Subic Bay is located in the province of Zambales in the Central Luzon Region in the Philippines. It is situated on the west coast of the main island of Luzon and is about 120 kilometers north of Manila, which makes it very accessible for both domestic and international travelers. Here is a short rundown on the different, land, air and sea alternatives when getting to Subic.
There are limited domestic flights headed for Subic coming from Manila so travelers can opt to book any chartered flights coming from Manila when getting to Subic by air. There are multiple seaplanes on standby that can instantly take passengers from Manila and other parts of the country directly to the Freeport Zone in Subic.
Some islands in the Philippines travel directly to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) located in Angeles City, Pampanga. Land transfer can be arranged to and from the DMIA. The Subic International Airport, on the other hand is located at Cubi Point of the former US Naval Station. One of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority’s plans is to eventually add more Asian carriers that cater to Subic flights.
For tourists coming from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, the primary land transportation to Subic is by bus. There are buses that leave the airport for Subic Bay daily on hourly intervals, usually from 4 in the morning to 7 in the evening. These air-conditioned buses reasonably change fares depending on traffic in the three-hour trip to Subic. Two major bus lines named the Saulog Transit and Victory Liner cater to the Manila-Subic route. Saulog Transit has trips from Cavite City leaving one hour apart from 2 am to 2 pm daily. The Victory Liner, on the other hand, has trips that leave an hour apart from 4 am to 6 pm from bus terminals located in Caloocan, Samapaloc, Pasay and Cubao.
Getting to Subic by land was previously known to be a hassle as travelers would need to go through the Gapan-Olongapo Road in the San Fernando Exit of the North Expressway, which will take about 2 to 2.5 hours. Now, the trip takes only about 45 minutes with the new Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway or SCTEX. With the $27 billion dollar grant from the Japanese government, the smooth new road extends the length of the 94 kilometers that connect Subic Bay to the Clark Filed and Tarlac City.
There is a ferry service at present that departs from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila headed for Orion, Bataan, which is quite near Subic. Advanced bookings for land transfer are required with the Interisland Tours and Travel. Currently, a cruise ship terminal is on the works to cater to those headed to Subic Bay. The new terminal will certainly open opportunities for even more ferries to have routes for getting to Subic by sea.
Getting to Subic Bay is extremely convenient either by land, air or sea. Tourists who want to visit the Freeport area need not worry when it comes to transportation as they can definitely enjoy their preferred mode of travel without any hassles.