I am not quite sure if Olongapo or Angeles had the first color coded jeepneys in the country but it certainly was a good idea as it is easy to spot the one you need. Also easy if asking the locals how to get from A to B------ 'just take the green one' they might say !
Here are details of the colors and routes.
Green operate from Marisol
Yellow go to Villa Pampang
Red - Holy (university) to Pampang
Blue --Pandan via the city hall
Ecru--Clark Perimeter road, Don Juico Avenue
Pearl; grey---Checkpoint to Holy
Lavander---Checkpoint to Holy to the highway
White Holy to Hensonville (for the market)
In and around Angeles there are quite a few jeepney stations where many jeepneys will be waiting for their passengers. Near Clark Main Gate is the main terminal but nearby are the the Checkpoint Angeles Terminal and the Checkpoint Friendship Terminal which is all a little confusing. Towards the center of the city is the Marisol Jeepney Terminal. At the time of this posting jeepney fares are a standard 8 pesos.
Dau Bus Terminal, also known as Mabalacat is just 2 or 3 kms from the main gate at Clark, Balibago and SM Clark and you can reach these place by tricycle for usually an overpriced fee as trike drivers are ruthless with overcharging in Angeles area, especially if you are a foreigner., or the better option would be to take the jeepney for 8 pesos from the nearby intersection. The jeepneys will have a sign on the front indicating that there final destination will be SM Clark.
Most buses operating out of the terminal are either Victory Liners, Five Star, but there are quite a few others too. A/C jeepneys are supposed to take you to Clark Airport for 100 pesos but in reality they won't move until there is enough passengers or you pay a little extra.
At the bus station there are plenty of small shops offering snacks and drinks, but be aware of pick-pockets.
Many buses stop here for a few minutes on the way to different parts of Manila or heading north to Baguio, Vigan, Pangasinan and other areas on the west coast.
I've encountered a lot of questions about getting an online map, or on getting an actual map of Angeles City. I hope this helpful interactive site of Angeles City will help a tourist around.
For passengers departing DMIA for other asian hubs, please check the airfare charges by your airline. For budget airlines, travel tax is not normally included and shall be paid separately at the airport. This amount is fixed at P1620. I believe, a different and lesser amount is charged for OFWs. Of course terminal fee remains at P700.
The DMIA or locally known as Clark Airport, was a prime facility of the previous Clark Air Base, home of US military forces. The base was abandoned and turned over to the Philippine government in 1991, after the devastation of Mt. Pinatubo and failure of the US-Philippine military base agreements. While Clark Development Corporation is the administrator of Clark Freeport Zone, Clark International Airport Corporation, a subsidiary of CDC, runs the airport.
The airport is located 3 miles west from Angeles City and 40 miles northwest of Metro Manila. Its approximately 1 to 1.5 hours by air from major hubs in Asia, 1 hour from Metro Manila by land, and 1.5 hours from NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) in Manila.
Park and Fly facilities is available at the open-air parking across the departure entrance at P90/day. Park and fly area is secured by 24/7 guard services.
Transportation is available to/from DMIA:
1. Manila - bus services by Partas, Genesis and Phitranco plys DMIA to/from Cubao, Pasay, Mariveles, Megamall for P300-P350. Bus parks at the sidewalk across the arrival area
2. Angeles/Mabalacat - Option 1 is to take a taxi at P215-P300, 1-way to Dau or transport terminal at exit of the Freeport Zone. The taxi terminal to take one to DMIA is at the transport terminal at entrance of Clark, near SM Clark mall also at P215/way. Option 2 to get out of DMIA is to take a short walk to the airport exit, about 200 mtrs, and hail a jeepney exiting the Freeport Zone. Fare for the jeepney is about P15. Going back to the airport by jeepney, take Route 1 jeepney.
ROUTE 1 - Blu Blanco, UP, Peninsula, L&T, DFA, DMIA (airport), Oriental, Metrobank, House of Gold, Arjan, Parkson, BPI, Puregold, McDonalds
ROUTE 2 - PhilExcel, BerthaPhil, Sumidenso, J&K Golf, Villamor, Fuji Plastic, Jacinto, Sat-A, Mecca, Digital, Victoria, Clark Electric, E Pixtar, Poongsan, SapangBato, Amertron, AOL, CDC Offices, Holiday Inn, Mimosa Casino, Clark Museum, Health Center, Cyber City, Red Crab, Medical Health Center, Beijing Palace
ROUTE 3 - Conquest, Barracks, UP, Peninsula, Blu Blanco, All Fashion, Asia Luxe, CDC 1, Clark Plastic, Sampo, K Gold, Chitai, Logimas, Magic Line, Street Home, Housing, O'Club, Hansa, All Key, Picnic Grounds
ROUTE 5 & 7 - Nanox, SMK, L & K, Phil. Sinei, Yokohama, Aderans, Clark Loop
There is actually 2 ways to get to and from Angeles City to Clark Airport.
