Baguio  is a city on the Cordillera Administrative Region in the middle of the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. Due to its cool mountain weather, Baguio is considered the summer capital of the Philippines. Because of its many pine trees it is also called the City of Pines.
Baguio mountains, as seen from Mines View Park
To get to Baguio from outside of Luzon, one would still need to pass through Manila or Clark airport and from there get to Baguio by either of the following ways:
This is the most common and economical way to get to Baguio from Metro Manila. Several bus lines ply the Metro Manila to Baguio route with terminals scattered across the metro. It generally takes about 5 to 7 hours to get to Baguio by bus. An hour longer than it would by car due to stopovers along the way.
- Victory Liner, ☎ +63 2 727-4534/+63 2 833-5019 to 20, . has hourly bus service to Baguio from its Monumento Main terminal in Caloocan City, Cubao and Pasay terminals. Buses are generally modern and air-conditioned but seats are sized generally for Filipinos and tall people would need to take advantage of the various stopovers to stretch their legs. Cost is just 450 Pesos per person one way (Most expensive among Aircon buses going to Baguio). A non-stop deluxe bus service is also available for 715 Pesos per person one way, water and snack are served during the trip. Semi-Deluxe buses are now included with one stop at Tarlac Shell station , costs around 650 pesos, no toilet inside the Bus.
- Dagupan Bus, New York St., Cubao, Quezon City, ☎ +632 929-6123. Also serves the Manila to Baguio route via its Cubao Terminal. Buses leave on an hourly basis.
From Clark airport
- Partas Bus operates a bus service that stops at Clark airport and heads north from there, departing the airport at 5:00 PM. Get off at Sison (arrival there around 8:00 PM) and cross the road to the restaurant stop opposite and get on a Victory Liner bus that does a dinner stop there. The fare from Clark airport to Sison on Partas Bus is 193 pesos, then from there by Victory Liner to Baguio is an additional 90 pesos. Travel time is 3 hours Clark to Sison, then 1 1/2 hours Sison to Baguio, plus some waiting time at Sison.
From Angeles City
- Philippine Rabbit operates from Dau Terminal. 250php. Journey takes about 4 to 5 hours.
Sky Pasada does offer flights from Manila
From Manila to Baguio by car, take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) from Quezon City until Clark and then hop on to the new Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) all the way north to Tarlac City, Tarlac. From there, it's back to the old McArthur Highway until Rosario Junction, La Union. Motorists drive through the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac and Pangasinan and La Union (if via Marcos Highway) or Benguet (if via Kennon Road). Of the three main routes leading up to Baguio, scenic Kennon Road is the shortest taking only three-quarters to one hour from the foot of the mountains in Rosario, Pangasinan. Marcos Highway starts in Pugo, La Union (a little further to the northwest from Rosario) and takes about one hour but is a wider, less winding road with a more gradual uphill incline and is safer in the rainy season. It has spectacular vistas of the South China Sea on a clear day. Naguillan Road is usually taken by travellers from the north and will take longer. All three roads can get blocked by landslides and Kennon Road with its long winding stretches is both scenic and dangerous. If you are intent on driving to Baguio, it would be best to hire a Filipino driver for this purpose. Most rental car companies in the Philippines offer chauffeur driven rentals in addition to the usual self-driven rentals. Visitors need to keep in mind that while it takes at average 6-7 hours to get to Baguio by car, it takes much longer during holiday weekends like Holy Week.
Similar to Manila, jeepneys ply various routes within Baguio and its immediate surroundings.
Jeepney traffic in the centre of Baguio
More convenient for tourists perhaps, taxis are also common but once you are in the outskirts may be a bit hard to come by.
Taxis abound in Baguio. Currently, the rate flags down at Php25.00 for the first 500 meters, with Php1.50/100 meters increments thereafter. All Baguio taxi cabs are painted white and have the proper identification markings on them. Maximum capacity in each taxi is 5 persons (4 passengers, 1 driver).
Taxis can also be booked for a whole day tour at 1,800-2,000 pesos for a 8-9 hour tour of all the main attractions in and around town. Find a taxi at the Tourist Information Counter at the Victory Liner terminal or through your place of accommodation.
