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Going to Pangasinan with your own vehicle? Here's an updated route guide for you to get to Pangasinan the fastest and safest way via the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway or SCTEx that shortened travel time to Pangasinan.
Driving Directions to Pangasinan via SCTEx:
From EDSA going to Monumento, turn right towards NLEX, drive towards the end of the modern tollway, take Dau exit toll gate and follow the SCTEx spur, pay the toll fees. Turn right on seeing direction signs to Tarlac City. On reaching the end of the expressway, turn left, follow the road (Landmarks: Central Park Hotel, Microtel Inns and Suites and Aquino Center) then right on MacArthur Highway (beside Hacienda Luisita)
In Tarlac City portion of MacArthur Highway you will see the gate of Camp General Servillano Aquino, Servillano Aquino Park (where vintage tanks and airplanes are on display), Vilmar Hotel and Restaurant and SM Tarlac (under Construction)
Choose left fork where Mercury Drug is and the Siesta Bus Station (bus terminals of Victory Liner and Five Star)
You will see Tarlac State University then Ninoy Aquino Monument then turn left right at Agana bridge, continue driving and pass by Santa Ignacia, Camiling (camiling Church: St. Michael and Camiling Public Market), then left to San Clemente (a right turn will lead to Paniqui, Tarlac while going straight will take you to Pangasinan towns of Bayambang, Urbiztondo, Bautista, Alcala, Sto. Tomas, Malasiqui,and San Carlos City)
After the town of San Clemente, Tarlac is now the province of Pangasinan with the towns of Mangatarem, Aguilar, Bugallon then Labrador.
In Labrador, you have the option to get to Lingayen, Binmaley, Dagupan, Mangladan or San Fabian if you go eastbound or head straight to Sual, Alaminos (going to Hundred Islands National Park or Mabini), Bani, Agno Anda, and Bolinao.
The towns of Infanta, Dasol and Burgos are more accessible via Zambales than Tarlac.
If you're going to the northern Pangasinan towns drive straight on MacArthur Highway and pass by Gerona, before entering Pangasinan town of San Manuel, Rosales (where the new SM City Rosales is located and a road leading to Balungao, Uringan, San Quintin, Natividad, San Nicolas), Villasis, Urdaneta City (where roads lead to Calasiao, Mapandan, Mangaldan, San Jacinto, Dagupan City and San Fabian even Asingan), Binalonan (with roads leading to Laoac, Manaoag, San Manuel,), Pozzorubio, and Sison.
After Sison town is the town of Rosario, La Union province, the gateway to Baguio City, or onwards to Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.
anonymous, any bus from pangasinan to metro manila will do. request conductor to drop you off on a safe location on EDSA (e.g. balintawak), cross EDSA then transfer to a bus with Navotas UE/Letre on the signboard.