It’s not easy to find information about bus travel from Baguio City to Cagayan Valley and Northeast Luzon.
I looked at Facebook, did a Google search, but in the end, what worked is a simple crowd-sourcing question on Facebook, and a quick trip to the terminals in Baguio City.
Here are the buses or vans that you can take to travel from Baguio City to the towns and cities of Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, and Cagayan provinces. Although it is not a province within the Cagayan Valley region, you can also go to Kalinga from Baguio City.
Bus Terminal Location: behind the Baguio Center Mall
Here’s the Google Maps location of this bus terminal. https://goo.gl/maps/Riug6bHd2KM2
7 PM: Aircon bus to Tabuk via Santiago and San Mateo, Isabela
8 PM: Ordinary bus, via Alicia, San Mateo, and Roxas, Isabela
9 PM: Aircon bus to Tabuk via Santiago and San Mateo, Isabela
Reservation: They do not accept advance reservations, but you can buy a ticket at the terminal early in the morning of the day you plan to travel.
Bus Terminal Location: Burnham Park, near the biking area in front of Chowking.
Trip Schedule: Bus from Baguio City to Roxas, Isabela
Reservation: Just go to the bus station early in the morning to purchase a ticket on the day of your travel.
Bus Terminal Location: Gov Pack Road (near the top of Session Road where you go up to SM).
Trip Schedule & Routes: Baguio to Tuguegarao via Cauayan and Ilagan. Wasn’t able to capture the schedule of their trips. If you do know, please share in the comments below.
Right beside the terminal of GL Trans, you can find the Pine Bus. I wasn’t able to get their schedule. But if you know, please share it in the comments below.
Vans going to Nueva Vizcaya
Their terminal is at the slaughterhouse, which is near the public market, on the road going to La Trinidad, Benguet.
There are vans going from Baguio to Nueva Vizcaya. These vans will pass through the Ambuklao dam and the Kayapa road. It is much quicker. You go down directly from Baguio into Nueva Vizcaya. It only takes about 4-5 hours of travel, instead of the 6 or so hours if you pass through Marcos Highway, La Union, Pangasinan, and Nueva Ecija.
My problem, though, is that I easily get dizzy. I have vertigo. Going through the winding roads of Kayapa will be a disaster.
But if you’re in a hurry, consider riding these vans to go down from Baguio.
Image credit: Lendl Peralta via Flickr