3 Ways of Getting to Sagada from Manila


Planning a trip to Sagada can be time consuming and one of the first questions we always ask is, 

"How do we get there?" 

This guide is here to help you out!


This is probably the situation. For a long time, you have been itching to take a break from your hectic work or from the buzz of the concrete jungle so you went ahead and made all arrangements to clear your schedule for a few days of unwinding, away, far, far away from the city. 

You've probably heard of Sagada before, hence why you're here. You've probably seen some "wanderlust" post on social media; maybe you've heard about it from a friend or read about it in a book. You may have been the recipient of a rather colorful anecdote delivered by your easygoing tito or tita while talking about their backpacking trips back in the day. 

Whatever reason that is, now you wanna go. But you don't know where to start.

Don't worry! We're here to help you out.


Before anything else, here are things you need to know:

  • You can only access Sagada thru a land vehicle. Unless you have access to a helicopter or an airplane you can parachute from.

  • There are no airports in Sagada. The nearest one is in Cauayan, Isabela.

  • There are no taxi cabs, tricycles, or tuktuks in Sagada. There are however local shuttles (jeeps, vans, and other private vehicles). Everybody in Sagada is encouraged to walk so everyone is advised to pack light.

Okay, now that all that is clear, here are 3 Ways of Getting to Sagada from Manila!


1. Manila straight to Sagada

via Coda Lines

  • There are now buses that go straight to Sagada from a terminal in Cubao, Quezon City.
    Coda Lines is a bus line that goes straight to Sagada thru the Nueva Ecija - Banaue - Bontoc route.

    • There are two stopovers, one in Nueva Vizcaya, and one in Mt. Polis just after Banaue.

    • The bus may also stop at a viewpoint in Banaue for passengers to take pictures of the famed Banaue Rice Terraces

  • The trip would take you 10-12 hours depending on the traffic and ends at the town center of Sagada.

  • The Coda Lines Station is now located at the HM Transport Terminal at Monte de Piedad corner Maryland Street, Barangay Immaculate Conception, Cubao, Quezon City.

RATES AND TIME:

SEMI-DELUXE BUS (8PM and 10:30 PM)

  • The semi-deluxe bus is a 45-seater bus without an on-board restroom / comfort room.
  • Tickets cost Php 760 (~15 USD) each.

SUPER DELUXE BUS (9PM and 10PM)

  • The super deluxe bus is a 35-seater bus with an on-board restroom / comfort room.
  • Tickets cost Php 980 (~20 USD) each.


You may book directly at the bus terminal or online thru www.codalinesph.com

It is recommended to book ahead of time if you are planning to visit during the high season (Late October to May) or during long weekends.



2. Manila to Baguio then Baguio to Sagada

via Baguio-bound bus & GL Trans / Lizardo Trans

Another way to reach Sagada is by going to Baguio City first then transferring to a bus going to Sagada. If you plan your trip well, you may have enough time to tour the City of Pines first before making your way to "the town where broken hearts go".

Manila to Baguio

  • There are several buses that travel from different areas in Metro Manila to Baguio City in the Benguet Province.
  • A trip from Manila to Baguio usually takes 6 hours on regular buses and around 4 to 5 hours on deluxe buses.

    • Victory Liner
      • Victory Liner has a terminal in Cubao in Quezon City, and another in Pasay City (better option if you're coming from the airport as it is very near) -- both with hourly trips to Baguio (deluxe trips have their own schedule.

      • RATES
        • Cubao
          • Regular Aircon Bus (45 seater, 2x2 seats): Php 445 (~9 USD)
            • 1 to 2 stopovers

          • First Class Deluxe (1x2 seats with extra leg room): Php 750 (~15 USD)
            • no stopovers
            • has onboard comfort room / restroom and bus attendant for assistance
            • free light snack and water
            • electric sockets for use

        • Pasay

          • Regular Aircon Bus (45 seater, 2x2 seats): Php 455 (~9 USD)
            • 1 to 2 stopovers

          • First Class Deluxe (1x2 seats with extra leg room): Php 780 (~16 USD)
            • no stopovers
            • has onboard comfort room / restroom and stewardess for assistance
            • free light snack and water
            • electric sockets for use

      • You may book directly at the terminal or online thru www.victoryliner.com.

