Many tourists travelling in the Philippines’ northern mountain region opt to extend their trip from Banaue to Sagada since they’re only 3 hours apart. Sagada’s gorgeous nature spots have become well-known tourist attractions, including Lumiang Burial Cave, Sumaguing Cave, Bomod-Ok Falls and the popular Kiltepan Viewpoint.
You have 2 options when travelling the 85km journey from Banaue to Sagada: you can take a bus for 250 PHP ($5) or a van for 290 PHP ($5.70). Both options take at least 3 hours, depending on traffic.
2 ways to get from Banaue to Sagada
250 PHP ($5)
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290 PHP ($5.80)
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The bus is a cheap and spacious option, although they only have early morning departures from Banaue to Sagada. Vans, on the other hand, provide more flexibility in schedule, but they can be a bit cramped for tall passengers.
If you’d like to make a stop in Bontoc on the way, you can also take a combined van and jeepney ride. Travel time is also about 3 hours, excluding transfer time. Combined van and jeepney fares from Banaue to Sagada start at 200 PHP ($4).
Itinerary from Banaue to Sagada
Banaue to Sagada by Bus
Duration: 3 hours Cost: 250 PHP ($5)
If you want to travel by bus from Banaue to Sagada, we highly suggest that you ask your hotel for the latest bus schedules the day before your trip.
Coda Lines buses coming from Manila drop off passengers in Banaue before heading to Sagada. Note that these buses arrive in Banaue early in the morning. Tourist buses normally arrive at 4:00 and 7:30, while VIP buses arrive at 5:00 and 7:00. It’s best to be at the bus station before they arrive to make sure you don’t miss your ride.
Fares start at 250 PHP ($5) for the 3 to 4-hr ride.
Banaue to Sagada by Van
Duration: 3 hours Cost: 290 PHP ($5.70)
If you prefer more flexibility in departure times, you can also take a van from Banaue to Sagada. Vans are parked near the Municipal Tourism Center in the Banaue town center. Most vans leave around 9:00, but there are vans available until the afternoon.
The journey from Banaue to Sagada costs 290 PHP ($5.70) per person and takes about 3 hours. Sometimes the vans stop along the way, but they mainly go directly to Sagada. Be aware that vans may be cramped, but in general, the trip isn’t too bad. Vans stop in Sagada’s town center near the Municipal Tourism Center of Sagada.
Travelling via Bontoc
It’s possible to stop in Bontoc on the way from Banaue to Sagada. Some travellers choose this since Bontoc has some nice spots worth visiting, including Balangagan Cave and Fowa-as Falls.
You can catch a van to Bontoc in Banaue’s town center for only 150 PHP ($3). The trip takes about 2 hours.
When you’re ready to go to Sagada, you can take a jeepney like a local. Jeepneys are parked in Bontoc’s town center; locals can easily point you in the right direction. The jeepney takes 1 hour and costs 50 PHP ($1). Jeepneys are available from 6:30 to 13:00.
There is also a bus that travels from Bontoc to Sagada, but the bus schedule isn’t very frequent. The bus leaves at 12:00 from Bontoc town center and the fare is 120 PHP ($2.40).