There are two main transportation hubs in Angeles: the Mabalacat Bus Terminal, and the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (Clark Air Field).
Mabalacat Bus Terminal
Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned busses run to and from Manila, and many other destinations in northern and central Luzon. There are also vans to Olongapo, Subic and other locations.
- Remarks: A deluxe air-conditioned Jeepney shuttles between the bus terminal and the airport. Shuttle from the bus terminal: 04:00 to 18:00 fare 100 pesos. From the airport: 11:00 to 21:00 fare 50 pesos.
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport
Located in the former Clark Air Force Base, this small international airport has direct flights to Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Incheon, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Jakarta, Osaka, Busan, Ho Chi Minh City, and other destinations. There are also domestic flights to about 34 cities in the Philippines.
- Remarks: Other than the Jeepney to the bus station, there is no public transportation to or from the airport. Taxis from the airport to Angeles City are 500 pesos, but for budget minded travelers; if you take the short walk out to the road, you can get a Jeepney to the Clark Mail Gate for 12 pesos.
Getting Around Angeles City
There are two main forms of local transportation for getting from one place to another: the Jeepney and the Trike.
Called “jeep” by locals, originally they were modified from U.S. military jeeps left over from World War II. However, Jeeps nowadays are all purpose built. The ornate and highly decorated Jeeps are found in Manila, but in Angeles they are usually smaller, plain versions. Jeeps run on fixed routes, and destinations are written on the side. However, the wording can be rather cryptic, and it is always best to ask if you are not sure where the Jeep goes.
There are two rows of inward facing seats, with very low roofs, so getting in and out can be difficult. You get on and pay your fare, passing it up the row of passengers to the driver. The basic fare is 7 pesos, but can go up to 20 pesos, or more, depending on the distance. Jeeps take the place of short, and medium distance busses. If you board a Jeep at a Jeepney terminal, it won’t depart until it is full, and they will pack in as many passengers as possible.
- Remarks: Be careful of your belongings when on a Jeep. There are pickpockets just waiting to relieve you of your money or cell phone without you even realizing it.
The Trike (short for tricycle) is a motorcycle with a kind of small sidecar attached. Trikes do not run on fixed routes, and will take you anywhere you want to go for a price. In areas away from the main roads, Trikes may be the only mode of transportation available.
As they are like a taxi, they are quite expensive, and of course foreigners are charged much more than locals. Always negotiate the fare, and make sure your destination is clear before going. It can be a rather exhilarating ride as you zip along just inches above the road.
Good to Know
- Visas – Most nationalities receive a 21-day visa upon arrival. Three-month visas can be obtained in advance at Philippine Embassies. For more information, go to: www.immigration.gov.ph
- Electricity – Both 110 volts and 220 volts are used. Rooms in hotels and inns have both outlets.
- Business hours – Government offices 08:00 to 17:00, Mon. to Fri. Business office hours 09:00 to 18:00, Mon. to Sat.
- Currency Exchange – Banks DO NOT exchange money. All currency exchange is done by moneychangers. The exchange rates at different places are all pretty much the same. Its best to change money at the airport when you arrive.
- Weather – The dry season is generally from Dec. To June. The rainy season is from July to Nov. with rain usually in the afternoon and evening. Summer is the typhoon season, but Angeles City is slightly elevated and flooding is not a problem.