Port of Manila

Manila Port is the main seaport for shipments and sea travel to the Philippines. Maritime trade at Manila Bay started as early as the 1500s, during the Spanish colonial period. Up until today, the port of Manila remains as the primary gateway for domestic and international commerce.


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Port of Manila’s vicinity is made up of 3 sections. We will give you an overview of each area, but this article mostly focuses on the Manila North Harbor. 

Manila International Container Terminal

In between Manila North Harbor and Manila South Harbor lies the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), the largest of its kind in the Philippines. The MICT also boasts of its modern facilities, with a real time IT control system to manage its operations. 

Manila South Harbor

The Manila South Harbor alone takes up 80 hectares of space. It has five piers which are labeled with odd numbers from 3 to 15. According to Asian Terminals Incorporated (the managing group of Manila South Harbor), the piers can accommodate several cruise vessels, military ships, and sea freights all at once. 

Manila North Harbor

Although smaller than its counterpart with just 53 hectares, the Manila North Harbor is just as busy as the other terminals. It has seven piers which are labeled with even numbers from 2 to 14. It is the current base of operations for 2GO Travel’s ferries and cargo, specifically Manila North Harbor Pier 4. 

How to Get to Manila Port (North Harbor)

Address: Port Area, Tondo, Manila 

Travel time will vary depending on where you’re coming from. But we suggest that you leave very early because the City of Manila experiences heavy traffic on a regular basis. 

Here’s how to commute to Manila North harbor: take the LRT-2 and get off at Recto. Exit the station and walk towards C.M. Recto Avenue. Take a jeep to North harbor that is labeled “North Harbor-Quiapo via Evangelista”. You can also try to hire a tricycle to take you there directly. 

An alternative way to get to Manila Port is to travel from Intramuros. From the walled fortress, walk to the Simon De Anda monument along Bonifacio Drive. Take any jeep that is labeled “Divisoria-Pier” or “Divisoria-Sangandaan”. Ask the jeepney driver to drop you off at the Port of Manila. 

Port of Manila Facilities


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Ferry passenger tickets can be bought at Manila Port’s ticketing counters. There is always a high volume of commuters so it’s wise to reserve tickets online instead of buying tickets on the spot. 

There are security guards and x-ray scans upon entering the terminals. If you have a vehicle with you, parking is available. Check in your luggage before departure then take a seat at the waiting area. There are 2000 chairs available for travelers. In the future, there are plans to build a Manila Port LRT-2 station to make it further accessible to everyone. 

Manila Port Operating Hours & Contact Number

Just like the Port of Batangas, Manila Port is under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Ports Authority. But each harbor is managed by a different group. For any concerns and inquiries regarding the Port of Manila, you may contact these numbers. Although Manila Port operates 24/7, the customer service lines might only be available during regular office hours. 

Manila International Container Terminal (MICT)

Email: customercare@ictsi.com
Telephone: 245-4101 

Asian Terminals Inc. (Manila South Harbor Management)

Telephone: 528-6000
Fax: 527-2467

Manila North harbor Corporate Office

Telephone: 588-9000
Fax: 588-9011

Manila Port Ferry Operators and Routes

2GO Travel Ferries have a lot of routes departing from the Port of Manila. However, the schedules are not the same for all routes. It’s always best to come prepared, book your tickets ahead of time to skip the long lines. You can book ferry tickets online via PH Bus

2GO Travel Ferry Routes from Manila Port

*Click on the routes to be redirected to the ferry schedule which has the exact time of departure. 
*There is a “find tickets” button at the bottom of each schedule if you would like to book tickets in advance.

Travel Frequency: 4 times a week

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