Journey to Banaue


I don’t know about you, but when I travel and have to sit on a bus for hours end, I’d want to know what kind of surface my ass has to endure.

The trip to Banaue especially is not a joke. 9 hours on a confined space, it should be at least something tolerable if not a pleasant ride. Fortunately, the buses of Florida Bus Liner are new (or at least looks new). While the seat do not fully recline, it is comfortable. I had a restful sleep. But don’t just take my word, because I’m the type who can sleep during long haul trips without any problem.




Florida Bus Line has regular trips from Manila direct to Banaue. It leaves Sampaloc, Manila (Lacson St. cor. S. H. Loyola St.) at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Due to the number of people who take this route, it is advised that you buy your tickets well ahead of the scheduled departure.

Do not take lots of fluid before the trip. Although there are several stops in between, you don’t want to take the risk and hold yourself until the next bus stop. The below zero temperature of the A/C doesn’t help either. Bring something to keep yourself warm and cozy during the ride.




For those who cannot sleep during the bus ride, take comfort to the fact that the bus show movies during the journey or that the first thing you will see as you get off the bus when you arrive is a nice sunrise with the amazing terraces in the foreground.




Check out the rest of my Banaue and Sagada Series:

Batad as the Backpacker’s Mecca
Photographs on the Road from Banaue to Sagada
Stairways to Heaven: Hungduan Rice Terraces
Banaue Accommodation: Banaue View Inn
Sagada – Where Time Stood Still
Playground of the Gods: Bomod-ok Falls
Six Feet (and more) Under – Spelunking at Sumaging Cave
Expenses for Banaue & Sagada Trip (2011)
Suggested Itinerary for Banaue & Sagada





~ by Happy Sole on October 4, 2011.

13 Responses to “Journey to Banaue”

  1. Out of the many times I journeyed to Banaue, I have not boarded Florida. I should because it’s uhm, pink. Hahaha! Seriously, I’d like to try this company the next time.

  2. Ang lapit lang pala samin ng bus terminal ng Florida?! Ngayon ko lang nalaman. Hehehe. One of this days sasakay na lang ako basta ng bus at magpupunta ng Banaue at Batad or Sagada. Hehehe. Medyo ipon-ipon lang muna dahil ubos ang funds dahil kakagala ko lang. ^_^

    BTW, may narinig kasi ako na gumuho na bridge sa Sagada. Okay na kaya yung bridge?

    • last i heard sa news, Burnay Bridge is yet to be repaired. a makeshift foot bridge has been constructed allowing people and light load to cross. it was also reported that a temporary bailey bridge will be installed on Oct. 15. sana maging normal na din lahat asap and let’s hope na wala ng bagyo na darating pa lalo na in their area.

      that gives you time to prepare for your visit. 🙂

  3. Is also possible to do a Baguio-Banaue trip? Like taking a bus from Baguio then have a 1 day trip to Banaue.

    • i don’t think there is a direct route from Baguio going to Banaue. however, there are busses that head to Sagada from Baguio. in fact, some people prefer going by this route. mas matagal nga lang ang travel time when you add it all up. in my opinion, it is more tiring but if you plan to stay longer in Baguio, it is okay.

  4. there r buses from baguio to banaue

  5. Thanks for sharing! Useful info. We missed to go in Banaue when we went to Sagada. Now we’re planning to go to Banaue on a separate trip.

  6. how do you like gv florida when it is in banaue?

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