Most travelers to the Philippines will fly into Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), located about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) South of Manila proper. Some airlines offer direct flights into Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) on the old U.S. Clark Air Base adjacent Angeles: however such flights are extremely limited. Most International travelers will need to plan to arrange travel from Manila , or stay the first night in Manila and travel to Angeles the following day. Angeles City is located about 74 kilometers (41 miles) South of Manila and is accessible by road via the North Luzon Expressway. Normal travel time driving is around 2 hours, depending on traffic, but can run up to 3 hours during the busiest times of day.
You can hire a car at the airport or make your way downtown and take a local bus. I would NOT recommend either unless you are very familiar with the Philippines. You could get a taxi t the Swahman hotel and get one of their regularly scheduled buses. Lots of folks use Swagman, but you still need a local taxi to the Swagman and unless you are familiar with Manila, it can be a bit of a challenge arranging the trip. You can also fly a puddle jumper, but just getting from the International air terminal to the domestic terminal is a challenge.The most convenient mode of transportation is to arrange for a vehicle to pick you up at NAIA and drive you directly to your hotel in Balibago, the entertainment center of Angeles. Most hotels offer transportation and will add the fare to your hotel bill. The ABC Hotel offers a helicopter service that will fly you from NAIA to the hotel roof. You still hv to find your way from NAIA to the helicopter. Hotel provided transportation is convenient but somewhat higher in cost than other independent transportation means.
Margarita Station. Margarita Station restaurant offers a transportation service that will also pick you up at NAIA and take you directly to your hotel. Fees are more reasonable than hotel transportation, about 2,700 pesos (around $60 USD depending on the exchange rate) for a car to 3,000 pesos for a van. Margarita Station is one of the first companies to offer this service; they are reliable, safe and provide refreshments for the 2+ hour drive. Book your transportation directly on the Margarita Station website Transportation Booking Page.
I highly recommend you arrange your transportation before arriving in Manila through Margarita Station or your hotel. If for some reason, you neglect to arrange transportation, you can book a taxi in the NAIA arrival area. You will pay more and have to deal with the taxi service desks, but they will also take you directly to your hotel. One advantage with this option is that the taxi company representative will escort you from the arrival area to your waiting taxi.
Finding Your Driver. If you have booked a vehicle from an Angeles City hotel or Margarita Station, you will usually need to make your way outside the airport terminal building, across the airport taxi loading area and down the walkway to the main waiting area for meeting incoming passengers. Your driver will be holding placard with your name. This may seem inconvenient. Airport taxis and Manila hotel vehicles make pickups directly outside the arrival hall, but this area is tightly controlled. In any case, you never leave the secured airport facility until you driver escorts you to your vehicle. Your hotel or margarita Station will provide detailed instructions when you make your booking. If they do not, make sure you ask. The waiting area is labeled from A to Z for passengers’ last names. Regardless of your name, Margarita Station drivers normally wait in the “A” section. To be sure, always ask your transportation provider where to meet and how to identify your driver.
Unless you are a well seasoned Philippine traveler, do not venture outside the Airport grounds or beyond the waiting area fence and don’t follow people offering cheap transportation unless you know them.