Manila (Philippines)

Manila is the capital of the Philippines, by the Bay of Manila, in the northern parts of the country. The city's climate is tropical savanna climate, so temperature remains very close to +30 C around the year, the dry season lasts from January to April. Manila is often considered congested, polluted the concrete jungle and only an obligatory stopping point on the way to the rest of the country. This is unfortunately true, but the city also has a varied a great nightlife, numerous museums, a large Chinatown and a piece of the old Spanish-time city. The city is also unfortunately insecure, thefts and scams are common and slum areas should especially be avoided.

Population: 1,661,000
Beach : No
Mountain : Yes
Popular destination: Yes
Official languages: English, Filipino
Emergency numbers: 117 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Philippine peso (PHP)
Electric plugs: A, B
Voltage: 220 V
Tipping in a restaurant: In a restaurant that has western customers you will be expected to tip 10% if a service charge is not included in the bill already.
Time in destination: Jan 27, 2021, 8:18:37 AM

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Monthly Weather Conditions

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January - 86.0 73.4 4
February - 87.8 75.2 3
March - 89.6 77.0 4
April - 93.2 78.8 1
May - 93.2 78.8 9
June - 89.6 78.8 13
July - 87.8 77.0 16
August - 86.0 77.0 17
September - 87.8 77.0 16
October - 87.8 77.0 12
November - 87.8 77.0 10
December - 86.0 75.2 7

More information: Manila forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Manila is a cheap destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $33.08, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $102.82, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $33.19
  • Hotel (3 stars): $50.61
  • Hotel (4 stars): $93.58
  • Hotel (5 stars): $171.67
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $2.39
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $3.79
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $1.24
  • Meal, McDonalds: $3.11
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $3.11

More information: Manila price level

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Destination map in full scale: Manila destination map


Manila has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 35.6 (weaker than United states average 47.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 55.1 (weaker than United states average 69.6)
  • Walking alone at night: 29.8 (weaker than United states average 41.7)

More information: Manila safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Direction of traffic: In many countries in Asia the traffic is left-handed. In countries like China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos the traffic is right-handed.
  • Age restrictions: The minimum age for renting a car is usually 18 - 25 years. Drivers under 25 years of age and over 65 years of age are charged an extra fee or get rental terms and conditions, which include to take an additional insurance for damage / collision.
  • Driving abroad: Without special contracts a rental car can almost invariably only be driven inside of the country in which it is rented.
  • Driver’s license and documents: An international driving license, passport and credit card are mostly required to rent are car. The exception is China, where only a Chinese driving license is valid, so for driving in China it is either a Belgium or a Hong Kong driving license required, which can be translated to Chinese.

More information: Car rental Asia