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Buses from Diosdado Macapagal Clark International Airport to Manila

 
 

If you are arriving to the Philippines via the Diosdado Macapagal / Clark International Airport in Pampanga and want to head straight to Metro Manila, the most efficient transport option is to take a bus.

OPTION 1: Official Airport Shuttles

There are dedicated bus shuttles between the DMIA / Clark International Airport to Trinoma Mall in Quezon City, the gateway to Metro Manila from the north of Luzon.

The fare costs:
P200 (around $5) per person

Where the bus will take you: You will be dropped off at the Trinoma-Clark Airport Lounge in Quezon City—Metro Manila. From here you can take the MRT or a taxi to where you are staying. Most hotels and hostels in Metro Manila are 15 to 45 minutes from Trinoma.

Condition of the buses: Air-conditioned. Comfortable enough.

Journey time: 90 minutes to 2 hours

Schedule of DMIA-Metro Manila buses as of October 2013:

From the airport, buses leave for Manila at these times everyday:

1:30 am
5:00 am
9:00 am
12:30 pm
2:30 pm
5:30 pm

From the Trinoma lounge in Manila, buses leave for the airport at these times everyday:


3:00 am
6:00 am
8:00 am
12:30 pm
3:00 pm

About the Trinoma-Clark Airport Lounge:

The lounge is open 24/7. This air-conditioned facility is outfitted with comfortable chairs, TVs, a screen showing flight schedules, and even lockers for passengers who wish to leave their luggage to eat or shop in the mall while waiting for the bus.

OPTION 2: Philtranco Buses

Philtranco (+6328518078) can take you from Clark International to Megamall in Ortigas—Metro Manila as well as their depot in Pasay—Metro Manila.

The fare costs: P450 ($10) to Pasay, P400 ($9) to Megamall. Tickets are available at the arrival area.

Where the bus will take you: The buses stop at (1) Megamall in Ortigas—a good jumping off point if you are staying in Ortigas, Pasig, or Makati, and (2) Pasay depot—a strategic location if you’re staying in Old Manila, Malate, or Pasay.

Condition of the buses: Comfortable enough. Air-conditioned.

Journey time: 2 to 3 hours

Schedule of Philtranco Clark—Metro Manila buses as of October 2013:

From the airport, buses leave for Megamall and the Pasay depot at these times everyday:


12:00 pm
1:00 pm
4:30 pm
8:30 pm

From Megamall, buses leave for the airport at these times everyday:


7:00 am
9:00 am
12:00 pm
3:00 pm
9:00 pm

From the Pasay depot, buses leave for the airport at these times everyday:

6:30 am
8:30 am
11:30am  
2:30 pm
8:30 pm

OPTION 3: Other Buses
 
Other buses heading to other parts of Metro Manila can be found at the Dau Terminal, which is 20 minutes from Clark International Airport.

The journey can be a little too complicated for a foreigner, but if you’re feeling adventurous, here’s what to do:

1.    From the airport, take an air-conditioned jeepney to Dau Terminal for 50 PHP. The jeepney ride takes 20 minutes.

2.    In Dau Terminal, head to the lanes marked ‘South Bound’ and choose a bus that will take you to your destination in Metro Manila. Schedules change all the time, so simply ask for information from the counter when you get there.

3.    Fares depend on where you want to get off, and start at around P140 ($3.50).

About Diosdado Macapagal / Clark International Airport

Clark International Airport used to be called Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA). Don’t get confused—it’s one and the same. Clark International is one of the fastest growing airports in the Philippines, posting an astounding 71% growth in passenger volume in 2012. Facilities are modern and things run efficiently. It mainly serves budget airlines including Air Asia AND Cebu Pacific.



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