Transportation in Sagada


Sagada is a tiny village on just one main street with a few secondary lanes, so getting around town by foot is easy. Jeepneys and buses drop passengers off at the main square next to the town hall, and this is also where to catch services moving off again towards Bontoc, Banaue or Baguio.

The roads surrounding Sagada are in a dire state of disrepair and so do not expect a smooth ride down the hill. They are also extremely dusty and so taking a hat or scarf to shield your nose, mouth and eyes is a wise idea as many jeepney widows do not close properly.

It is easy to explore the beautiful mountains around Sagada on foot with a number of sights including the hanging coffins and waterfalls a relatively simple walk from the town. The caves must be seen with an experienced guide, however, and many tourists have been injured or even killed attempting to make the trip by themselves.

There is no airport within a serviceable distance of the town and the nearest place to hire cars would be Bontoc, depending on availability. Some guesthouses of the town will rent bicycles, although the severe roads of the region make cycling a gruelling task not to be attempted lightly.

Buses from Sagada

There are several buses every day connecting Sagada with Baguio direct, with a Lizardo Trans services departing hourly from 06:00 to 10:00 and a final one at 13:00 (Php220, 6-8 hours). Cable tours also has a direct daily bus going to Manila direct from Sagada at 15:00. Direct buses to Banaue leave from Sagada at 08:00, 10:00 and 13:00 (three hours, Php50) but these times may change with high demand.

The nearby town of Bontoc is just 45 minutes away and is the main local transport hub with onward connections to Banaue and Manila. There is a constant stream of jeepneys making this journey from 08:30 until 17:00 (Php50) and one is sure to be waiting idly for passengers when you approach the main square. Buses from Bontoc to Manila leave at 15:00 (outside Cable Café) and then 16:00 and 20:30 (with Kasilen Transport and KMJ Transport).