Its a necessity here that you have a car of your own
there is no public vehicle inside the freezone....
i havent seen any during my trip............
and to get from one destination to another
there are signages positioned at every intersection.....
the problem is that sometimes.......the signage for a particulat place are few and small
thats why you have to ask persons for assistance.......like we did :)
it's the only (lEgal) pubLIc transpo in going around SMBA. (they have taxis, big and mini buses, and l300's)
going to these roUtes: CrowNpeak/cubi/triboa/feedeX/ industrial/airport
kalayaan/royal duty free/wistron
the nearest destination costs P8.00 and the farthest is P13.00
I had an interesting experience this morning. I was trying to make my way the 25 or so km around Subic Bay to visit Ocean Adventure (see tip http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/t/1c0ba7/4/150fbd/0/). On the way, I dealt with trike and taxi, both of whom wanted to 'maximize profit'. The trike driver was an out-and-out liar so I renegotiated on the spot when he left me far short of the goal. The taxi was fair, but a tad expensive. If I had paid what they had asked the sum total would have been 600 pesos, or about US$15. Not too bad - if you're in the US! I ended up shelling out 450.
On the way back, it was a different story. I asked some of the locals how they would do it and they suggested a two-step jeepney trip that brought be just about to my door, for a total of 15 pesos. True, it took about an hour and a quarter instead of an hour and it was a bit packed. But a great experience and quite a savings.
Subic is a 1.5 hours trip from Pampanga.Transportation to this area is not accessible to public transport, so better gets your own car or hired a van to get you there and around or you can ride a Victory Liner (Bus) or FX in San Fernando to go to Olongapo City. In the City, if NYC has an icon of a yellow cab, here you can ride in a yellow jeep, to go to SBMA ;o)
Hop on a Victory Liner Bus from Cubao and make sure to ask if there's an available bus that will use the SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway), the sign board infront of the bus would say “Olongapo via DAU-SCTEX “ to cut about a half to an hour travel time to Subic but if there’s none available, just take the regular “Olongapo-San Fernando” bus, which will exit at San Fernando, Pampanga, go thru several Pampanga and Bataan towns, including the Olongapo-Gapan highway before getting to Victory Bus’ Station in downtown Olongapo City. Buy the ticket from the ticket counter and check your seat number. Fare one-way for the Olangapo-San Fernando route is 200 pesos while the Olangapo-Dau-SCTEX route costs 225 pesos including the 5 pesos travel insurance (these prices are as of March 1, 2009).
When you get off at the Victory Bus Liner’s Terminal in Olongapo City, walk towards the main road where there is a Jollibee store and a statue in the middle of the road. Hop on a yellow colored jeepney with “Sta. Rita and Gate” words written on its side across Jollibee or infront of Cyndy’s Bakeshop. Fare is 7 pesos one way. Get off infront of “Olongapo City Mall” and walk towards Subic’s main gate. Use the covered walk to get inside Subic. On your left side after passing thru the gate, you’ll see an area where stores like Mini Stop,7 eleven and Wimpy’s are located. This is also the terminal for Winstar Taxis if you would want go around the area. To get on a free shuttle bus for Royal Subic Mall, walk towards the parking lot in the middle of all these stores and board a white bus with yellow and blue stripes at its lower bottom sides. There would be a sign in front of the bus that would say “Free Shuttle for Royal Subic Mall Shoppers”. This is a free shuttle and will take you directly to the Royal Subic Mall. After shopping just fall in line in the free shuttle bus waiting area and get off at the same parking lot where you’ve started. Get out of SBMA by following the same covered walk way that you have used when you entered the base. Walk towards the side of the road facing the base and get on the same yellow jeepneys with “Sta. Rita and Gate” signs. These jeepneys will bring you back to downtown Olongapo City or the Victory Liner Bus Terminal again. Fare is 7 pesos.
Going to Subic from Manila, Pampanga or Tarlac is now hazzle-free with the opening of the SCTEX (Subic, Clark, Tarlac Expressway). It only took us 45 minutes (cruising at an average speed of 90kph) to reach Subic (Tipo Exit). Toll fee from Clark to Tipo is P112. This really is a big convenience for visitors to Subic. The road cut into several hills and provided a wonderful view while on the road.
If you are coming from Balintawak thru NLEX (North Luzon Expressway), take the exit after DAU with the sign of "SCTEX". Roughly 500m away, you will reach the entry to SCTEX. The courteous staff at the toll booth will give you toll card which will be surrendered at the exit. The staff will tell you to have a safe trip.
