Banaue to Manila

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How to get from Banaue to Manila?

Whether your holiday has come to an end or you need to go through Manila to travel to your next destination, in this article we will explain to you how to get to Manila.

Covid-19 Travel Advice

Since March 2022, the Philippines eased travel restrictions for foreign travellers and locals alike. The main requirement is to be fully vaccinated. Thereby, foreigners are only allowed to enter the Philippines if they are from one of these countries.

Taking a flight? All foreign travellers have to download and register Traze App at least one day before their flight.

Besides the countrywide guidelines, each city also has different guidelines. For Manila, you just need to have a valid Government ID. For foreign travellers, your passport will be the best form of ID plus your vaccination card or any proof of full vaccination.

2 ways to get from Banaue to Manila

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus8-11 hours820 PHP ($15) Check bus tickets
Flight5 hours5,600 PHP ($105)Check flights

There’s only one direct option when travelling the 385km (239 miles) journey from Banaue to Manila: an 8-11 hour bus ride. Fares start at 820 PHP ($15).

If you prefer to take a flight from Banaue to Manila, the nearest airport is in Cauayan (CYZ), located 130km east of Banaue. This means you’ll have to take a 4-hour van ride before you can board the plane. Total flight costs, including van transfer, start at 5,600 PHP ($105).

TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to reduce your impact on the environment.

Itinerary from Banaue to Manila

Banaue to Manila by Bus

Duration: 8-11 hours
Cost: 820 PHP ($15)
Duration: 8-11 hours
Cost: 820 PHP ($15)

Ohayami Trans and Coda Lines are well-known bus companies that offer daily trips from Banaue to Manila.

They both provide standard service and make bathroom/meal stops along the way. Both Ohayami Trans and Coda Lines provide night trips for this route.

The travel time from Banaue to Manila takes a little over 8 hours. Bear in mind though that the buses pass through EDSA, undoubtedly the busiest road in the entire Philippines, so the journey can take up to 11 hours on a really bad day. Bus fares start at 820 PHP ($15) for a one-way trip.

Bus Schedule from Banaue to Manila

Bus OperatorScheduleCosts
Ohayami Trans17:30-01:45860 PHP ($16)
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Coda Lines
820 PHP ($15)
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When choosing which bus to take, pick the one that will drop you off closer to your destination in Metro Manila.

Ohayami Trans

Note that Ohayami buses often operate older models than Coda Lines.

Coda Lines

Banaue to Manila by Flight

Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 5,600 PHP ($105)
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 5,600 PHP ($105)

If you decide to fly from Banaue to Manila, the nearest airport to Banaue is in Cauayan City. To get to the airport, you have to arrange for a van transfer from Banaue.

Step 1: Banaue to Cauayan by Van

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 4,000 PHP ($75)
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: 4,000 PHP ($75)

You can ask your hotel in Banaue to help you arrange for a van transfer to Cauayan Airport (CYZ). It costs about 4,000 PHP ($75) for the 4-hour van ride. A great idea is to ask around if there are other tourists taking the same flight as yours. This way you could share the cost of the van ride.

The other way is to commute. You would need to go by jeepney then by bus and local transport to get to the airport. However, the travel time is too long and you have to be at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight to Manila. This wouldn’t make it worth the journey compared to taking the bus from Banaue to Manila.

Step 2: Cauayan to Manila by Flight

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 1,600 PHP ($30)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 1,600 PHP ($30)

Cebu Pacific offers the only flight from Cauayan to Manila. This flight departs at 12:05 daily. There are also additional flights at 15:50 on Tue, Thu and Sat. Flights depart from Cauayan Airport (CYZ) and land at Manila Airport Terminal 3. The flight time is just 1 hour.

The usual ticket price is between 1,600 PHP ($30)2,500 PHP ($46.50), but they can go as low as 730 PHP ($13.50) during sale periods. We recommend booking your ticket at least 2 months in advance for the best prices.

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Arrival in Manila

Once you land at Manila Airport Terminal 3, you can easily hail a taxi to your hotel. There would normally be taxis waiting outside the arrival area. We recommend to avoid the yellow metered taxis as these are more expensive. Another great alternative to hailing a taxi is using the taxi app Grab.

If you are flying straight to another destination, you may need to transfer to another terminal. You can just catch the Airport shuttle bus outside Terminal 3. This free shuttle ride is available 24 hours, every 15 minutes. Note that to be able to board the bus, you’ll need to show your flight booking or boarding pass.

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