Another option for Manila based tourist bound to Sagada is to take the Manila-Banaue-Bontoc-Sagada route. The entire trip takes more or less twelve (12) hours. Manila to Banaue is a nine (9) hour bus ride that passes through Central Luzon provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya all the way to this town in the province of Ifugao . From Banaue bus terminal, a short tricycle ride will lead you to the town proper where the buses to Bontoc pass. Banaue to Bontoc is a two hour ride along Halsema highway, and Bontoc to Sagada is 45 minutes on a jeepney.
The journey is quite exhausting as it involves four transfers, not to mention that the busses are not as comfortable as those going to Baguio. If you are unlucky (like me), you will spend the entire travel time in the aisle seat. But it is advisable for those planning to go in the world renowned rice terraces of Banaue and Batad.
For those taking their flights to Clark Airport, still the best way to go to Banaue is to take a two-hour bus to Manila and catch the trip to Banaue.
Ohayami Transit is the only bus company that operates Manila-Banaue route. The bus leaves Manila at 10 pm everyday (with additional 9PM trip on peak season), estimated time of arrival is 7 am the next day. The same bus leaves for Manila at 7 pm. Since there is only one trip per day (two on peak season), it would be best to reserve a seat days prior to your departure. Reservation can be done on their Manila Booking Office at J. Fajardo Street corner Lacson Ave in Sampaloc, Manila, near University of Santo Tomas going to Nagtahan flyover and fronting Metro Oil Gas station. Contact number: +639276493055 and (02)5160501 . You may also reserve thru phone, check out their website for more information: http://ohayamitrans.com/-reservation–booking-stations-fare.html
From Banaue, catch Immanuel Bus Line to Bontoc for P100.00 (~2.5 USD) that will drop you off near the Bontoc Municipal Hall. From there, ride a jeepney to Sagada for P35.00 (<1 USD). You may opt to ride on the jeepney rooftop to enjoy the view and the sea of clouds of Sagada.
Here is the summary of the entire travel.
MANILA-BANAUE (9 hours)
Bus: Autobus Line (España corner Cataluna, Sampaloc, Manila) ETD: 10PM Daily
Contact No: 7358096
Bus: Florida Bus Line (Sampaloc, Manila) ETD: 1045PM Daily
Contact No: 7433809/7315358/4933667
AUTOBUS TERMINAL-BANAUE TOWN PROPER
BANAUE-BONTOC (2 hours)
Bus: Immanuel Bus
BONTOC-SAGADA (45 minutes)