Banaue Rice terraces in Ifugao Province is one of the places to visit in the Philippines. If you look in the map, Banaue isn’t very far from Manila and Angeles City. Technically, it is close. But in reality, if you want to go by public transportation, it isn’t so easy, like in the map. We will write how to get to Banaue Rice terraces in this blog post from Manila, Clark by bus and also by airplane. Yes!!! Now it’s possible to get to Banaue by airplane from Manila and Clark International Airport.
Banuae is located in Ifugao Province. It was declared UNESCO Site in the list. Landscapes are amazing and we already wrote things to do in Banaue. There are a few places that you can’t miss like Batad and Hapao Rice terraces.
Best Time to visit Banaue
If you’re going to Banaue you should know that December to March aren’t the best months to visit the rice terraces as the land appears barren at this time of the year. April to May is a good time to visit the North since it’s summer in the Philippines and you will need to seek refuge in the country’s cooler areas. However, June to November is the best time to visit Banaue if you want to see the rice terraces in their lushest and most beautiful state.
How to get to Banaue
How to get Banaue by Plane
Is possible to get to Banaue by plane? There are flights coming from Manila with Cebu Pacific and from Clark International Airport with Philippine Airlines to Cauayan Airport which is 3 hours van ride from Banaue. There are daily flights from Manila to Cauayan early morning with Cebu Pacific. It will take 1 hour 30 minutes and it will cost around 2000 PHP one way. Maybe in low season will be 3 weekly flights from Manila and not daily. From Clark there are 3 weekly flights to Cauayan. It will take an hour and prices are around 1700 PHP for one way.
Next May 2019 AirSwift will offer a flight from Clark to Bagabag Airport in Nueva Vizcaya which is only 40 minutes driving to Banaue. There are only 31 passengers. So you will have to book in advance! From Bagabag airport you have to go to Lagawe by public transportation. And from Lagawe you can ride a jeepney to Banaue.
Once you are in Cauayan Airport you have to ride a 3 hours van on the way to Banaue. There are private vans going to Banaue or you can get a bus to Santiago City. From Santiago City a bus to Banaue if you want to save money.
Another option from Cauayan Airport to Banaue is a bus to Bagabag, later a jeepney to Lagawe. And from Lagawe to Banaue another jeepney. The problem the whole journey will take around 5-6 hours. And it will cost 200 PHP. So finally you will not save so much time. But it can be a great option if you want to explore small villages since the landscape is amazing around the area.
How to get to Banaue by Bus from Manila
To get to Banaue from Manila. We took a direct bus from Cubao in Manila to Banaue. The night bus was comfortable enough. The bus departure is from 8pm to 10 pm from Manila and it will get to Banaue around 5-6 am. Prices are around 600-700 PHP. We chose Coda Lines and but you can also choose Ohayami Bus.
You will save accommodation taking a night bus and make sure you are bringing blankets since it’s cold with the air condition bus.
How to get to Banue from Angeles City by Bus
From Clark you have to go to Dau Bus Terminal and get the bus going to Tugugarao. Just buy the ticket until Bagabag. From Bagabag take the jeepney or bus going to Banaue. The best option is the bus leaving at 11 pm only available Friday and Saturday. You will get Bagabag around 5 am and from there around 3 hours to Banaue.
How to get to Banaue from Baguio
There are buses going from Baguio to Banaue. It will take around 7-8 hours to reach Banaue from Bagui. It will be great if you get the night bus.
How to get to Banaue from Sagada
From Sagada to Banaue you have to get a jeepney to Bontoc around 45 minutes ride and 50 PHP. From Bontoc there are vans going to Banaue from 8 am to 1 pm. Make sure you are on time! The trip from Bontoc to Banaue will take 2 hours and prices are around 170 PHP per person.
How to get to Banaue from Batad Rice Terraces
There are jeepneys going from Banue to Batad. It will take around one hour and it costs 150 PHP. There is an enviromenta fee in Batad 50 PHP. Once you leave the jeepney there is 20 minutes hike to Batad Rice terraces. The hike is easy and you can join a tour or hire a guide. You can also go on your own!
There are only two daily jeepneys leaving from the public market in Banaue. If you miss the jeepney you can go by tricycle and it will cost you around 500 PHP.
You can decide to stay in Batad overnight or going back to Banaue town. If you go early morning going to Batad from Banaue at 9 am you will have enough time to come back around 3 pm to Banaue.
There are usually tricycles around, you just need to wait for them or ask locals where to get one around. Another choice that you have is hitchhiking which is always working in these kinds of places, where there are no fixed schedules, and local transportation end very early. We tried once, since we missed the jeepney and we couldn’t find any tricycle to go to the city at that time. And we got a truck, amazing ride around Banaue! Since we were going of the back of the truck, we had an open amazing views of the rice terraces in Banaue.
Where to Stay in Banaue
There are plenty of lodges, inns and homestays in the area as well starting from 500-700 PHP per a room. You can get mid budget accommodation for $20-40 USD and luxury can be starting from $50 USD. You can also find Airbnb around $15 USD per a room in Banaue.
If you want to sign up for Airbnb, we give you $30 USD credit with your first booking!
Hope it’s useful this guide how to get to Banaue. If you have any questions or suggestions leave us a comment below.