Arriving in Clark for the first time and want to save some penny? Then here are some travel tips for you.
GETTING OUT OF THE AIRPORT
- Taxi – It is probably the most expensive option of them all. The taxis charge for P400+ or so from the airport terminal to at least Dau Bus Terminal in Mabalacat. If you have some extra cash to shell-out, this is the most convenient.
- Aircon jeepney + bus for Manila or wherever – For PhP50.00 (almost US$1.00), you can manage to get out of Clark Airport through an air-conditioned jeepneys and have you dropped either at SM City Clark, Main Gate, Balibago Angeles City or ultimately Dau Bus Terminal at Mabalacat if you are bound for Manila or northern cities such as Baguio or Vigan.
- Bus – There is a direct bus trip from Clark Airport to Manila (Cubao-Pasay) via EDSA non-stop. There is a counter at the arrival area, you can just buy your tickets from there. By far this is the most convenient for Manila-bound passengers since there wouldn’t be any hassle of stopping over and picking-up passengers. The fare though is double the price of an air-conditioned bus bound for Manila from Dau, around PhP300.00 (almost US$7.00).
GETTING TO SUBIC
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 “ or, 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.
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.
Where to Stay in Subic?
One of my recommended hotels if you’re in Subic is at Coffee Shop Hotel and Restaurant. nestled in the Heart of Barrio Barretto near the public Driftwood beach. Aside from a convenient location (near most beaches at Subic and other entertainment establishements), it also offers affordable room rates, and quality rooms.
It is easy to get to by public transportation being on the city’s Blue Jeepney line. It is also along the route of the Victory Liners from Manila and Olongapo going Iba.
Exquisite Taco at Coffee Shop Hotel and Restaurant
The place also offers food of various variety, and here, their specialty is the jumbo taco. Really yummy for only less than a hundred!
Coffee Shop Hotel and Restaurant Contact Details
Address: 2-3 Rizal Street, Barrio Barretto, corner National Highway, Olongapo City, Zambales
Phone: (+6347) 222-4530, (+6347) 222-0078
Fax: (+6347) 222-9350
Mobile: (+63908) 789-8308