Last updated on May 21st, 2019 at 11:01 pm
Zambales Province is located in the Central Luzon region in the island of Luzon. It’s one of the places that is closest to us since we’re based in Angeles City in Pampanga which is just a few hours drive away. We have been visiting a few times. And we will write how to get to Zambales from Manila and Clark with prices and schedule.
We already mention our favorite Zambales tourist spots, beaches in Zambales and also our favorite things to do in Subic. We stayed for quite a while in Zambales and we enjoyed it so much. Most tourists that you can see in Zambales are locals because it is one of the closest places with a lot of beaches in Manila. There’s also a number of foreigners exploring Zambales.
Read here where to stay in Zambales!
Best time to visit Zambales
If you’re going to Zambales the warmest months here are April and May. Basically, January to March is the best time to visit Zambales as this is the sunniest period of the year and is relatively cooler than other months. The rainy season in Zambales will be during the months of June to October.
How to get to Zambales
How to get to Zambales from Manila
There are daily buses from Victory Liner in Manila. There are different terminals where you can ride the bus from Caloocan, Cubao, Kamias, Pasay and Sampaloc. The trip takes 4 hours via Olongapo and the rate is 270 PHP. There are buses from Olongapo to San Antonio in Zambales which takes 40 minutes and the fare is 55 PHP.
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How to get to Zambales from Clark
There are buses from DAU bus terminal in Angeles City to Olongapo City which costs 150 PHP and takes almost 2 hours. There are also vans going to Olongapo from DAU bus terminal. The ride takes 1 hour and 30 minutes and costs 130 PHP. This is the way we took from Angeles City in Pampanga to Zambales. Once in Olongapo you can get a jeepney for the beaches around. You can also wrtie a bus on the way to San Antonio if you want to go for Island Hopping in Zambales.
Read here things to do in Angeles City!
How to get to Zambales by Plane
If you want to get to Zambales by plane there is an airport in Subic. There are only private flights and seaplanes from Air Juan. There are a few flights going to Puerto Galera and Manila Bay. Prices are around 9000 PHP and it will take 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach to Puerto Galera.
Read here things to do in Puerto Galera!
Transportation around Zambales
The main mode of transportation used in Zambales are tricycles for short distances and buses for longer trips. There’s a lot of buses in the highway, coming to and from Manila. There aren’t big distances by bus. If you go for islnad hopping fishermen boats will ride you around.
Where to Stay in Zambales
You can find different places to stay in Zambales from budget and backpack inns, Airbnb’s to luxurious hotels and resorts. You can find a budget hotel and stay there for around PHP 900 per night. There are also hotels that would cost as high as PHP 6000 and above. With this price you can get the best stay and most comfortable experience from the hotels you’re checking in.
There are different areas to stay in Zambales. If you want more comfort Subic can be your choice. If you want to camp there are a few beaches popular for it like Anawangin Cove.
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