HOW TO: Travel by Public Transport from Manila to Clark Airport (Updated 2012)

After my recent “challenge” going to the Clark Airport (Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) for a 07:40am flight, I thought that it’s worth doing a “how-to”  guide for people who in future will be doing the same. Here’s a short guide on how to get to the airport in the early morning from Manila.

I’ve updated this post as of August 2012. Feel free to post new routes or advice on the comment box below.

Clark Airport (Diosdado Macapagal International Airport)

For starters, there are no direct Philtranco shuttle buses this early to Clark Airport. The earliest bus leaves at 07:00am. But if your flight is not early (10.00am onwards), your best bet is to take the direct shuttle from SM Megamall. This is more convenient and brings you directly in front of the departure gate.  The fee is 350 pesos one-way as of 2012.

UPDATE (as of August 2012): apparently there is a direct bus from Philtranco starting at 2.30am in Megamall / 2.00am in Pasay.  I haven’t confirmed this route so best to call the ticketing office – (+63) 02 851-5812.

But for an alternative route for early morning flights, your best bet is to take a bus from Manila to Dau Bus Terminal in Pampanga then another shuttle/private jeep to Clark Airport.

Here’s my experience and advice for those opting to ply this route:

LEG 1: BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY (01.30AM)

Wake up, have a coffee and a light snack. Make sure your tickets and passports are in your luggage.

LEG 2: YOUR PLACE TO CUBAO BUS STATION (02:30AM-03:00AM)  

Take a cab and ask them to drop you off in Cubao, Quezon City – at the Dagupan bus company, which is along the main road, EDSA. If you’re coming from far south like Pasay, Las Pinas and Muntinlupa, your best bet is to leave at 02:00am just in case of traffic caused by road construction or accidents. You can also check if there are buses from the Pasay bus terminal (+632 851-5420) running this early.

LEG 3: CUBAO BUS STATION TO DAU BUS STATION (03:00AM – 04:30AM)

There are several buses that ply the Cubao-Dau road but on my initial experience, the Dagupan bus company has buses leaving the earliest. Victory Liner also has a bus that goes to Dau but leaves Manila at 04:30am – expect to get into Dau by 06:00am if you take this bus.

Confirm at the ticket office what time the earliest bus to Dau Bus Terminal leaves as its possible that schedules can change. Based on my experience in 2010, the earliest was a non-airconditioned bus leaving at 03:15am.

Tickets for the bus to go to Dau Bus Terminal is at, by the time of publishing, at 98 pesos. Expect to pay a bit more for an airconditioned bus.

Travel time is around 1-1.5 hours.

Dagupan Bus Co. Inc. 232

Ask the bus conductor to drop you at the Dau Bus Terminal. All buses stop here from NLE (North Luzon Expressway) so for sure you won’t miss it. You can grab breakfast at  Jollibee if you’re hungry. :)

LEG 4: DAU BUS TERMINAL TO CLARK AIRPORT (05:00am -06:00am)

There are two main options you can take to go to Clark airport from Dau:

A. Itinerary: Shuttle Jeepneys in Dau directly to the airport

There are shuttle jeepneys (coloured green & white) that ply the Dau – Clark Airport route. Fare costs 100 pesos per person and ONLY leaves when there are 5 passengers on board.

Expect to wait for the shuttle to arrive as they are as rare  at this time. Plus if there’s a shuttle available, there are hardly any passengers to fill out the 5 passenger quota. You can pay for the entire shuttle ride for 500 pesos or divide the amount if you are already 2-4 on shuttle. The shuttle goes directly to the airport.

My experience: The shuttle arrived at 05:30am and I was waiting until 06:15am for other passengers to come, and I eventually left as no one came and I’ll miss my check-in time. So I took the other option – Option 2.

B. Itinerary: Dau Bus Terminal -Clark Main Gate – Clark Airport

From the Dau Terminal, walk for 100 meters to the main road where you can take a jeepney going to Clark Main Gate. From Jollibee, turn left passing through the road where the shuttle vans are parked.  Then turn right on the corner until you get into the highway where you’ll need to cross the road. There’s a map to the jeepney stop inside Jolibee or just ask the people around to give you directions to the stop for jeepneys going to Clark Main Gate.

