Your Ultimate Budget Travel Guide to Baguio City 

Nestled in the vast mountains of the Benguet, Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines, uphold its picturesque mountain sceneries and breath-taking destinations tourists love to visit from time to time.

Discovered by the American colonizers in the 1900s, Baguio City has grown from a hill station for the American soldiers into one of the most popular and most visited tourist spots in the country. Known for its cold climate, Baguio City endows its people with a biting cold, invigorating breeze that is a perfect venue to escape the summer heat.


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Christmas in Baguio City by Paul Louie Serrano
Christmas in Baguio City by Paul Louie Serrano

Baguio offers plenty of attractions and destinations that showcase its rich heritage, indigenous culture and thriving flora and fauna. Highly urbanized, it already became the center of commerce, education, and tourism in Northern Luzon. Commercialized as it seems as developments are fast transpiring, Baguio City still embodies the Cordilleran culture by representing it through traditions that are still widely celebrated through festivities, and inculcating culture as a solid part of the modern society.

In this Baguio City Travel Guide blog, we listed DIY trip itinerary and advice on how to get there, things to do and see, places to eat, best places to stay, tour packages, Baguio trip expenses and more.

Baguio City Travel Guide and Budget Itinerary
Baguio City Travel Guide and Budget Itinerary

Best Month to visit Baguio City

  • February – Panagbenga Festival
  • April – May – Summer or Dry months
  • December – Baguio Lantern Parade, Christmas in Baguio

How to Get There

From Manila

Air-conditioned bus trips to Baguio leave Manila daily in an hourly basis. Popular bus lines en route are Victory Liner, Partas, and Genesis among others. One way bus ticket would cost you P400 – 450, and travel time will be approximately 6-7 hours.

Luxury bus trips are already offered by some bus companies like Victory Liner (Deluxe) and Genesis (Joybus) for a non-stop trip to Baguio that will just take 3-4 hours. These buses have their own toilets, wifi, two TVs, wider seats that will allow you to recline fully to rest, and snacks and drinks offered by the bus stewardess. Fare rate is around P650 – 720.

If you are to use your personal car, best to take Marcos Highway going up to Baguio because it is safer than Kennon Road which is sometimes closed due to maintenance.

Victory Liner, Telephone +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 City Bus terminals.

For complete directions: How to get to Baguio City from Manila

Baguio City Travel Guide photo by Ivan Torres via Unsplash
Baguio City Travel Guide Photo by ivan Torres on Unsplash

Places to Stay

Things to do and see

See Also: Baguio City Itinerary: Things to Do and See in Baguio City

Session Road at Night by Paul Louie Serrano
Session Road at Night by Paul Louie Serrano

Where to Eat in Baguio

Baguio City Night Market photo by Austin Nicomedez via Unsplash
Baguio City Night Market Photo by Austin Nicomedez on Unsplash

Travel Tips

  • Bring a wide array of wardrobe as the temperature varies from extremely hot (noon-time) to extremely cold (night-time).
  • Beware of pickpockets especially in crowded places.
  • Best to jog in the morning to feel the cool breeze.
  • It is advised to walk when visiting tourist destinations in the town center because they are actually close to each other and it will save you money.
  • During peak seasons, it is best to have a map (either paper map of an electronic map) with you if you are not familiar with the places to avoid getting lost in the midst of traveling.
  • It is advised to do an early reservation in hotels to avoid many hassles. If you have a minimal budget for hotel accommodation, transient houses, homestays, and lodges are available city-wide.

Baguio City Travel and Tour Packages

Day Trip to Baguio

Day Trip to Baguio Tour Package
Day Trip to Baguio Tour Package

Visit the iconic tourist spots of Baguio City, including Mines View Park, Wright Park, Burnham Park and Diplomat Hotel. With a side trip to the Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad. See the breathtaking views of the mountain ranges at the Kenon View Point.

This Baguio Tour Package is Inclusive of roundtrip transfers from Metro Manila, fuel and toll fees, local English speaking tour coordinator, entrance fees to all attractions and travel insurance.

Baguio City Travel and Tour PackagesBOOK THIS TOUR

Important Contact Numbers

Tourist Information and Assistance Center

Baguio City Tourism Office
(63-74) 442-1007
Baguio Tourism Council
(63-74) 443-3434

Hospitals

Baguio General Hospital
(63-74) 442-4216
SLU Sacred Heart Hospital
(63-74) 442-4308

Police Departments

Tactical Operations Center
(63-74) 442-1211 or hotline 166
Highway Patrol Group
(63-74) 445-0434

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Originally Published on December 6, 2014, this Baguio City DIY Travel Guide was last updated in August 2018.

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