The Best Ways to Get from Manila to Banaue (2023)

Banaue has been in the international spotlight for quite some time now after its very own Banaue Rice Terraces was hailed as the Eighth Wonder of the World. And now that its neighboring towns like Sagada and Buscalan are also gaining popularity, Banaue has become one of the most favorite side trips in every itinerary. If you want to know more about the exact ways to get from Manila to Banaue, read this guide below. Unfortunately, there is no direct Manila to Banaue flight available.

Related Read: The Best Ways to Get from Manila to Sagada

Where is Banaue?

Banaue is located in the mountainous province of northern Luzon. It is really popular for the Banaue Rice Terraces and the cooler weather, trekking and indigenous tribes still living around the area. It is one of the places that everyone should visit on their trip to the Philippines.

What to do in Banaue? You can spend at least 2 days in Banaue to hike through the beautiful rice terraces in the area. The most popular is Banaue Rice Terraces but there are also other beautiful and well-maintained “stairways to heaven” like the Batad Rice Terraces which you will be able to visit if you take the 2-day hike in Banaue. Check this site if you want to learn more about hiking trails in Banaue.

Manila to Banaue at a Glance

How do I get from Manila to Banaue Rice Terraces?

You can get from Manila to Banaue Rice Terraces via bus or renting private transportation and once in Banaue, head over to their tourism office to pay the environmental fee and visit Banaue Rice Terraces

How do I get to Banaue Ifugao?

You can take the night bus from Manila to Banaue Ifugao.

How many hours from Manila to Banaue Rice Terraces?

You can take the 9-hour trip from Manila to Banaue by car or by bus.

How many hours is the Manila to Banaue?

Manila to Banaue bus approximately has a travel time of 9 hours.

Comparison of Ways to get from Manila to Banaue

Ways to get
from Manila to Banaue
PriceManila to Banaue
bus schedule
Check Rates
CodalinesPHP 762
(USD 16)
9:00 PM
10:00 PM
Ohayami TransPHP 619
(USD 13)
Private Car RentalPHP 25000
(USD 520)
Flexible timeBOOK HERE

Manila to Banaue by Bus

Fortunately, there are direct buses from Manila to Banaue and travelers will no longer have a hard time transferring bus to bus, terminal to terminal. There are two trusted bus companies offering a night bus from Manila to Banaue. These are Codalines and Ohayami Bus.

Coda lines Manila to Banaue

Codalines offers VIP and Tourist buses from Manila to Banaue to Sagada. They have been in the industry for over 30 years and is one of the most popular companies in this route. Tickets also run out very fast so be sure to get yours ahead of time. Manila to Banaue bus fare rates start from Php800. You can Book here.

Codalines Manila to Banaue bus travel hours

  • 9:00 PM
  • 10:00 PM

Where is the Codalines Bus terminal?

Terminal: North Luzon Express Terminal (NLET)

Ohayami Manila to Banaue

Ohayami is also leading next to Codalines when it comes to bus from Manila to Banaue Rice Terraces. Not only that, but Ohayami is also proudly owned by a native Ifugao which started with only 3 mini-buses plying the Banaue to Maddela route. Currently, this bus departs from Manila at 10 PM and arrives at 7 AM, the next day. Ohayami’s Manila to Banaue bus fare stars from Php700. Book here to secure your seat.

Ohayami Manila to Banaue bus schedule

  • 10 PM

Where is the Ohayami Bus terminal?

Terminal: North Luzon Express Terminal (NLET)

Manila to Banaue by Car

Private trips to Banaue is also possible by booking these rides from Manila to Banaue Rice Terraces by car. A standard minivan is also available for travelers traveling in groups. This minivan is an airconditioned vehicle with charging ports available for the long trip. The good thing about it is it can pick you up anywhere in Manila and drop you off straight to your hotel in Banaue. The same goes on your way back to Manila. Food and drinks are also available for this type of vehicle.

How much is the private van from Manila to Banaue cost?

A standard minivan costs PHP 13,789 which is already good for 6 people.

Manila to Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Banaue. In fact, it is very difficult to miss since a lot of tours and even public buses stop by this popular landmark. From Manila, you need to take any of the following buses to arrive in Banaue: Codalines and Ohayami. If you want to see the Banaue Rice Terraces, you need to go to the tourism office which is just close to the bus terminal. From there, you need to pay an environmental fee to visit the rice terraces. A guide is required to trek to the terraces.

How to Go from Banaue to Sagada

If by any chance you want to extend your vacation in the Mountain Province, you can go from Banaue to Sagada. Although there are buses from Manila to Banaue to Sagada, you can also take a van to Sagada. The advantage of vans compared to buses is that they offer more trips than buses. They also have a more flexible schedule compared to buses since buses leave early in the morning from Banaue Terminal. On the other hand, you can also book from Codalines ahead of time if you are really determined to take the bus. Click here to book your seat.

Codalines Banaue to Sagada bus fare

VIP busPHP 477
Tourist busPHP 396

Codalines Banaue to Sagada schedule

  • 3:00 AM
  • 5:30 AM

Where is the Codalines Bus terminal in Banaue?

Terminal: Banaue Tourist Information

Don’t know where to stay in Banaue or Sagada? Check hotel rooms here.

Time and schedule of these departures may change without prior notice. You can book online most of the tickets for those buses but make sure to monitor their travel restrictions too.

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