From Sagada, I went to Banaue via jeepney. You get back to the area where the Lizardo bus dropped you, and nearby you will see the jeepneys there. Hop on to the one that goes to Bontoc (none goes directly to Banaue), wait till it is full or almost full before the driver decided to drive off. There is one alternative for the group travellers. You can book or charter a van from Ganduyan Store which is adjacent to Masferre and town hall. Nice guy Lawrence will drive you to Banaue for Peso 3200 or if you want to go back to Baguio, it will be 7000.
OK I took the 11:00am jeepney which is I think the 2nd last one to leave for Bontoc. The last one leaves around noon time. I do not think anymore departures after noon, I AM NOT SURE. However, even if they do, you cannot take it as the last jeepney from Bontoc to Banaue is at 1:00pm or slightly after. Takes about an hour to go Sagada - Bontoc. Tell the Sagada driver you want to take a jeepney to Banaue and he will drop you at the correct place. You have to tell him that - do not assume that everybody in that Sagada jeepney is going to Banaue. I was the only one going in that jeepney I was sitting in.
Upon reaching Banaue, the jeepney will drop you about 300 m from town but you can get a trix for 20 - 30 peso.
I reached the Lizardo Bus stand at about 5:10am, and there you are, displayed prominently in front of the darkened and empty ticket shed, a notice stating the departure times. Luckily there were 2 restaurants there and very friendly and accomodating guys and girls; I had my breakfast there and waited in warm comfort till about 5:50am. Bus left punctually at 6:00 am and stopped several times for drinks and nature calls. We reached Sagada around 11:45am.
The bus will stop you about 100m from the town hall, no big deal as Sagada is really a small place, and you can walk from one end to the other within 10 - 15 minutes.
It is more convinient for me and my friends to go to Sagada via Baguio taking one of the early departures of Lizardo Bus (6a.m., P220/way). Lizardo shares a station (located near the public market) with local buses that serves the surrounding areas. There is no seat reservations so be there early enough to have a chance to get good seats. The return trip (Sagada-Baguio) is much the same, no reservations! You have to be at the Sagada square early enough to have a chance to get good seats, it's every man for himself. The one who moves quickest gets the best seat!
It takes 6-7 hrs. from Baguio to Sagada so be sure to bring some crackers and water with you.
Cable Tours Bus
- one trip daily from Quezon City to Bontoc
- leaves at 8PM from E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., Quezon City -- near St. Lukes
- 12-hour travel
- from Bontoc, take a jeep to Sagada (25-30 mins. travel time)
The second land route is Manila-Banaue-Bontoc-Sagada.
Manila-Banaue-Bontoc-Sagada, 13 hours.
Autobus (+6327358096) is the only bus company serving the Manila-Banaue route. Only one trip per day, the bus leaves Manila (Sampaloc) every 10pm. ETA Banaue is 7-8am (9-10 hours). From Banaue, catch another bus or a jeepney going to Bontoc. Banaue to Bontoc is roughly 2 hours. From Bontoc catch a jeepney that will bring you to Sagada (1-1.5 hours).
Note that when you select this route, it is advisable to stay a night or two at Banaue and explore some interesting spots there. When you do, don't miss the ultra-awesome Battad Rice Terraces. Please refer to my Banaue Things-To-Do tips for the details of the Battad trek.
Manila-Banaue (Autobus) -- P440
Banaue-Bontoc (Jeep) -- P
Bontoc-Sagada (Jeep) -- P
From Manila, there are two ways to get to Sagada by land, the Manila-Baguio-Sagada and the Manila-Banaue-Bontoc-Sagada routes.
Manila-Baguio-Sagada, 11 hours.
This route is highly recommended if you don't sleep during long trips and prefer great views along the way. If you do not intend to stay in Baguio, depart from Manila at midnight. Victory Liner (+6327274534, Cubao) buses depart Manila (Pasay & Cubao) by the hour. If you leave Manila at 12 midnight, you'll be in Baguio by 5 or 6am. You should sleep during the Manila-Baguio trip.
