Baguio City: Budget Travel Guide to Philippine ‘Summer’ Capital

Baguio

About Baguio

Baguio is a highly urbanized city in the Philippine Cordillera independent from its mother province of Benguet. A highland city serving as a regional hub of the region and a melting pot of people, art, cuisines, ideas and culture with the confluence of various indigenous and ethnolinguistic groups that paint a diverse socio-cultural scene.

The city sits at about 1,400 meters above sea level with temperature averaging from 10°C during the amihan months (December to early March) to the high of 24°C on dry season (April to May) making it the ‘Summer’ Capital of the Philippines.

Baguio
Wright Park and The Mansion

Through the years, Baguio has also developed a vibrant art scene that it was selected as one of UNESCO Creative Cities in 2017. The city serves as adoptive home to National Artist Benjamin Cabrera and Eric Oteyza (popularly known as Kidlat Tahimik), and to local artists such as Ben-Hur Villanueva, Jordan Mang-osan, Roshab Tibon, Ged Alangui and more. Their artworks are on display at BenCab Museum, Tam-awan Village, Ifugao Woodcarvers’ Village, Oh My Gulay and VOCAS, among others.

The possibilities are endless in Baguio. With its temperate climate, and the variety of attractions and activities that await, Baguio has become a major tourist destination and a go to place for those seeking a respite from the warmer lowland of Luzon.

Baguio
The mountains of Itogon as seen from Mines View Park

How to Get to Baguio

Manila to Baguio

Most bus companies heading to Northern Philippines have trips to Baguio. The most popular is Victory Liner with Baguio bound buses leaving their terminals in Manila, Pasay, Cubao and Caloocan almost every hour, round-the-clock. Travel time takes five to six hours and fare is around P480.

Here are the transport companies in Metro Manila that operate to Baguio:

Bus Company Terminal/s
Victory Liner Cubao, Sampaloc (Earnshaw), Pasay, Caloocan
Dagupan Bus Cubao
Philippine Rabbit Avenida
Genesis Bus Avenida, Cubao, Pasay
Joy Bus Cubao, Pasay
Solid North PITX, Cubao

You can book your bus tickets from Manila to Baguio and vice versa below.

BOOK YOUR BUS FROM MANILA TO BAGUIO

Clark to Baguio

For those arriving from Clark International Airport, take a jeep outside the terminal building going to Dau Terminal, fare is P100 and travel time is around 20 minutes. There are numerous buses at Dau Bus Terminal from Olongapo and Metro Manila going to Baguio City.

Olongapo to Baguio

Victory Liner operates regular trips from Olongapo City to Baguio using regular air-conditioned buses with first trip at 1AM and last trip at 1130PM, regular fare is P488.

Baler to Baguio

There is a daily departure of Lizardo Transit from Baler Central Terminal going to Baguio. Occasionally, there are also vans servicing the route.

Ilocos Region (Laoag, Vigan and La Union) to Baguio

There are buses from as far as Laoag in Ilocos Norte going to Baguio including Partas, Fariñas Transit, GMW Transit, Gabriel Transit, Fred and Cathy Transit and Baguio Bus Lines Association. These buses pass by Vigan and La Union.

You can book your bus tickets from Ilocos to Baguio and vice versa below.

BOOK YOUR BUS FROM ILOCOS TO BAGUIO

Other Points of Cordillera and Luzon to Baguio

Here are other trips from other points of Cordillera and Luzon going to Baguio.

Origin Bus Company
Pangasinan (Dagupan ) Victory Liner, Solid North
Pangasinan (Asingan, Binalonan, Pozorrubio) Coda Lines
Pangasinan (Bayambang ) Solid North
Abra Partas, Fred and Cathy Transit, Baguio Bus Lines Association
Apayao (Conner, Pudtol, Junction Luna) Gabriel Transit, Lizardo Transit
Benguet (Mankayan, Kapangan, Kabayan) N-A Liner, Sunshine Transit
Ifugao (Banaue, Kiangan) Coda Lines, Ohayami Transit
Kalinga (Tabuk) Pine Tree Transit, GL Transit
Mountain Province (Sagada, Paracelis, Bontoc) GL Transit, Baguio Bus Lines Association, N-A Liner, D’ Rising Sun
Cagayan (Aparri, Ballesteros, Flora, Tuguegarao) Dalin JD, Dalin Bus Line, Pine Tree Transit, Gabriel Transit
Isabela (Aurora, Cauayan, Ilagan, Roxas, Santiago, San Mateo) Dalin JD, Dalin Bus Line, Northern Luzon Bus Line, Pine Tree Transit, GL Transit
Nueva Vizcaya (Aritao, Bambang, Belance, Bayombong, Kayapa, Solano) APMA Van Trans
Quirino (Maddela) Coda Lines, N-A Liner
Bataan (Balanga, Mariveles) Genesis Bus, Joy Bus
Nueva Ecija (Cabanatuan) Solid North
Tarlac Victory Liner, Genesis Bus, Joy Bus, Philippine Rabbit
Pampanga Victory Liner, Genesis Bus, Joy Bus, Philippine Rabbit
Baguio
Stobosa Hillside Homes

Going Around and Away

Local means of transportation in and around the city is by jeepney, minimum fare is P9. Grab and taxi are also widely available, taxi’s flag-down rate is P35 with additional P14.75 every kilometer.

