Magalang-Mabalacat Bus Terminal
You can get to Angeles City by bus from Manila, arriving at Magalang-Mabalacat Bus Terminal. You have the choice of travelling in the relative comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle or, if you want to save a bit more money and you don’t mind sweating a little, you can take the non-air-conditioned option. Buses travel to and from this terminal and many other destinations in northern and central Luzon. There are also vans to Olongapo, Subic and other locations.
There’s a deluxe air-conditioned jeepney shuttle between the bus terminal and the airport, for if Angeles City is just a connection on your way to another destination. The shuttle from the bus terminal runs from 4am to 6pm and costs 100 pesos while the journey from the airport to the bus station runs from 11am to 9pm and costs only 50 pesos.
- Location: MacArthur Highway, Mabalacat, 2010 Pampanga, Philippines
Clark International Airport
Clark International Airport is a modest regional airport with direct flights to Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Incheon, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Jakarta, Osaka, Busan, Ho Chi Minh City, and other destinations around Southeast Asia. There are also domestic flights to about 34 cities in the Philippines.
The airport takes its name from the former US Air Force base (now operated by the Philippine Air Force) which shares the grounds and runways. For a few years, the name was changed to Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, as you can still see on a few signs and buildings, but it changed back to Clark in 2012.
Other than the jeepney to the bus station, there’s no public transportation to or from the airport. Taxis from the airport to Angeles City cost 500 pesos, but budget-minded travellers can choose to walk out of the airport to the road, where you can get a jeepney to Clark Mail Gate for just 12 pesos.
- Location: Andres Bonifacio Avenue Clark Special Economic Zone, Clark Field, Clark Freeport Zone, Mabalacat, 2023 Pampanga, Philippines
- Tel: +63 (0)45 499 1464
Called “jeep” by locals, jeepneys were originally modified from US military jeeps left over from World War II (hence the name). While most are now purpose-built buses, they still retain the name and the same general shape. The Angeles City vehicles tend to be smaller and less colourful than the famously garish ones in Manila but, just like their big brothers in the capital, they run on fixed routes with their destinations are written on the side. The wording can be rather cryptic, so it’s always best to ask if you’re not sure where the jeepney is going.
There are 2 rows of inward-facing seats, with a very low roof over the top, 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. If you board at a jeepney terminal, it won’t depart until it’s full, and they’ll pack in as many passengers as possible. Be warned that this can make for prime conditions for pickpockets, so be aware of where your valuables are throughout your journey.
The trike (short for tricycle) is a motorcycle with a kind of small sidecar attached. Trikes don’t 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’re like a taxi, trikes can be quite expensive. Always negotiate the fare, and make sure your destination is clear before departing. On the other hand, it can be an exhilarating ride as you zip along just inches above the road.
Angeles City festivals
International Hot-Air Balloon Festival – February. Started in 1994, this festival features hot air balloons from around the world, precision flying, skydiving, kite flying, concerts, a trade fair, and more.
Venue: Clark Freeport Zone
Lenten Rites – Good Friday. In this festival, some 5 to 10 people take a vow of penitence by actually having themselves nailed to the cross. There’s a re-enactment of the arrest of Christ by Roman soldiers, and the suspects are crucified.
Venue: Lourdes North West Village
La Naval Fiesta – October. The intercession of the Virgin of the Holy Rosary in a naval battle causing the victory of the Spanish over the Dutch is commemorated in this festival. There are religious programmes, and guests are entertained in homes in the finest Filipino tradition.
Venue: Angeles City
Giant Sisig Festival – December. A traditional dish of Pampanga, sisig is made of chopped pig’s ears and cheeks cooked with vinegar and spices. There’s also a beauty pageant, a parade, and concerts.
Venue: Angeles City