Angeles is one of the best-served cities in the Philippines for transport links with Clark Fields International Airport just five kilometres away, the North Luzon Expressway running nearby and plenty of car hire options in the town. The town is relatively flat and can be walked around with ease, although the hot weather and dusty appearance makes this only practical within the extreme downtown zone.
Taking one of the colorful jeepney shared taxis which circle the town is generally the easiest way of getting around town, and they are extremely cheap too at Php7 per journey around Fields Avenue. These tend to be crowded, however, so if carrying lots of luggage it makes sense to splash out on a taxi or tricycle.
Taxies are not generally used around town but are usually reserved for travel from the airport and attached to large hotels. Tricycles (or trikes) are motorbikes with small attached cabin and much more common around town. These are only comfortable for one or two passengers, however, and are not allowed to enter the area around Clark Fields Airport.
Driving a hire car from Clark Fields towards Angeles or onto the North Luzon Expressway can be tricky, as first you must find a way off the US Airbase where the airport is based. Try to get specific instructions upon picking up you car and perhaps buy a map.
Buses at Angeles (Dau Bus Terminal)
The easiest way to get to Angeles from Manila is by bus, and there are several air-conditioned lines which ply the route north from the capital. Journeys typically take 90 minutes, but times get heavily affected by traffic and/or bad weather.
Buses drop passengers off at Dau Bus Terminal, just northeast of Angeles, rather than stopping in the town itself. It is only a 10-minute tricycle (Php50) ride to the town from here. There are direct onward connections from Dau to Manila (hourly), Baguio (five daily, six hours) and Olongapo (very frequent, two hours).
Clark Fields International Airport and flights from Angeles
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) sits in nearby Clark Freeport Zone and is only minutes drive from Angeles city. Although not the largest airport in the Philipines, facilities including currency exchange, duty free shopping, hotel booking, car rental counters and free WiFi internet make it a convenient place to fly.
Budget airlines such as Air Asia (Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur), Cebu Pacific (Bangkok and Singapore) and Tiger Airways (Macau and Singapore) have daily serviced arriving here. International flights from arrive here from Hong Kong and South Korea with Asiana Airlines, while Cebu Pacific and South East Asian Airlines (SEA) offer domestic flights to other parts of the Philippines.
Taxis can be found outside but are expensive at around Php500 for the 15mins ride to Angeles. It is best to share a cab, find a jeepney nearby (Php50), or alternatively make use of the free hotel shuttle service.
Car rental and driving in Angeles / Clark
The quickest way to get from Manila to Angeles is by hiring a car and jumping on the North Luzon Expressway (NLE) which extends all the way to Santo Ines of Mabalacat, Pampanga. Either the Angeles or Dau exit will take you to the city, but the Clark exit is a little more complicated. Journeys should take around 45 minutes.
Another option is the narrower McArthur Highway, but heavy traffic on this route makes it take twice as long. There are car hire shops all over Manila and along Fields Ave in Angeles, plus at Clark Fields International Airport. Rates are cheap and a small car can be found from US$10-$15 per day.