Looking to ride a bus to Baguio? We’ve got you covered in this post! Here are Victory Liner and JoyBus schedules to help you plan your trip!

In the past, Baguio City was an eight-hour drive. In recent years, it was shortened to six hours and now, with the right conditions, you can reach Baguio in as fast as four hours!

That’s right. You can easily reach Baguio today without any hassle.

Aside from the travel time, the quality of a bus to Baguio has improved, too. There are now new buses going to Baguio which has a smoother ride and more pleasant.

Depending on where you are coming from in Manila, Baguio is only four to six hours away. The travel time when it comes to regular buses going Baguio is around 6 hours. These usually take NLEX or SCTEX and make one or two stops.

But when it comes to a bus to Baguio, there are available executive buses like the JoyBus of Genesis Transport and the First Class Deluxe service of Victory Liner. They don’t make any stop along the way and take the expressway so the travel time is cut down from 6 hours to only 4 to 5 hours.

If you’re planning on riding a bus to Baguio, here are the fares and schedules of JoyBus and Victory Liner.

Cubao Terminal

JoyBus Schedule

JoyBus of Genesis Transport is one of the bus to Baguio I usually take when going home to Baguio because the Baguio terminal is closer to the central business district. There are two types of JoyBus buses – Premier and Deluxe. Both buses have a capacity of 28 seats. Each one offers free WiFi, restrooms, water, snacks, and wide legroom. The only difference is that Premier has a personal entertainment device (somewhat like a tablet) placed on the back of each seat and USB ports for you to charge your device.

As of March 11 2021, Genesis Transport Services is offering Cubao to Baguio point-to-point trips. Here’s the schedule:

Cubao to Baguio

  • 6:00 AM Joybus (Premiere) – P750 per way
  • 10:00 AM Genesis (Deluxe) – P560 per way
  • 1:00 PM Genesis (Deluxe) – P560 per way
  • 4:00 PM Genesis (Deluxe) – P560 per way

Baguio to Cubao

  • 9:00 AM Genesis (Deluxe) – P560 per way
  • 11:00 AM Genesis (Deluxe) – P560 per way
  • 1:00 PM Genesis (Deluxe) – P560 per way
  • 4:00 PM Joybus (Premiere) – P750 per way
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Victory Liner Schedule

With Victory Liner, you can either ride the Regular aircon bus or the First Class Deluxe Bus. The latter has wider legroom, free water, snacks, charging ports, and restroom. I love riding Victory Liner when I’m planning on using my laptop onboard. Their charging ports are quite nice.

As of January 2021, Victory Liner is offering Cubao to Baguio point-to-point trips. Here’s the schedule:

Cubao to Baguio

  • 7:00 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM

Baguio to Cubao

  • 8:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM
  • 1:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM
  • 5:00 PM
  • 7:00 PM

Fares

  • Point-to-point Fare – 576 pesos
  • Fare+ HeroLab Swab Test Bundle – 1,376 pesos
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You can visit the website of Victory Liner for a more updated timetable.


Travel Requirements

According to the latest updated guidelines released by the Public Information Office – City of Baguio, as of March 19, 2021, all tourists are required to present negative RT-PCR, Antigen test or Saliva test result conducted within 72 hours prior to entry to Baguio or have themselves tested at the Central Triage – Baguio Convention Center.

More details:

a. Testing requirement reimplemented as of March 19, 2021

  • The following are required to present negative RT-PCR, Antigen test or Saliva test result conducted within 72 hours prior to entry to Baguio or have themselves tested at the Central Triage – Baguio Convention Center (Antigen test: P350 for Baguio residents; P500 for non-residents and tourist; NOTE: We don’t have Saliva test at the Central Triage)
  1. Non-resident Private Sector Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) on Official Travel;
  2. Non-Resident Travelers on personal, leisure, or non-work related travel purposes;
  3. Tourists; and
  4. Returning Baguio Residents
  • Other travelers required to be tested or would need negative RT-PCR, Antigen test or Saliva test result, done within 30 days are:
  1. Private sector APORs who currently reside, or work, in Baguio City, and travelling daily or weekly through city borders on a home-to-work and vice-versa route;
  2. Baguio Resident Non APORs returning to the city from personal, leisure, or non work-related travels in other localities.

b. Requirement to undergo triage remains (Triage 1 is located at checkpoints; Triage 2 is at the Central Triage Unit at the Baguio Convention Center).

c. Registration to the city’s registration portals is still required (visita.baguio.gov.ph for tourism and personal/leisure travels and hdf.baguio.gov.ph for returning Baguio residents and other traveler classifications;

For more info, read Public Information Office – City of Baguio March 19, 2021 Updated


How To Book A Bus To Baguio Online

I’ve written a step-by step guide on how to book online for both Solid North, Victory Liner and JoyBus. You can check them below. Do note that all these buses accept walk ins but to avoid the hassle of spending hours at the terminal waiting for an available seat, it’s best to book in advance.

Travel Tip: You can also book Victory Liner tickets online with 12Go Asia.

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JoyBus vs Victory Liner First Class Deluxe vs Solid North P2P Buses

JoyBus Deluxe & Premier are mostly the same as the Victory Liner First Class Deluxe bus. But here’s a  comparison between the two to help you decide which one you’d like to ride. I’ve also included two more tables for Solid North’s Regular P2P with aircon bus and their luxury class.

Features and Amenities JoyBus Premier JoyBus Deluxe Victory Liner First Class Deluxe Solid North Regular P2P with Aircon Solid North Luxury Class
Restroom
Snacks and Water
Entertainment System
Wide Legroom
WiFi
Blankets Free To Use Free To Use You Have To Purchase

According to Experience

What I like about JoyBus is that they lend their passengers blankets. Each blanket is wrapped in cellophane and washed every after use to ensure that they’re clean. Unlike JoyBus, Victory Liner buses are too cold especially when you travel at night so make sure to bring your own blanket if you don’t want to purchase from Victory Liner.

I’ve read comment threads online where people are saying that Victory Liner First Class buses have cleaner restrooms. During my travels, I find that the cleanliness and status of the restrooms depend on the bus unit you’re riding on and who you’re riding with. Some passengers don’t clean up after themselves. Some bus units have better restrooms than others. It all depends.

During holidays and weekends, I choose to travel with Solid North since it has several schedules in a day. This means that most often if you haven’t bought your tickets online, there’s always a seat available. We traveled back in December 30 and there were only four other passengers besides us! Plus, they’re always on time with their schedules. They don’t wait for the bus to be full before traveling.


Where to Stay in Baguio

Have you already booked your accommodation in Baguio? If not, here are some that you can book:

Budget

Mid-range

Luxury

Here are also some I’d recommend booking:

If you’re planning on booking via Airbnb. Here’s a P2,200 ($44) discount on your first booking when you sign up on Airbnb via this link.


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