Getting Here

International Travel

Traveling in the Philippines is made easier by nearly everyone speaking English. 

Manila is the capital of the Philippines and home to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), the main port of entry for international travelers coming to the Philippines.

Airlines that fly to Manila

Philippine Airlines – offers the most direct flights from around the world to Manila.

Nearly every airline flies to Manila, check the full airline list on this non-official Manila Airport website:

Cebu Pacific and Philippines Air Asia are budget airline options.

Domestic Travel

Once you arrive into Manila, the island of Panay is a short flight from Manila. The fastest way to travel to Iloilo City is by plane to Iloilo International airport. 

You can find domestic flights from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Puerto, Princesa and Cagayan de Oro y General Santos.

You can fly to Iloilo directly from many domestic airports, and from Singapore and Hong Kong.

Airport Transport

Iloilo International Airport is located 20km away from the city. 

From the airport you can take a cab which will take you to your destination. Make sure your driver switches on the taximeter to avoid higher pricing for your ride. The usual costs for your trip from the airport to Iloilo City is around 400 PHP for a 30-minute drive. 

Besides the usual taxi services “Grab” a taxi app comparable to Uber is widely used in the city.

GFNY Participants also enjoy special, discounted prices for private exclusive airport and seaport transfers with Southwest, a DOT-accredited transport company. Please take a look at the table below for pricing and contact our Travel Partner to book:

FitStop Bike Tours:


Visa Requirements

There is no VISA required for most countries so long as the passport has a validity of at least 6months and the traveler holds a return ticket.

For all travelers departing from the Philippines you are required to pay a ‘Travel Tax’ at the airport. This amounts to approximately USD $35.

Official Tour Operator


Tel: (+632) 816 6416 · 816 2201 · 815 2296 · 893 7294 · 893 4979 · 894 3372

Ark Travel Express is one of the largest travel and tourism companies the Philippines. We have been in business for over 32 years and are experts at making your trip memorable and enjoyable.

We can help with booking airfare, hotel, airport transfers and Iloilo Tours and Excursions at competitive rates to meet your requirements. We will meet you at the airport and assist during your stay on Iloilo, both for GFNY Philippines participants and non-cycling family and friends.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to provide you a quote for your trip to Iloilo. We look forward to serving you and we wish all GFNY Philippines riders a great race!