    • Genesis (or Genesis - Joybus)
      • Genesis has two terminals in Cubao in Quezon City. 
        • The terminal for standard aircon buses is along the EDSA Southbound Lane (the same side as Victory Liner and CODA Lines) while the terminal for their deluxe buses, Joybus, is along the EDSA Northbound Lane.
      • Genesis also has a terminal for standard aircon buses in Avenida in Manila and a terminal for both standard aircon buses and Joybus in Pasay City (better option if you are coming from the airport).

      • RATES:
        • Cubao/Avenida
          • Standard Aircon Bus: Php 445 (~9 USD)
            • 1 to 2 stopovers

          • Joybus Deluxe (Cubao area only): Php 720 (~14 USD)
            • no stopovers
            • extra leg room
            • on-board restroom / comfort room
            • blanket and free snacks
            • wifi and bus attendant

          • Joybus Premiere (Cubao area only): Php 740 (~ 14 USD)
            • no stopovers
            • extra leg room
            • on-board restroom / comfort room
            • entertainment system on seat (for games, music, movies)
            • charging port
            • blanket and free snacks
            • wifi and bus attendant

        • Pasay
          • Standard Aircon Bus: Php 456 (~9 USD)
            • 1 to 2 stopovers

          • Joybus Deluxe (Cubao area only): Php 730 (~14 USD)
            • no stopovers
            • extra leg room
            • on-board restroom / comfort room
            • blanket and free snacks
            • wifi and bus attendant

          • Joybus Premiere (Cubao area only): Php 760 (~15 USD)
            • no stopovers
            • extra leg room
            • on-board restroom / comfort room
            • entertainment system on seat (for games, music, movies)
            • charging port
            • blanket and free snacks
            • wifi and bus attendant

For standard aircon buses, you may just enter the bus and take a seat. For Joybus, you may book directly at the terminal or book online thru www.iwantseats.com.


Baguio to Sagada

via Halsema Highway

The buses coming from Baguio going to Sagada do not have online reservations so make sure to plan your trip well and immediately proceed to purchase your tickets at the bus terminal once you arrive in Baguio. You can easily hail a taxi when you alight.


GL Trans

  • Located at Dangwa Station near Center Mall, Magsaysay Avenue.
  • Ticket price is at 220 Php (~4.5 USD).
  • The trip takes 5-6 hours with two stopovers.
  • Schedule:
    • 05:30 AM (first trip)
    • 08:30 AM
    • 09:30 AM
    • 10:30 AM
    • 11:30 AM
    • 01:00 PM (last trip)
  • Make sure to tell the conductor / bus crew that you will be alighting in Sagada as some of these buses proceed to Besao which is the next town after Sagada to the west.

While waiting for your bus to leave, you may eat at the Good Taste Restaurant which is very near the terminal and the most popular eatery in all of Igorotlandia.


Lizardo Trans

If you booked the 5PM trip and are waiting for the bus to leave, there are several eateries in the Slaughterhouse Compound along Balajadia Street. For meat eaters, you could try the tinuno (grilled pork belly) with dinuguan (pork blood stew) gravy, or the exotic bat and balls cooked pulutan-style or with soup (Soup No. 5).

For vegans, vegetarians, and those looking for healthy alternatives, Health 101 near the Cathedral of the Resurrection is only 200m away from the terminal. They serve lots of healthy food from including fruit shakes and soybean coffee.


If you happened to stay overnight in Baguio, you may take the 3AM trip. Watching the sunrise along the Halsema Highway is something we definitely recommend.


3. Via private car

If you will be driving your own car with your friends or family, then Waze and Google Maps are readily accessible for directions to Sagada. There are three usual routes that you could take if you will be coming from Metro Manila and these can be entered easily into whatever GPS navigation software you intend to use.


Going to Sagada via Baguio City and the Halsema Highway

  • By taking this option, depending on your luck and time of departure, you may encounter a beautiful sea of clouds during sunrise or sunset along Atok, Benguet.

  • For this option, you have two choices on how to go up Baguio.

