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2 ways to get from Manila to Banaue

Taking a Bus from Manila to BanaueDuration: 8h 30m
Know before you go

Travelling by tourist bus from Manila to Banaue might sound unappealing, but really, it is quite a comfortable experience. The coach bus departs multiple times a day and provides everybody with multiple amenities (A/C, WiFi, charger sockets). Please remember to print your voucher in order to avoid any issues before making it to Banaue.

  • Pros
    • Various Manila terminal departure locations
    • Clean coach bus
    • Efficient
    • Makes rest stops
    • Mindful service
  • Cons
    • Non refundable
    • Possibly heavy traffic
    • A/C on high
    • Narrow seats
    • Inconsistent WiFi signal
    • Long journey
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Taking a Minivan from Manila to BanaueDuration: 10h
Know before you go

If you can spend more on your journey between Manila to Banaue, take a minivan. These minivans have private transfers and a very cordial driver that will be like your new friend! The journey between the two towns is a long one, so minivan travel is pefect for families with children.

  • Pros
    • English speaking drivers
    • Comfortable seats
    • Charger sockets in cabin
    • Private van: great family option
  • Cons
    • Non refundable
    • Limited pick up location
    • Reserve in advance
    • Long journey
    • Steep price
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About the ride from Manila to Banaue

Traveling from Manila to Banaue is a great choice for tourists keen to extend their adventures on the Philippines' largest island of Luzon. 

Though many tourists are often eager to island-hop the moment they arrive in Manila, that’s not a wise choice - there’s plenty to be explored on Luzon before you seek adventures elsewhere. 

When you’re ready to leave the Philippines’ pulsating capital, taking the trip from Manila to Banaue is a great choice. It’s a direct on-road route, it’s popular, and it offers two very contrasting (but equally exciting) sides to Filipino life.

While Manila is trendy, modern and forward-thinking, with a huge population and even more pollution, Banaue couldn’t be more different. While Manila looks to the future, Banaue still very much relies upon - and thrives upon - its past.

UNESCO-listed Banaue is one of the Philippines' most attractive destinations. The rice terraces here have been feeding the region’s locals for more than 2000 years, but the real appeal is in the area’s aesthetics. The steeply-stacked (and largely hand-built) terraces offer one of the most vibrant sights in the whole of Southeast Asia.

Traveling from Manila to Banaue also allows you to learn about the ancient culture of the region’s Ifugao people, who are far removed from the modern cosmopolites who live in the nation’s capital. 

The biggest settlement in the entire region, Banaue is a cultural extravaganza in itself - but it’s also an excellent access point for reaching lesser-known and lesser-visited villages in the nearby area. Two great choices are Cambulo and Pula.

If you like hiking, waterfalls, remote adventures or learning about ancient cultures, traveling to Banaue from Manila is a great way to experience it all. 

The trip from Manila to Banaue is also pretty unusual - while most popular tourist trips in the Philippines are serviced by ferries, this one’s an on-road jaunt. It’s also astoundingly beautiful, as the road climbs from sea-level Manila to reach one of the most verdant and vertiginous experiences that Luzon has to offer.

For the approximately 390 km (242 mile) journey to Banaue from Manila, you have two options:

  • Bus from Manila to Banaue - typically around 9.5 hours
  • Minivan from Manila to Banaue - typically around 10 hours


What to see when traveling from Manila to Banaue

If you take a night bus from Manila to Banaue, you of course won’t see very much.

If you instead travel from Manila to Banaue during the day (either by bus or private minivan) it’s a trip with lots of vivid views, the panoramas improving as you ascend the windy roads on your way towards beautiful Banaue.

The first stretch of the journey from Manila to Banaue is nothing special, as you make your way along a well-built highway. But as you leave Manila, the modernity and metropolis of the nation’s capital city slowly makes way to rudimentary villages and rickety ramshackle settlements. 

You’ll pass through villages and towns which shrink in scale and grow in charm and distant foothills become nearby mountains. 

For the final stretch of your journey from Manila to Banaue, you’ll enjoy the best views. As the road rapidly climbs, you’ll be treated to misty mountains and steep, stomach-churning passes as you ride towards some of the best rice terraces in the whole of Southeast Asia.


How to get from Manila to Banaue

Taking a bus to Banaue from Manila 

Taking a bus from Manila to Banaue is the best option for anyone traveling on a budget. But though it’s pretty basic and affordable, it offers a decent amount of comfort and convenience.

There’s WiFi and AC on board, but the AC can be very cold, so make sure you wear something relatively warm.

Buses from Manila to Banaue don't have toilets on board. Instead, they stop for frequent toilet breaks en route.


Taking a minivan to Banaue from Manila

Taking a minivan from Manila to Banaue is a great option for anyone seeking comfort and convenience. If you take a minivan, you don’t pay for an individual ticket for an individual seat - instead, you hire the entire minivan and split that cost between your traveling party. 

Because of this, you can choose your own departure time, departure point and arrival point, offering you lots of flexibility. 

This quite an expensive option, but if you value freedom, flexibility, comfort and convenience, you should consider it - it’s popular with families and travelers with a little more money than your average budget backpacker. Minivans which run from Manila to Banaue offer a little more comfort and luxury than the buses which serve the same route.

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Reviews of the ride from Manila to Banaue

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    36 seat night bus to Banaue
    Departs from the outskirts of Manila, but taxi's appear to know the bus station. Bus left at 9.00 pm on time. Seats relatively comfortable, but could do with foot rests. Slept almost all the way, though the intensely windy road at the end of the journey did throw one about a bit. Don't forget you are going up into the cold mountains, so need warm clothes in the bus. Temperatures drop dramatically. What a marvel that driver was. Excellent value for money.
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    Fast Booking
    Fast Booking
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    On time
    On time
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Bookaway's customers prefer VIP Bus by Coda Lines

Tourist Bus by Coda Lineswhich usually takes 8h

BUSCoda Lines | Ohayami Trans


235 Km (Air)

Standard Bus by Ohayami Trans starting at US$14

Approximately, there are 3 departures each day. You can also book a private ride and leave whenever you want.

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