Car rental in Baguio is a good option for short out-of-town trips and traveling around the city. There are several agencies offering car hire in Baguio and there are both self drive and with driver options available. To rent a car in Baguio you should have an international driver's license. Baguio usually involves navigating a series of winding mountain roads.The traffic is on the right side of the road. As the Session Road and the public market have a very limited parking space, consider leaving your car outside the city center. Rates for car rental Baguio companies can go by the hour, the day or by the week.
- BaguioCarRental.com, 2090 Marbay Building, Abanao Street, Baguio City, ☎ +63927-398-1680, . Tour Baguio for a day or two. Vehicles are with-driver option only.
- Camp John Hay - the former R&R facility for American military personnel during the American occupation. Was turned over to the Philippine Government in 1991. Now under the auspices of the Bases Conversion & Development Authority (BCDA), Camp John Hay is now a sort of country club complete with an 18-hole golf course, horseback riding, camping and many more. A condotel has also been in operation since 2001.
- Session Road - the main thoroughfare of Baguio, where most of the city activity is centered.
- Mines View Park - enjoy the view of the beautiful mountain scenery and get photographed with DOGLAS (yeah, that's the right spelling) the St.Bernard.
- Philippine Military Academy
- Burnham Park - go for a walk or go rowing on the small lake (100 pesos per hour).
- Strawberry Fields - go strawberry picking which is a jeepney ride out of the main city.
- Riverside Hotel - Enjoy Hot Spring Swimming Pools in a Valley surrounded by Lush Green Vegetation and stay the night (just 19Km from City Center), near the two Asin Tunnels drilled into the mountain facade by the Spanish colonizers using prisoners of war during the second part of the 19th century, one 158 feet and the other 95 feet long (starting at 1,300 pesos per night).
- Panagbenga - the Baguio Flower Festival is held every February. Street parades, colorful floats and costumes and native dance displays have drawn huge crowds to Baguio every year.
- Horse back riding - at Wright Park and its surroundings. It costs 300 pesos per hour (150 pesos for half an hour), plus a guide fee if you want to ride beyond the park.
- North Haven Spa, 21 Avelino Street, Ferguson Rd, ☎ (6374) 3005022. 10:00am-10:00pm. Aside from the usual Thai, Swedish and combination massage, you can have a Baguio Strawberry, Benguet Coffee or Cordillera Rice scrub. For that distinct Cordillera sensation, try out these pleasures from the Mountain Province: Gisgisto, the indigenous head massage or the Dagdagis or Kolkolis, the region’s traditional foot massage using runo sticks to stimulate the soles of the feet for that feeling of complete balance and harmony in the whole body. P350-P1950.
- Spa de belles fleurs, 5th floor ES Clemente Bldg. Otek St (Chowking Burnham , Infront of Baguio Orchidarium), ☎ 074 424 1230. M-Th 10AM-10PM / F-Su 10AM-12AM. Unwind and be pampered with body and facial treatments.. From the French language, “Spa de Belles Fleurs” means spa with beautiful flowers in English and Spa de Belles Fleurs is literally adorned with beautiful flowers. 300-1000.
- Peanut Brittle, Strawberry Jam, Sesame Crunch and Ube (purple yam) Jam - from the Good Shepherd Convent, 15 Gibraltar Road, Baguio City, +6374 442-3865.
- Woven articles - various articles ranging from wristbands and bookmarks through hand bags and rucksacks to slippers, all hand woven.
- Wood carvings - rice god figurines, traditional Ifugao houses and other nice carvings made from hard wood.
For unknown reasons phallic sculptures in wood or stone are common in gift shops. A popular novelty gift is the man-in-the-barrel. I won't spoil the surprise, but suffice it to say the same children advisory applies.
Baguio has the usual fastfood joints that are so ubiquitous in major Philippine cities. For a true taste of Baguio, have a bite at the following establishments:
- Forest House Bistro & Cafe, Great food, great music, great service. This is one of the must-try restaurants in the city. Visit Forest House located at 16 Loakan Road, near Nevada Square.
- Flying Gecko Restaurant and Cafe, a cool relaxed place popular with Japanese students. Mains 200-300, tapas 65/plate. 103 Session, half a block uphill from Calderon Rd.
- Star Cafe & Restaurant, 39 Session Road, Baguio City. A Baguio landmark right on Session Road. This restaurant has been serving delicious Chinese food well before the dawning of the fastfood age.
