Going to Banaue, you have to take Night bus from KMS line. You will arrive there by dawn. Then you can enjoy seeing the morning view in Banaue. To be frank, the highway wasnt like what I expected before. Unlike modern country highway despite, it's really adventurous site of traveling. I tried to sleep in a bus at that night but I wasnt sure is that a good decision since I were sitting in a very front seat, so I could see the road very clearly. The road is ok but a bit scary when the bus is speeding on the mountain range highway. Once in a while my heart jerk when the bus making turn or corner ring at the edge of the highway but what I can tell, it would be spectacular view to see the surrounding area of the Mountain Province.
the autobus going to banaue leaves at 10pm. During peak season (april, may), a special trip leaves at 10.45pm to accomodate all passengers (P462.00/one way). the trip takes around 10hours. Upon arriving at the Autobus makeshift terminal at Banaue at 7am the following day, you can go directly to the jeepneys parked there. They're bound direct to Sagada for only P250.00. The jeepneys usually wait for the passengers arriving from the Autobus. Depending on the people going to Sagada, the jeepneys will depart 7:30-8am.The jeepney has stopovers in Banaue view point (est.8:00-9:00am), Mt. Polis view point (est.9:30-9:45am) and Bay-ao rice terraces view point (est.10:15-10:20). Banaue to Sagada takes 3 hours through rough roads but with fantastic views of cloud-capped mountains, bright blue sky, cliff-hanging terrain and gravel hills!
Hello everyone. To reach this beautiful place directly from Manila by one bus, Autobus company is the only chance for you which buses departs from Espana Boulevard. The point is even the company itself declares that tickets can be purchased or reserved only from the office in this terminal. However there is a travel agent, Filipino travel which can sell or book tickets of Autobus in Ermita. Close to the Robinson Centre and in the corner of Adriatico and the Pedro Gil streets (Romana Apt.Building,1555 M.Adriatico Street Ermita) where is close to the tourist belt Ermita and Malate. You can just walk. But they add a 12% service charge addition to the tickets. Its good just if you dont want to deal with going to the terminal one or two day before the trip to book or buy the tickets.
Thanks for this useful information to the so kind staff (A very informative lady but dont know her name) of Pension Natividad in Malate.
Have fun the terraces and the friendly people and beautiful kids around there...
We took the jeepney from Banaue to Bontok in an aim for reaching Sagada. It took 2 hours to get to Bontok, then another hour for Sagada. The original price for the ride was 150 pesos but after waiting for an hour inside the jeepney, the waiting passengers (incl myself and my gf) agreed to pay 200 pesos each so we could leave...basically u can wait for hours till it is full.... my gf got sick from the drive up,left,right,down,left,right....we met some nice ppl from that trip whom we hung out with upon reaching Bontok and Sagada.
The road to Bangaan Rice Terraces, our day tour destination in Banaue is about 12km away from our hotel. It is but normal to meet jeepney drivers at the hotel lobbies offering a day rent of their passenger jeepneys. The jeepneys are set-up and designed for the mountainous bumpy rugged road curved in the very steep side of the mountain. And considering the special skills of these local drivers, it is but wise to hire them than using your own city-bred car/van.
It is advisable to contact one a day prior. This could be at your advantage when haggling for the package price.
An airconditioned Autobus leaves Manila at 10pm daily and arrives in Banaue at 7am the next day. The same bus leaves Banaue daily at 5:30pm and arrives in Manila around 2:30am the next day.
There are normally 2 brief stop overs, "brief" as in 20 minutes - for the bus to re-fuel or for the passengers to eat and/or visit the bathroom. Take advantage of these stops to stretch, the bus seat is not very comfortable.
Jeepney in Banaue is bigger and sturdier than those found in Manila. Maybe, because of the road conditions and the people and products they transport.
No definite schedule of departure/arrival, when the jeepney becomes full, then off it goes. It is better to form a group and "contract" a jeepney for sightseeing.