Partas bus run from Baguio to Vigan. From Baguio, the bus terminal is under Baguio SM, which is next to the Cordirella University. The fare is 274P for an ordinary bus to Vigan. The last trip is 10pm and it takes approximately 4 hours from Baguio to Vigan. The purchase of ticket will only begin at the counter when they hang a sign of the destination on the window.
More buses run between Baguio and Laoag passing by Vigan but not entering the city, and there are plenty of buses from Laoag to Vigan.
Manila to Vigan is a Gruelling 10 hour 410 kilometer trip via different kinds of roads. Why that long? because most highways in the provinces in the philippines are just 2 lane asphalt roads instead of Multilane Concrete All weather roads, that's why. Bus Companies that offer bus trips to Vigan and Ilocos Provinces are: (you can ask them for the price and if there are any tour packages)
Philippine Rabbit Bus Lines: Rizal Ave., Manila & EDSA, Q.C. Tel # 734-9838, 734-9836
Dominion Bus Line: New York St., Cubao, Q.C. Tel # 731-4180, 741-4146
Partas Bus Company: Aurora Blvd., Q.C. Tel. # 725-7303, 724-9820
Maria de Leon Transit: Dapitan cor. Gelinos Sts., Sampaloc, Manila Tel # 731-4907
PAL (Philippine Airlines) and Cebu Pacific Air flies to Laoag City 3 times a week. Laoag, 80 kilometers away from Vigan takes about 1½ hours to commute to both Cities. For Prices, search the websites below!
website: www.philippineairlines.com/ and www.cebupacificair.com/
Partas busline has bus trips from Laoag to Vigan. 1-2 hours apart. Im not sure how much (100 or so) but it takes 2- 3 hours. From the bustop at Vigan you can take a trike to the Heritage Village (prepare around 50 - depends on how many people are riding)
On your onward travel from Vigan, there are more interesting places to see farther north, south or east of Vigan. For more ideas where else you can proceed from Vigan, check out trip itinerary of Partas posted on their dispatcher window for time of travel, fares, distances and type of travel (aircon, ordinary or non-aircon). Number posted below is station telephone number in Vigan.
One is never in Vigan without trying the uniquely local mode of transportation - the calesa, or the single horse-drawn carriage. To lend the heritage aura of Vigan city, the calesa has been a preferred manner of going and touring Vigan. Regulated by the local government unit, fare in taking the calesa anywhere in Vigan is the same fare with the tricycle, P7.50 for short distances. A little further may cost more, just haggle with the driver. However, tour trips are flagged at P150.00 per hour, and is the same with anyone's calesa.
Ride is slower, but it gives the adage 'take time to smell the flowers' so much justice.
In a hurry to move around? Want a faster mode of transportation in and around winding streets of Vigan? Take the tricycle. Actually this unique Philippine vehicle is available nationwide but what makes it unique in this city is the competition it has with the calesa.
Basic rate of P7.50 for first 4kms, tip the driver for extra services.
If you do not have much luggage or just lugging backpacks, better take a public utility jeep that ply the airport exit to the main gate of Clark. That would cost not more that P10. From the main gate, hire a tricycle to take you to Dau bus terminal, just about P50-P70 for a trip. Unless of course you have heavier luggage then a taxi will be most convenient, P250-P300 is reasonable but try to haggle.
At the Dau bus terminal, several bus lines going to or passing thru Vigan make a 15-minute bus stop, but these buses may be far in between. I suggest you call the bus terminals in their official hotlines for an estimate of their pass-thru at Dau:
Philippine Rabbit - +632 7349836
Partas - +632 7257303, 7251740, 8514025
Maria de Leon - +632 7314907
Farinas Transit - +632 7438580
time of travel is estimated 8-9 hours depending on the number of stops the bus takes, usually night trips are recommended for this length of travel time.
