La Union to Manila

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How to get from La Union to Manila?

When you’re done with surfing and the nightlife of La Union, most people will travel back by bus to Manila.

The bus ride from La Union to Manila takes 4-5 hours for the 265 km (165 miles) distance. Ticket prices start from 530 PHP ($9).

Covid-19 Travel Advice

Since the beginning of 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.

Bus from La Union to Manila

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus*4-5 hours530 PHP ($10.50)Check bus tickets
*COVID-19 UPDATE: Currently (June 2022) the bus route from La Union to Manila has not yet resumed. Please check the provided link to see if anything has changed.

UPDATE: Because of the pandemic, there are currently no buses operating from La Union to Manila (10 April ’22). For this reason, the private van has become a popular option. One popular van company has started to offer 3 daily trips departing at 1:00, 9:00 and 18:00.

If you are a solo traveller expect to pay 1,500 PHP ($26.50) for a seat on the van as a joiner. If you are travelling in a group, the rate is 15,000 PHP ($265) for a maximum of 13 people. You can book the van online by chatting directly with the van operator via their Facebook Page.

Itinerary from La Union to Manila

La Union to Manila by Bus

Duration: 4-5 hours
Cost: 530 PHP ($9)
Duration: 4-5 hours
Cost: 530 PHP ($9)

Partas is the only company offering direct bus trips from San Juan, La Union to Manila.

The bus pick-up point is at Sebay Surf Central Resort. If you’re staying at a different hotel, you can take a jeepney for around 10 PHP ($0.15) or a tricycle for 50 PHP ($0.85)120 PHP ($2.10), depending on the distance from your hotel.

Only two trips are available daily so it might be best to buy your tickets earlier in the day.

If you’re travelling on a weekend or in a busy season, you can also book your tickets online at least a week before. This way you’ll be assured of a good seat, back to the metro. Tickets start from 530 PHP ($9), while a 1st class express bus ticket costs 790 PHP ($14) if you book through the link below.

Bus Schedule from La Union to Manila*

DestinationScheduleCosts
Partas – Cubao15:30-19:30
22:00-02:00
530 PHP ($9)
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Partas – Pasay15:30-19:30
22:00-02:00
550 PHP ($9.50)
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*COVID-19 UPDATE: Currently (June 2022) the bus route from La Union to Manila has not yet resumed. Please check the provided link to see if anything has changed.

If you miss this schedule, there are also buses passing through the national highway, but note that seats are not guaranteed. You can also check the bus terminal in San Fernando, La Union by riding a jeepney for 10 PHP ($0.15). Buses from San Fernando to Manila depart almost every hour from 10:00 to 17:00.

There are also local vans near the bus terminal but there’s no assurance that these would take the expressways, which can cost you an additional 1-2 hour travel time. The legroom and seats in vans are also uncomfortable for long rides.

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