Want to know how to get from Donsol to Legazpi? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Legazpi
Legazpi is the capital of Albay province in the Philippines’ Bicol region. It is home to the iconic Mayon Volcano, renowned for its perfect conical shape. The volcano is a sight to behold — that is, if you are lucky to visit on a good day. Mayon is known to be a shy volcano, and most times it is partly hidden by clouds.
Driving an ATV is a popular way to get close to Mt. Mayon and get past the volcanic backroads of Legazpi. We also recommend a visit to Daraga Church and Cagsawa Ruins.
2 ways to get from Donsol to Legazpi
There are two ways to travel the distance of 60 km (37 miles) from Donsol to Legazpi: by van (1.5 hours) and jeepney (2 hours). The journey takes between 1h30m - 2h and the quickest way is by van. The lowest priced tickets start from 70 PHP ($1.20) for the jeepney.
Compared to vans, jeepneys operate more frequently from Donsol to Legazpi. However, they make more stops and take a little longer to reach Donsol. Some jeepneys also don’t take the direct route and make a short stopover in the town of Pilar.
A jeepney ride is something you should take advantage of when in Philippine provinces, which are not as polluted as Metro Manila. The jeepney’s open-air design offers a good view of the scenery along the way. Note that the ride can be really hot in the summer months of March to June.
Taking the jeepney from Donsol to Legazpi definitely provides an “only in the Philippines” travel experience.
A jeepney ride costs 70 PHP ($1.20) per person. The trip takes roughly 2 hours, depending on the driver as well as the traffic when entering Legazpi City.
Departure and arrival station
Jeepneys operating from Donsol to Legazpi are parked at Donsol Centralized Shuttle Station.
The last stop is usually at Legazpi Grand Central Terminal, but you can get off earlier if your destination is located along the way.
Donsol to Legazpi by Van
Duration: 1.5 hours
Starts from: 120 PHP ($2.10)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: 120 PHP ($2.10)
Taking the van (UV Express) from Donsol to Legazpi is a convenient option. They’re not quite spacious, but they are airconditioned. Van can also get you to Legazpi about 30 minutes faster than the jeepney.
It’s best to catch a van in the morning to be assured of a ride. Vans leave as soon as they are full. They don’t wait for anyone or depart at designated schedules.
A van ride from Donsol to Legazpi costs 120 PHP ($2.10) per person.
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