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Baguio Itinerary: A fun, budget vacation for a family of 4!

Beat the heat in Baguio City this summer without breaking the bank. Check out our 3-day and 2-night itinerary for a family of four, filled with fun things to do in the summer capital of the Philippines.

What's your Baguio itinerary?

Baguio City, known as the summer capital of the Philippines, provides tourists with a respite from the extreme heat in the metro during the months of April and May. Its cooler climate is one of the top reasons why Baguio has become a popular destination among local and foreign tourists.

Getting to Baguio from Manila

Baguio itinerary Baguio City's amazing landscape

Every Baguio itinerary starts with a long bus trip. A trip to the northern city costs less than many other Philippine destinations because it can be reached by land from Manila. With the convenience of highways and new roads, the drive to Baguio now only takes four to five hours when traffic is light.

Driving to Baguio from Manila will take you through the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), then through the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).

Baguio itinerary Getting to Baguio from Manila is easy

After you pass the Tarlac exit, you only have about 10km of road left to traverse before you reach MacArthur Highway. This road will take you through four more Tarlac towns and Pangasinan province, up to Rosario, La Union.

At the Rosario Junction, you have the option of proceeding to Kennon Road to take the old zigzag path up to Baguio, passing by the iconic lion head, or driving a few more meters down the road to the entrance of Marcos Highway.

If you prefer to take public transport, Victory Liner buses offer several scheduled trips up north throughout the day. These depart from their Cubao, Caloocan, Pasay and Sampaloc terminals. Regular aircon bus fare is PHP 445, while a first class trip costs PHP 715 per person.

Baguio itinerary: Family-friendly accommodations

Baguio itinerary Hostels and dorm-type rooms provide travelers with cheaper accommodation options in Baguio

No Baguio itinerary is complete without taking into account the countless hotels, hostels and homes for rent that you can choose from in Baguio City. Among the more popular options are Baguio Country Club, The Manor at Camp John Hay, Hotel Elizabeth, El Cielito Inn, Baguio Transient Apartment and Baguio Burnham Suites.

If you are in search of more budget-friendly accommodations, you can try Teacher’s Camp, which offers 2-bedroom cottages for PHP 1,600 a night. There is also Tuvera Pensions House, which is located near the Victory Liner terminal, and has private rooms good for five persons at only Php 1,500 a night.

Another option is AJ’s Pension House, where you can get private room for as low as PHP 1,200.

Click "Continue Reading" for a 3D/2N itinerary for a family of 4 and Baguio City travel tips. 

Baguio itinerary Horseback riding is a favorite family activity in Baguio

Baguio itinerary on a budget – 3 days, 2 nights

Looking to visit Baguio this summer? Check out this budget-friendly 3-day, 2-night itinerary that's perfect for a family of four.

Baguio Itinerary: Day 1

  • Depart from Manila via Victory Liner (Php 1780 for 4 persons, 1 way)
  • Arrive in Baguio
  • Check in at hotel (Php 2,400 for 2 nights at AJ's Pension)
  • Climb up to Lourdes Grotto
  • Spend the afternoon at Burnham Park (Php 100 for a 30-minute boat ride, Php 40 for 1-hour bike with side car rental)
  • Check out the Baguio City Market
  • Explore Session Road
  • See SM Baguio
  • Visit Baguio Cathedral
  • Dinner at Teahouse (Budget - Php 400)

Baguio itinerary Shop for local goods at the stalls in Mines View Park

Baguio Itinerary: Day 2

  • Breakfast at Pizza Volante (Budget - Php 400)
  • Visit Wright Park (Horse ride - Php 200 per person for 30 minutes), The Mansion and the Botanical Garden
  • Lunch at the Ketchup Food Community (Budget - Php 500)
  • Visit Good Shepherd and Mines View Park
  • Pass by the Pink Sisters Convent
  • Dinner at Good Taste Restaurant (Budget - Php 400)

Baguio itinerary The Mansion is a favorite stop for photo ops among vacationers

Baguio Itinerary: Day 3

  • Breakfast at 50’s Diner (Budget - Php 300)
  • Go around Camp John Hay
  • See the PMA grounds and Panagbenga Park
  • Check out from hotel
  • Lunch at Ebai's Cafe & Pastry (Budget - Php 400)
  • Depart from Baguio via Victory Liner (Php 1780 for 4 persons, 1 way)

Total trip budget - Php 9,300 (Php 3,100 per day for 4 persons)

Baguio itinerary When in Baguio, have your fill of fresh, juicy strawberries

Baguio itinerary travel tips

  1. Be prepared for cool weather in the early mornings and evenings. Make sure to pack warm clothes for you and your children to wear.
  2. When taking the bus, don't forget to purchase your return tickets to Manila as soon as you arrive at the Baguio terminal. This way, you are sure to have a seat on your preferred trip home.
  3. Grab some fresh strawberries to enjoy from the market.
  4. Don't forget to try the strawberry taho being sold by vendors along the side of the road, as well as the hot noodles and grilled corn sold along Session Road at night.
  5. Make sure that your entire group wears comfortable shoes because there is sure to be a lot of walking involved during your trip.
  6. Many of these destinations are within a 10-20 minute walk from each other. Ask around and walk whenever possible to save on transportation costs. You may also go from place to place by way of jeepney, which will cost you less than taking a taxi.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patricia de Castro-Cuyugan

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