How to Get to Baguio City – Philippines
Visiting Baguio City
No city in the far northern region of the Philippines is more popular among tourists than Baguio City, the country’s undisputed Summer Capital. It is so popular as a holiday destination that even the head of the country, the President, has her official summer home in the city. Want to know how to get to Baguio City? Read on!
Baguio City is the capital of Benguet Province, about 240 kilometers north of Manila. It is the gateway to the Cordillera region, known for its wondrous mountains, valleys and hills.
Main Highways to Baguio
There are different ways to reach Baguio City, depending on where you will be coming from. First, there are the major highways leading to the city:
Rosario, La Union: Kennon Road (where unfortunately there have been many accidents)
Rosario / Agoo, La Union: Marcos Highway (named after the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos)
Bauang, La Union: Quirino Highway
Benguet to Mountain Province and Ifugao: Halsema Road
How to Get to Baguio from Manila
If you are coming from Manila, first take the North Luzon Expressway (nicknamed N-Lex). Head for Balintawak. Keep going through Bulacan Province up to Santa Ines, Pampanga. Then turn right to Mabalacat, still in Pampanga, and a second right to McArthur Highway. Go straight past the provinces of Tarlac and Pangasinan. Stop at Rosario, La Union. Finally turn immediately right to Kennon Road or go farther and turn right at Marcos Highway instead.
How to get from Manila to Baguio by Bus
Victory Liner buses is one of the well-known buses that offers services going to Baguio City. The company has been there for a long time and has earned a respected reputation. That is why most travelers prefer to ride on one of these buses.
Whether you are from Caloocan, Cubao, Pasay, or Sampaloc, there is an available Victory Liner to Baguio. They have respective terminals located in the mentioned places.
In Caloocan, there is a terminal located at Rizal Avenue Extension, Caloocan City, Cubao terminal is in EDSA, Cubao; Pasay terminal is in EDSA, Pasay; and Sampaloc terminal is in EspaĆ±a, Corner Galicia Street, Sampaloc, Manila.
All of the above terminals travel to and from Baguio.
One might prefer to hire a private car when going to Baguio as it is much more comfortable. But one thing to keep in mind also is that the drivers that you hire. Since traveling to Baguio is like literally climbing a mountain, a driver should have the needed experience in order to maneuver the car safely.
One of the reasons why travelers chose riding Victory Liner to Baguio is that aside from its tested drivers, inside the bus, there are amenities available. You can either choose whether you like to ride with an air-con or not. There is also a television and/or a component for entertainment. Knowing that there is an estimated 6-7 hours travel going to Baguio, it is best to keep passengers entertained.
Average bus fare right now for Victory Liner to Baguio is around 450 pesos (P450.00). You may notice an increase, especially if you have not been to Baguio for the past months. Still, it still proves to be much cheaper than hiring a private car. But if you really want to travel in style by land, there is a luxury Victory liner to Baguio also which costs around 700 pesos (P700.00). This has a comfort room inside the vehicle.
For an air-conditioned bus/luxury bus, their bus stop is at Upper Session Road, near Microtel Hotel Inn. There are two storeys in the building. The ground floor is where the buses are parked and is where passengers wait for departure. The second storey is the ticketing booth. It also has several stalls where not only souvenir items are sold but there are food served also.
For non air-conditioned bus, the bus stop is at Governor Pack Road, near Jollibee and just below SM Mall.
When travelling to Baguio, you would want someone with experience bringing passengers at a regular time. Since Victory Liner to Baguio has been there for quite a long time, you are well aware that these drivers have been travelling to and from Baguio for the longest time. That means they are already tried and tested.
Other Ways to Baguio
If you want to avoid traffic, you can make a left turn upon exiting North Luzon Expressway and head for Magalang-Concepcion Road. It will take you to Concepcion-Capas Junction which is also where you go in the usual route through Tarlac. When you reach Pangasinan, ignore detour signs no matter what. You can easily get lost. Keep going north as Baguio is straight up north.
How to Get to Baguio Safely
Kennon Road is the shortest way to Baguio. Unfortunately a long history of mining in the area has made the road vulnerable. It is dangerous to travel along Kennon Road especially during the rainy season. There have been many accidents in the area. So if you do not mind the extra time on the road, it may be safer to take Marcos Highway. Marcos Highway is wider and longer than Kennon Road, and safe to use all-year round. It also has a nice view of the South China Sea that you can admire as you drive along.