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.
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.
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.
Updated : 03-Nov-09
Airconditioned buses depart from Manila every night. Departure times around 10:30-10:45PM and arrives in Banaue around 6-7AM the next day. There are no advance reservations so you get seats as you pay. Note that these buses can be freezingly cold *cough* Autobus *cough* so bring a jacket (you can complain to no avail).
*Autobus Transport (10:45PM daily)
NEW ADDRESS: 1445 St. Loyola cor. F. Coyco Sts, Sampaloc, Manila
*Florida Transport (regular 9:10PM / deluxe 10:45PM daily)
Earnshaw Sr cor. Loyola, Espana, Manila
Terminals for Florida and Autobus are now on the same side and a block apart from each other. Five minutes walk from main road Espana. Florida terminal is closer to Lacson St while Autobus is closer to UST main entrance. The difference for the regular and deluxe is the toilet inside as far as I know. Oh and the hot pink curtains.
PEAK SEASON: Easter Week, November 1-2, Dec 20-Jan6
Locals going home to Ifugao take as early as 2 weeks to buy their tickets during these dates. Florida still refuses to add trips during the peak season so that's it, one or two a day. Autobus adds on 2-3 more trips especially leading up to the main holidays (Holy Thu, All Saint's Day, Christmas, New Year) but again these seats get filled up easily.
CLARK - BANAUE
There are no buses directly going to Banaue from Clark Airport in Pampanga. Best option is to backtrack to Manila and get the night bus. Or if you are not on a rush and looking to head to Sagada you can go to Baguio first. Buses heading for Baguio leaves every 30 minutes from the Dau terminal which is just a few minutes away from Clark airport. There are buses from Baguio heading for Sagada or Banaue.
There are non-aircon buses that goes direct to Banaue. Travel time is 8 hours. Usual departure times are 7PM everyday. You can find them usually waiting for passengers near Rizal Park.
1)Take a jeepney to Bontoc. Find the jeepney terminal going to Banaue. Last trip is 12:30-ish to 1PM. Travel Time : 3-4 hours.
2)Another option is to wait for those non-aircon buses going to Tabuk or Quirino. They stop in Banaue for those mandatory stopovers.
3) Some people hire a jeepney from Banaue to take them straight to Sagada and back. If you are lucky they might be in the mood to accommodate an additional passenger or two. Of course there's a chance you might have to split up the fare and that could be more expensive than commuting.
Reminder: If you are coming from Sagada/Bontoc and leaving for Manila via Banaue the same day, take the morning commute to Banaue. The roads are rough enough to warrant a vehicle breakdown when you least expect it.
Banaue has a suspension bridge that makes crossing the town by foot quite a bit easier.
It's located pretty much right in the center of town, but instead of walking on a very trafficed road when you go from one end of town to the other you can just walk over the suspension bridge and you will both save time and avoid the traffic.
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
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.
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.
AutoBus is one of only two or three bus companies with direct trips to Banaue from Manila. The bus leaves the capital city every 10pm only, daily. The same bus leaves Banaue for Manila 5pm daily. On both destinations, always best to secure tickets in advance (see contact numbers below), especially during holidays and peak seasons. The trip takes approximately 10 hours, including a couple of 15-minute stopovers. The bus terminal in Manila is located along Espana Street, fronting University of Santo Tomas.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Florida has Deluxe buses with comfort rooms and spacious seats.
Location: Earnshaw cor. Extremadora St. in Sampaloc, Manila (near intersection of Espana and Lacson Ave.)
Ticket Price: P450
Tickets can be reserved 2 days prior by phone, and must be claimed at least an hour before departure time. If you don't claim your ticket one hour before, you might have to wait the next day to go to Banaue (because the Autobus leaves at 10pm and travelers I met who took this bus said it's crappy).
Schedule: 10:45 pm everyday via Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.