If you are goinmg from Banaue to Manila then there is a bus leaving Banaue every night that arrives in Manila the next morning.
Just be aware that it can be very popular during the official holidays and it can be a good idea to book a day in advance.
Many of the people arriving to Banaue is coming from Sagada so i thought it was a good idea to put a little info on that.
You have jeepneys travelling the journey several times a day, but be aware that the last ones leave Sagada for Banaue in the early afternoon as they need to reach Banaue before it get's dark.
The trip usually takes a mlittle under three hours, but be prepared for more as the road is unpaved most of the way and if rainfall happens it could easily take longer.
The journey is a very scenic one though and i would love to do it again.
One can board the bus from the Florida bus station in Manila. Prior booking might help.
While taking the bus make sure you have enough warm clothes, ear plugs and sleep mask. What might also help is carrying some scotch tape or something like that to cover the air-con duct. They turn it up real cold.
Transportation system is quaintly rudimentary and less urbane in Banaue. Getting to short distances destinations (like 1-2 kilometers), one may hire a three-wheeled pedaled motorcycle commonly known as tricycle. Its around Php 50 to 100 (US$ 2-4) per tricycle regardless of the number of people. Of course, the picture as you can see can only comfortably seat 2 to 3 persons. While going to remote and distant nearby destinations, which includes Viewpoint, Banga-an Village or Hapao will ideally require one to hire a converted army jeep (just a bit longer) outfitted with various decorations also known as jeepney will cost you around Php 1500 (US$ 35) or a little bit more for a one day rent but again, depending on the distance of the destinations.
If you can bring a 4x4 vehicle to Banaue, then do! Vehicle (jeepneys) hire rates are really, really pricey but if you are plenty in a group, then you'll have no problem.
There are also many tricycles in town to go around in and are cheaper than hiring jeepneys but you'll be traveling at a slower rate. Make sure to ask your hotel the rates of riding a tricycle from one point to the other because they can charge tourists quite high.
There are also public jeepneys but they have a schedule and leave once they are full so check with the Visitor Information or your hotel.
Take the Victory Liner bus in Kamuning, Quezon City bound for Banaue, a single trip that leaves at 10:45 p.m. daily. it's an 8-9 hour bus ride with three short stop-overs for the passengers to eat, buy some foods or go to the comfort room. About 7:00 a.m. the following day, you will arrive at the mountainous place of Banaue. It's important to first contact the ticketing office to make a reservation. Ticket price is Php 400.00 per head.
Auto Bus has 65 units of 45-47 seater plus 2 new Executive Matrix 34 seater buses. All units are fully air conditioned with video on board and toilet for the Matrix units.
Autobus Terminal in Metro Manila:
BANAUE 22:00 PM 8 Hrs. Php 462.00
- Espana Boulevard, corner Cataluna Street, Sampaloc, Manila
To get around Banaue, you need, if not a 4 wheelin' at least something with really good tough tires. At the Tourist Information Center, or at the place you're staying, you can find a good deal. As a municipal provision, everything is charged fairly-- no overpricing. So tipping is guilt-free hah!
How boring is it to view the majestic landscapes inside a car? or even inside the jeep? Get your guts to the highest level and climb on top! Just make sure to hold on vice grip tight when going downhill or uphill! But it'll be your best ride ever!
Should you be taking a bus from Manila, the most convenient way is to take the 10pm bus from either Dangwa Bus or Auto Bus (During peak seasons or holy week, you have to at least reserve ticket on week or 3 days before trip whenever possible). Trips are usually daily. The trip will usually take you around 8 to 9 hours. The trip will pass by Neighboring Provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Bayombong, Solano, Bambang. You will arrive around 5 to 6 am the next day.
