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Clark Airport (known as well as Diosdado Macapagal International airport) is becoming a big hub for domestic and international transportation in the Philippines. Many low cost airlines and now even Qatar Airways and Asiana are flying to this airport, it is for this reason that many people are inquiring about transportation options to Manila.
The airport is located in the former US Air base, around 50 miles from the center of Manila, it can take up to one hour and a half driving, sometimes a little more depending on the traffic. Until recently, transportation options were somewhat limited but now with the arrival of many more passengers the options have been expanding rapidly.
Currently, there is even a project to link the city with a rapid train like those seen in other Southeastern Asian countries. This is expected to come along with the construction of a new massive airport in the area with capacity for 80 million passengers annually.
This may be the quickest way to get to the city, and if one’s flight arrives late at night it may be the only option. A cab from Clark all the way to the city may cost up to 70 USD (3000 pesos), many travelers actually get together and share the price. Most official cabs are safe, but it is not all that infrequent to hear travelers complaining about scams and very high prices charged to them, so be sure to negotiate the fare before the trip. Another option is to take a cab to the DAU Bus terminal that is 10 kilometers away, this will cost only 4 or 5 USD and from there many public buses are going to Manila.
As already explained it is possible to catch the public buses to the city from the nearby Bus Terminal, some people complain that it is difficult to do it in the other way since many times if it is early one does not find a cab available from the DAU terminal to the airport, but this should not be a problem at normal hours. Philtranco is a widely known bus Company that offers direct trips from Manila to Clark Airport, it costs around 11 USD and departs from Pasay and Mega Mall. There are buses leaving Manila at noon, 1 pm, 4:30 pm and 10:30 pm. From Clark airport buses leave at 06:30 am, 08:30 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 10:30 pm. The best way to confirm schedules is to call Philtranco directly, their phone number is (63) 2 8518078 to 79.
This airport used to be the main hub in Manila for Air Asia Philippines, but the carrier has shifted operations to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Air Asia Malaysia has teamed up with Victory Liner offering free shuttles from the airport to the DAU Bus terminal and Marquee Mall, from there it is easy to catch a bus to Cubao terminal in Manila which costs no more than five USD. The first bus departs at 05:30.