24 Jul 2015
What is the Route of the City Buses bound for NAIA-3
The route takes Roxas Blvd from EDSA, turns left onto NAIA Rd aka MIA Rd. Then it turns left again onto Domestic Road where the Domestic Airport Terminal 4 is located. The city bus will stop at designated unloading/loading area outside Terminal 4 to unload passengers going to Manila Domestic Airport Terminal 4.
The bus then turns right onto Andrews Ave. It will traverse the whole stretch of Andrews Ave up to the next bus stop or unloading/loading area which is located at Circulo Del Mundo which is around 300 to 400 meters from Arrival and Departure areas of NAIA Terminal 3.
Which one is fastest - city bus or the Airport Loop bus?
It will take you a very very long time reaching either Terminal 4 or Terminal 3 from your location north of Metro Manila if you take this city bus. As we all know, EDSA is notoriously trafficked all the time. So if you take a city bus bound for NAIA terminals, it would be safe to get on the bus hours in advance.
Airport Shuttle buses which leave its terminal across MRT Taft Station every 30 minutes or so will take you faster to Terminal 3 factoring the fast travel you would have already made via MRT-3 or LRT-1 before boarding the Airport shuttle.
Is it practical for a flying passenger to take a city bus to T-4 or T-3?
We all know that we need to be at the departure area 4 hours before boarding time. For me the only practical use of taking a city bus from let's say Commonwealth, QC, is to be at the airport night before your scheduled flight. That means you're going to stay overnight at the lobby which is done by many in Terminal 3. You don't know how many hours the bus will be stuck in the traffic. And you need to factor in the driver's stubborn way of staying longer at bay areas of malls and loading zones along EDSA. There might be a chance of you getting late for your flight if you take a city bus from far areas in the north of Metro Manila.
Who will get the Convenience of riding a City Bus to T-4 and T-3?
Now if you're going to any of these NAIA terminals to fetch an arriving relative, then it would be convenient for you to take this bus if you don't want to ride a metro train. Just make sure you arrive at the airport on time. You can also use a city bus in going home if you accompanied a flying passenger. It's convenient, you don't need to make any transfer.
How to get to NAIA Terminals 3 and 4 via City bus
Metro Manila's city buses' routes originate from various locations: Fairview, Novaliches, Malanday, Monument, Valenzuela, Navotas, etc. Loading areas from strategic locations can be found at Commonwealth, Philcoa, East Ave, Quezon Ave, North EDSA, Balintawak, Kamuning/Kamias, Araneta Center Cubao, Santolan Rd, Ortigas, EDSA-Shaw Crossing, Boni Ave, Guadalupe, Estrella and so on.
You can get to either terminal 3 or 4 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport from any locations served by city buses bound for NAIA-3 which must be on the sign board of the bus by going to the nearest city bus loading zone.
Just ride a bus with 'NAIA-3' on its sign and get off at unloading area of either Terminal 4 or Terminal 3.
In NAIA Terminal 3 you need to walk far from the bus stop to the airport. The buses don't enter the airport terminal 3 as they are not allowed. The bus stop or unloading and unloading area for terminal 3 is located at Circulo del Mundo, the roundabout before NAIA-3. The roundabout is where the buses make the return trip to their respective origins.
If you're carrying heavy loads of luggage, a city bus ride to Terminal 3 would not be friendly for you. Go for a taxi.
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