No fly, no problem: Air travel alternatives in the Philippines

MANILA TO BICOL BY SLEEPER BUS

TWO2TRAVEL AIRTRAVEL ALTERNATES

If the train doesn’t look too flexible for you, you may take the sleeper bus from Metro Manila to Naga City as an alternative. This is a more expensive option (we went via Isarog, P1000 to P1200 per person per way), but I was able to sleep better here than on the train. AND each of the beds has an outlet! No WiFi though when we went in April, but I won’t be surprised if they already have now.

WHY TRY
  • The most comfortable for land travel to Bicol I have tried yet
  • Each bed has a reading light, electric outlet, and curtains for privacy
  • The bus has a comfort room too AND, more importantly, the whole bus doesn’t reek of pee even then (I should know. The CR was right across my bed. It didn’t smell, promise).
  • The bed is wide and comfortable enough, and part of it can be reclined to serve as your pillow.
CONS
  • It’s almost as expensive as taking the plane
  • Very limited beds, and from our experience, we had to pay in person at the terminal before 5 PM on our day of departure to reserve our seats (our ETD was 9PM the same day). Not very logical, right?
  • Only one trip per day (9 PM)
TIPS/USEFUL INFO
  • Reserve your space as early as you confirm your trip. There’s only one bus departing each day.
  • Go for the lower bunk beds because the upper bunk, according to my friends who stayed there, were too cold (P1,200 for the lower bunk; P1,000 for the upper bunk–now you know why)
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