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Batangas port is about three hours by road travel from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). NAIA does not have transport options directly linking to Batangas port, nor buses to any other location. It is only served by Premium Bus services as well as taxicabs and ride-sharing apps such as Uber or Grab.

To get to Batangas port, passengers have the following options:

Bus via Pasay

Take a taxi from the NAIA arrival area to the Pasay bus terminal located at Taft Avenue and Gil Puyat. Taxi fare is typically around P200 but is prepared with extra P100 or P50 bills — money exchange booths are available at the arrival area. There are other bus terminals located at Cubao, Quezon City, EDSA corner Kamias Street, Quezon City, and Alabang, Alabang, and Muntinlupa City but they are further away from Pasay and less preferable.

When you arrive at the Pasay bus terminal, look for JAM buses. During the day, they depart Pasay approximately every 30 minutes, and at night, they depart less frequently. For those traveling to Puerto Galera, the last ferry to Sabang leaves around 4 p.m., and the last ferry to White Beach and the town of Puerto Galera leaves around 5 p.m. Allow yourself three hours to accommodate the wait and the journey.

Rent a van

A more straightforward but more expensive option from Manila’s NAIA airport to Batangas pier is to hire a van (with driver) to drive you straight to Batangas pier. This is a better option if you arrive late at night and in a company of four or more people. A private van from NAIA to Batangas Pier is about P3,500 but may vary depending on operators.

Private car or taxi

You can take a private car or taxi from Manila Airport directly to Batangas. You can either arrange for a car/taxi to pick you up at the airport or take one from the airport taxi stand. This is the most convenient but also the most expensive option. The estimated cost for a taxi ride from NAIA to Batangas port is around PHP 4,000 to PHP 4,500.

  • Exit NAIA and take the Metro Manila Skyway. This is a toll road that will take you to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
  • Take the SLEX going southbound, passing through several cities including Taguig, Muntinlupa, and Laguna.
  • After about 60 kilometers, take the Sto. Tomas exit and follow the National Highway towards Batangas.
  • Follow the road signs and directions until you reach Batangas City. Once you reach Batangas City, you’ll see signs for Batangas port.
  • Follow the signs to Batangas port and park your car in one of the designated parking areas.

Choosing the best travel option

Choosing the best travel option from NAIA to Batangas port depends on your priorities and preferences. Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Budget: If you’re looking for the most affordable option, taking a bus is generally the cheapest option. Private car/taxi or rental cars can be more expensive, while shuttle services may fall in between.
  2. Convenience: If you value convenience, private car/taxi or shuttle services may be the best option as they will pick you up directly from the airport and drop you off at your destination. Buses, on the other hand, may require you to transfer at a bus terminal. This is a bit of challenge if you bring along several pieces of bulky luggage.
  3. Time: Consider how much time you have and how quickly you need to get to Batangas port. Private car/taxi and rental car can get you there faster, as they don’t make any stops along the way. Buses and shuttle services, on the other hand, may take longer due to traffic and stops.
  4. Safety: It’s important to choose a travel option that is safe and reliable. When hiring vans or taxis, look for reputable companies with a good track record for safety and reliability.
  5. Comfort: Consider your comfort level during the trip. Private car/taxi and shuttle services generally offer more comfort and space, while buses may be more cramped.