How to go to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar by Public Transportation

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a unique Philippine-Spanish heritage site composed of old Spanish houses dating back from the 17th to the 19th century. These houses were collected from various towns in the country and were carefully dismantled, transported and reassembled at the town of Bagac, Bataan.

PLAZA BELMONTE

Bagac is a remote coastal town so getting there by public transportation at some point,  can feel like an amazing race challenge. It involves hopping from bus-jeep-tricycle; as well as some guess work about when the next bus or jeep will arrive – or if it will ever arrive. Although commuting there is an experience itself, it’s not advisable for groups with very young children or seniors.

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FIRST LEG – METRO MANILA TO BALANGA

From Metro Manila, you can take a bus bound for Balanga City at either Bataan bus liner or Genesis liner at their terminals in Cubao just along Edsa Avenue. There are trips as early as 4:00AM with hourly intervals up to 11:00 PM.

Ideally you should take an early morning trip to avoid traffic and so you can spend more time at the site. My best friend and I took the 4:00AM trip, sleep deprived but happy to start out early. We arrived at Balanga terminal shortly before 6:00AM.

Bagac Bataan

Bagac, Bataan

SECOND LEG – BALANGA TO BAGAC

At Balanga terminal you can take a non-air-conditioned, mini-bus to Bagac town for 35.00 PHP or you can opt to take a Tamaraw  of shuttle for 47.00 PHP. The trip takes around 45 minutes. On our first trip to Las Casas Filipinas, we took the mini-bus since it was the first one to arrive. On our second trip two months later, we rode the tamaraw shuttle. The fare was slightly higher but you won’t have to ride a tricycle anymore. The shuttle will drop you off about 300 meters from the resort’s gate and you can walk the distance. However, a short walk of 300 meters can seem much longer with heavy baggage. So personally I recommend taking the mini-bus instead which I’ll discuss in more detail below.
Las Casas Filipinas de AcuzarOn our two trips to Las Casas Filipinas, we rode the Genesis bus from Cubao to Balanga. When you arrive at Balanga terminal you’ll normally want to just get on the next available transportation that leaves for the town of Bagac. So on our first trip, we were lucky to ride the mini-bus. It’s not airconditioned but the windows are wide and the seats are comfortable. On the way from Balanga to Bagac Town, you’ll enjoy refreshing rural scenes like vast yellow-green rice fields with a mighty fortress of mountains in the background. You’ll also notice the natural coolness of the wind because of the thick vegetation in the area.

Do remind the driver or ticket collector to drop you off at the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar bus stop.

Bagac, Bataan

Typical sights on the way to Bagac from Balanga City

Paseo de Escolta is reminiscent of Intramuros with its paved stone street and a lane of modern shops built among the old buildings.

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PASEO DE ESCOLTA

THIRD LEG – BAGAC BUS STOP TO LAS CASAS FILIPINAS

When you arrive at Bagac, take a tricycle to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. There are many tricycles on stand-by to take you there. The tricycle will drive through a small community with narrow roads. It will take around 5 minutes to the gate of the resort. At the entrance you will be asked to present your reservation vouchers.

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GOING HOME

The “going home” trip can be slightly tougher than the “going there” trip. If you don’t have a private vehicle, you’d need to manage your time well so as not to miss the last shuttle or bus bound for Balanga. As you exit the gate of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar the security personnel can radio in a tricycle for you. That alone can take 10 to 15 minutes.

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Hotel de Oriente

The tricycle will take you back to the main road where you can catch the next mini-bus, tamaraw shuttle or jeepney to Balanga City whichever arrives first.  According to Bagac bystanders, the last bus comes along around 7:00 PM to 7:20 PM. If you miss it, you will likely have to look for a reasonably priced hostel at Bagac town and spend the night. The interval between buses is around 20 to 30 minutes.

