The drive up to Baguio City isn’t for the faint-hearted. The twisties make the task hard enough—dealing with traffic and lack of parking within the city proper makes it even more difficult. It isn’t for those without a lot of money to spend, too, because fuel expenses go through the roof on a trip like this.
That’s why for some, the idea of taking the bus instead seems a bit more appealing. The problem with taking public transport for a long journey, though, is that it isn’t always as fast, enjoyable, and comfortable as bringing your own car.
What would actually make you want to take the public transport to the City of Pines would be these new premium point-to-point buses that have been recently launched by Pangasinan Solid North Transit. We had a first glimpse of these premium buses during an event a few months back. Now, they have been rolled out and can be enjoyed by the public.
These P2Ps ply a route going back and forth between the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) in Parañaque and Governor Pack Road in Baguio City. Its operator claims that it’s the ‘First and only Baguio–Manila P2P.’ Check it out:
Travel time via these buses is estimated to take five to six hours, and fare is set at P500 per head for a one-way trip. First trips leave at 2am and last trips at 11pm, and buses are scheduled to depart every hour.
“All right, cool. But what makes this special?” Good question. Aside from the fact that the trips have no stopovers to make for a faster journey, an on-board comfort room is also available. A food tray and a USB charging port are at the disposal of each passenger, too. With all these amenities, all you’ll have to do before boarding is to make sure you bring enough food, right?
For even better convenience, trips can be booked ahead of time, either online or at PITX. Tickets can also be purchased in the following locations: JAC Liner Terminals in Buendia and Kamias, LLI Terminal in Lucena, and Pangasinan Solid North Terminal in Cubao.
With Christmas just around the corner, a quick trip to Baguio these ‘ber’ months now seems like a pretty good idea. What do you think?