How to Get to Angeles City:
Angeles City is accessible by road via North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) or via Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx). It takes about an hour to get to Metro Manila or Subic Bay Olongapo, respectively, via these roads.
Getting Around Angeles City:
You can travel within and around the city by JEEPNEY or by TRICYCLE.
Jeepneys in Angeles City are color-coded and travel in fixed routes. Green jeepneys take you to the city proper or old Culiat, passing by AUF Medical Center along the way. Blue jeepneys pass by the Balibago nightlife district via MacArthur Highway, and will take you to SM City Clark mall at the end of their route. Grey jeepneys go through an alternative route to the city’s nightlife district. White jeepneys will take you to the city’s public markets, passing by the bar & grill restaurants in Hensonville along the way. And yellow jeepneys pass by the public markets and exit the city proper to San Fernando, Pampanga.
Tricycles are a popular form of “private” transport in the city. In Angeles, tricycles are relatively small—sidecars are built for the average Asian height. You can ask a tricycle driver to take you to places within or outside of the city proper which are far beyond the jeepney routes. However, tricycle fares are way higher than the typical jeepney fare. Remember to always ask or “haggle” with the driver to bring his fare down before you ride.
The city also has its own airport known also as Clark International Airport. Currently, travelers from Boracay, Cebu, and Davao can fly directly into Clark, as well as travelers from Singapore, South Korea, USA (via Korea), Malaysia, Macau, Hong Kong, Bangkok (via Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia), and Cambodia.
Public Utility Buses:
Public Utility Buses shuttle locals to and from Metro Manila at nearby Dau Bus Terminal. In the same terminal, you can find vans that shuttle you to Subic, Olongapo for a minimal fee.
From NAIA, you can get to Angeles by way of a Pasay-Dagupan bus at Five Star or Victory Liner terminals.
You can take a taxi from NAIA airport straight to Angeles City. A taxi ride arranged by an agency at the airport departure area will cost PHP 2000-3000 for a 2-hour special trip. For your convenience, the Margarita Station also has a pickup service to and from NAIA (in Manila).
Angeles City Details at a Glance:
Languages: Tagalog and Kapampangan although English is also widely spoken
Time Zone: GMT + 8 hours
Voltage: Mostly 220V, but some hotels have 110V also.
Mobile Phones: GSM 900/1800 under the 3 largest carriers – Smart, Globe, and Sun
Currency: The national currency of the Philippines is the Philippine Peso (PHP). Coins come in denominations of 1, 5, and 10 pesos as well as .05, .1, and .25 centavos. The notes come in 20’s (orange), 50’s (red), 100’s (violet), 200’s (green), 500’s (yellow), and 1000’s (blue).
Most foreign visitors have no need for visas if they plan to stay in the Philippines for less than 30 days. One-to-sixth-month visas can be obtained in advance and cost from USD 70.
For more detailed information on visa requirements, please visit: Philippines Bureau of Immigration
Normal Business Hours:
Most banks are open from 9am till 4pm with exception to those inside the malls which are open until 6pm. Some banks, such as BDO and Metrobank, are also open every Saturdays from 9am till noon.
Government: 8 am to 5 pm, Mon-Fri
Commercial: 9 am to 6 pm, Mon-Sat
Supermalls: 10 am to 10 pm, Mon-Sun
Shopping mall hours are open 10 am to 9 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 10 pm on weekends.
The Philippines has a tropical climate. There are two distinct seasons, the dry season (December to June) and the rainy season (July to November). The best time to visit the Philippines, based on the climate, is during the months of November to May. March would be the ideal month, before the humidity rises considerably.
The Philippines is generally a hot and humid country all year round. Rain can pour any day, but during the rainy season, it will usually rain for an hour or so towards late afternoon or evening most days. Also, during the rainy season, locals know to expect the hardest rains or monsoons, as well as typhoons, to wreak havoc. Areas in or near elevated places, such as the numerous mountains across the country, would have relatively cooler and dryer weather. Coastal areas would have high humidity.