After walking, take a jeepney going to Clark Main Gate. They have signs on the dashboard window either saying Clark Main Gate / SM Clark. Fare should be 8 pesos and you’ll get to Clark Main Gate in 5-10 minutes.

Alternatively, you can get a tricycle from Dau Bus terminal to bring you to Clark Main Gate – and expect to pay 50-80 pesos.

Once you get into Clark main gate, ask the jeepney drivers for jeepneys that goes to the clark airport. In most cases, they’ll offer you to get on a special jeepney ride for 250 pesos and that will bring you directly to the departure area of the airport. Travel time is 15 minutes.

Alternatively, they said that it’s possible to take a jeepney and pay 10 pesos, and then walk for 10 minutes to the airport. I have yet to find any information on this but I will update this blog if that information comes in.

UPDATE (August 2012): Thanks to my readers – apparently, this jeep exist and can be taken from the same terminal. The jeep route is yet to be confirmed. :)

As for me, I would advise to go for Option 2 to save roughly 280 pesos on fare, but if you get lucky – the shuttle bus won’t be that bad.

Anyway, I manage to get into the airport after almost 4 hours of travel time. An exhausting challenge and spent more or less around 500 pesos from the journey from Quezon City to Clark.

Useful numbers to call:

Airport

DMIA (Clark Airport authority) – +63 (0) 45 599.2888 loc.119

Airlines

Air Asia – +63 (0) 2 588.9999 (call centre)
Cebu Pacific – +63 (0) 2 702 0888 (call centre)
Sea Air – +63 (0) 2 849.0100 (call centre)
Tiger Airways – +63 (0) 2 884.1524 (call centre)

Bus Services

Philtranco – +63  (0)2 851 – 5420 // 851 – 5812 // 851 – 8077 // 851 – 8079
Victory Liner
Partas

Have you tried flying from Clark Airport? What was your experience? Any tips you want to share?

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62 Comments

  1. […] My most helpful post How to: Travel by public transport from Manila to Clark airport […]

  2. mel_mdr2@yahoo.com' Melissa says:

    Thanks a lot Jerick. Very informative. Godbless! :)

  3. tsadaspeaks@yahoo.com' Tsada Speaks says:

    Are there any changes now it’s 2013? I’ll be in Manila this December and need to go to Clark for a wedding. Thanks.

  4. prench_francisco@yahoo.com' prench says:

    I will be flying to HK this coming Friday; June 14 from Manila and this is the first time that I will use DMIA. Your post helped a lot. I may be taking the second options since my flight to HK is at 7am. If i will take Option 1 via Philtranco and ride the latest trip at 9pm, it will be too early for my flight. Hope I will have a hassle free travel going to DMIA. Will post for any updates when I get back.
    Thank you =)

  5. mhamielenpot@gmail.com' Grace says:

    Hi,

    My flight from Clark is 7am going to HK so I have to be in Clark Airport by 4am or 5pm.

    Is there a trip from pasay going to Mabalacat Pampanga by 12AM to 2AM?

    I’m coming from Biñan, Laguna.

    Please advise because I will be going with my daughter.

    Thanks in advance!

  6. Hana.kamoun@gmail.com' Hana says:

    Hello,

    How long does the bus take for a ride Manila SM Megamall to Clarck Airport?

    Thank you

  7. marialuna.ramirez@sp1ssi.com.ph' luna says:

    Hi Jerick,
    Thank you for a posting a very informative blog! My hubby and I are flying to SG via clark but our flight is 6am. Is it safe if we will walk from Dau terminal to the clark main gate? We’ll be coming from Pasay, so we’re looking into Five Star or Victory Bus. Maybe we’ll leave around 11pm so that we won’t be in too much hurry.

    Thanks! Keep writing.

    • jerick@25travels.com' Jerick says:

      I haven’t tried walking but it’s not a big distance – but if you are walking at early in the morning, I would suggest to just take a tricycle to the main gate (better safe than sorry!)

      • marialuna.ramirez@sp1ssi.com.ph' luna says:

        Hi Jerick,

        So these tricycles operate 24hours at Dau Bus Terminal? How about the jeepneys from main gate to the airport, would you know if they operate 24 hours too? Thank you very much!

