Tarlac to Banaue
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jan 22, 2012 9:48 PM Last Post By: joshuam
Jan 19, 2012 2:08 PM
Jan 19, 2012 5:05 PM
1There's no direct bus. Probably the easiest would be to go from Tarlac to Baguio (lots of trips), from Baguio to Sagada, stay a bit, go on to Banaue then back to manila (or wherever). If you're going all the way to the mountains it's worth going to Sagada as well as Banaue.
I would not suggest the direct bus from Baguio to Banaue... very roundabout route, long trip.
You could also go from Tarlac to Cabanatuan. It's theoretically possible but unlikely to time that to catch the direct Manila-Banaue bus there. More likely you'd get a bus to Tuguegarao or Santiago, get off at Bagabag junction, and look for a jeepney up to Banaue.
Jan 19, 2012 5:14 PM
2Thanks a lot for the helpful information. Just a few more questions:
1) I heard that the direct from Manila to Banaue takes 9 hours, is that true?
2) Are you saying that the direct bus from Manila to Banaue stops in Cabanatuan?
3) Do you know the bus company name that goes from Manila to Banaue directly?
Again, thanks for all your help!
Edited by: joshuam
Jan 19, 2012 11:06 PM
3Ohayami Trans runs Manila-Banaue. It passes through Cabanatuan and I assume it would stop there, fairly major town. If it were me I wouldn't bother trying to link the trips, I'd just leave Tarlac way early, get to Cabanatuan, hook onto a northbound trip (lots) and take my chances at Bagabag. Unless of course you're heavily loaded!
I assume you know that to get much out of Banaue you really have to go out to Batad...
Jan 20, 2012 5:56 PM
Jan 20, 2012 6:09 PM
5It's possible but it takes time and effort. The east-west routes across the mountains are not widely used. You'd basically be hopping from town to town with numerous changes of vehicle and the possibility of getting stuck for a night somewhere (which is often good experience).
The easiest way is Tagudin - Cervantes over Bessang Pass, then Cervantes to Bontoc. Doable in a day with an early start. Vigan - Bangued - Balbalasang - Kagoloan - Tinglayan - Bontoc is an adventure, you might end up hitch hiking or walking, few public trips on the Abra-Kalinga border section.
It's also possible to go Candon - Quirino (via San Emilio road or Tirad Pass trail) and then to Patiakan, Besao, Sagada, Bontoc. I've done it on a mt bike but vehicles are few and far between and it would take a while.
Last option would be Vigan - Pagudpud - Tuguegarao, around the north coast, then direct to Banaue or to Banaue via Kalinga. Nice trip if you have time..
Jan 21, 2012 12:31 AM
Jan 21, 2012 1:04 AM
7Take any bus going to Solano, Ilagan, Echague, Tuguegarao and asked to be dropped off to Solano or Bagabag. Then a jeepney ride to Banaue can be obtained from there. Jeepneys are available only during the day so do not attempt this at night.
Jan 21, 2012 1:57 AM
Jan 21, 2012 2:37 AM
9I'm not sure any of the buses Leng refers to pass through Tarlac, though she'll correct me if I'm wrong. Most of the buses going to Cagayan Valley don't, the ones passing Tarlac are going to Baguio and up the Ilocos coast.
Bagabag-Banaue by jeep is only about 50km but on a jeep probably 2 hrs with stops etc. I don't know of any place to stay in Bagabag; if you want to spend a night before going up stop in Solano, town before Bagabag.
If you're going Banaue-Tuguegarao and you have time I'd think about going via Bontoc, Tinglayan, and Tabuk, quite spectacular trip. Also possible to stop off in Sagada on that route.
Jan 21, 2012 3:36 AM
Jan 22, 2012 9:48 PM
11Just for futher information, this is what we did:
Tarlac to Cabantuan - 1 hour (Ordinary bus)
Cabanatuan to Solano - 4 hours (Victory Liner)
Solano to Legawe - 1 hour (Jeepney)
Legawe to Banaue - 1 hour (Jeepney)
(3 star Hotel)
From US$80.22 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$56.54 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$38.81 per night