Travelling between Baguio and Manila is quite easy and straightforward thanks to multiple bus companies that ply the route between the two cities on a daily basis.
In January 2019 Cebu Pacific plans to start regular direct service operated by Cebgo between Loakan airport which serves the Baguio region and Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. When launched, it will reduce travel time considerably.
What is the distance between Baguio and Manila?
The overland distance between Baguio and Manila is around 260 kilometres. The road conditions are mainly quite good.
How long does a trip to Manila from Baguio take?
Depending on the type of a bus, a night trip should take between 5 and 6 hours while day trips tend to stretch from 6 to 7 hours due to heavy traffic typical to Metro Manila area.
A flight should take 45 minutes or so.
How to get from Baguio to Manila by bus
There are 6 bus companies which offer daily trips from Baguio to Manila. There is normally at least one bus every hour – the choice of departures is very good.
Is it necessary to book bus tickets in advance?
Yes, if you want to travel by a first/executive/premier class or by an overnight bus. It is also necessary to book in advance if your travel date falls around Panagbenga Festival aka Baguio Flower Festival or around huge nationwide celebrations like New Year or the Holy Week.
Which companies serve Baguio-Manila route?
Genesis is one of the best-organized companies serving the route. They operate from the bus terminal in Gov. Pack Road. In Manila, Genesis buses bring you either to Avenida or Cubao, the latter being more popular with travellers.
Alternatively, Victory Liner leave from the company’s own terminal located within walking distance of SM City Baguio and head to Cubao, Pasay, and Sampaloc.
Dangwa Transit, Dagupan Bus, Philippine Rabbit, and Saulog Bus also offer services to Manila.
When do buses to Manila leave Baguio?
Buses run round the clock with the biggest gap between midday and 3pm. So basically with the only afternoon exception, there is at least one bus every hour or half an hour heading to different bus terminals within Metro Manila area.
There are highly popular night buses which leave Baguio between 10pm and 2am, and conveniently arrive to Manila in the early morning.
How much do Baguio-Manila tickets cost?
Ticket prices start from PHP700 for the cheapest standard class and go up to PHP900-PHP1,000 for a comfier first class seat.
Recommendations for bus travel between Baguio and Manila
Regular buses are cheaper but they tend to make plenty of stops during the route and travel slowly.
First/executive/premier class buses offer more comfortable soft reclining seats and more legroom. They are equipped with an on-board toilet, provide a light snack, and have bus attendants. They also distribute blankets which is a big plus as the temperature on-board can be really freezing. There is WiFi advertised but do not expect a blazing fast connection.
How to get from Baguio to Manila by air?
At the time of writing, direct flights between Baguio’s Loakan airport and Manila’s Ninoy Aquino Airport are advertised by Cebu Pacific via Cebgo. Flights are due to start from January, 3, 2019. When launched, travel between Baguio and Manila becomes a whisk.