After arriving at Baguio, immediately proceed to Dangwa Terminal at the back of Plaza Fair and take the Lizardo Bus's first trip to Sagada at around 6:30am. You may sip a hot coffee first before boarding the bus. In case you missed the first trip, worry not because Sagada-bound buses leave Baguio City by the hour as well but only until 11am. If the Lizardo bus leaves Baguio at 6:30am, you'll be in Sagada by 12:30pm, or roughly after 6 hours. You wouldn't want to sleep by now because this trip along the Halsema Highway (the highest highway in the Philippines) offers the best views of the Cordillera mountainside communities. The last two hours of the trip are rough rides (rough roads, of course!). But all the bumps and dusts are all worth it when you begin to smell the mystical air and refreshing aroma of Sagada.
Manila-Baguio (Victory Liner Cubao, aircon) -- P380
Taxi from Victory Liner Baguio to Dangwa Terminal -- P35
Baguio-Sagada (Lizardo Bus, aircon) -- P220
Since my companions are coming from Manila and I'm coming from La Union, we decided to meet in Baguio. From our meeting place there, we went to Dangwa station (just behind the Baguio's Central Mall) and boarded the first trip to Sagada. We were looking for the Lizardo bus not knowing that the GL Trans in front of us was that! Haha!
We paid PhP220.00 each for our 6:00am trip. There are buses to Sagada every hour. The last trip is at 1:00pm. We travelled almost 7 hours via Halsema Highway. And we can't keep but get fidgety every now and then. Nevertheless, the sights were great! We were so up the mountains! It was really a panoramic view.
But then, since we travelled just after storm Paeng came raging into North Luzon, we encountered several land slides on the road so we have to wait for several minutes to give way to other vehicles on the opposite side. Also, after some cemented roads came rugged parts. Well, it's just a matter of enjoying the sights instead of minding the inconvenience of the trip. Besides, it wasn't that bad. The road to Sagada is an adventure in itself.
*It should be TIP FROM Sagada to MANILA
(not AROUND. hehe!)
Since the 1:00pm bus from Sagada to Baguio was already full, we decided to go to Bontoc instead and board a bus to Baguio there. We paid PhP35.00 for the trip from sagada to Bontoc. I saw several small rice terraces on the way and just like the rest of Mountain Province, the sights are breathtaking.
When we reached Bontoc, we decided to take the cable tours instead. We were so tired that the cable tour ride, which will go directly to Manila, was a more welcoming idea than going to Baguio and boarding the Victory Liner bus there.
We paid PhP600.00 flat each for the trip. We left Bontoc around 3:00pm. We passed by Ifugao, Banaue, Nueva Vizacaya, Nueva Ecija, and NLEX on our way to Manila (I'm sure I missed some provinces). Man, it was loooonnnnnggggg! 13 hours!!! But then, at least it was already direct. We didn't have to change buses.
Since I was sitting by the window, I could see that steep roads we were traversing. we were so near cliffs! Argh! And we encountered several rain washed portions of the road (making it narrower) and there were some instances wherein the fog was so thick it was almost zero visibility. I just forced myself to sleep. Haha!
13 hours later, we were already at the cable tour's station in E.Rodriguez Avenue, near St. Luke's Hospital.
It's really convenient to hire a van going around Banaue/Sagada/Baguio. Our driver/guide is knowledgeable about the place so it's a worry free trip. We booked for P2T/pax/day including a budget accomodation.
