Transportation To and From Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
How to reach Vigan? Located in the northwestern part of Luzon, it can be reached by land or by plane.
Mindoro Airport is the only airport in Vigan City. As of now, Southeast Airlines (seair) caters services to and from Vigan. Another option is from Laoag International Airport which is almost 2 hours drive from Vigan. Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Sky Pasada, and China Southern Airlines fly to and from Laoag airport.
Getting here by bus will take you more or less 8 hours of travel coming from Manila. Bus lines I know are Partas, Dominion Bus lines, Maria De Leon, Fariñas Transit and Viron Transit. Buses going to Laoag from Manila is also possible. Meanwhile if you're coming from Laoag, there are ordinary buses from Laoag to Vigan or Partas' aircon bus from Laoag.
The Sleeper's Bus Experience via GV Florida Bus
Our plan was to take a bus to Vigan and take the plane from Laoag back to Manila. Getting a plane back and forth is not feasible for me since we only have three days to explore everything. Note that Laoag is 2 hours from Vigan so time must be well spent. Though, I don't want to stress my friends from having a long bus ride, that lead us riding a sleeper's bus.
Kim once told, "Pwede bang gising sa sleeper bus?"
It's my first time riding a sleeper's bus, and I'm so excited! GV Florida bus in Sampaloc have a 10pm ride everyday bound to Laoag. Tickets cane be bought in advance 2 days before your trip inwhich I did because I don't want to mess up the plan if it will be fully booked hehe. This is a 35 sleeping bed capacity (double-deck), non-stop aircon bus with a portable toilet room. I was able to sleep here and you can recline your back for up to approximately 60 degrees.
TIP: The bus is made up of double-decks so may I suggest to choose the ground-level deck to make yourself comfortable going to the toilet room.
Arrival in Vigan
6 Hours travel time! Yes, could you believe that? We left Sampaloc, Manila at 10PM and I'm expecting to arrive in Vigan around 6am. It is bound to Laoag so the bus will be dropping us off just outside the Vigan City proper. I'm still half asleep when the driver shouted "Bantay na! Bantay!" My friends were clueless, thank God I woke up and heard it, "Ay dito na tayo, baba na!" (We're here already) It was too dark, time check: 4am! There are tricycles around and told them where to go. They charged us Php 80 per tricycle.
Where We Stay - Casa Teofila Lodge
Casa Teofila Lodge is not within the heritage village. It is located in Pantay Daya, Ilocos Sur and this is not a heritage house. But why did I choose this? It is cheaper from the heritage hotels (we're on a budget), some of us are afraid to sleep on old houses, and the most important thing is that they allowed us to check in at a very early time without any charge for as long as no one's occupying the room. And besides, we only need a place to sleep as we'll be outside most of the time. Anyway, I'll be creating another post for a list of Vigan Hotels to help you with your stay here.
We were able to check in at 4am, rest for a while as this is a long long day to go!
Casa Teofile Lodge
Contact Numbers :
Mobile - 09326740438
Landline - (077) 7226482 / (077) 7222547
Aircon Rooms with private cr, cable tv and free wi-fi.
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