Making a budget for a trip should not only entail bus tickets, food, and accommodation. You should also make sure you have an ample budget to get around the city.
How else would you get to the tourist spots if you don’t have money saved for transportation?
Of course, one can always take the easy road and get around by riding taxi cabs and renting Grab cars for the whole trip, but that can get a little expensive.
Commuter’s Guide to Baguio City
In this article, I’ll provide a transportation guide for tourists in Baguio City! I’ll talk about the different ways to get around the city without having to hail a taxi cab every now and then.
Minesview Jeepney Line
If you plan on visiting Minesview Park and the Good Shepherd Convent, look out for jeepneys bound for Minesview. These jeepneys will also pass by Wright Park, The Mansion, Teacher’s Camp, and the Baguio Botanical Garden.
You can find jeepneys bound for Minesview near Jollibee at Harrison Rd. and beside the Good Shepherd Convent. Here’s another tourist tip: start from Minesview Park, then down to Wright Park and nearby places.
PMA/Kias Jeepney Line
Camp John Hay is one of the most gorgeous places in Baguio City, and you’ll only need to ride a jeepney to get there! If you plan to spend the day there (and maybe do a side trip to the Philippine Military Academy), you can ride a jeepney bound for PMA/Kias in between Igorot Park and Burnham Park. Alternatively, you can also ride a jeep bound for Scout Barrio to get to Camp John Hay.
Trancoville Jeepney Line
If you’re planning to get around the town center a.k.a the areas near Session Rd., then you’d have to look out for jeepneys bound for Trancoville or Aurora Hill. These jeepneys will pass by SM City Baguio, Baguio Public Market, Baguio Cathedral, and Magsaysay Ave.
There are no specific terminals for this jeepney line, don’t worry though! There are a lot of Trancoville jeepneys to get you around without hassle.
Magsaysay Terminal to La Trinidad
Your trip to Baguio is not complete if you don’t visit La Trinidad! To get there, you would have to ride a jeepney from Magsaysay Terminal to the municipality of La Trinidad. From there, you can get to the famous strawberry farm, Valley of Colors, Bell Tower, and loads of restaurants you cannot find in the city.
Dominican-Mirador Jeepney Line
Feeling a little bit brave? Head up to the famous Diplomat Hotel and see if you can find your way out of the famous haunted hotel of Baguio! If you’re not one for scary adventures, you can always go to the Mirador Heritage and Eco-Spirituality Park for a peaceful walk. Jeepneys bound for these places can be found in Kayang St., near Baguio’s Public Market.
Tam-awan Jeepney Line
If you want something more than the usual Baguio City spots, the Tam-Awan Village and Igorot Stone Kingdom may just be the one for you! Tam-Awan Village is a must-visit for art aficionados, while the Igorot Stone Kingdom welcomes everyone–from kids to kids at heart. The Tacay-Longlong jeepneys can be found in Otek St., near Burnham Park and Good Taste Restaurant.
Asin Rd. Jeepney Line
Your Baguio trip is not complete without a visit to BenCab Museum, a place perfect for art and nature lovers. You can get there by riding a jeepney bound for Asin Rd., which are located at the corner of Otek St., near Burnham Park and Igorot Park.
Other ways of transportation
If you somehow find yourself looking for jeepneys bound for Trancoville and Aurora Hill, you’ll notice the abundance of e-Jeepneys in that route. For a change, you can ride one to get to your destination. What’s even better is that it’s free for everyone! Here’s a local’s tip: if you’ve got time on your hands, you can ride out the entire route for free!
If all goes south and you can’t find your way back, you can always hail a taxi cab. Taxis can be found in literally every corner of Baguio City. Just make sure to avoid peak hours if you need to be home early.
Tips for commuting in Baguio City
Give ample time for Jeepneys to be filled.
Unless you’re hailing a jeepney in the middle of their route, you might end up having to wait for other passengers to fill in the jeepney you’re riding. Depending on what time of day it is, it can take from 5 minutes to 30 minutes. This goes out to those riding jeepneys bound for PMA/Kias, Minesview, Asin Rd., and Scout Barrio.
Some jeepneys are available up to 6 PM only.
There is a side in Baguio City that sleeps as early as 6 PM. This means that stores, establishments, and jeepney lines are only open until early evening. Make sure to ask the jeepney driver or barker to know what time their last ride is.
Bring an umbrella.
Baguio City’s weather can get a little unpredictable. Make sure to equip yourself with an umbrella, especially if you’ll have to wait in line for a taxi or a jeepney.
Now that I’ve covered most tourist spots and which jeepney lines you’ll have to take to get there, the only thing left to do is for you to try this guide out! Think I missed any spots? Comment below!