Travel to La Union whats the best way to get here?

Travel to La UnionThere are several ways to travel to San Juan La Union. It all depends on where your point of origin is.

Basically, it is accessible by air, land and sea. Located around 270 kilometres (San Fernando City) away from Manila, travel to La Union province is made convenient by the fact that it is connected with the rest of Luzon by an extensive network of roads.

From Manila, travel to La Union province takes about 7 to 8 hours. If you start your journey off from Angeles City, the journey will takes even less, just 4 hours with the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

From Baguio with the famous Kennon Road, travel to La Union province takes roughly an hour.

Travel to San Juan La Union – by Air

The Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte is the main gateway for air travel in Region 1.

There are international flights from cities like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Hence, La Union is also accessible by air with flights on Asian Spirit Airlines, Cebu Pacific Airlines and Mandarin Airlines (Kaohsiung).

The previous Wallace Airbase which has been designated by the Philippines Air Transportation Office as a secondary airport to the Laoag International Airport, also serves the La Union province with flights from Manila on Asian Spirit airlines.

Travel to San Juan La Union – by Bus

However, the cheapest way and most convenient way to travel to La Union in my opinion would be by bus.

Unless, you know the roads well, self drive won’t be easy as the road signs in the Philippines aren’t that clear. With buses, there are daily trips from Manila, Angeles City and Baguio and the fare is quite reasonable.

From Manila, the 7 hour trip will set you back 380php (around $8.50 at the time of writing). All these buses are air conditioned and are quite comfortable. But if you find riding on a bus for 7 hours a torturous idea, you can always opt for a private van hire or SUV with a driver. This will set you back around 8K php just to travel to Pangasinan. La Union province being further away, will definitely cost more.

Travel to San Juan La Union – Bus Companies: (Manila/ San Fernando City)

The main bus company plying the Manila/La Union route is the Partas Bus Lines. They have hourly trips going back and forth from La Union. But there are also other bus companies the service the Manila/La Union route.

Below is a full list of bus companies that run on this route:
  • Autobus Transport Systems Inc
    Terminal Location: Dimasalang Street Cnr. Laong Laan Street, Sampaloc, Manila
    Contact Numbers: +63 2 735 8098
  • Dominion Transit
    Terminal Location:: New York Street, Cubao, Quezon City San Fernando City
    Bus Terminal: Quezon Avenue, San Fernando City
  • Farinas Transit Company
    Terminal Location:: Laong Laan cnr and M dela Fuente Streets, Sampaloc, Manila
    Contact Numbers: + 63 2 731 4507, + 63 2 731 4375, + 63 2 743 8580
  • Franco Frederico Lines
    Terminal Location:: Sampaloc Manila.
    Contact Numbers: +63 2 731 4473, +63 2 731 2584
  • Genesis Bus Lines
    Terminal Location:: Avenida, Rizal, Manila
    San Fernando City Bus Terminal: Carlatan, San Fernando City
  • Maria de Leon Transit
    Terminal Location:: Corner Gelinos and Dapitan Streets, Sampaloc, Manila.
    Contact Numbers: +63 2 731 4907
  • Martinez Trans
    Terminal Location:: Cubao, Quezon City
  • Partas Transportation Company Inc
    Terminal Location:: 816 Aurora Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City
    Contact Numbers: +63 2 725 7303, +63 2 724 9820
    San Fernando City Bus Terminal: Quezon Avenue, San Fernando City
    Contact Numbers: +63 72 242 0465
  • Philippine Rabbit Business Lines Inc
    Terminal Location:: Edsa, Quezon City
    Contact Numbers +63 2 734 9836, +63 2 734 9838
  • RCJ Transit
    Terminal Location:: 1558 España, Sampaloc, Manila
    Contact Numbers: +63 2 741 2994
  • Viron Transportation Company Inc
    Terminal Location: Corner 1209 Blumentritt and Dapitan Streets, Sampaloc, Manila.
    Contact Numbers: +63 2 741 6588
    San Fernando City Terminal: Lingsat, San Fernando City
    Contact Numbers: +63 72 888 2089


Bus Companies: (San Fernando City/ Baguio City)

  • Partas Transportation Company Inc
    Terminal Location: Gov. Pack Road, Baguio
    San Fernando City Bus Terminal: Quezon Avenue, San Fernando City
  • Philippine Rabbit Business Lines Inc
    Terminal Location: Gov. Pack Road, Baguio
  • Mini Bus Lines
    Baguio City Terminal: Abanao St., Baguio


Note: It is possible to hire a van for your trip for your travel to La union from Baguio city in front of the City Hall in Baguio.

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