How to Travel from Manila to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte – Backpacker Style
Saud Beach is located in a quiet cove on the northern tip of Luzon. It has earned the reputation of Ilocos Norte’s number 1 beach and is a great jump off point to other interesting and historical attractions in the area including the Bangui Windmills, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Maira Ira Beach and the Patapat Viaduct.
The most convenient way to travel from Manila to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte is by flying there. The closest airport to the town is Laoag Airport, around 78 kilometers from Pagudpud.. The 3 common low cost carriers that fly there are Cebu Pacific Air, Zest Airways and PAL express.
Flight time from Manila to Laoag City is approximately 45 minutes and the airfare depends on the availability of seats and date of booking. As always, fares booked in advance are cheaper. A rough estimate for a regular round-trip ticket booked at least one month in advance would range from 3,000 PHP to 4,500 PHP.
HOW TO TRAVEL FROM LAOAG AIRPORT TO PAGUDPUD
- Upon arrival at Laoag Airport take a tricycle to the bus terminal.
- At the terminal, take a bus or mini shuttle to Claveria Province. These will pass through the town of Pagudpud. Get off at Pagudpud.
- The travel time will take around 1 hour and 20 minutes and the fare costs roughly 150 PHP one way.
- At the town of Pagudpud, the cheapest and most readily available means of transportation are tricycles. You can go sight-seeing by hiring a tricycle for a half-day or whole-day tour.
Upon arrival at the town try not to be fazed by the wave of tricycle drivers that will assertively offer their services. Take your time in making arrangements. On-the-spot arrangements are not uncommon. Take note of the average rate for a whole day tour by inquiring with at least 2 or 3 drivers or consult your hotel reception prior to your trip. For these on-the-spot transactions a deposit isn’t necessary. Just make sure to negotiate the price and agree on which attractions to visit with your driver.
You can also opt to have your hotel take care of your tour arrangements. Most hotels have contacts with local tricycle drivers and tour operators. (Hotels may also offer car or van rentals but for small groups of travelers this may cost more).
The province of Ilocos Norte is on the northern tip of Luzon Island. Land travel is possible from Manila to Pagudpud, however it’s a 10 to 12 hour journey. Visitors can use their own private vehicle or take a bus. Three bus liners that ply the Manila to Pagudpud route are Victory Liner, Florida and Partas.
The bus fare one-way is around 700 PHP. You can book your tickets on the same day, although during peak seasons it’s best to go as early as you can.
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