Subic Bay is both a modern resort and a city area. Because Subic is a major port and boating center as well as a Freeport Zone, transport options around the Bay is accessible to those who opt to visit. Getting around Subic is extremely convenient, either by use of vans, taxis, tricycles or private cars.
Most people who visit Subic travel by use of vans. Vans around the Subic Bay area are mini-buses with one long seat along both sides situated at the back. Windows on the sides are open with only one door on the rear end. This invites the hot breeze to come in during humid and hot climates, but may be a bit inconvenient and uncomfortable during heavy rains. Most vans roll down a plastic cover over the windows to keep its passengers out of the rain. Every van has its designated color which corresponds to the specific route the van takes. However, all vans originate from the same start off point which is near the town’s bus station center. Similar to any jeepney or tricycle around the Philippines, you just raise your hand to hail them to stop. Get in, pass the fare to the driver, or let the other passengers in front of you pass your fare forward until it gets to the driver. Any change will be passed back to you the same way. Remember to have spare change with you when riding vans. Upon arrival at your destination, simply shout “para” to the driver or tap on the wooden panel above your head. Vans usually get cramped as drivers try to squeeze in as many people as they can into the entire seating area. It might get a little uncomfortable to some, but overall, it is a pleasant experience to play a part in.
Taxis are available around Subic Bay but are not as common compared to the other major cities around the Philippines. This is especially the case during the evenings as taxis are not that abundant around the Freeport Area. A hotel or restaurant will normally have to call a cab company to fetch you when you are in need of one. Taking taxis is the better option when getting to bars and shops on land. Vans and buses don’t usually reach some areas, which is why taxis are your best bet.
Tricycles are your best option when headed to the different beaches in the Subic Bay area. Once off the main road, these transports are your only option to get right up, along the shore. They are usually parked at the crossroads near the Main Highway and the beach road.
The ultimate mode of transport when getting around Subic is to drive yourself around or rent a private car. When getting in and out of Subic Bay, travelers will need to pass by security guards at the entrance and exist to the main town or even onto the expressway. May it be visiting a Subic attraction or heading to the beach front, the most ideal solution to get around the Freeport area will definitely be by private car.