Every time I go to the airport for a flight, I simply rely on Uber or the good old taxi cab to take me from home to the “Departure” area. It’s mostly the same thing whenever I’m in the “Arrivals” area.
I don’t know, it never really occurred to me to drive all the way and just park the car before taking off. Taking a cab just seemed so convenient, and now with Uber, it’s even more convenient.
However, since I’ve been doing the daily roundtrip travels lately, a.k.a. one day of travel to and from Manila to any preferred domestic route, I was drawn to trying out the Multilevel Parking Building in NAIA Terminal 3 for the first time. With most of my flights now coming from Terminal 3, I think it would be an easier and more economical alternative.
Would you believe that I only paid Php40.00 for one day of parking there? My flight was at 5am, so I was there at around 4am; meanwhile, I left the airport around 10pm. I thought I was going to pay the overnight rate of Php350.00, but I guess my stay was still counted as one day. It sure beats my usual Uber costs of Php300 per way!
So yeah, from now on, I would definitely take advantage of that parking facility, especially for my daily roundtrip flights.
Here are some details about the Multilevel Parking Building for your reference (you know, just in case!):
- It’s located in the Arrivals Section, so when you drive to Terminal 3, go straight to the Arrivals area and drive all the way to the end where you will be greeted by the entrance gate to the parking building. There are several readable signs on the way so it would be really hard to miss.
- Upon reaching the parking premises, opt to park in either Level A or Level B, so when you arrive from your flight, you just go straight to the parking building exit without having to ride the elevators all the way down. But I guess this would really depend on the available slots.
- Entrance to the airport is found on the rightmost corner of the building from the entrance gate. There’s usually a guard roving the area, so you can ask them just in case.
- When you ride the elevators going up to the Departure level, press “LD”.
- Don’t lose your ticket! It will cost you an additional Php500.
- Parking rates: Daily Fixed Rate of Php40.00; Overnight Fee – Php350.00
Overall, I think if you’re travelling for an overnight trip or like what I do (the daily roundabout!), it’s cheaper to just park your car there than take a taxi or Uber or Grab. This rings especially true if you live far from the airport, like Quezon City for instance. However, if you’re doing the “3days trip” or longer, I think you’re better off just taking the usual commute, because it will cost you Php350 for a day.
Oh well, just a little bit of help to my fellow frequent flyers.