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
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!
well, to describe how comfy to take a night bus to and from vigan can be described on my way to manila. it's about 10 pm at the night leaving partas transit bus terminus and i take my beloved ilocano blanket. i take single seat for myself and zzzzz [means deep sleep :)] and whenever i wake up, i read the signboard "cubao" and time is 5 am. it means i can sleep that long without something annoying nor disturbing.
here several info about buses for northern bound of luzon to vigan:
dominion transit (new york st., cubao, quezon city; 741-4146)
farinas transit (laong laan, sampaloc, manila.; 731-4507)
federico lines (gov. forbes, manila; 731-4473)
maria de leon transit (dapitan, sampaloc, manila.;731-4907)
partas transit (arayat st., cubao, quezon city; 725-7303)
viron transit (dapitan, sampaloc, manila.;741-6588)
* i take partas transit and small tip, there's no booking or reservation before departure. you just show up and queue in front of ticket booth. they will announce time and type of bus will depart from the terminus
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.
in several section, jeepney and tricycle [all motorized] are prohibited to enter the area. but further away from the main attractions of vigan, sure you can take tricycle and jeepney. one of the route of jeepney is vigan - sinait.
From Vigan to Paoay, take any bus plying route Vigan - Laoag and drop at Batac. From Batac, take a tricycle (40P) or jeepney (8.5P oneway) to Paoay Church. It is less than 10 mins drive from Batac.
Partas bus (air-con) run from Vigan to Batac for 150P, there are dozens of non-aircon buses that go to Laoag and the fee to Batac is 80P. Non-aircon bus will make more stops and picking up passengers along the way.
The road from Vigan to Batac is okie but air-con bus dont have good seats. Anyway I enjoy the journey very much as in the journey I self-reflex a bit and convinced that I have not much regrets in life. Oh yea, it is a bit dusty though for non-aircon bus so you might want to get something to cover your nose.
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!
I took a Partas bus from Laoag to Vigan. The bus is going to Baguio and Vigan is on the way. Journey is around 1.5 hours to 2 hours and it costs around P110 or roughly $2
Partas station in Vigan is right beside the public market.
The whole stretch of cobble-stoned Crisologo St. is the main attraction of Vigan. Motorized vehicles are off-limits here, giving the Calesa the exclusive right in this street. The Dept of Tourism (D.O.T.) accredited calesas charge P150 per hour. It is okay though to get half an hour at half the price which i suggest is enough time to go around the block and get your snap shots.
Some enterprising "kutcheros" would offer you to take the Calesa up to Baluarte which is about 3 kms away. The travel will eat up much of your time and nothing special along the way. Much more, it is hot. I suggest that you ride your car instead when going to this isolated attraction.
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.
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.
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.
Vigan is a small City in the Province Ilocos Sur, located in the Northern Part of the Luzon Area in the Philippines.
Upon arrival in Vigan, the best form of transportation is the "Tricycle"
Fare per person is Php 10.00
If you like roaming around Vigan the traditional way "Kalesa" is the ride
Fixed Fare per hour is more or less around Php 150.00
If you are in the center of the city, you can do walking..*
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.
to go around in Ilocos I would suggest to rent a car/van, it would be more convenient and would save time. If you're only staying for 2D1N spend the night in Pagudpod.. Search for Cathy's HOmestay, it's the cheapest homestay along Saud Beach.. and for affordable transportation to go around pagudpod and vigan contact Lerry Molina: 0929-813-8352.. I only spent 3,500 when I visited vigan-laoag and pagudpod. These locals made my stay in vigan and pagudpod worthwhile.. =)