- Café by the Ruins, 23 Chuntug St., Baguio City, Tel +6374 4424010. Quaint ambience, hearty salads, pastas and juices and good coffee or tea to top it off. What more can you ask for?
- Barrio Fiesta, upper Session Road for authentic Filipino food.
Baguio has a fine selection of accommodations, mostly cozy pension houses and small hotels that reflect this Philippine province's delightful homey atmosphere.
- AIM Conference Center Baguio, Igorot Lodge, Camp John Hay, ☎ +63 74 442-8878, . The lodge comprises of 27 hotel rooms and 6 cottages. This property does not have a restaurant. PHP 2,800.00.
- Atenara House, 40 Navy Road, ☎ +074-446-9808, . It offers deluxe and 2 bedroom suite with balcony, living area and kitchen. Its facilities and services include coffee shop, lobby lounge, tour services, spa and massage services. Best rates on official website start at US$8/person.
- Azalea Residences, No. 7 Leonard Wood Loop, Barangay M. Roxas, ☎ +632 535 0519, . It offers deluxe and two bedroom suites with balcony, living area and kitchen. Its facilities and services include coffee shop, lobby lounge, tour services, spa and massage services. Rates start at PHP3,600.00.
- Baguio Village Inn, 355 Magsaysay Rd.. checkin: noon; checkout: noon. Extremely clean, basic, quiet, situated on a busy street. Common shower area but very clean. Approximately 15-20 minutes walk to downtown (Session Rd.). free wifi. One of the best budget option in Baguio. per night 350 PHP. (16.4196558,120.5942792)
- Burnham Hotel Baguio, 20 Calderon St, ☎ +074-442-2331, . Friendly staff and cool lobby. But rooms are infested with flies and rodents, the location is quite noisy, the rooms are old and literally broken down, and it is much more expensive than other choices. is this true? Best rates on official website start at US$20. (,3days)
- Chalet Tepeyac, 177 Leonard Wood Road, ☎ +63 74 444 6846, +63 74 442 3956, . Chalet Tepeyac Baguio is an original 1940’s vacation house nestled amid a well-preserved pine-clad hill. It is conveniently located midway between exclusive Baguio landmarks and teeming downtown area accessible by public transport or by foot. There are twenty spanking clean and cozy rooms, each with cable TV, telephone, private toilet & bath with 24-hour hot shower, and room service. Best rates on official website start at PHP 1,860.00.
- City Travel Hotel Baguio, 15 Kisad Road (Across Burnham Park), ☎ +63-74-445-0456 (fax: +63-74-445-04574). City Travel Hotel is located within the city proper right across Burnham Park and has of amenities for both leisure and business travelers. Manned with an efficient and courteous staff. City Travel Hotel vows an imparallel service to the guest... and this starts with a warm smile... Best rates on official website. 
- Citylight Hotel, 245 Upper General Luna Road (Near Baguio Cathedral), ☎ 074 444 7544 to 47. Affordable Comfy and cozy. near to SM city baguio, session road and the baguio cathedral.
- El Cielito Inn Hotel, 50 North Drive, ☎ +637-443-4846 (fax: +632-250-6020), . Best rates on official website start at US$42.
- Ferionnil Pension House and Dormitory, 140 T. Alonzo Street, ☎ +63-74-443-6763. checkout: 12 PM. A cheap and very basic local place to stay near the Lizardo Trans bus terminus - convenient if you need to catch an early bus. 1,000 - 1,400 pesos (equiv. to US$20-28) depending on room type, including breakfast.
- Hotel Elizabeth, #1 J. Felipe Street corner Gibraltar Street,, ☎ (632) 911-2161 loc. 148, . A/C rooms and suites equipped with private balcony and internet connection. Some of its facilities and services are room and massage services and fitness room/gym. From US$ 83.
- Hotel Veniz, One Abanao St., ☎ +63-74-446-0700 (fax: +63-74-446-0704), . Affordable comfort & class with over 100 air-conditioned rooms and suites at the foot of Session Road, across Burnham Park, within Baguio's main shopping district. Best rates on official website start at 1290 pesos.
- Lyn's Baguio Transient Homes, 79B City Camp Alley (very near Burnham Park and town), ☎ 09158133144. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12noon. Clean,cozy. Lyn's Transient Homes, is complete with basic amenities, with CR, hot shower, 24 hours running water, wifi zone, complete cooking utensils, ref, sala,fan, veranda with scenic view, garage. rate ranges from P700 for two persons to P3500 for 12 persons P700-P3500.
