Rolling hills, reef breaks, magical sunsets — there are a few island provinces anywhere that are as holistic and unspoilt as Catanduanes. But airfare to this destination has always been steep, so much so that many Filipinos would rather fly overseas for a beach trip. Thankfully, Catanduanes is a little more accessible than most of us know: The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) now has bus trips from Metro Manila to Catanduanes.
Metro Manila to Catanduanes bus schedule and fare
The Legaspi St. Jude Transport Line has Metro Manila to Catanduanes bus trips daily. You can board from EDSA Cubao, Alabang, Turbina, PITX, or Pasay. Destination terminals are either San Andres or Virac.
Regardless of the point of origin and destination, a non-airconditioned trip starts at ₱950. Meanwhile, an airconditioned bus costs ₱1,350 per ticket.
You can book your tickets in advance here. However, to avail of discounts as a student, senior citizen, or PWD, you will need to purchase your tickets from Ticket Booth 1, Counter 6 or 7, on the second floor of PITX.
Catanduanes travel requirements
As of writing, the only travel requirements are a vaccination card (must be fully vaccinated) and a valid ID. Travellers under two years old are exempted from the vaccination requirement.
With a travel time of at least 14 hours, riding a bus from Manila to Catanduanes isn’t all that convenient. So, make sure to gear up with travel essentials for motion sickness, as well as a good road trip playlist and downloaded Netflix shows! Read our ultimate survival guide for long road trips here; sooner than later, you’ll be seeing the gorgeous island of Catanduanes right outside your bus window.
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