Getting to Baguio

As of the moment, there is only one way of getting to Baguio and that is by land. Baguio is only about 250 km north of the Philippines' capital Manila. The quickest way to get there is by private transport which will take you around 4-5 hours of travel time but public transport is also very much accessible, usually cheaper and much more convenient especially if you're traveling alone or as a couple. The most comfortable and quickest bus to Baguio is provided by the bus company Victory Liner. They have non-stop, 29-seater deluxe buses, which features a bathroom inside the bus and stewardesses onboard to provide small snack and drinks. Fare costs around 750php and their deluxe buses are only available in their Pasay terminal and leaves four times a day. Only the deluxe buses take the newly-opened SCTEX, an expressway which provides a shorter travel time within North Luzon. Their Pasay, Sampaloc, Cubao and Caloocan terminals also provides trips to Baguio with their regular airconditioned buses costing around 500php for a one-way journey. Check their website www.victoryliner.com for daily trip schedules.

If you are hiring a minivan or a car, make sure to have an experienced driver or better yet get someone who already knows the roads going to Baguio as the roads leading to the city can be a bit narrow, with lots of twists and can sometimes be foggy due to the bad weather. If you are driving yourself, it is advised to be extra cautious and choose the right road that you think is safe for you to pass. Currently there are three main roads that you can take and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. 

Perhaps the most complicated but the quickest of all the three major access roads to Baguio is Kennon Road. Named after its builder, Col.Lyman Kennon of the U.S Corps of Engineers, this road is definitely not for the newbie and should just be taken by experienced drivers and definitely someone who's been driving in this area for a long time. This road has been severely damaged since the 1990 earthquake and is continuously undergoing repairs. One has to climb to steep, narrow road, sharp turns and blind corners of the mountains leading to the city so be extremely cautious. The roads can also be very slippery, have poor visibility and sometimes there are landslides which could block the road. On a clear day though, a lot of breathtaking sights can be encountered along the way like waterfalls, suspension bridge and Baguio's famous sculptured lion head which is made from limestone.

A safer but longer way to Baguio is by taking the Nagulian Road. This route has an entry point at Bauang, La Union and is usually the road taken by travelers coming from the provinces of Northern Luzon. Less uncomfortable for the driver and not as sharp and drastic as Kennon Road, taking this road will add an additional three hours to your travel time.

The last access road which is the easiest and most preferred due to its wider lanes is Marcos Highway. This road has two entry points: Rosario and Agoo which are both in the province of La Union. Aside from the fact that its well-maintained, this road is the easiest to navigate and doesn't have the sharp turns and blind curves that Kennon Road. It also provides almost the same travel time as taking the Kennon Road although the latter is definitely the shorter route.

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