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Bus Companies in the Philippines

If you’re looking to travel around the Philippines by land, you can most definitely do that via the several bus lines we have.

5Star Bus Company

Five Star has bus routes going to the northern part of the Philippines. Five Star operates round the clock, and plies major highways and provincial and national roads in their area of coverage. It has a fleet of air conditioned and non-air conditioned (ordinary fare) buses.

Location: They have several bus terminals: Cubao, Pasay, Dagupan, Cabanatuan, San Carlos, Alaminos and Bolinao
Phone: Check their website for the specific contact number in your area.
Destination: Agno, Anda, Alaminos City, Bolinao, Dagupan City, San Carlos City, Tayug/Pangasinan, Cabanatuan/Nueva Ecija

Aladdin Transit

Location: 1310 Espana corner Galicia Streets, Sampaloc, Manila.
Phone: (02) 743 – 8523 / (02) 781 9168
Destination: Cagayan Valley, Ifugao, Laoag, Baguio, Kalinga, Isabela, Dagupan


Autobus Transport Systems Incorporated

Probably one of a few (read: three) bus lines that have a direct Manila to Banaue route, Autobus Transport is known to those who regularly go to the Kalinga and Isabela provinces.

Location: Dimasalang corner Laong Laan Streets, Sampaloc, Manila
Phone: (02) 735 8098
Destination: Baguio, Laoag, Cagayan Valley, Dagupan, Ifugao, Kalinga and Isabela provinces


Alps, The Bus Incorporated

Alps is one of the largest bus lines within and that services the Batangas area. They also have routes going to Bicol and Iloilo.

Interestingly enough, their website boasts of their passion in customer service and making it easier for the commuting public to travel on their fleet. To drive this point home, they actually have an online reservations system.(Click here to make your reservation) Take note that the reservation is only for bulk travels.

Location: They have bus terminals from Iloilo to Cubao. Click here to see their complete list of bus terminals’ location
Phone: (43) 723-9033 Mobile: (+63) 917-504-6042
Destination: Batangas, Alabang, Iloilo, Lipa, Cubao, Kamias, Capiz and Antique

 Baliwag Transit Inc.

A well known Bus company, its routes are basically within the Luzon area, particularly in Bulacan and Nueva Ecija. It has long since expanded its routes to include Aparri and Tuguegarao.

They don’t have an official website that we know of but they do have a Facebook page. Funny enough, they’ve just copied and pasted the information found on Wikipedia about them which includes the issues and complaints some passengers had against them which included sexual harassment.

Location: They have two bus terminals in Manila. One at 199 Rizal Avenue Extension coerner 2nd Avenue in Caloocan and another at EDSA, Cubao in Quezon City.
Phone: (02) 364 0860/ (02) 363 4478/ 0912 3343 / 0912 3349
Destination: Baliwag, Bulacan, Cabanatuan, San Jose Del Monte, Aparri, Tuguegarao and Tarlac

BLTB Co (Batangas Laguna Tayabas Bus Company)

This bus line is one of the country’s oldest and is now subsequently known as DLTBCo after Del Monte MotorWorks Inc have taken over the company. Although separate from DLTBCo, BLTB still operates under its old name, probably to preserve its rich history. After all, it was founded in 1918 and operates the same routes as it did when it first started.

It is also interesting to note that BLTBCo recently incorporated Wi-Fi in its buses, allowing the commuters to still connect to the internet even while in transit.

Location: EDSA, Pasay City
Phone: (02) 833 5508 /  (02) 833 5501/ 0913 1525
Destination: Calamba in Laguna, Nasugbu in Batangas, Lucena in Quezon, Legaspi in Albay, Naga in Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Leyte and Samar.

Cagsawa Travel and Tours

Although it is not too popular with Manilenos, Cagsawa actually has the best reviews for bus travels going to the Bicol area. There are no complaints with the drivers, conductors and other staff within the bus and they are in fact known for their top notch customer service skills. The uniforms also set them apart as I do not know of any other bus company that requires their bus drivers and conductors to wear a bowtie and vest.

Most of the complaints are directed to the reservations and admin staff in their Cubao office. But that is something that management can improve on. Other than that, it seems that Cagsawa has very high ratings. Read more about them on their Facebook Page.

Location: Their main office is located at TEJA Hardware, 286 Ziga Avenue, Tabaco City but they have a satellite office at P-1 Padre Faura Center 472 P. Faura Cor. MH.H. Del Pilar, Ermita Manila and at Araneta Center Bus Terminal, Cubao, Quezon City.
Phone: (052) 558 2106 / 0917 346 1133/ (02) 5259756
Destination: Legaspi, Albay, Naga, CamSur

Dangwa Tranco

A very popular and one of the older bus transport companies, Dangwa is known for its trips to Baguio and has also become the landmark for those who would wish to purchase cheap fresh flowers in Manila.

Location: 1600 Dimasalang Street, Sampaloc, Manila
Phone: (02) 7312879 / (02) 4101991
Destination: Benguet and Ifugao province

Penafrancia Tours

Miss Bicolandia candidates 2010. Photo from Penefrancia’s site

Known as one of the couple of luxury travel buses here in the Philippines. Their buses have massive leg room and has certain creature comforts such as an on board toilet and a larger flat screen TV. The are one of the bus lines here in the Philippines that own and use Mercedez Benz buses. Check their website here.


(Main Office) Cu Un Tong Bldg,
Concepcion Grande 4400 Naga City
Tel. No.: +63 (54) 811-8595 Telefax: +63 (54) 472-3615

(Manila Office)
2532 Legarda St., Sampaloc
Manila, Philippines
Tel. No.: +63 (2) 736-4101 Telefax: +63 (2) 736-4103

Email : [email protected]

Destination: Bicol region

Genesis Transport Inc.

I have to say that their website is the best that I have seen so far. This bus line is very popular among surfers as they have trips going out to Baler in Aurora. Most of their destinations are in Luzon though, with terminals in Dagupan, Mariveles and Pampanga.

Location: 2/F Genesis Transport Building, 704 EDSA Corner New York St., Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines 1109
Phone: + 63 2 709 0545 / 63 2 709 0544
Destination: Baler, Baguio, Bataan, Casiguran, La Union and Nueva Ecija

Victory Liner

I personally recommend this bus line as I have used them for my trip to Kalayan/Calayan island. They have luxury buses that has awesome legroom. The AC was super cold though, so bring a blanket. I also like their staff and their drivers are careful drivers and are very polite. They now also have online ticket purchasing and advanced ticket reservations! You can pay using PayPal, an ATM or through a direct bank deposit. Very convenient indeed.Visit their website here.

Location: Terminals in Pasay, EDSA and Cubao. Complete list here.
Phone: They have several bus stations, terminals and offices. Check their complete list here.
Destination: Olongapo and Iba Cities in Zambales, Tarlac, San Fernando/La Union, Baguio, Benguet, Alaminos, Bolinao, Dagupan, Tuguegarao, Aparri/Cagayan




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