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Casa Byzantina

When you arrive at Balanga City you can take either the Genesis bus or Bataan bus transit back to Metro Manila. They go to either Cubao or Pasay Taft Rotonda stations. According to workers at the Balanga bus terminal, the last bus leaves at 9:00 PM. So if you aren’t able to make it to Balanga by 9:00 PM you will likely have to spend the night there.

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

TIPS TO MAKE YOUR TRIP MORE COMFORTABLE

  • If you have some time before the bus leaves Balanga, grab some take-out food at the Jollibee just across the street to ease your hunger after a whole day of adventuring. You can also have breakfast there before you proceed to Las Casas Filipinas in the morning.
  • It can get cold on the bus so have a scarf or anything warm to wrap around your shoulders during the trip.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Wear light and comfortable clothes. A pair of shades and a summer hat will come in handy.
  • Even if you don’t intend to swim put on a thin layer of sunblock to protect you as you walk around.
  • If you’re just going there for a day tour, pack light.

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

PLAZA MARCELINO

TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES

Bus from Cubao to Balanga, Bataan – 200.00 PHP

Mini-bus from Balanga to Bagac – 35.00 PHP
Shuttle or jeepney from Balanga to Bagac – 47.00 PHP

Tricycle from main road to Las Casas Filipinas – 20.00 PHP / person (If you take the mini-bus)

Total cost roundtrip – 490.00 PHP

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Iza Sanchez

Iza Sanchez is a freelance ESL Teacher, adventurer and moderator of Take The Travel. She writes about solo-backpacking, travel saving tips and other awesome travel resources.

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24 Responses

  1. Kathleen says:

    Hi! Love your blog about Las Casas. Do you need to reserve a slot first before going there? How much is the entrance fee?

  2. hazel says:

    thank you! your blog is very helpful.. ask lng.. nag join ba kayo sa tour? ok lng ba kahit
    wala kang reservation? thanks

    • yolanda says:

      hi, i will be taking the public bus fr Cubao, is there a time table to catch the bus to Bataan and how long is the travel time by land to Bataan? Yolanda
      thanks

  3. Crisna Fabros says:

    Hi. How many hours from cubao to las casas?

  4. Ysabel says:

    Hiii . How much po ang reservation and para saan po ? Thankss

    • Iza Sanchez says:

      Hi Ysabel, please visit the Las Casas Filipinas official website for their day tour rates. You can also check metrodeal.com to see if they have an ongoing promo for day tours. Cheers!!

  5. jen yepes says:

    they said you can make a side trip to mt. samat and dulsulan falls, do you know how to get there?

  6. Jonathan says:

    Pwede po ba walang reservation ,,,?
    oOlnggapo8 lang po kami galing ,,,

    • Iza Sanchez says:

      Hi Jonathan,

      Noong nagpunta kami tumawag muna kami sa Manila Office ng Las Casas Filipinas para mag pabook ng slot para sa day tour. Mas maganda at para sigurado tumawag na lang po kayo sa main office nila kung pwede mag walk-in, baka pwede naman din kasi maluwag naman yung resort at day tour lang naman. Good luck!

  7. need po ba ng advance reservation before going to las casas?

  8. MARY CRIS GULFAN says:

    hi good day.

    may i ask how can we possibly get to las casas from clark airport?

    we’ll be going there this coming feb. 24, 2017

    Thank you.

  9. heart says:

    how much is the entrance fee for day tour?

  10. Ina says:

    Hi 🙂 Is there taxis or fx we can rent from Balanga to Las Casas? We want to avoid many transfers.

  11. Reynaldo m. Galvadores says:

    god day po, may sasakyan po kmi from tarlac, magaarkila kmi ng uv, pwede kayang pumunta sa las cazas khit walang reservation, kc di nman kmi matutulog doon, day tour na sabi nyo?

  12. zam obenita says:

    Hi, im planning this trip next summer, however ill be traveling with my 2 kids (8 and 11) and my mom who happens to be 75 yrs. old, any advices?

  13. Ingrid Psy D PA says:

    I love your write-up. Very informative and really helpful.

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