Commuting from Baguio to Manila is very easy thanks to multiple bus companies that ply the route between the two cities on a daily basis. Although travelling by taxi to Manila is absolutely not common among the locals, it is still possible and should cost around PHP7,500. You can also hire a van with a driver but you have to contact and negotiate with them privately so it can be a hit or miss especially if you have no personal references. Because of this, we recommend and will largely focus on taking a bus from Baguio to Manila.
The distance between Baguio and Manila is around 250 kilometres via R-8 and N Luzon W Expy/R-8. 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.
Bus from Baguio to Manila
There are 6 bus companies which offer daily trips from Baguio to Manila. There is almost always a bus leaving every hour so if you do not need a first class ticket you can simply show up at the bus terminal and buy a ticket. However, we suggest booking your ticket online if your travel date falls around Panagbenga Festival aka Baguio Flower Festival or around huge nationwide celebrations like New Year or the Holy Week.
Victory Liner have their own terminal located within walking distance of SM City Baguio. Their buses bound for Cubao leave at 2.10am, 7.40am, and 4.20pm. If you would rather get off at their terminal in Pasay, catch the bus that leaves at 1.10am, 6.20am, and 6.20pm. They also have scheduled trips to Sampaloc at 6am and 10am.
Alternatively, Genesis bus terminal can be found at Gov. Pack Road. They have buses going to Avenida that leave on every hour and to Cubao on every half the hour – it is almost a 24-hour operation with a 2-hour gap between 9pm and 11pm.
Other than these two, the other bus companies serving this route are Dangwa Transit, Dagupan Bus, Philippine Rabbit, and Saulog Bus.
Bus types, onboard service and road conditions between Baguio and Manila
Your travel experience will depend mostly on the type of a bus that you decide to board. It can either be a standard air-conditioned or a non-stop first class bus.
Tickets for the standard buses usually cost around PHP455 while tickets for the first class buses are priced between PHP750 and PHP755. The benefits of riding a first class are the ample space and reclining seats with leg rest. In addition, these buses are equipped with an onboard toilet, provide a light snack, have bus attendants and the travel time is significantly shorter. They also distribute blankets which is a big plus as the temperature onboard can be really low. There is WiFi advertised but do not expect a blazing fast connection.