- Microtel Inns and Suites Baguio, Upper Session Road, ☎ +63-74-619-3333 (fax: +63-74-619-3344), . This Baguio hotel offers clean and comfortable rooms. Rates on official website start at US$36.
- Summer Place Hotel, KM 288 Marcos Highway, ☎ +63-74-446-5400-01; +63-02-7838355 (fax: +63-74-446-0560), . Best Hotel in Baguio City.
- Ridgewood Residence, 17 Julian Felipe Street, Barangay Lualhati (near The Mansion), ☎ 02-2996411 or 074-4466295, . Tucked in a place away from the bustling noise of the city, it is perfect for a serene and peaceful vacation. The place is very cozy and welcoming. The hotel also provides apartelle rooms aside from its standard and suite rooms. Service is incomparable.
- Paladin Hotel Baguio, 136 Abanao Extension, Corner Carino St., ☎ +63-74-4422408, . Encapsulating the wonders of Baguio City, Paladin Hotel is undoubtedly a premier refuge and a very suitable place to stay especially to those who wanted to escape from their weary lives for a while. With its cool weather, stylish entry and very accommodating staff, Paladin Hotel truly captures the heart of each guest. Also, Paladin Hotel is an ideal venue for business meetings or conferences and memorable events. Php1,750.
- Red Lion Pub/Inn, 92 Upper Gen. Luna Rd., Salud Mitra, ☎ (074)3043078, . checkout: 1200 noon. Located in the center of Baguio the Red Lion Pub/Inn has all the facilities one would expect for a fabulous night out. A meeting point for foreigners and locals alike the Red Lion menu is a culmination of local traditional foods along side international cuisine. Pool tables, karaoke rooms, darts area as well as live entertainment makes the Red Lion Pub/Inn is one of Baguio´s premier places to go. Php 1000.
- Sevilla I. Gammad, 79-B City Camp Alley, Barangay City Camp, ☎ 09228313352, . checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12nn. Located very near Burnham park, Lyn's apartments can accommodate from 2 pax to 15 pax per apartment. Each apartment has its own private CR with hot shower, sala with TV, kitchen with stove, lpg, ref. With scenic view from terrace. Daily rate starts at P800 for two persons to P3000 for 12 persons. For inquiries and reservations, text or call Lyn Gammad 09228313352 or 09158133144 800-3000.
Internet Access (Internet/Computer Shops)
In university towns like Baguio, you'll have no trouble finding cheap and fast internet access. Most of the hotels offer free wifi and internet access centres have spread like a rash across the town. On thoroughfares like Session Road you'll see dozens of signs hawking various establishments. Expect to pay 15-30 pesos (less than a dollar) an hour. Not only will you find Internet access, you will also find cheap gaming stations. Many hotels have free wifi in the lobby.
Many of the hotels do not have laundry service and finding a place to get your clothes washed can be difficult.
- Elegant Washers Laundry Shop. #31 Bonifacio Street. Telephone: 423-0432. Located on the corner of Bonifacio St. and Magsaysay Ave. A 10 minute walk from Burnham Park. Thirty-five pesos per kilo for two day service or 50 pesos for next day rush service. Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Just ring the bell at the front desk if you don't see an assistant.
- Lala Laundry. Luna Avenue. Located on the corner of Mabini Street and Luna Avenue. There is no sign on the outside of the building, but you can identify the correct building by the Mang Inasal restaurant on the second floor. Go up the stairs and you’ll see a sign near the staircase for Lala Laundry on the third floor. You may have to let out a howler if no one is at the front desk.
Mount Pulag in Benguet is the highest mountain in Luzon (2922 MASL) and a very popular hiking destination with its stunning scenery and "sea of clouds" views of the Cordillera mountain range. Different trails offer a diverse range of difficulty and days required. A must-visit trekking destination for outdoor enthusiasts travelling in the Philippines. TrailAdventours (email:[email protected]) arranges trips to Mt. Pulag either from Manila or Baguio City.
Take a bus heading north to Sagada from the Lizardo Trans bus terminal. The first bus is at 6:00 AM and there are several services afterward. The fare is 220 pesos and the ride takes 6 to 8 hours.