How to Get Here
There are 2 runways in the province, namely, the Basa Air Base which is for military use and the Clark International Airport (CRK) inside the Clark Freeport Zone. Also known as the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport or DMIA, the airport serves local and international flights to and from Pampanga.
List of airline companies flying to DMIA or Clark International Airport are:
· Philippine Airlines
· AirAsia Zest
· Asiana Airlines
· Cathay Dragon
· Cebu Pacific
· China Eastern
· Korean Air
Depending on the destination and the airline company, an airfare ticket from DMIA-CRK starts at Php 2,100.00.
Road transportation is available via a number of bus companies serving the province of Pampanga. Expressways (North Luzon Expressway and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway), national highways, national and provincial roads provide entry to this booming province.
Several bus companies are making their way to Pampanga and fare usually starts at Php 102.00 and can go higher depending on one’s destination:
· Victory Liner
· Five Star
· Bataan Transit
Best Time to Go
Best time to visit
Just like the rest of the country, Pampanga enjoys wet and dry seasons. The wet season starts in May up to October and the rest of the year is dry season. If you happen to be a bird watching enthusiast, October to April are the months to go to Candaba and see different exotic birds as the place is known to be the staging and wintering area for thousands of migratory birds.
There are various festivals in the province to check out like the Giant Lantern Festival that happens in December, the San Pedro Cutud Festival during Holy Week and the crowd drawer Hot Air Balloon Festival in February. Best time to explore the nook and cranny of the province during the cool months of December, January and February.
What to Do
Visit old churches and historical landmarks
Pampanga has a lot of old churches worthy to spend some moment to reflect and admire its aged architecture. One of which is the Betis Church or the St. James the Apostle Parish Church, Pampanga’s oldest church built around 1660 found in Betis, Guagua. It is a Baroque-inspired church declared as a National Cultural Treasure. There are other must-see churches in the province.
Explore the different parks and sports activities
Pampanga has a number of welcoming parks and open spaces for diverse activities. From photography session to international sports events, the province will surely pump up your adrenaline in no time at all. For instance, the Clark International Speedway is home to national and international motorcycle races.
Eat, eat and eat
What better way to learn the history of the Culinary Capital of the Philippines? Eat and partake on Kapampangan’s delectable dishes. From sisig to betute to local buro or fermented rice and fish mixture, Pampanga is one incredible food destination for all.
Discover the province’s natural attractions
See and surprise yourself with the province’s gems like the world’s largest lahar canyon and the five lovely waterfalls for an exciting water and nature adventures.
Ride starts at Php 30.00 depending on your drop off location.
Php 8.00 minimum, and can go as high as Php 15.00 to Php 35.00 per person.
Average price per day
Php 800.00 – Php 1,100.00
Depending on how you will reach Pampanga, the province is easily accessible either by air or land. Bus terminals are located in Pasay, Cubao, Rizal Avenue in Sta. Cruz and Caloocan and the buses usually depart on an hourly basis. The buses from Manila going to Pangasinan, Ilocos and Baguio pass through Pampanga.
For private vehicles, it is roughly an hour ride via NLEX from Balintawak going to San Fernando Exit.
Pampanga has a wide selection of hotels, from the charming B&Bs and inns to apartelle to hotel resorts, there will always be a place that will suit your budget. Price starts at Php 480.00 to Php 1,800.00 a night.
Dining in Pampanga starts at Php 100.00 to Php 450.00 per meal.
Tourist attraction entrance fee
Php 150.00 – Php 500.00