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Subic Bay Transportation

Subic Bay Transportation

A trip to Subic Bay will never be a problem because of the wide array of public transportation available at your disposal. Subic Bay Freeport offers bus services linking the former naval base to major points as well as well-maintained roads connecting the Zone to Manila and other parts of the country. Subic transportation gives you easy access to appreciate its wonders.
Through the air, the Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA) serves as the main artery going to the zone. Located at the former site of the US Naval Air Station Cubi Point, it used to be the Asian center of Fedex and offers limited number of domestic and international flights. Officials of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has prioritized the increase of chartered flights arriving at the airport. Several Asian carriers have expressed their interest to include the zone among their list of destinations.

By land, Subic transportation is accessible because of the various bus lines plying the Manila-Subic route. Saulog Transit and Victory Liner airconditioned buses have regular trips coming and going from Olongapo City terminal. From the Victory Liner station, you need to make a short jeepney ride going to Subic. Nearby the Victory Liner terminal is the station of Saulog transit. The main stations of Victory Liner in Manila are located in Pasay, Caloocan, and Cubao. The bus schedule from either Zambales and Olongapo is from 4:00 am leaving every hour.

Likewise, there is a bus service from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport going to Olongapo. The buses leave one hour apart from 4 am to 7 pm daily. Another Subic transportation option is taxi. The downside of this mode, however, is that most drivers do not use their meters so you can expect to be charged twice the amount of metered fare.

If you opt to bring along your own car, there are several routes going to Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Via Lubao from Manila, make your way to the North Luzon Expressway to San Fernando Exit. This route will traverse the towns of Bacolor, Guagua, and Lubao in Pampanga and Dinalupihan in Bataan. The total travel time is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

However, with the opening of the new Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, travel time has been reduced considerably to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Constructed under a $27-billion grant from Japan, the SCTEX stretches 94 kilometers connecting Subic Bay, Clark Air Base, and Tarlac City. The trip gives you a breathtaking view of rolling hills, Mount Pinatubo, and rice fields cut by the SCTEX.

From the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Roxas Boulevard, the Mt. Samat Express Ferry Service has trips going to the Port of Orion in Bataan. From there, you can arrange for a bus which will take you to Subic Bay. The total travel time is 50 minutes to 1 hour. However, there is a ferry going to Cavite as well so make sure that you are in the right ferry. During intermittent weather, the ferry service is non operational.

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