This varies a lot depending on where you are visiting, Manila is hot and humid almost all year round. Cheap flights to the Philippines are difficult to come by, especially during the peak months of a location such as from December to May. A lot of tourists escape the cooler weather of the UK and book flight tickets during these months. You’ll have to decide on a location and then book your flights to the Philippines in advance to have a chance of saving money. Check for events and festivals too as this can drive the costs of your flight tickets up dramatically.
Again this varies on the location, but if you book your flights to the Philippines in advance you’ll find cheaper flight tickets regardless of the time of year. June to September is known as the typhoon season and typically sees the most rainfall although it will still be hot and humid for most of the time. The cheapest flights to the Philippines are found by being flexible and booking early.
Flights from London to Mactan-Cebu, Philippines: 15 hour 55 minutes.
Flights from Manchester to Manila, Philippines: 13 hour 10 minutes.
Flights from Birmingham to Mactan-Cebu, Philippines: 18 hour 30 minutes.
Flights from Glasgow to Manila, Philippines: 13 hour 00 minutes.
Currently, there are no direct flights to the Philippines from the UK. However, there are several cities that offer flights with one, two, or more stopovers. London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, and Glasgow are all options. Note that even a single stopover can increase your travel time substantially. For instance, one stopover in China will increase your travel time to 37h 25m with Virgin Atlantic. Two stopovers can increase your travel time to 42h. Some of the more common stopover points include Zurich, Shanghai, Vienna, and Wuban.
Travelers will find a number of ways to get around during their stay in the Philippines. Buses are the primary mode of travel but can be slower and more crowded than many Westerners would prefer. Ferries can also be arranged for most ports. Domestic air travel is the fastest option, though, since the Philippines is made up of multiple islands, but not all islands are served by airports.
The Philippines is rife with opportunities for exploration and enjoyment. However, because the island nation actually consists of over 7,000 different islands, it can be challenging to do all that you might want. Some of the top attractions here include visiting the Batad Rice Terraces and exploring the Milea Bee Farm. The Motag Living Museum offers a look at traditional life in the Philippines, and those who want a bit more adventure can explore the Tubbataha Reef. Mayon Volcano is good for hiking and exploration, as well.
Yes, you will definitely need a passport to enter the Philippines from the UK. However, unless your visit will exceed 30 days, you do not need a visa. For longer stays, a tourist visa will give you up to 90 days. If you intend to live and work in the Philippines, you’ll need additional documents. Note that overstaying or staying without a permit is punishable with fines and/or deportation.