Taking a bus ride from Vigan back to Manila will be another 9 hour ride. Vigan is definitely worth going to but taking a long bus ride can really be very uncomfortable for some. With that, we've decided to take the plane back to Manila. From the Partas bus station in Vigan City, we took the bus to Laoag, the fare was around 120 pesos and the trip took 1.5 hours. We stayed for 1 night at a Loaog Hotel and took the Cebu Pacific flight back to Manila. There is only one flight to Manila everyday, at 1:30 pm and arriving at the Manila Domestic Airport at just a little past 2:00 pm. The airfare for a 1 way ticket costs 1,395 pesos, we booked thru a Travel agency so they had to add a service charge of 100 pesos. The flight was short and okay compared to the 9 hour bus ride. It was worth our cash.
Vigan is one of the tourist spots here in the Philippines that has to be part in every traveler's list of places to visit before they die. Unfortunately you have to endure a 9 hour bus ride from Manila to Vigan. We took the Partas Bus from Cubao at 6:00 am and arrived at Vigan at 3:00 pm. It was a long ride and best tip is to take 1 bonamine tablet before your trip, it'll really save you from throwing up and getting uneasy while travelling.
Going to Vigan, we rode the pink bus of Florida Bus lines. Their terminal is situated in España Manila. The most convenient trip for us was the 10pm departure. Fee costs 500 pesos. It is air conditioned and with a small CR built in the bus. Actually, I can't remember if we did several stops or not because we're busy sleeping...
All I can remember I was awakened when there are already passengers dropping at some points of Ilocos Sur. Be sure to be quite awake to take a view of the road and bridge passing through a river. The scene for me was like the Land Before Time movie because of the vast river plus the early sunshine. We stopped at Marcia's where some passengers bought pasalubongs. For the Bus ride make sure to bring socks, a malong (super cold) and a pillow for a more convenient sleep.
The conductor will tell you if you're already in the city of Vigan, after which you have to ride a tricycle to get to Heritage City
Actually we took a local non-aircon bus to Vigan from Laoag. Although it is very advisable to take the aircon bus when taking this trip for it will take 2-3 hours travel time. Regular buses don't have reclining chairs that makes the trip much more comfortable. We took the PARTAS bus going home to Manila. Their bus station is located near the Vigan Public Market. Schedules vary from 2:30am to 10:30pm with final destinations to Pasay, Cubao and Sampaloc.
It is best to take the tricycle when you don't have a car. If you have a lot of time, then it is best to ride on a caritela (carriers pulled by horses). Make sure to deal with the driver first and ask how much the fare cost before boarding. Bargain if you can! There are no fix prices so have fun in bargaining the price!
its my first time to ride a "CALESA".. horse carriage. and it was exciting!
it took us around Vigan, in STYLE! Php150.00 (US$3.00) per hour for the Calesa to tour you around Vigan.
1) TRICYCLE : Php 8.00 per head in the mornings and Php10.00 per head in the evening
2) Car : Vigan has small busy streets, its better to use the tricycle or WALK!
3) Bicycle : bring your own (i guess)
CALESA: LOOK FOR LAWRENCE AND HIS HORSE " LOVELY"
note:be sure to be nice to your KUTSERO (Calesa driver) because he will be the secret of the successful Vigan tour, he will take you around the most convinient and beautiful places in a shortest period of time!
Forms of transport to move around the surroundings in Vigan :-
1) Kalesa - 7.5pesos for short distance and 150pesos for 1 hour ride
2) Tricycle - 7.5pesos for short distance, longer distance, negotiate
3) Walk - most of the places of interests are accessible by walking except : Public Market, Simbaan a Bassit, Pottery factory, Bell tower and St.Augustine Parish Church of Bantay.
From Vigan, you can board the Partas bus at the Partas Bus station which is near to the Lyric cinema and the Public Market of Vigan. You will need to go there earlier to check on the timing of the bus. We boarded the Partas Vigan-Baguio bus at 1.45pm and reached Baguio at 7.15pm (about 6hours ride). Fare is 299pesos.