From Baguio, as of this date, Auto Bus does not operate unlike in the past. I'm not sure if Dangwa is also operating, but you can take a ride almost every afternoon only near the Rizal Park (in Baguio City). There are buses and mini buses station.This trip will take you from Baguio going down to Carmen, making a let turn to the junction going to Vizcaya, heading east, then a turn from San Jose going up north making your way to Solano or Bayombong The trip will also bore you a long 9 hour haul. On the other hand, you can settle by riding three different trips: Baguio to Sagada or go directly to Bontoc, taking the trip from either Slaughter House or at the back of Centermall, simply known as Dangwa Terminal. The trip will usually take you 5-6 hours. The trip usually starts around 6 am, taking the Halsema Highway route. If you take the Sagada trip and arriving at the area, it is impossible to leave the place without making your way around, but If you are in a hurry, you can either rent a jeepney going to Bontoc or settle for the next day. It will usually take you around 1 to 2 hours to reach Bontoc. Bontoc is a central part of the transportation link. From Bontoc, you can actually go directly to Baguio or Banaue or Sagada. From Bontoc, there are jeepneys that have limited schedules, so an inquiry from locals is recommended. You can take a jeepney trip between 8 am to 10 am. You can ask the locals of what time the trip is in the afternoon. The trip will usually take you 1.5 to 2 hours going to Banaue.
The road from Banaue to Batad is horrendous, but it more than makes up for it with spectacular views of the surrounding cordilleras and rice terraces. With obligatory photo stops, it takes 45 minutes to an hour to travel the road, which terminates at the beginning of a steep, three-kilometer trail to Batad.
Important! Once you arrive at Banaue, make your reservation at the bus station 1st. This is true for Auto bus as they are now only making one trip per day ie at 5.30pm. If you are in a hurry and need to leave on the same day, advice is to get straight to the Auto bus station which is about 7 minutes tricycle ride from Banaue town (fare:20pesos per pax). The Auto bus station is actually a simple shed with a small parking lot, maybe for 2-3 buses. There will be an attendant there to do the reservation for you. Tickets from Banaue to Manila (Auto bus) is 462pesos. Journey is about 9hours. The final destination is Cubao station and Sampaloc station in Manila (depends on which station you want to get off).
Pack some food and drinks for the journey (No worries though as during certain stops, many vendors will get into the bus to sell you food and drinks). Have a warm jacket ready and a neck pillow would be useful for such a trip.
Note: Apparently there are other bus companies ie KMS Lines and Ohayami Transport that go to Manila. Check this out in the Information Centre in Banaue town.
See more pics on Auto bus station....
The only bus company with trips going to Banaue : AUTOBUS.
Located in Tolentino St. Corner España St. Sampaloc Manila (approaching Quiapo, a block away beside UST).
Fare is php469/pax. Leaves by 10pm, EAT at Banaue is 7am.
It is best to get a reservation since they only have 1 trip daily.
The bus journey from Bontoc to Banaue is about 2hours. When we arrived at Bontoc, we took the Von Von liner which was parked at the "station" along the main road, opposite side of the road where the jeepney from Sagada to Bontoc stopped. Do not know if any other bus companies ply the Bontoc-Banaue route. As we were not particular of the bus liner and we were in a hurry to get to Banaue, we just boarded the Von Von liner which was about to leave for Banaue. The seats were almost full and lots of luggages were already on board. We paid 100pesos each for fare. The bus was really old and the seats were real bad, so were the tyres!, but the driver and the attendants were friendly and helpful.
Note: earliest bus to Banaue is at 6.00am and the last bus is at 2p.m. (Frequency is hourly)
See more pictures on conditions of the bus..
To move around Banaue, get on the tricycle. It is cheap and convenient. Lots of them everywhere - you can flag them down at any time.... Max passengers it can take (for medium sized) is 3 : two in the compartment and one as a pillion rider with the driver.
This is probably the only way to get to Banaue,well if you don't own/hire a car.
The bus leaves at 10pm and arrive in Banaue around 6am.There are few stops, where you can use the toilet or buy some foods or drinks.Or I call it a "cigarette stop" for smokers;)
But DON'T expect a good and clean toilet and a nice restaurant or we call it "carenderia".
But the good thing is,there's no traffic.