    • Manila to Baguio via Kennon Road
      • This is a snaking road along a river valley with views of waterfalls and green vegetation. It is the narrower and shorter route to Baguio but is prone to landslides and falling rocks. If you decide to go this direction, you will be passing by The Lion's Head -- a 1970's monument in Camp 6 which became one of the most popular attractions of the area some decades ago. You will also find some souvenir shops near the monument. Your entry point would be at the South-East side of the City of Pines via Loakan Road.

      • You may reach the Kennon Road junction by proceeding to Rosario, La Union from Metro Manila.

      • This route is recommended for low-powered vehicles.

    • Manila to Baguio via Marcos Highway
      • Although wider and easier to navigate, Marcos highway is the longer route to Baguio and is the road taken by most passenger buses. This road offers a view of green vegetation and a panoramic view of the South China sea. You may encounter foggy roads or a view of a sea of clouds if the clouds are a bit lower. Your entry point would be at the north-west side of the City of Pines.

      • You may enter Marcos Highway at three points: 1) via a short-cut a few hundred meters after the Kennon Road junction mentioned above, 2) via the entry point at Agoo, La Union, and 3) via the entry point at Pugo, La Union.

      • This route is recommended for high-powered vehicles.

  • Once you reach Baguio, proceed to La Trinidad Benguet and enter the Halsema Highway. Your navigation system will lead you to Sagada; otherwise, follow the road signs.


Going to Sagada via Bulacan-Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya-Banaue-Mountain Province Road

  • By taking this option, you may stop by the municipality of Banaue along the way and view the famous Banaue Rice Terraces -- a former item in the Eight Wonders of the World.

  • This option is the road traversed by the CODA Lines which goes straight from Manila to Sagada.

  • The route offers a view of rice fields, rolling hills, mountain ranges, rainforest vegetation, pine trees, rice terraces and the Chico River.


Going to Sagada via Suyo, La Union and the Tagudin-Cervantes-Sabangan Road

  • This is the newest of the three options. It takes you through La Union, Ilocos Sur, and Mountain Province so expect views of ridges, rice fields, river valleys, waterfalls, pine trees and the occasional sea of clouds if you are early. The road is not so busy so you can enjoy taking pictures of the scenic views along the way.

  • For this option, you have three choices on how to go up to Sagada after Bauko.

    • Bauko to Sagada via Dantay - Sagada Road
      • After reaching Abatan, Bauko, continue until Sabangan and cross the bridge there which connects you to the Halsema Highway. Continue towards the road to Bontoc and turn left at the junction to Sagada at Dantay. By taking this option, you will be entering through the eastern part of Sagada.

      • You will be driving along the Chico River so expect views of rice terraces and pine-covered mountain ridges.

      • This route is recommended for low-powered vehicles.

    • Bauko to Sagada via Payag-eo and South Road
      • After reaching Abatan Bauko, continue until Sabangan and cross the bridge there which connects you to the Halsema Highway. Continue towards the road to Bontoc and turn left (U-Turn) at the junction to Sagada at Balili, Bontoc (before Alab and after Sabangan).

      • You will be driving along the Chico River so expect views of rice terraces and pine-covered mountain ridges. You will be entering through the southern part of Sagada where the caves are; expect the road to be surrounded by pine trees.

      • This route is recommended for high-powered vehicles.

    • Bauko to Sagada via Madepdepas and South Road
      • After reaching Abatan Bauko, continue towards Sabangan. Turn left at a bridge leading to Bagnen, located a few hundred meters before the Halsema Highway junction at Sabangan. This road is wide enough and is not so busy. Once you reach the top, you will be greeted by a marvelous view of Mountain Province, Benguet, Ilocos and Kalinga mountain ranges. It is the most beautiful along the three options but it is also very steep.

      • You may take your time taking pictures of the beautiful scenery if you take this route. You will be entering through the southern part of Sagada where the caves are; expect the road to be surrounded by pine trees.

      • This route is recommended for high-powered vehicles.

There you have it! Now you have your directions on how to go to Sagada. All you need to do is pack your bags, fix your schedule, and be on your merry way here! We hope to see you soon!

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