We were like you during that time, we were afraid because we never know the culture of the people there. We also think that we might get lost since we’re not familiar with the place. I could describe the people in Subic as helpful, accommodating and I think the place was safe to stay. Before anything else you may check this link for Discounted tickets to Zoobic Safari or Tour Packages. These were copies given to me by one of their Zoobic Safari sales agent in Makati.
Actually going to Subic, Olongapo is not that difficult, much better if you have your own transportation, but if you prefer to ride bus from Manila, you can head to Victory Liner Terminal near your location. If you are Near Pasay then it would be better to go to Victory Liner Terminal in EDSA. In Caloocan there is also victory liner near grand central mall. In our case since we are near in Tayuman we take the Espana or Sampaloc terminal. From Sampaloc the whole trip was approximately 4 hours including traffic.
Fare and Trip Schedule
From Caloocan to Olongapo City
- 4:30AM to 9:00PM (every 30 minutes) P196.00-aircon (one-way only)
From Pasay to Olongapo
- 4:00AM to 7:00PM (every hour) P211.00-aircon (one-way only)
From Sampaloc to Olongapo
- 5:00AM to 7:00PM (every hour) P201.00-aircon (one-way only)
All Victory liner bus do stopover at Sta. Cruz Lubao Pampanga the bus would arrive approximately 3 hours after leaving the terminal. While having the stop over you have 15 minutes to do anything, stores are available, comfort rooms, fast foods. By the way the cheeseburger there does not taste good.
After an hour you’ll arrived at Victory Liner Terminal in Olongapo. From the terminal available transportation are tricycle, Taxi, and passenger jeep. Public transportation there is color coded so you won’t get lost just ask the driver about the address of the place you’re looking for. For the taxi you might wonder but it was not the typical taxi look of manila. You can determine legal taxi from colorum if it has body number similar to the picture below. Also don’t be shocked because taxi fares were expensive in Olongapo.
Olongapo Color coded Jeep
Legitimate taxi in Olongapo has this kind of body number
So there you go, be safe during your travel. If you had any plan going to Zoobic Safari or Ocean Adventure you have to ride taxi because there is no public transportation that can pass through SMBA area. Now if your looking for place to stay in Olongapo you may browse this article apartelle or apartment rates at Php 950 per day. You may read our Zoobic Safari Tour and Ocean Adventure Tour.