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Join us at the SMX Convention Center

Ideal for international exhibitions, large-scale trade events, industry conventions, and corporate and social functions, SMX Manila offers 4 exhibition halls, 5 function rooms and 15 meeting rooms, totaling 17,170 square meters of leasable space that can accommodate anything from an audience of 18,000 to an exclusive conference for 10.

Getting around

  • Taxi

    Getting to Manila by taxi turns to be a suitable mean of transportation given its closeness to downtown Manila.

    Manila’s city is quite famous for its large traffic jams, transferring times can vary between 20 minutes, without traffic, to an hour. At Manila Airport there are three types of taxis: Coupon Taxis, blue and yellow, Regular Taxis and Yellow-metered Airport Taxis , coloured yellow.

    The first ones charge a specific amount according to distance, the second ones run on fixed rates and the third ones are just metered taxis.

    Read more information on the Manila Airport website

  • Train

    The fastest way of getting around is via train. Three lines are operating in Manila: Manila Metro Rail Transit (MRT), Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT1), and Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT2).

    The single-journey tickets are exclusively used in each line where you purchased them, while the reloadable BEEP cards can be used in all three lines. If you'll be riding the MRT and LRT a lot while in Manila, purchasing a BEEP card is highly recommended.

    Read A Comprehensive Guide to Philippine Train Systems here (2023).

  • Buses

    There is a free shuttle bus going to all terminals that runs every 15 minutes, depending on traffic. Given the heavy traffic in Manila during the day and early evening, it may not be the best idea if you are pressed for time (e.g., if you have a connecting flight with a layover of less than 4 hours).

    You can also take the Airport Loop buses from all terminals. It will take you from the airport to Baclaran, Pasay Rotonda, Taft Avenue station of the Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT), and Manila Light Rail Transit System (LRT) in Pasay. Taft Avenue is the closest light rail station to the airport. Both MRT and LRT1 have a Taft Station and are connected with each other by a walkway.

    Another option is the P2P (Point-to-Point) buses called the UBE Express. Fares vary depending on your destination. These buses run on four fixed routes, stopping at selected hotels and shopping malls, while other buses stop at big bus terminals. Check the P2P bus schedules here.

  • Jeepneys

    Jeepneys or jeeps are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines along major and some small roads. These are initially the US-made military jeeps left over from World War II.

    Jeepneys have become an iconic symbol of Philippine culture and art. These can accommodate up to 20 passengers, depending on the size of the jeepney. Riding these open-aired vehicles in the streets of Manila offers an interesting experience for first-time visitors.

  • GrabCar

    GrabCar is a car-booking app that will allow you to hail a private vehicle ride through the app. Download the Grab app through the App Store, Google Play or AppGallery before arriving in Manila.

Exploring Manila

Did you know the Philippines has 3 of the 10 best islands in Asia?
Based on the 2023 Conde Nast Traveller Readers choice awards.

Images used under the Creative Commons license | Title: The UNESCO-certified San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila Author: patrickroque01 Link: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:San_Agustin_Church_(Intramuros,_Manila;_07-22-2020).jpg | Title: View of the newly-repainted Manila City Hall Author: patrickroque01 Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manila_City_Hall#/media/File:Manila_City_Hall_(Manila;_07-22-2020).jpg | Title: San Agustin Church Author: Christian Kober/Robert Harding Link: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/philippines/manila/attractions/san-agustin-church/a/poi-sig/391173/357305

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