There is a daily flight to and from Naga City. If by misfortune you fail to get a seat on the PAL flight from Legazpi to Manila, you can drive to Naga City (2 hrs) and catch the 8am flight of the Airphils. The fare is a few hundred pesos cheaper than that of PAL's. Check their website for promo fares.
Another option is to go to/from Albay by plane. You may inquire from the following domestic carriers with regular flights to Albay from Manila and back:
+63 2- 855- 8888
+63 2- 702- 0888
If you'll be coming from Naga City, go to the Central Bus Station (near SM) and just look for the buses in queue bound for the different towns/cities of Albay. There are big signs indicating the destinations of buses.
If possible, take a seat by the window on the left side to enjoy the scenic countryside views and a glimpse of Mt. Isarog and Mayon Volcano.
If you intend to commute by land, consider any of several aircon tourist bus companies plying the Manila-Legazpi route daily. Travel time to Legaspi is about 9 hours , passing through scenic roads of other Albay towns.
If you live in the Laguna area, Philtranco and Amihan bus lines have a ticketing office in Turbina. The ticketing office is open until the last trip and they also have a phone number. Amihan cellphone number: 09284223412. Unfortunately I was not able to get the number of Philtranco. there is also another bus line there, JLH (?) but they don't have a ticketing office and you just have to wait for the bus to arrive. But they do have an aircon and non aircon buses.
Note: make sure that the ticketing officer writes your name in the trip manifest (seating plan).
Bus fare for the non air-con bus of Philtranco is Php 600. Take the non aircon bus only if you have no other choice (like what happend to us). The bus ride to Legazpi is 10-12hrs and the road in some parts of Quezon are being fixed so it is very dusty and hot. The night trip (leaving Turbina at 5pm) has only one stop over somewhere in Quezon. The food is expensive and the serving size is way too small. I suggest you order take out from Jollibee which is just near the Turbina station or Tapa King (near the Shell gasoline station also in Turbina) or even just cup noodles and bread.
If you don't know where you are going down, just tell the bus driver you are going to the Satellite station (this is like the central station of the buses, vans and jeepneys going to most of the municipalities/cities of Albay). Most of the time this is the last stop of buses going to Legazpi and one of the major stopover of those going to Sorsogon.
Going back to Manila from Legazpi we took the aicon bus of Gold Line Tours, Inc. (743-3389, 831-9737 or 912-4559). We got the ticket in the satellite station. Aircon bus costs Php 800. The night trip has 2 major stope overs, I think one is just after Naga City and the other one in Gumaca, Quezon. Eating in the Naga stopover is highway robbery (according to Mary). My jaw dropped when i paid for our food. So again if you have time (which we didn't have, we arrived at the terminal just in time for the bus to leave) order take out in Legazpi or bring cup noodles.
we were looking for a cheaper way of going to albay and heard from friends that there were now buses that go to albay which weren't so expensive and offered lots of leg room and wide, reclining seats so we decided to check them out. We booked tickets with isarog bus lines supposedly from manila to legazpi because we heard that they had a bus with seats like those in the business class section of an airplane, a toilet and departed at night. when we got to the terminal we found out that we got the wrong tickets and the bus stops at naga! good thing we were told that we could get off at the naga terminal and hop onto another isarog bus that's headed to legazpi and just pay extra. anyway if you want something cheaper do take the isarog bus. here's why:
- if you're planning to take the "lazyboy x-treme" reserve seats early! seats are very limited and easily sold out.
- make sure to get the "lazyboy x-treme" bus. its a 16-seater (if i remember right) bus with lazyboys for seats. that's wide, soft, leather seats with a leg, foot and head rest. the seat is so wide that when you recline it it's like laying down on a single-sized bed with space to move and turn around. best of all, it only costs P950!
- the bus leaves at 9pm and arrives in naga at 4am. although its a 6-hour journey you won't really notice since you'll be asleep anyway. in other words, no time is lost!
- make sure to bring a small pillow and a blanket. its freezing in that bus!
- they show movies during the trip and the nice thing about it is that you don't have to crane your neck trying to look at the screen in front near the driver. isarog lazyboy x-treme has 3 screens inside (front, middle, and back). isn't that cool?! - toilets are pretty clean but you might want to bring lysol because it can stink after a time.
- the bus from naga to legazpi isn't as extreme as the "lazyboy x-treme" but still comfortable. its a 1 1/2 hour trip and you should get to legazpi between 5:30am-6:00am. added cost: P150.00!
We went to Tabaco bus station and was able to get a ticket for Manila from RSL Bus Transport Corporation. The ticket price is P762 but I was able to get a student fare which is 20% lower at P610 (I have no student ID but the cashier says I look young enough hehe). Senior citizens also get a 20% fare discount.
RSL (Executive Class) buses are new, has roomy leg space (bigger than most buses) and cool ACU so it was a comfortable ride home. The trip took 11 hours!...a night schedule would be advisable.
There is a big demand for tickets so buy one in advance and be sure to follow the notice below:
NOTICE FOR PASSENGERS (By bus admin):
1. Please check-in at the terminal at least 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time and must secure a boarding pass. otherwise, non-appearance at least 30 minutes before departure may mean that the accomodation may be forfeited in favor of chance passenger. All baggages must also be presented upon check-in for proper identification. NO BOARDING PASS, NO BUS ENTRY.
2. Upgrading, downgrading and any ticket re-issuance will bear an additional charge of Php10.00 as surcharge.
3. Please be advised that all reservation will automatically be cancelled if payments haven't been made 3 hours before your scheduled departure time.
4. A NO SHOW charge will be imposed as follows:
Aircon Buses Passengers - Php100.00
Ordinary Buses passengers - Php50.00
5. Effective on May 15, 2006
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