city of the Philippines and capital of the province of Tarlac

Tarlac City is the provincial capital of Tarlac. While it is the economic and educational center of Tarlac, it is a rather small provincial city, with little in the way of sights, and is more of a stopover for long-distance buses.



Used to be a part of a larger municipality of Porac in Pampanga during the Spanish times, Tarlac City's residents are mostly Kapampangan speakers, but ethnically, a mix of Kapampangan, Ilocano, and Tagalog.

Get in


The city's nearest airport is Clark International Airport in Angeles, but it takes time to transfer to a bus to Tarlac City.

By bus


Most buses to Ilocos Region stop at Tarlac City, except some services (usually Baguio-bound buses) which bypass the city via the new Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway.

  • Victory Liner, Zamora Street, buses between Manila and Dagupan or Alaminos and vice versa regularly stop at Tarlac City. Northbound services stop at a sheltered bus station behind the Motorway diner restaurant, while southbound buses stop at the Siesta Travel Break bus station, shared with other bus operators.
  • 1 Tarlac Public Transportation Terminal, Tarlac-Pangasinan Road. Open 24 hours.

By car


The Subic-Clark-Tarlac and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union expressways (or SCTEX and TPLEX, respectively) serves the city through one exit found at both expressways' termini at barangay Balingcanaway. The northbound exit from SCTEX is undergoing reconstruction due to the ongoing Central Luzon Link Expressway interchange.

Get around

Map of Tarlac City
  • 1 Hacienda Luisita, Luisita Access Road. 11AM-9PM. A 6,435 hectares (15,900 acres) sugarcane plantation that is the center of landmark decisions on land reform in the Philippines. Straddling the boundaries of the nearby municipalities of La Paz and Concepcion, It used to be a Spanish-owned tobacco plantation until it was turned over to the Filipino-Chinese Cojuangco family (the family of Corazon "Cory" Aquino). An operational azucarera (sugar factory) inside the hacienda, the Central Azucarera de Tarlac is declared a National Historical Landmark. At the entrance to the estate is a preserved steam locomotive used to haul cars of sugarcane into the factories.    
  • 2 Aquino Center and Museum, Luisita Access Road. 8AM–5PM. Aquino Center and Museum is yes Museum dedicated to Ninoy and Cory. They have memorabilia, photos, historic items, murals , books and mementos of the Aquinos. The place is well kept and clean.
  • 3 Tarlac Cathedral (San Sebastian Cathedral), Tanedo Street. A Neo-Gothic style Catholic church, rebuilt from one destroyed during World War II. It was built in the late 17th century by the Augustinians, while the present buildings date from late 1940s onwards.    
  • 4 Tarlac Diversion Dam (Tibagan), Sitio Mabagliw. Open 24 hours.
  • 5 Diwa Ng Tarlac Museum, Romulo Boulevard. 11AM–6PM. Great experience to see some magnificent art pieces.
  • 6 Maria Cristina Park, Romulo Boulevard. Open 24 hours. Free.
  • 7 Tarlac City Plazuela, Rizal Street. Open 24 hours. The work they made in the plaza was exquisite. If you're in Tarlac City, try to stop by as admission is free and you'll be glad you did, especially the kids. Free.
  • 1 Kart City, MacArthur Highway (a few meters from the Victory Liner station and SM City Tarlac). 10AM-1:30AM. Two outdoor karting tracks, with an attached eatery and bar.
  • 2 Luisita Golf and Country Club. Designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., this 18-hole championship course has been renovated so you can enjoy it in any weather, all year round. There are water areas all around coupled with great landscaping which is breathtaking. It's quite an easy course although wind is sometimes a factor. It is listed in Golf Magazine's Top 100 Golf Courses in the World. There are no crowds, no waiting, and best of all very private. The golf course is open to registered guests of Central Park Hotel.    
  • 3 Eucalyptus Bike Park, South G. David Boulevard Extension (located in Tarlac State University). 7AM–7PM. Best bike park to practice for trail riding.
  • 1 Fortune (Hongkong) Seafood Restaurant, MacArthur Highway (along MacArthur highway across from Jecson Hospital). 10AM–10PM. Authentic Chinese cuisine. Lots of parking space behind the restaurant.
  • 2 Iba Ng Apu, Barangay Matatalaib. 10AM–midnight. Filipino/Korean food open-air restaurant.
  • 3 Razon's by Glenn, F. Tanedo Street. 8AM–6PM. serving palabok, sisig with rice, lumpia, kare-kare, halo-halo.
  • 4 Ching Mai Restaurant, MacArthur Highway. 10AM–7PM. Thai food restaurant.
  • 5 Cindys Bakery-Tarlac City, Cindys Commisary, Romulo Highway. 7AM–6PM. Serving rice meals, cakes, breads, and desserts.
  • 6 Conti’s Bakeshop & Restaurant - TarlacCity, Lot 16-22 Block 22, McArthur Hiway, Brgy, San Sebastian. 8AM–10PM. Superb options of dine-in meals not only for takeout pastries and cakes. Prices speak well with the quality of their food.
  • 7 Tessie's Grills & Roasters Restaurant (TG&R), MacArthur Highway. 10AM–9PM. Eat all you can. They serve many veggie dishes, making them vegetarian-friendly enough.
  • 8 D&C Cuisine, #31 Zamora Street. 10AM–10PM. Filipino food restaurant. A mix of sumptuous and delicious meal offerings. Great place with upscale feel and worth-it value for money. Staffs are warm and welcoming. Place can be busy but still manageable. Highly recommended.
  • 9 Betty's Special Native Cakes, Zamora Street. 7AM–6PM. Food is good and the ambiance is great. Serving time for the food is not that long. They have a wide variety of choices for the menu and you can tell by the taste that they serve fresh ingredients.
  • 10 Anchang's Grill and Resto Bar, Luisita Access Road.




  • 1 Microtel by Wyndham Tarlac, Luisita Estate, +63 45-985-1770, fax: +63 45-985-1975. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. The only international hotel chain in Tarlac City. 50 rooms equipped with air-conditioning, cable TV, and radio clock. Some of its facilities and services are meeting room, Wi-Fi access in the lobby, and complimentary free-flowing coffee.  
  • 2 Luisita Central Park Hotel, Luisita Business Park, Hacienda Luisita, San Miguel, +63 459851924. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. This hotel is known for its stylish rooms. The hotel is near the Luisita Industrial Park and the Luisita Golf and Country Club. From ₱5,000.
  • 3 RedDoorz Plus @ Starhomes Olivianville, Olivian Ville Sbdivision, San Vicente. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.  
  • 4 Asiaten Hotel, #18 Don Gregorio Avenue, San Sebastian Village. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. ₱3,000.
  • 5 Hotel Sogo - Tarlac, MacArthur Hwy, San Sebastian.
  • 6 La Maja Rica Hotel, Ligtasan Street corner MacArthur Highway. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
  • 7 Sun Garden Hotel, Milagrosa Street, Aquino Subd, Tarlac City, 2300 Tarlac. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
  • 8 Urban Oasis Resort, Purok Rosal Road, Barangay Kaldereta. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
  • 9 173 Bed & Breakfast Resort Hotel (formerly San Isidro Farmhouse), Peter Jay Dungca Street. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
  • 10 Proficio Hotel & Resort, Tibagan Road. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.



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Routes through Angeles
BaguioUrdaneta ← Carmen ← Anao ← Ramos ← Pura ← Victoria ←  N     S  → Junction  Angeles
BaguioGerona  N   S  CapasAngeles
Camiling ← Santa Ignacia ←  N   S  END
END  W   E  La PazSanta Rosa

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