The road from the Halsema Road to Sagada (about 14 km) is in a very bad condition and really only suitable for vehicles with a high clearance from the road. The road is also prone to landslides especially during rainy days. We were stranded for 6 hours due to a landslide clearing! Better be a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
From Sagada, if you wish to go to Banaue, you somehow have to go to Bontoc to catch the bus to Banaue as there is no direct bus from Sagada to Banaue. You can catch a jeepney at Sagada bus stop, near to the market area. There are a number of jeepneys stationed there. The earliest jeepney from Sagada to Bontoc is at 6.00am and the last bus is at 12noon sharp. Frequency is either half hourly or hourly. Fare is 35pesos and the journey is about 40mins.
1) Be punctual when boarding the jeepney. They follow the time of the church bell and not the time on your watch (think the time is about 10mins earlier). Sometimes the jeepney will leave before designated time if it is full.
2) If you are catching the bus to Banaue at Bontoc, you need to note that the last bus to Banaue is at 2pm. (earliest at 6.00am, frequency : hourly, fare : 100pesos)
To get to Sagada, we board the last Lizardo Trans bus at 1.00pm from the Dangwa Bus Station (near Baguio City Market) in Baguio. The bus is aircond and the seats are so-so. The journey takes 7 hours, fare is 220pesos. The bus passed by La Trinidad and made its way up to the winding and scenic Halsema Hwy. (Pls see my travelogue on Halsema Hwy). You can sit on either side of the bus to view Halsema Hwy as the bus will make its wind around the mountain. The bus will make short stops at little villages on the way for you to use the washroom.
There are earlier buses bound for Sagada at the Dangwa Bus Station and there are other buses which are non aircond at the Slaughterhouse Road (which are bound for Bontoc and you need to take a Bontoc-Sagada bus) which is further up Dangwa Station. Unless you have got no choice on the timing of the bus, I suggest you board your bus from the Dangwa Station. D'Rising Sun buses also ply this route.
we took auto bus to and from sagada since they have the easiest route. going to sagada the chair was realllllllllly uncomfortable. hardly caught any sleep.
on the way back to manila, the chair i was in was broken. and the conductor didnt even apologize! he said we are not aware of it.... and there was a smell of something burining when i told the conductor he just said... "that's normal, that's the lining of the tires".....
next time ill just take the baguio route or maybe try cable tours.
attached is the picture of the broken chair!
i guess this is a better way of going to sagada, you may contact Mang Bert at 09193862159, he owns this bus named CABLE TOURS, it goes directly to BONTOC from quezon ave (near St. Lukes), from bontoc you just need to ride a jeepney to sagada.
Manila to Bontoc is a 12-13 hours ride then from bontoc to sagada is just a 30-45min ride, i guess this is faster than using the baguio or banaue route....
We took the Manila-Baguio-Sagada route (though most people say the manila-banaue-bontoc-sagada route is much better because of the view) primarily because it was more convenient for us. we just had to change buses twice. from Manila we took the 12am Victory Liner airconditioned bus going to Baguio at the cubao station (fare is Php385 one way). there's a bus leaving every hour (travel time is usually 6 hours, but if you take the deluxe bus [fare is Php550], it will only take 4.5 hours). we got to Baguio at around 5:15am. from the Victory Liner bus station we took a cab going to the Dangwa station and then took the 6am Lizardo bus going to Sagada (fare is Php220 one way). during peak season, there's a bus leaving for Sagada every hour from 6am to 1pm (travel time is 6 hours). we got to Sagada around 12 noon. we got off near the municipal hall because all tourists are required to register there first. going back to Manila, we took the 6am Lizardo bus to Baguio (again, during peak season, there's a bus leaving for baguio every hour from 6am until 1pm), got there at 12 noon, did a little shopping, then took the 2pm Victory Liner bus going back to Manila. we got home around 8pm.
On my third day in Banawe, I set for the trip to Sagada. From the Autobus terminal, I took a jeep going straight to Sagada. This jeep actually waits passengers from the Autobus every morning and leaves for Sagada once the jeep is already full. No need to transfer to another jeep in Bontoc. Fare is Php250.00/head but if the jeep is not full, fare is adjusted to a higher rate.