Access to Baguio City
A passenger bus on its way up to Baguio by way of Kennon Road.
BUSES THAT PLY BAGUIO
Philippine Rabbit Dangwa Tranco Dagupan Bus Victory Liner Times Transit Marcitas Liner Byron Bus Four-H Bus
Loakan Airport is at times closed
during inclement weather
conditions & flights are diverted
to the alternative airport in San
Fernando, La Union which is
40 km away from Baguio. From
there passengers are transported
up to Baguio by buses.
BUS TERMINALS IN MANILA
Philippine Rabbit (Rizal Ave) Dangwa Tranco (Sampaloc) Dagupan Bus (Cubao, Q.C.) Victory Liner (EDSA, Pasay) Times Tansit (Cubao, Q.C.)
The upper part of Kennon Road
is quite narrow and has sharp
hairpin turns, blind curves, and
with a deep ravine on one side.
From Manila, the City of Baguio can be accessed either by land or air transportation. Prior to the big earthquake of 1990 and the destruction of roads & railroads due to floods and the uncontrollable flow of "lahar" from Mt. Pinatubo, it was also possible to travel to Baguio by a combination of rail and land transportation.The City can be reached through three main access roads emanating from three towns in the province of La Union, namely:
- Kennon Road from Rosario
- Marcos Highway from Agoo
- Naguilian Road from Bauang
Following are the different modes of transportation which are (or used to be) available to visitors and residents travelling to or from Baguio:
For those intending to avail of air transportation in coming up to the Baguio City, check with the different domestic airlines in Manila for available flight schedules. If coming from abroad, check with your travel agent before departing for the Philippines. Commercial jet aircraft are not able to land at the Loakan Airport since it has a runway which is of limited length. The airport can only be accessed by propeller-driven aircraft.
Currently, a local airline, Asian Spirit, flies daily from Manila to Baguio. It is a 50-minute flight. The plane leaves the domestic airport in Manila at 9:00 am and arrives at the Loakan Airport at 9:50 am. It then flies back to Manila at 10:05 am. As you come in to land at Loakan you will notice that very deep ravines are found at both ends of the runway, the airport having been constructed right on top of a mountain. Flights to Baguio are scheduled only in the morning as visibility approaches zero in the afternoon when the fog starts to move in and cover most of the area surrounding the airport.
Loakan Airport in Baguio is about 20 minutes by car south of the city and just close to Fort Del Pilar where the Philippine Military Academy is located. From downtown Baguio you can take either Loakan Road or Kennon Road in going to the airport. In Metro Manila the domestic airport terminal is located in Pasay City and is just close to the international airport.Land Transportation
By bus it takes an average of five hours to travel the 250-km distance between Manila and Baguio by way of Kennon Road. It is about two hours longer through Marcos Highway and could take three more hours when going through Naguilian Road. Kennon Road is occasionally blocked by landslides during the rainy season and the same problem also occur at the other two access roads. The route to Baguio through Kennon Road is as scenic as it is dangerous. The Department of Public Works and Highways warns motorists to drive carefully when cruising along Kennon Road since it has not been fully rehabilitated since the 1990 killer quake. There is another access to Baguio from Aritao in the province of Nueva Vizcaya but this is less traveled, the road is not well maintained, and public transportation through this route is not as regular.
There are several bus lines linking Baguio with Metro Manila and Central Luzon, and provinces such as Pangasinan, La Union, and those in the Ilocos region. Departures of regular buses from Manila and Baguio are quite frequent starting from 5:00 a.m. Most transportation companies also offer express and air-conditioned buses at a much higher fare. Different departure schedules are available during the day and some of these buses leave Manila or Baguio at 10:00 p.m. and midnight and they usually arrive at their destination early at dawn just before breakfast time.
Note that there is no central bus station in Metro Manila and in Baguio City and the different bus companies maintain their respective terminals at different locations in both cities.Rail Transportation
During the early 50's and late 60's, first class rail transportation was another popular option taken by tourists and other travellers in going to and out of Baguio. It was the Philippine National Railways (PNR) then that provided this type of service.
Travelling by train was more relaxed and enjoyable as it allowed passengers to stretch out, walk around, or sleep in the spacious cushioned seats provided. There was also a dining car where you could eat or have a drink. Unluckily this comfortable mode of transportation has not been available for about four decades now.
In those days, first class passengers coming from Manila get off at the railroad station in the town of Damortis, La Union early in the evening and were transported up to Baguio by chauffeur driven black limousines which were also owned by PNR. Passengers leaving Baguio for Manila were picked up from their respective homes or hotels late in the evening by the limousines and transported down to Damortis by way of Kennon Road. The passengers then board the train at about 11:30 p.m. and arrive at the Tutuban Station in Manila just before five o'clock in the morning.
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