Planning to go to Sagada anytime soon? Here's your complete commuting guide to Sagada (from Manila, Banaue & via Baguio)!
For younger travelers, Sagada is one of the filming locations of the romantic comedy That Thing Called Tadhana. But the truth is, Sagada was already pretty popular among backpackers even before the movie hit the theaters. As it became easier to access, as tours became more organized, and as a new wave of travelers sought more places to explore, Sagada was already on the path to becoming mainstream.
Located in the Mountain Province, Sagada is a fifth class municipality with only 11,000 residents as of 2015. Think of it as a small, slightly developed village at the heart of the Cordillera. Life here is simple. Agriculture is the primary driver of the economy, but tourism has been contributing significantly.
The town’s three major roads are flanked by inns, guesthouses, and restaurants catering to tourists. It has a generally chilly climate year-round, much colder than Baguio, something that attracts domestic tourists. Aside from the cooler temperature, it also has a lot to offer to adventurers, sightseers, and history buffs alike. It’s best known for the hanging coffins, waterfalls, and a network of caves. The good news is, the local government and the residents themselves are environment-conscious and have enforced certain regulations.
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Location: Mountain Province, Philippines
Language: Kankana-ey. But most locals, especially tourism workers, are also very fluent in English and Tagalog.
For Your Trip to Sagada
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Tours & Activities
Popular booked by other travelers
WHAT TO PACK FOR SAGADA
Here are some things you might consider bringing with you for your day tour / adventure:
- Stylish face mask
- Water container/tumbler to rehydrate
- Sunscreen for skin protection
- Travel backpack / luggage
- Reusable vacuum storage packs
- Selfie stick
- Waterproof phone case
- Acion cam
- Camping tent
- WiFi kit
- Power bank
Manila to Sagada by Car
If you are traveling in a group and you prefer to hire a private car to take you to Sagada, you can also book here. The advantage of this is that you can travel any time of the day. It is also more convenient to travel with a private service.
If you hate long drives, you also don’t have to worry because most of these rental services already include a driver.
Manila to Sagada by Bus
There are two Manila to Sagada bus companies that have direct trips to Sagada. They usually depart in the evening and arrive in Sagada early morning the next day. These are Codalines and Ohayami Trans.
Regardless of which bus you’re taking, Manila to Sagada bus travel hours is approximately 12 hours. Check bus schedules.
Direct Manila to Sagada bus (Codalines)
Codalines offers direct buses from Manila to Sagada. It has been operating for the past 30 years and its popular destinations are Sagada, Bontoc, and Banaue.
|Seats inside Coda Lines|
A VIP Bus costs PHP 1099 or USD 23. Meanwhile, a cheaper option which is the Tourist bus starts at PHP 907 or USD 19. Reserve a ticket here and be sure to arrive at the terminal at least 30 minutes before departure.
This is one of the most convenient options if you want to arrive directly in Sagada. However, it is also one of the most in-demand ways that is why tickets run out very fast.
Coda Lines Bus Terminals
- Bus Terminal Cubao
Address: Monte de Piedad corner Maryland street, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
- Bus Terminal Sagada
Address: Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province [Get Direction]
Manila to Sagada bus via Banaue (Ohayami Trans)
Ohayami bus bound for Banaue. This bus company might sound like a Japanese company but in reality, it is just the family name of the owner that is spelled backward. Ohayami is one of the top if not the only company with Manila to Banaue bus routes.
Ohayami’s Manila to Banaue bus schedule departs at 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM from the terminal and arrives at around 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM in Banaue. Once in Banaue, you can hail a van to Sagada. They are usually parked at the terminal near the Banaue Tourism Office and depart at 9:00 AM.
For this Manila to Sagada bus fare, it’ll cost a total of PHP 840 (USD 17) and there’s only one type of bus you can choose from. You can book your ticket here too.
Manila to Sagada bus fare via Banaue
- Bus to Banaue PHP 800
- Van to Sagada PHP 400
- TOTAL PHP 1200
Manila to Sagada bus schedule via Banaue
- 9:00 PM
- 10:00 PM
Ohayami Trans Bus Terminal
ATTRACTIONS TO SEE IN MANILA
Manila to Sagada bus via Baguio
It is also possible to reach Sagada via Baguio. This involves a change of bus and terminal in Baguio City. A number of companies offer bus services to Baguio, but two of the most popular are Victory Liner and Joy Bus. You can also choose among their Regular Aircon buses, First-class buses, and Deluxe buses. Check bus schedules here.
Once in Baguio, you will have to take a taxi or jeep from the Victory Liner Terminal to GL Liner Terminal or in Lizardo Transit Terminal. Either of these two, you can catch a bus to Sagada. Just be sure to arrive before lunch because the last trip to Sagada departs at 1 PM. It takes approximately 5 to 6 hours from Baguio to Sagada.
Victory Liner has terminals in Cubao, Pasay, Sampaloc, and Caloocan. You can book your Victory Liner bus tickets online now here.
Sagada to Baguio bus schedules
- 5:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM
Victory Liner Bus Terminals
ACTIVITIES AND TOURS IN MANILA
Manila to Sagada Bus Comparison
- Fare (one-way): PHP 907 (USD 19)
- Bus Schedule: 9:00 PM, 10:00 PM Reserve a Seat
- Fare (one-way): PHP 450 (USD 9)
- Bus Schedule: 9:00 PM, 10:00 PM Reserve a Seat
- Fare (one-way): PHP 485 (USD 10)
- Bus Schedule: Buses are available 24/7 Reserve a Seat
Private Car Rental
- Rental Rate: PHP 25,000 (USD 520)
- Schedule: Flexible time Rent a Car
WHERE TO STAY IN SAGADA
Most common and famous accommodations in Sagada are inns, guesthouses, and homestays. It’s quite common for guests to share toilet and bathrooms with other guests or with the residents. If the room has a private toilet and bath, it’s usually very small.
A twin or double room usually costs P1200-P1400 per night so this is a good estimate. You can also find a single room or bed for P600 per night.
Here are the hostels and inns that you can book via Agoda:
- Isabelo’s Inn & Café. Check Rates & Availability!
- Masferre Country Inn & Restaurant. Check Rates & Availability!
- Grandma’s Yellow House. Check Rates & Availability!
- Kanip-aw Pines View Lodge. Check Rates & Availability!
- Kenlibed Inn. Check Rates & Availability!
- Sagada Heritage Village. Check Rates & Availability!
- Shamrock Tavern Inn. Check Rates & Availability!
- Coffee Heritage House and Hostel. Check Rates & Availability!
- Rocky Valley Inn. Check Rates & Availability!
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