To get to Zambales Province by bus: Botolan and Zambales is serviced by Victory Liner direct from their Manila depots in both Pasay (near to Manila airport) and Caloocan (situated in Manila’s northern suburbs and at the end of the light rail transit) Traveling by air conditioned coach the travel time is generally around 4 hours. Air conditioned coaches leave Pasay twice daily and from Caloocan every hour on the hour, Buses also depart from Cubao and Sampaloc, check the Victory Liner website for departure information. Regular buses also ply the route but take considerably longer as they do not traverse the Northern Luzon Expressway.
To get to Zambales by car: From Manila take the North Expressway “NLEX”, pass the San Fernando / Olongapo, Subic Exit, look for the signs for the NEW Tarlac – Subic expressway “SCTEX” (the opening of this has shortened travel time by about an hour, from the old 4 to 5 hours, to 3 to 4 hours) and follow that directly into S.B.M.A. (Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority). Once inside the Freeport be sure to follow the Traffic rules, as rolling Stop signs, speeding Etc. will not be tollerated and you will surely get a traffic ticket if you do. Shortly after the Toll gate you will be stoped at a check point, this is to control the exit of Duty Free goods Etc. After leaving the check point the First intersection you will reach is the Rizal Highway Junction, turn Right here, next is a traffic light, for Zambales go straight ahead. .[Or Left will take you toward the Cubi Point International Airport, Bat Kingdom, J.E.S.T (Jungle evasion survival training) and great Eco Jungle walk areas. Shortly after passing the Power station you will see Magellan’s Landing and Vascos Restaurant, good food at affordable prices and a really interesting Museum of relics recovered from Spanish & Chinese Ship Wrecks. * Or Right, if you want to detour for some duty free shopping, then right again at the Gas Station, this will take you to the “Pure Gold” and “Royal Subic” Duty Free Stores.] Not far after passing the Traffic lights you will pass the Marina and Yacht Club, turn Left at the Next Traffic Light, take the First Right, Canal St, and follow straight on to the Kalakalan Gate to exit the Freeport Zone. Upon crossing the bridge, turn Left back onto the National Highway which will take you through Castillejos, San Marcellino, (here you have a choice, straight on, known as the Short Cut or left via San Antonio) the roads meet again just before San Narciso.