PROS - Convenience (no traffic, no bus who frequently stop to pick up and drop off passengers) and the time saved
CONS - Toll fee is a little bit high
This is your ride to get there in the Island fast and smooth it takes only for 15 minutes to get there so its not that boring to be inside of the yacht. Its clean inside and with this lavender color of the seats pretty cute. For only 660 pesos/15$ (back and fort)
It used to be that going to Subic freeport is a hassle since you will be passing the gapan-olongapo road in the San Fernando Exit of NLEX and it takes 2-2 /12 hours to get to Subic from here and this is tiring! Until they inagurated the spanking new SCTEX, built with a 27 billion dollar grant from Japan, is is a 94 kilometer 4 lane all weather road that connects subic bay, clark field and tarlac city.
the 55 km clark to subic portion is now open (i heard that the 39 km clark to tarlac portion will be opened in july) and 500 meters after dau exit of NLEX, you will see a flyover that points to the SCTEX and just follow it and viola you are now at the north clark interchange entrance. The view is spectacular of rolling hills, mount pinatubo, rice fields and hills cut by the expressway.
It is a 4 lane all weather road and the toll to Subic is 112 pesos from clark (you exit at the Tipo interchange of Subic and then pay another 18 pesos for the Subic Expressway). the driving time to subic is about 45 minutes.
I caught the Victory Liner bus from Manila to Olongapo bay which cost me 250 Pesos plus the cost of a trike (200Pesos-I think I paid too much for that) from the Victory Liner station in Olongapo to my hotel in Subic Bay. The bus was air conditioned, had free wifi and was reasonably comfortable. It went via Angeles City, which wasn't a major issue for me, it just meant a stop at the station there for a short while.
On my return someone had suggested I use the private bus which runs from Wild Orchard Resort which would drop me at the Southern Cross Hotel in Manila. I paid the 1100Pesos for the ticket fairly hastily, assuming that it was a direct route. I found out soon enough that rather than a direct route to manila, it went via Angeles City, just like the Victory Liner bus. We were dropped off at a bar in Fields Avenue and had to wait 45 minutes for another bus to pick us up. The Victory Liner bus only stops for about 15 minutes in Angeles, no bus change required, then continues on. The bus does make pick ups and drop offs to various hotels along its route, as a result it isn’t a fast service at all.
The huge price difference in the buses is not justifiable in my opinion. The private bus is a bit nicer than the Victory Liner but does not have any wifi, the victory liner bus has free wifi. The private bus drops passengers at the Southern Cross Hotel which is good if you are staying there. The Victory Liner bus drops passengers at their station close to the airport, which is also in close proximity to a number of other bus stations if you want to go to other parts of the Islands via bus. The other issue with the private bus is that it departs the Wild Orchard at 11:00am. By the time the passengers get to manila then on to their hotels, the day is mostly over for sight seeing. The victory liner buses run hourly from very early in the morning, so passengers can get to their hotel rooms in Manila well before lunch.
After using both bus services, I would recommend Victory liner, only with a possible exception for people who are staying at or within walking distance of the Wild Orchard and the Southern Cross. The private bus service isn't worth anywhere near the 1100Pesos they charge.
the drive from Manila to Subic is now greatly reduced with a shorter travel time of only 2 to 2 1/2 hours instead of the 4 hour average before due to the renovation of the North Luzon Expressway and the opening of the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway connections and you would enjoy the nice sceneries while traveling to Subic but a bit of a caveat: be ready to have lots of change to pay as the highways are not free and you must fork money for using the convenience of the NLEX and the SCTEX and the Subic-Tipo Expressway that would add up to about 385 pesos one way per car but if you are a cheapskate then just take the old Mac Arthur Highway then the local San Fernando-Olongapo Highway for free but it will take you about 6 hours because of the traffic gridlock.
free shuttle service to and from the Royakl Subic Mall to various areas around the Subic Freeport like the hotels but again, you can only ride the shuttle bus when you are going to the Royal Subic Mall from you local hotel but if your a wise guy, then you can ride the free shuttle to Royal Subic Mall and then walk to the other duty free shops and buy there since you don't need a proof of purchase at Royal Subic to be able to ride the free shuttle.
the shuttle bus starts service at 10:00 am to 7:00 pm everday to and from different points in subic to the Royal Subic Mall.
Starting point for this trip would be Bacoor Cavite. From Bacoor take Coastal road going to Macapagal Avenue and then EDSA. From EDSA just look for a sign that indicates the entrance to NLEX (North Luzon Expressway), Drive the whole stretch of NLEX existing in Dau. From Dau there will be road signs leading to SCTEX (Subic Clark Tollway Express or Something like that) drive the whole length of SCTEX going to Tipo Highway. The exit of Tipo Highway leads to Subic.
The trip is roughly about 3-4 hours with moderate traffic on EDSA and the usual stopovers.
Toll fees are expensive but seeing the road condition and noticing that their is no traffic, the fees are worth it.
We always use our car whenever we go to Subic because it is more convenient. We have full control of our time, and we are more comfortable when we use our car.
How to go to Subic: From Metro Manila, drive thru NLEX, exit at Dau, enter SCTEX, exit at Subic Toll Plaza, drive towards Subic Freeport Economic Zone, and proceed to your specific destination.