Baguio Transportation - Philippines
Baguio is prime tourist destination in the Philippines. It is one of the best getaways from the heat of summer in the islands of the Philippines. So, as you might expect, summers will be crowded with hotels and other accommodations fully booked. That is plainly a testament of how easy it is to get to Baguio City.
We shall look at the different modes of transport available if you wish to travel to Baguio and spend a wonderful time in the pines.
Getting into Baguio from different parts of the country would require one to go by either Manila or Clark, in Pampanga. From either of these two intervening locations you can travel to Baguio using different means of transportation.
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Traveling from Manila
Getting to Manila and then off to Baguio by bus is still the economical means of transportation. There are several bus companies that take on the route from Manila heading to Baguio with terminals scattered all over the metropolitan area. This makes finding a bus to get there very easy. The bus ride to Baguio will take around five up to seven hours with a few stopovers in between.
A couple of bus companies of note will have to be Dagupan Bus or Victory Liner. These two companies have buses leaving for Baguio practically every hour. The buses are air-conditioned and quite modern, which means you should expect only a few bumps along the way. The only major drawback is that the seats are designed for an average Filipino's size. Our taller foreign visitors might have to hunch and huddle a bit during the trip and stretch out later when you reach the next stop over. The trip from Manila to Baguio will only cost you around P400. A deluxe trip will cost you around P600.
Traveling from Angeles City / Clark in Pampanga
Traveling from Clark in Pampanga will be a bit cheaper and will have a shorter travel time. Travelers opting to go by here will have to take a Partas Bus heading north. Buses usually leave the airport at Clark at 5:00 PM and then make a three-hour travel to Sison at 8:00 PM. You then switch to a Victory Liner bus from Sison to Baguio and travel for another hour and a half. The whole trip will cost you roughly around P300 but it will totally be up to you if the hassle of finding and switching buses will be worth the savings and faster travel.
Traveling to Baguio by Air
Traveling to Baguio by air will take only 50 minutes. Baguio City's Loakan Airport is only 20 minutes away from the city. Prepare to dish out P6,000 if you plan to take this means of transportation.
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Driving to Baguio
Foreign visitors who are unfamiliar with the road to Baguio are advised not to drive to the city. This means of transportation will be scenic, however it will also be very dangerous as the path up the mountains is treacherous. The roads heading up to Baguio City are usually hedged by landslides during the rainy seasons, which adds to the danger for one driving into unknown roads. If visitors still insist on hitting the road, then they should get a Filipino driver who is familiar with the road to Baguio. The scenery isn't worth the risk considering the dangers. Most car rental companies will offer a chauffeur if you so request.
Transportation within Baguio City
Transportation within the city will be like anywhere in the Philippines. You'll still find the traditional jeepneys traveling around the streets. All you have to do to get a ride is to hail one and get on. Other than jeepneys, you also have the option to take taxi to your next destination. You can either pick up a cab while you're on your way or hire one for the whole day, which will cost you more but will be a bit more convenient if you really don't know how to get around in Baguio City.
You will have many options and means of transportation to and around Baguio City. Take note of the precautions we have mentioned above and your travel to Baguio will end up as a scenic and memorable one.
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