      • marialuna.ramirez@sp1ssi.com.ph' luna says:

        Hi Jerick,

        Would you know if these tricycles operate 24 hours at the Dau Terminal? How about the jeepneys at the Main Gate, do they operate 24 hrs too?

        Thank you very much!

  8. eulzkie19@gmail.com' eulzkie says:

    Hey Jerick! this post is very helpful to those who are using DMIA. Any ways, I would like to ask what time is the earliest shuttle bus from DMIA to Manila or to Dau Terminal? My flight is arriving around 12.40am (midnight). Hoping that you could recommend something. Thank you!

  9. saravana_lfc@yahoo.com' SARAVANA says:

    hi..im planning to travel to Clark from manila in july…how do i go to the bus station from manila airport….i will be reaching manila from Malaysia at 4pm….then back to Malaysia after 3 days…my flight back to Malaysia is at 11.40pm..kindly advise the best way to get to Clark and to come back to manila from Clark…..

  10. jjefferson_magpantay@yahoo.com' John says:

    How to travel from Manila to Omni Aviation Complex in Clark? We have to be in Clark as early as 5am, what time should we leave Manila?

    Thanks

  11. shiella277@gmail.com' Shiella says:

    From the clark airport what is the easy and cheap going to dau terminal going to cubao terminal

  12. silinglabuyo@gmail.com' Julius says:

    Hi there! Since this blog helped me a lot, I just thoughtthatone way of paying back is to give an update. At the back of the dau bus terminal, there are AC-ed jeepneys that shuttle you straight to the airport. There is in fact a waiting area, apparently sanctioned by the dmia while you wait for passengers. Fare is 100 and will go if there are at least 10 passengers. Not bad, considering that I only had to wait 15mins to fill the jeepney only because I was 2mins late for the previous one.

  13. elizabethfrancesca88@gmail.com' Liszt says:

    Hi!
    I am going to Manila next Monday, but i’ll have to go to Clark first as I will be flying with Airasia. Just to confirm, there is only one airport in Clark right?

  14. rosilielim@gmail.com' rosilie says:

    Hi.

    Good thing I have seen this blog. My concern is, my family shall be flying from Hongkong to Clark next week at 10pm and shall have a flight from manila to zamboanga at 430pm the next day. Is there a bus direct from the airport to manila at that late hour or very early morning? If none, is it safe to travel from clark airport and just head to Dau Terminal? What’s the earliest bus to leave from Dau to Manila? Will we have enough time to catch our next flight?

    Best regards.

    • jerick@25travels.com' Jerick says:

      Hi, there should be a bus late at night that can bring your family to Manila. If not, you can always take a taxi to Dau + bus to Manila that late of night.

  15. sing_song88@hotmail.com' boon says:

    hi all,
    my flight is at 3.15pm..I can only leave Manila at around 9am. Is there any public transportation available at SM Megamall/ Pasay terminal during the time onwards?
    This is because i noticed the Philtranco schedule is only until 8am (from Megamall) and the next trip is at 1230pm which is impossible for me to be on time for my flight.
    Thanks for kindness

    • jerick@25travels.com' Jerick says:

      I think the best is to take a bus that goes to Dau Terminal and from their take the shuttle to the airport. There are a lot of buses coming from Manila to Dau Terminal (at least every 15 minutes). Happy travels!

  16. jaithish@yahoo.com' john says:

    Dear Sir,

    My family and i will be arriving in Clark on Nov 7, 2012 and there are 6 of us,( myself, wife and 4 kids aged 5 , 11 ,15 and 16). I would like to know if your company do provide pick up service and how much will you charge?

    Thanks,

    John

  17. leoanthonyintia@gmail.com' Anonymous says:

    Hi Jerick, This will be my first time i’ll travel outside the country and will use the Clark International Airport. I am from Manila and i dont have any idea about the Clark Airport. My question is if my flight is at 8pm,is the Philtranco bus the best choice going to the airport since it is on direct trip to the airport? and what time?

    But my main concern is Clark – Manila route. what is the earliest possible time that we can get a public transportation back to manila from clark if we arrive at the airport at around 3:30 in the morning? Is there any buses available already by that time? thank you!

