Baguio City / Bus Terminals & Destinations
Many bus companies connect Baguio and Manila. In our opinion, Victory Liner provides the most comfortable and reliable service. Except for their regular buses, they have air-con buses which depart every hour during the day. Most of the air-con buses are equipped with betamax. The quality of the video tapes is sufficient. Normally, they show two US movies per trip. Air-con Victory Liner buses take four-and-one-half to five hours for the trip from Baguio to Balintawak (northern boundary of Metro Manila). The Victory Liner Terminal is on EDSA in Pasay City; during rush hour it can take one-and-one-half hours from Balintawak to the Victory Liner Terminal and another 45 minutes from the terminal to the Ermita/Malate district. Those returning from Baguio and bound for the Manila tourist belt are advised to get off the bus from Baguio at Balintawak, take a jeepney to Monumento and then the LRT to the tourist belt (Balintawak-tourist belt 45 minutes).
Going to Baguio, however, one has to board the bus at the Victory Liner Terminal at EDSA in Pasay as the buses are normally full when they leave there. For air-con buses, Victory Liner makes reservations and sells tickets several days in advance. During the peak season in Baguio (March to June) and for week-end trips, one should use this opportunity because there is little chance to get a seat on the day of departure.
The fare for Victory Liner air-con buses with betamax is 80 P for Baguio-EDSA and 75 P for Baguio-Balintawak.
Victory Liner air-con buses have a stop-over of 20 minutes both ways at Sombrero Restaurant in Tarlac, Tarlac. The Sombrero Restaurant has clean comfort rooms and serves good meals at reasonable prices (barbecues are recommended). Furthermore, cold soft drinks and sandwiches are sold on the bus.
From the tourist belt area one can go to the Victory Liner Terminal on EDSA either by LRT (EDSA Station) and taxi (5 P) or directly by taxi (35 to 45 P).
To take the Philippine Rabbit from Manila to Baguio, the bus terminal is closer to the tourist belt but the trip is likely to be less comfortable and takes longer. Philippine Rabbit operates only a few air-con buses. Regular buses leave with greater frequency than those of Victory Line but no reservations are possible and tickets are not issued for particular seats, nor even a particular bus. therefore there often is a mad fight among passengers to board the bus. Philippine Rabbit buses have a long stop-over at Tarlac as this city is the home base of Philippine Rabbit Company. The regular buses of all companies plying the route between Baguio and Metro Manila stop many times along the way to pick up new passengers and to let others off. Therefore, all regular buses take longer for the trip.
Aside from Victory Liner, the Dagupan Bus Co. also has a number of air-con buses with betamax.
For the Baguio-Manila link, Naguilian Rd is an interesting alternative to Kennon Rd. which is normally used by all bus companies which connect Baguio and Manila. However, it is more convenient to go via Naguilian Rd. when traveling from Baguio to Manila rather than the other way around. Connections are easier and when going down from Baguio to San Fernando La Union. one has a beautiful view of the shore line of San Fernando province, right from the point of leaving Baguio City all the way down Naguilian Rd.
The most convenient connections from Baguio to San Fernando are Times Transit buses. They leave Baguio hourly from 6:30 to 16:30 and proceed to Vigan and Laoag. There are no air-con buses but the ordinary buses are seldom full and the ride of less than 2 hours therefore is quite comfortable.
Those who want to proceed to Manila directly may get off the bus from Baguio right at the junction with the San Fernando-Manila road at Bauang. There one can stop one of the numerous ordinary and air-con buses going to Manila; they are used to picking up passengers at that point, and the average waiting time is less than 30 minutes.
Bus Terminals & Destinations
Pantranco North (109)
Governor Pack Rd, Tel 36-23, 59-62
to Manila (5 hr):
ac bus 5 trips: 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
ordinary bus hourly from 0:25 to 17:00
to Alaminos (3 hr):
ordinary bus , two trips a day
to Dagupan (2 hr):
ordinary bus hourly from 5:30 to 17:30
to Tuguegarao: one trip 06:30
to Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija: 8:30
to Santiago, Isabela: 9:20
Dangwa Tranco (67)
Burnt Area, Lapulapu St, Tel 41-50, 24-49
to Manila (5 hr):
ac bus 7:20, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30
ordinary bus 2:00 to 17:00 hourly
to Kabayan, Benguet: 10:00
to Bontoc (8:00-9:00):
ordinary bus, 6:00 to 10:00 hourly
to Banaue (via Carmen, 8 hr):
ordinary bus, 6:45 and 7:30
to Sagada (8 hr):
ordinary bus, 7:00 and 8:00
to Tuguegarao (10 hr):
ac bus, 6:30 daily; 7:00, Tuesday and Sunday
ordinary bus 4:00, 5:15, 16:00 and 24:00
Philippine Rabbit (62)
Magsaysay Ave, Tel 59-45, 32-54
to Manila (5 hr):
ac bus 6:30-18:00 at 30 minute intervals
ordinary bus 6:00 - 18:00 at 20 minute intervals
to Vigan/Laoag: hourly from 6:00 - 18:00
Times Transit (11):
Magsaysay Ave, Tel 30-36
to Vigan: 6 trips btw 6:00 and 16:30
to Laoag: 8:30 (express)
to Bangued, Abra 7:30, 11:30, 13:30
Victory Liner (109)
Governor Pack Rd, Tel 66-54, 57-08;
to Manila (Pasay City):
ac bus 5:30 - 18:30 hourly; some buses with Betamax
ordinary bus 3:30 - 18:00 every 40 minutes
ac bus 7:00 and 14:00
ordinary bus 3:30 to 18:00 every 40 minutes
Marcita's Liner (117)
Chugum St, Tel 21-60, 39-00
to San Fernando L.U. (2 hr): ordinary buses 6:00 - 18:30, every 30 minutes
to Bauang (1.5 hr): ordinary buses 6:00 - 18:30 every 30 minutes
Dagupan Bus Line (109)
Governor Pack Rd, Tel 53-91, 72-79
to Manila (Cubao):
ac bus 4:30 - 23:00 hourly; some buses with Betamax
ordinary buses 1:45 - 17:20 every 40 minutes
to Bolinao (via Dagupan, 5-6 hr); ordinary bus 8:30, 11:30 and 12:30
Many Trans (110)
Chagum cor Harrison Rd
to Tuguegarao (via Carmen, 14 hr):
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