Recently, i had the opportunity to travel not only outside of Baguio City but also outside of the Philippines. Thanks to an event by AirAsia Philippines i was able to sing my way to Singapore. I had my share of accompanying or fetching relatives to and from the airport respectively. During those times we always travel to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and it usually take us eight hours to reach the Airport. That eight hours of travel not to mention the additional time spent if we get caught in a traffic jam is really so frustrating especially if you are trying to beat the check-in time prior to your flight.
Now if you are from North Luzon and you are travelling somewhere in South East Asia you do not have to take an eight hours journey to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. You can always book a flight using the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport or commonly known as the Clark International Airport.
My Baguio to Clark Travel Story
I began my journey to Clark from Baguio by riding a taxi to the Victory Bus Terminal. Now there is no direct line from Baguio to Clark when riding the Victory Liner Bus, therefore, your drop off point is at the Dau Terminnal. The bus began its journey at around 11am, there are two stop overs along the way, one at Sison Pangasinan and the other one would be at Siesta in Tarlac. The bus ride took about four to five hours, including the occasional stops to drop-off or pick-up passengers.
On my way to Dau, i had to call up a relative and ask for directions, unfortunately, the information i got was “walk from Dau terminal to the gate of Clark Zone”. I thought at first ok, that would be fine, i was thinking the gates must be near the terminal. However, i had this gut feeling that the gate is far from the terminal, thanks to the Victory Liner Bus Wi-fi connection i started searching for directions from the Dau Terminal to Clark. I was right walking is not feasible considering i am carrying my luggage.
At the Dau Terminal
When i arrived at the Dau Terminal i walked around looking for the jeepney terminal going to Clark, i saw several tricycles waiting for passengers, i approached one and asked for directions going to the Clark-bound jeepney terminal, they told me I had to walk up to the corner of the street and then go left, then the tricycle driver offered to take me to the Clark gate where i can ride the jeep going inside the former American Airbase.
For forty-pesos, i said yes, considering i am tired and i am trying to beat my 4pm call time. It took about five to ten minutes tricycle ride. Upon reaching the gate I must now ride a Jeepney going to my destination inside Clark, which was the Widus Hotel. The barker, maybe from looking at my luggage, told me that the jeepney on my right will take me directly to the airport, i told him i was not going to the airport. At that time I am supposed to go to the Widus Hotel for an event and meetup with my fellow bloggers. He told me that i should take the other jeepney which goes to different stops inside the Clark Airbase, after waiting for five minutes for the Jeepney to be filled with passengers, it took another 10-15minutes travel time inside Clark Airbase. I was finally dropped-off and i had to walk for about three hundred meters or so before i saw the entrance to Widus Hotel.
For those Going to the Clark International Airport
Now for purposes of those who are asking How to Travel from Baguio City to Clark International Airport i did some research and here are some of the things you can do to reach Clark Airport from Baguio City.
1. Bus Ride from Baguio to Dau Terminal – this mode of travel is suggested to those who are on a budget and does not carry a lot of luggage. You would have to follow the different steps which I also experienced the only different thing is that you have to ride the jeepney that will take you directly to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.
2. Rent a Private Vehicle – renting a Van from Baguio to Clark is cheaper than renting a van going to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. If you are carrying a lot of luggage or maybe you want your travel to be convenient then this is for you.
3. Bus Ride from Baguio to Dau then Take a Free Shuttle – AirAsia Philippines has provided its travellers a free shuttle bus for those going on international and local flights. The bus is stationed at the Marquee Mall so you can ride a tricycle from Dau Terminal to Marquee Mall and from there you can take the shuttle bus for free.
So for those travelling from Baguio City to any part of South East Asia booking a flight originating from the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport / Clark International Airport would be a lot more convenient considering the fact that travel time to the airport is cut in half as compared to using the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
If there are other ways or if some of those mentioned are already invalid please do inform us via the comment section below this post.