Subic Transportation - Philippines
Planning to travel or go on vacation in Subic? Here is a brief rundown of the various land and air alternatives that would take travelers to Subic.
From Manila, there are limited domestic flights. However, travelers can book themselves with any chartered flights from Manila to Subic. There are seaplanes on standby in Manila and other parts of the country to take tourists to the Freeport Zone.
In some of the islands, there are flights that travel to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Angeles City, Pampanga. From DMIA, land transfer can be arranged. For foreign tourists landing at the Ninoy Aquino , they can take a taxi or leased car going to Subic.
The Subic Bay International Airport is located at Cubi Point of the former US Naval Station. The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority is intensifying its efforts to add more Asian carriers.
The primary means of land transfer from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Olongapo is by bus. From the airport, there are buses that leave for Subic Bay on hour intervals from 4 am to 7 pm daily. Air-conditioned buses charge reasonable fares for a three-hour trip depending on the traffic.
Two bus lines namely Victory Liner and Saulog Transit plow the route Manila-Subic. The former leaves an hour apart from 4 am to 6 pm from four different terminals in Pasay, Caloocan, Sampaloc, and Cubao going to its Olongapo terminal. The latter, on the other hand, has trips leaving one hour apart between 2 am to 2 pm from Cavite City.
Before making a trip to Subic Bay Freeport was a hassle since one would need to take the Gapan-Olongapo Road in the San Fernando Exit of the North Expressway. The trip would take about 2 to 2 ½ hours.
However, with the new Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), the trip now takes just 45 minutes. Constructed with a budget of $27 billion grant from the Japanese government, the spanking new road extends 94 kilometers connecting Subic Bay to Clark Field and Tarlac City.
At present, there is a ferry service from the Cultural Center of the Philippines going to Orion, Bataan. Advanced booking for land transfer should be done with Interisland Tours and Travel.
Currently, a plan is on the works for a cruise ship terminal going to Subic Bay. This new terminal could lead the way to a new ferry service.
The easiest way to travel around Olongapo and Subic Bay is through taxi. Majority of the services in the area are metered but most drivers do not usually use the meter. If this is the case, the best thing to do is to look for another taxi since quoted prices will be most likely twice the amount of metered fare. Drivers would be most grateful if they would receive banknotes in small denominations and a tip for excellent service.
Another option is to look for private taxi services owned and operated by hotels. However, they are five times more expensive than a regular metered fare. Although there are bus services in the area, they are usually crowded and the route is restricted.
A fun travel option is to take a jeepney. While foreign tourists are more preferred, local residents enjoy a jeepney ride as well especially when the destination is just short and there is no bus route. Jeepney service is accessible 24 hours.
Whether it’s land, air, or sea, going to Subic Bay Freeport is convenient and affordable.