  18. share79@yahoo.com' Share says:

    hi! my last to KL via Air Asia will be next week. I’m so so glad to have stumbled upon your blog. I have a question though, my flight to KL will be on 11:05am. If I board the Philtranco bus on 6:30am from Pasay, will I make it to the Clark Airport in time for check in? Will I have enough time in Clark Airport (at least 1 and half hours prior to my flight)? Any advice? thank you much!

    • nenggay14@yahoo.com' Yvette E says:

      If you guys are flying Airasia, they have free shuttles for their passengers from the Dau terminal. Just check Airasia for details. I came across this during my flight last October but you would have to check with the airline if your flight is during the wee hours of the day.

  19. zainalzikri@gmail.com' zainal zikri says:

    My flight leaves at 3.15pm on Wed from Clark. Philtranco next bus from Manila is 11.30am which should get me get there by 1.30pm but this is cutting it close. Is there any bus that leaves from Manila at 10am?

    Or do I just have to take the 7.30am bus?

    Thanks.

  20. johnyxxx12@yahoo.com' abdul says:

    as of 26th august the bus fare has gone up..jeepney from clark airport to dau is 60 pesos and bus to pasay terminal will cost 150 pesos..i dont take philtranco bus direct to pasay but i saw the price at the counter on my way out of the airport is 450pesos

  21. jayp@yahoo.com' jp says:

    Very Helpful! Thanks sir!

  22. moliya01@gmail.com' Leah says:

    Thanks a lot,jerick!
    i’ll be from Clark to Manila 4th Oct, and my question is the address of the DAU BUS TERMINAL(Angeles city) which i couldn’t find in Google.. is this one “Dau Bus Terminal Building, Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga, Philippines”?
    is there a 24hr bus shuttle from Angeles city to Manila?
    Thanks again!

    Leah

  23. df_sabusap@yahoo.com' darfie_duck says:

    >Cubao to Dau Terminal – php120(or so)

    -From Dau Terminal, walk to McArthur Hwy (5-10min) and look for jeepneys going to SM Clark.

    >Dau Terminal to SM Clark – php8

    -From SM Clark, walk to the jeepney bay near 7-eleven for 5-10mins. They will insist that there is No Available jeepney that will drop you off at Clark Airport Gate and will offer you the special ride for php250(you know these people). The SAME jeepney actually ply from SM Clark to ????(forgot the name of the town) and will pass the Clark airport gate. just wait for other passengers.

    >SM Clark to Clark Airport (Gate Only) – php12

    -Then 5-10min walk to the airport terminal. Its not actually that far and there’s alot of trees along the pathway for shade so its not that hot.

  24. df_sabusap@yahoo.com' darfie_duck says:

    “Alternatively, they said that it’s possible to take a jeepney and pay 10 pesos, and then walk for 10 minutes to the airport. I have yet to find any information on this but I will update this blog if that information comes in.”

    -the SAME jeepney actually(and its php12), you just have to wait until fully occupied(w/c isnt that long, about 15-30mins).

  25. simoash1982@yahoo.com.au' simoash says:

    best advice i got for an early morning flight from clark would be do as jerrik has stated but the night before then when get to dau use a trike to take yoyu to the tunes hotel ($12usd ) so can sleep in as the hotel only 2 miles from the airport you only need 5 min drive the hotel would provide a means of transport be a taxi or hotel car (at a small fee)

    • jerick@25travels.com' Jerick says:

      Of course, nothing beats an advice on staying in the town the night before your flight. but of course, there are some so are looking for routes coming from Manila. Thanks for sharing!

    • shericaocbania@gmail.com' Sherica says:

      I’m planning to do what you wrote here but do they really provide a taxi/bus/shuttle as a means of transport to the airport?

  26. supah.dupahh@gmail.com' Shalini says:

    My flight’s at 8.30am.. having trouble finding a way to get to Clark :| your post has been helpful though. The airport management or the government should come up with a better transportation system since Clark has more and more flights and airlines these days. Kinda sorta insane that no one’s doing anything about it, especially since many people use that airport to save on plane fare and going or coming from there can be expensive what with the bus/jeep/tricycle/taxi and the rush to get to the airport on time. Makes me wonder if the money I saved with the fare’s really worth all the hassle and stress and trouble.

