Whenever I go home to Baguio, I always ride the cheapest Victory Liner bus which takes me 6-7 hours to reach the city. It’s a bit of a stressful ride especially when the holidays come in and you sit in the middle aisle.

When I was still in Manila during our board exam review days, I once had the chance to ride the bus to Baguio deluxe JoyBus of Genesis bus not because I wanted to but because it was the only bus available.

The trip from Manila to Baguio only took 3 to 5 hours. Not only was it fast but it was comfortable and convenient. Impressive, huh?

About JoyBus Premier Class Bus

Now, what if I tell you there’s a better bus to Baguio than the deluxe Genesis bus? Genesis Transport has launched its JoyBus Premier Class Bus which will only take you 4 hours to reach the city of Pines!

When I heard about the new JoyBus Premier Class of Genesis bus, I just had to try and experience it firsthand.

True enough, when I stepped inside the bus, it was different than most buses. For starters, it’s almost like you’re in a first-class seat of an airline.

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Features & Amenities

With Joybus Premier Class Genesis bus, you get to enjoy:

  • More spacious legroom compared to the deluxe buses
  • An entertainment system for playing games, reading news/ebooks, watching movies or listening to music (with a USB Port where you can charge your mobile phones)
  • Warm Blanket
  • Comfort Room
  • Tray Tables like the ones in the airplane (Plus a cup holder)
  • FREE Biscuit and Bottled Water
  • CCTV
  • Bus Attendant
  • WiFi
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Updated 2021 Terminals, Schedules & Fares

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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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 Online: Genesis Online Booking

There’s no Genesis bus booking site but you can book a seat in the JoyBus Premier Class via Pinoy Travel, and I Want Seats and view the price and schedule matrix on PH Bus. Here’s a detailed guide on the Genesis online booking.

Travel Tip:  You can also choose to book the Victory Liner bus to Baguio here if JoyBus is already full.

Read Also: Victory Liner Online Booking: Step By Step Guide

JoyBus Reminders

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  • The bus doesn’t have any stopovers from Cubao to Baguio. So bring lots of food if you get hungry a lot since the free biscuit doesn’t really do an excellent job at satiating your hunger.
  • The entertainment system placed behind the seats only has a few games, movies, and music.
  • Currently, the bus route is from Pasay to Baguio City with a stopover in Cubao. They don’t have a NAIA3 to Baguio route. They only have a NAIA3 to Clark route.
  • When choosing a seat, you can either take the right side where you won’t have any seatmate or the left side which is perfect if you have a friend with you.

And that’s it! Try the JoyBus Premier Class for your next Baguio trip and travel with luxury and try the Joy Bus booking for a hassle-free ride.

In case you’re looking for a Genesis online booking for the bus Manila to Baler bus, you can ride the Joybus Deluxe and do a Joy Bus booking from both I Want Seats and Pinoy Travel websites.

Frequently Asked Questions

I get a lot of questions about the JoyBus Premier bus so I decided to put it all here. Hopefully, these will also answer your questions.

Do we have to reserve a ticket online or is a walk-in possible?

Walk-ins are allowed. But if you’re traveling on a holiday or a long weekend, it’s best to reserve your tickets online. I made the mistake of not booking a ticket ahead and I had to wait in line for hours!

Are there any NAIA to Baguio buses from JoyBus?

No there’s none. There’s only a Baguio to NAIA 3 route for JoyBus. The JoyBus parked at NAIA3 is only going to Clark and not Baguio. If you are on a budget and don’t want to spend a lot on taxi, you can take the shuttle bus at Terminal 3 going to MRT Pasay. Fare is at 20 pesos. The last bus stop is the terminal of JoyBus in Pasay. If you’re having a hard time locating the bus, just ask the guards. (Thanks Vince for sharing this info!)

When can we claim our tickets?

You can claim the tickets 1 to 2 hours before the departure time.

Is there any senior or student discount when booking online?

According to Genesis Transport, “To avail of the 20% discount, Senior Citizens, PWDs and Students must show their respective IDs. For students, please make sure that the school is within this current school year and you’re not taking Master’s or Doctorate degree. You will be needing to book first as a regular passenger then we’ll have the 20% discount refunded by the time you exchange the travel voucher for a boarding pass.”

How can I book online?

Here’s a step by step guide: JoyBus Premier Class: How To Book The Genesis Bus Online

How long is the bus ride?

It’s usually 4 to 6 hours. But if your trip is from Cubao to Baguio scheduled at night, it’s 4 hours. If it’s from Pasay, you can expect a longer time since the bus still stops over at Cubao terminal.

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Genesis Transport on Facebook messenger. They usually reply within a day.

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Where to Stay in Baguio

Looking for a place 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 accommodations for a great place to stay in Baguio that I’d recommend booking:

If you’re planning on booking a place to stay in Baguio via Airbnb. Here’s a P2,200 discount on your first booking when you sign up on Airbnb.


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