Three days before our Manila arrival, we tried to book seats for Ohayami Bus, which offers a direct trip to Banaue, but unfortunately all tickets were sold out fast—a common issue if you travel on holidays. Our next option was via Baguio.
After an hour of waiting in line for a taxi in NAIA, there was a heavy traffic on the way to Victory Liner Bus Terminal in Pasay and we arrived almost midnight only to find out that there’s another looong waiting line for Baguio-bound buses.
To say it was a total headache would not be an overstatement. It was a Friday and it was a holiday and it looked like everyone wants a breath of fresh air over a long weekend. There was a long queue of chance passengers like us who weren’t able to book ahead for the trip.
What we did?
We took a non-direct trip using this route: Manila > Dau > Baguio > Banaue.
We decided to do this instead of getting bored waiting for a Baguio-bound bus ride which may take until morning judging from the number of passengers present in the bus station that time.
Unluckily again, we weren’t able to catch the 9am Baguio-Banaue bus trip so we stayed in Baguio for about 10 hours. We took a nap after a good breakfast at a cheap hostel (couldn’t get enough sleep during the bus travel). Then we had a quick tour around the summer capital before boarding another overnight bus stationed near Burnham Park. On the way back to Manila, we boarded the Dangwa sleeper bus for a direct trip.
Manila to Banaue Transportation Options
Manila – Banaue (direct trip)
~10 hours bus trip (350 km from Manila)
Ohayami Trans – via Lagawe. You can make a reseravation thru SMS (+639276493055) or through their online booking site:
Fare is P450. Leaves 9pm daily and arrives around 7AM.
Bus Station: Lacson Ave, Sampaloc, Manila (UST area)
Dangwa Transport Co. (affiliate of G.V. Florida Transport) – a deluxe sleeper bus via Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.
Contact Numbers: +639228714934 / +63(2)7312879 / +63 (02)781-5849 / +63(02)743-3809
Fare is P530. Leaves 8:45pm daily and arrives around 6am. Has toilet on board.
Bus Station: Sampaloc, Manila (Intersection of A. H. Lacson, Dimasalang, and Nicanor Roxas St. / close to Ohiyami Bus Station)
Manila to Baguio
Victory Liner – Leaves every hour. Terminal in EDSA, Pasay City / Cubao
Other Buses: Genesis/Dagupan Bus/Philippine Rabbit/Saulog Bus
Van for hire (pick bigger van for a comfortable long ride)
Baguio to Banaue
Ohayami Trans Fare is P400. Leaves every 9pm.
A few steps from Chowking or 7/11 building, Burnham Park, Baguio City.
Contact Number: +63916600933
Coda Lines (formerly KMS Lines) Fare: P415. Leaves every 8:00am and 9:30pm.
Also near Chowking or 7/11 in Burnham Park
Contact Number: +639154501209
Baluy. Ifugao Native Hut.
Before we boarded the bus in Pasay Terminal, the next person in line started a conversation with us until our chat went about the alternatives in going to Baguio. He checked the vans parked just a few minutes walk outside the Victory Liner Bus Terminal and said that the available ones were smaller sized, non-UVX vans and thus will be very uncomfortable for long trips.
Other options (requires a lot of transfers):
Board a bus going to either Nueva Viscaya or Vigan/La Union and stop at the bus stop station in Rosario (first town in La Union), the junction going to either straight north to Laoag or west to Nueva Vizcaya is located. It is where most buses stop near Jollibee so you can board another bus going to Baguio from there. From Baguio, ride another bus to Banaue.
If you ride a bus to Nueva Viscaya / Tuguegarao, you need to stop at Bagabag Junction or Solano where you can take a jeepney ride to Banaue.
You can also do other routes, especially if you plan to include Bontoc, Sagada and even Kalinga all in one trip — which I hope to do in my next travel to the Cordilleras.
Banaue to Batad
Hire a Tricycle Tour Guide, especially if you are traveling solo or with one friend. Our guide was Jeffrey Binyagan (mobile number +639261382501). He offered P2,000 for the tricycle tour (breakdown: P1k for the tricycle + P1K for guide fee) that can include a tour to the viewing decks in Banaue, Batad – Patpat Sitio (sub-village) – Tappiya Falls, Mayuyao Terraces, Banaue Museum, Cambulo etc. as agreed.
Wait for the Banaue to Batad public jeepney in the public market, which leaves around 8:30am for P150 fare.
From Batad – Banaue the jeepney will leave around 2pm to 3pm.
If are traveling in a group or you are able to meet other tourists willing to share with the transportation costs, you can hire a private jeepney for P2,800 roundtrip.
To get to other terraces and other sites, you can commission a tricycle/van/jeepney and prices may vary based on the number of sites. Other tourists prefer not to get a guide, but I was glad we got one who shared a lot of interesting trivia about their place and their way of living. He readily answered all my questions.
Banaue – Metro Manila (direct trip)
Ohayami Fare: P450. Leaves every 6pm. Contact number: 09058814361
Address: Banaue Town, Ifugaro (75 meters away from the tourism office)
Dangwa – Fare: P530. Leaves every 7:00pm (more comfortable seats with toilet on board)
Near Tourism office as well. (02)781-5849 / (02)743-3809
Great if you want to tour around Baguio for a day.
Coda Lines (formerly KMS Lines) for Banaue to Baguio then Victory Liner from Baguio to Manila.
From Baguio, you can take another bus going to Banaue: either Ohiyami (8am or 6pm) or Coda Lines, formerly KMS Lines (6am or 9pm). Both their bus stations are located near Burnham Park, next to Chowking or 7/11 store building—a few minutes walk to the right when facing the Police Station/Tourism Information Office.