    • jerick@25travels.com' Jerick says:

      Hi Shalini, I’ve actually updated the blog post since I saw that there are buses running at 2am from Pasay/Megamall. I think they already saw the potential and started making more routes. :)

      • endlessthirteen@yahoo.com' Ryan Sumo says:

        Unfortunately I made a call to Philtranco and they said that there’s NO 2:30 am bus. Verbatim “Wala po kaming bus ng madaling araw.” At least it was a straightforward answer.

        My wife and I booked tickets to HK at 7:20 am (going in October). I’m stressed right now deciding whether taking the night bus using Jerick’s guide or staying overnight at Tune Hotels, as another commenter suggested. I have two questions that hopefully will help answer the question:

        1. Are the night bus drivers crazy? My worry is that the night bus drivers drive a little more insane to keep awake at such times. I don’t want to be a news item the next day.

        2. My experience traveling by taxi from Clark to SM mall was that I was charged exoribtant rates. If we stay at Tune hotels in Angeles will the taxi drivers gouge us for a trip to the airport?

  27. Thanks for the tips Jerick! I need this next month, first time to commute from Manila to Clark airport by myself. Keep sharing! :)

  28. mistah_puh1@yahoo.com' Mpooh says:

    Thanks for the info..very informative!! Keep it up!

  29. dafnie0275@yahoo.com' Daf says:

    i heard that Five Star buses leave pasay as early as 2:00 am, or just commute to Cubao and get on a Dagupan Bus that goes to Dau. They have round the clock trips every 15 mins. When I got to Dau at 5:00 am i took the DMIA shuttle (the green and white jeepney) which costs me 100.00 fortunately there were more than 5 people on the jeepney when i got there and it left right away for DMIA. I got to DMIA about 5:20, lots of time for my 7 am flight to Kalibo.

    • jerick@25travels.com' Jerick says:

      Good catch! I’ll add this on the blog info!

      • jeffordpascua@yahoo.com.ph' Macmac says:

        I am leaving Mandaluyong for Singapore via DMIA this Monday and my flight will be at 7:20 am. I went to PhiItranco Pasay to inquire about the shuttle bus and like some said, there are no early morning trips. The earliest they have is at 6:30 am and latest at 8:30 pm. The teller told me that I can ride the 8:30 pm bus and be at DMIA probably at 10:30 pm. To my realization, that will be a long wait for my 7:30 am flight the next day. Not a good suggestion! I am glad finding this blog. Thanks Jerick! I think I will consider what Daf has shared.

  30. kuchmann@gmail.com' Chai says:

    Hi Jerick,

    If I arrive NAIA T3 at 12midnight is there is 1-2am bus to clark from Pasay? If not what time does it start in the morning?

    Thanks.

    Cheers,

    Chai

    • jerick@25travels.com' Jerick says:

      Hi Chai,

      There is no direct bus unfortunately. You can do what I suggested on the post is to do the trip in sections. Otherwise, the first bus I think is at 7am from Pasay – you can check with Philtranco for the latest info. Happy travels!

  31. jaymy_0212@yahoo.com' My says:

    Hi jerick, what if my flight is around 11am in Clark airport, do you think the 7am trip of PhilTranco will make it? How many travel hours from Manila?

  32. daniel7489@yahoo.com.sg' Daniel says:

    Is there a Manila to Dau, Pampanga bus passing by MRT Ayala or Mantrade/Magallanes bus stops at 4am? Many thanks!

    • jerick@25travels.com' Jerick says:

      I’m not really sure – but to be safe, check with Philtranco bus lines – Philtranco numbers are (02) 8518077 to 79; (0918) 2288831; (0928) 4768203; or (0920) 7981422.

  33. raymond.brady@trecglobal.com' bRADY says:

    Hey Man!

    Im so lucky I stumbled through your blog! Leaving tomorrow and I was counting on the Philtranco shuttle! Bummer they dont have the shuttle that early.

    Hope all goes well for you!

    Thanks!

  34. jpbbautista@yahoo.com' Jay-P says:

    Very helpful. Thanks bud!

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