flight options from a choice of other departure and arrival points.
The other way to get great deals on flights to Philippines from the UK is to be flexible about when you can travel. Use the ‘Show Flexible Dates’ button to quickly see if you can get cheaper flights by making a small adjustment to your travel plans. Flights to the Philippines on some days of the week tend to be more expensive than others, so if you can be adaptable then you could make big savings.
There are numerous departures from the UK to the Philippines.
The biggest and busiest airport in the Philippines by some distance is Ninoy Aquino International, located in the capital Manila. Serving more than 42 million passengers a year, it is one of the busiest in Asia. Just four miles from the centre of the city, it’s well connected and is the main gateway for many travellers coming to the Philippines.
Mactan-Cebu is another big air hub, processing more than 10 million travellers a year. There are other larger commercial airports at Davao, Kalibo, Iloilo and Boracay.
Indirect and direct UK to Philippines flights are available from a number of different carriers.
Flying in to a choice of international airports spread out over the 8,000 islands, onward travel options in the Philippines are good. With a good network or air travel throughout the archipelago, flying is often the best option for getting between the islands. Most of the major cities and tourist resorts are well served by a good network of flights.
While there are rental cars available in the Philippines, it can be a little daunting to drive in some of the big cities, especially Manila. Some rental agencies offer chauffeurs, while others insist on you having your own driver.
In the cities, taking a jeepney, a multi coloured bus taxi, is a real experience and a cheap way of getting around.
There are several Unesco World Heritage Sites in the Philippines, including the Banaue rice terraces in Batad.
Much of the European architecture is also stunning, including Vigan and the churches of the Ilocos Norte.
From a natural point of view, the beaches in Boracay and El Nido are incredible, and coral reefs in the Tubbataha Reefs National Park are also spectacular.
The bustling streets of Manila are the place to go to hunt for bargains, with plenty of markets and shopping malls to explore, including the second and fourth biggest on the planet. Resorts World Manila is a luxury casino located in Newport City that the less risk-averse will enjoy.
British passport holders can enter the Philippines without a visa for an initial period of 30 days, or you can get a visa before travel entitling you to up to 59 days.
Street crime and robbery levels can be high but rarely involve tourists. However, you should always exercise caution during your stay and try and use official taxis or transfer services where possible.