How to Travel from Manila to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte – Backpacker Style

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Saud Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

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.

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A view of the sky taken on a flight from Manila to Laoag


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.

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Laoag International Airport


  • 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.
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The traditional Philippine tricycle

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).

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The famous Patapat Viaduct.


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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Need more information about Ilocos Norte? Check-out : 8 Awesome Attractions in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.

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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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12 Responses

  1. lloydsubaldo says:

    hi, thanks for the info…. Iza Sanchez

  2. emir says:

    Hi ma’am iza, ano po hotel or resort sa ilocos pagudpud or laoag ang pwede mo po mairecommend sakin? Thanks and God bless

  3. Gie says:

    Hi Iza, thanks for the info, great help….i would like to know if there is some motorcycle for rent in laog for me to drive around ilocos.. Reply is apprciated..thanks..

    • Iza says:

      Hi Gie, thanks for visiting my website. Unfortunately, I have no idea if there are shops that rent out motorcycles in the area. We got around by hiring a tricycle. It would be extremely cool exploring the region by motorcycle. Good luck in your search.

  4. Kevin says:


    how sure po na may biyaheng manila to ilocos norte?

  5. Mary Ann says:

    Hi iza Kung beach lang walang hotel or hdi resort saan mo ako ericommend balikan po. Thanks sana masabi mo sa akin. God bless you.

  6. Mary Ann says:

    Thank you

  7. Royce says:

    Hi! Our flight from Mla to Laoag will arrive ETD at 6 pm (hopefully without delay). I have 2 questions:

    1. Will there be buses/mini vans that still go to Pagudpud at those times
    2. If we are dropped off from the main highway, will there still be motorcycles/jeeps to bring us down to Maira-ira?


    • Iza Sanchez says:

      Hi Royce, I’m not sure if there are trips to Pagudpud later than 6pm but that’s not very late so what I suggest is once you land, take a tricycle straight away from the airport to the town proper which isn’t very far. Get off at the bus terminal and catch the next bus or van that will be leaving. The trip from Laoag to Pagudpud takes about 1 and a half hours.

      My friend and I stayed at a hotel in Saud Beach. There were many tricycles in queue waiting for passengers once we got off the bus so going to our hotel was rather easy. It took about 15 minutes. On the other hand, Maira-ira beach is quite far. We rented a tricycle to take us there the next day and it was a long way from Saud. Perhaps you should make arrangements with the hotel you’re staying at in Maira-ira to have someone pick you up once you arrive in Pagudpud. Hope that helps. Cheers!

  8. renzy says:

    hi po ma m iza u have facebook i wanna ask more about this place i wanna visit ilocos this july

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