Provincial buses going out of Cordilleras are stationed in Victory Liner Terminal in Utility Road, Dagupan Bus Terminal along Governor Pack Road or at the Bus Terminal at the end of Governor Pack Road near SM City Baguio.

Baguio
Mount Kalugong overlooking La Trinidad and Baguio

Activities in Baguio

  • Appreciate the city’s art scene at BenCab Museum, Tam-awan Village, Ifugao Woodcarvers’ Village, Baguio Museum, Victor Oteyza Community Art Space (VOCAS), etc
  • Visit Burnham Park, Camp John Hay, Wright Park, Botanical Garden, The Mansion, Our Lady of Atonement or Baguio Cathedral, Laperal White House, Dominican Hill, Diplomat Hotel, Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, Good Shepherd Convent
  • Sunrise in Mines View Park
  • Walk the stretch of Session Road
  • Check out the Cemetery of Negativism, Bell House, Bell Amphitheater, Cemetery of Negativism and Secret Garden in Camp John Hay
  • Shop for fresh produce, souvenirs and budget stuff in Baguio Public Market or Night Market
  • Indulge in Oh My Gulay!, Good Taste, Baguio Craft Brewery, 50’s Diner, Mama’s Table, Casa Vallejo’s Hill Station, BenCab’s Cafe Sabel, Amare La Cucina, Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant Cafe by the Ruins, Forest House, Tsokolateria, Lemon and Olives, Canto Bogchi Joint, Rumah Sate, Happy Tummy and more
  • Witness the annual Panagbenga Festival every February
  • Explore the attractions of La Trinidad: Strawberry Farm, Stobosa Hillside Homes Artwork, Binanga Falls, Payogpog Falls, etc.
  • See Hydro Falls, Bridal Veil Falls or Colorado Falls of Tuba, Benguet
  • Hike to Mount Kalugong, Mount Ulap, Mount Yangbew or Mount Santo Tomas
  • Head to Northern Blossom Flower Farm of Atok, Benguet
  • Explore more of Cordilleras
Binanga Falls
Binanga Falls of La Trinidad

Where to Stay in Baguio

Top-Rated Hotels in Baguio City

The Manor

The Manor at Camp John Hay
Camp John Hay, Baguio City
Starts at P6,000

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The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay

The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay
Camp John Hay, Baguio City
Starts at P4,050

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Grand Sierra Pines Hotel

Grand Sierra Pines Hotel
Mines View Park, Baguio City
Starts at P4,300

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Le Monet Hotel

Le Monet Hotel
Camp John Hay, Baguio City
Starts at P3,500

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Top-Rated Budget Hotels in Baguio City

Bed and Bath at Station 120

Bed & Bath @ Station 120
City Proper, Baguio
Starts at P1,000

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Sunmi's Guest House

Sunmi’s Guest House
City Proper, Baguio
Starts at P1,000

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Baguio
Exquisite interior of Oh My Gulay! along Session Road

Baguio Itinerary

Here’s a sample three-day itinerary you may follow if you are a first timer in Baguio City.

Day 1:
0330H Meet-up / Assembly in Cubao
0400H Bus: Cubao to Baguio
1000H Arrive in Victory Liner Terminal Baguio
1100H Brunch at 50’s Diner
1300H Hotel Check-in / Proceed to BenCab Museum
1500H Snacks in Cafe Sabel / Proceed to Lourdes Grotto
1600H Lourdes Grotto, Dominican Hill, Diplomat Hotel
1900H Dinner at Good Taste
2030H Night Market
2200H Lights Off

Day 2:
0430H Call time / Proceed to Mines View Park
0530H Sunrise at Mines View Park
0600H Breakfast
0700H Visit Good Shepherd Convent, The Mansion, Wright Park, Baguio Botanical Garden
1200H Lunch at Canto Bogchi Joint
1400H Burnham Park / Camp John Hay
1700H Snacks at Cafe by the Ruins / Return to Hotel
1900H Session Road
2030H Dinner at Oh My Gulay!

Day 3:
0530H Call time / Breakfast / Proceed to Strawberry Farm
0700H Strawberry Farm
0930H Stobosa Hillside Homes Artwork
1100H Back in Baguio City / Shop in Baguio Public Market
1200 Back in Hotel / Check-out
1300H Lunch at Happy Tummy
1500H Proceed to Bus Terminal
1600H Bus: Baguio to Manila

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