1)This is the easiest way. By TAXI. Upon reaching Diosdado Airport and exit the immigration counter, you will find a stretch of about 5 -6 counters on your left providing transports. To go to Angeles City, it will be written to Fields Avenue. Pay P200 and off you go. To go back to Airport from Fields Avenue, its the same. Just go to any of the jeepney station or flag down any taxi. Don't pay more than P200 to go to the airport.
2) Option 1 is nice but what is the adventure in that?I return to the Airport from Fields Ave, the local way - by jeepney. Go to the jeepney station in the middle in Angeles, go to Route 1 station and ask for jeepney to Airport. The jeepney does not take you all the way to the airport but rather the highway junction to the road leading to the airport. Ask the jeepney driver to stop you there. Upon disembarking, you will see a white color guard house with a white color hanger. Opposite the guard house is a Go-kart track. From here, walk pass the white guard house and you will see the airport from here. Take a good 10 - 15 minutes walk.
To get to Fields Ave. from Airport via jeepney (if this is your first time), come out pass the sales counter on the left that i was talking about earlier. From here, try to spot for a taxi driver who is just picking up a passanger and about to leave to exit the airport. See which direction they are heading and just walk following that direction for about 10 - 15 minutes until you reach the white guard house and white hanger. All automobiles that need to exit the airport have to leave the same white gate so you are pretty safe. You are now at the highway. At the white guard house just stand at the roadside and spot a jeepney from here. Either side of the highway is good as any jeepney passing by will take you to Fields Avenue/Angeles. Just to be sure, before you get on the jeepney just ask the jeepney driver.
As going by taxi cost you P200, taking a jeepney only cost you P9.50.
Only slightly more expensive than travelling in a jeepney and way much cheaper than a taxi. Tricycle saves you the hassle of waiting for the jeepney to fill up. Its good way to get around but its only for close by distances. Rides starts at P20. Remember to haggle for price like crazy.
Jeepney rides cost depends on where you go but the cheapest I ever took was P7.50 around town, P9.50 to the Airport and P11.00 to Clark.
There is 3 jeepney stations in Angeles. One is located in Fields Avenue itself, one is located beside SM Clark and one is smacked right between the 2. The first 2 stations takes rides within the city but the one in the middle takes you out of the city, mainly to Clark area and beyond. Make sure you know where you want to go and which station you should be in. You don't want to be catching a jeepney in the wrong place when you are running for time.
From DMIA, Clark airport, we took a cab (shared with another passenger) to Dau Bus Terminal in Macalabat. We waited for the the North bound buses to our intended place of visit, Vigan. We missed the Partas bus (at 12.30am) bound for Vigan which was supposed to be stationed at the Partas stand. Apparently the bus stationed itself at another stand and left without us knowing. We had to take another bus at 1.00am which was bound for Laoag but will stop at Vigan. When we reached Vigan, we decided to change our course - we continued our bus journey for Laoag but stopped at Batac for a visit. It was a good decision as we had a chance to visit Batac and Paoay before going up further north to Laoag.
Bus fare to Vigan was 469pesos and from Vigan to Batac (before reaching Laoag) was another 98pesos.
Note : Ensure that when waiting for bus at the designated lot/stand, you also look around the neighbouring lots/stands to see if the bus is park there or else you might miss the bus just like us
Tired of walking ?- hop onto the jeepneys and tricycles. Cheap and convenient. Short trips usually at 7.5pesos per pax. Longer distance on jeepneys, check out prices before getting onto the jeepney - same goes for tricycles.
See picture of tricycle attached.
No frills budget airlines, Airasia (in Malaysia) and Tiger airways (Singapore), fly to Philippines and land at Clark Field (Clark Airbase, Pampanga). It is a cheap way to get to the Philippines. From here, you can get to Dau Bus Terminal to board buses to the various provinces of Philippines.
Log on to :
From Malaysia : www.airasia.com
From Singapore : www.tigerairways.com
This is the most common trasportation in Angeles city.
It's just full of them all around the city, let's say they are the Philippines tuc tuc, I particulary appreciated the way how they cover the driver and the passenger when it's raining(look the picture.
Price is based on your bargain skills, I usually paid 50 peso(0.80 euro) to go from hotel to the city centre which was about 5 minuts drive.
Angeles city airport(Clark Field) is the one where low cost companies from some asian countries, specially Malaysia and Philippines land.
It is about 2 hours from Manila and you can go there either by bus or taxi(about 2000 peso).
From here then you can fly to Boracay or cebu but flights aren't daily.
I came here with airasia from Kuala Lumpur and, after having used this company for some trips, I can say it's a good deal, their check in is pretty slow though so, try to be at airport enough in advance.
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