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jumpfrog
January 18th, 2011, 09:35 PM
I want to avoid doing an expensive private transfer (traveling solo), and I am arriving too late to take one of the tourist transfers to PG. Anyone have experience with the public bus? Which line is reliable? I hear there is a scam where they take your fare and then the bus "breaks down" and they try to shove you off on other passing buses. I would like to avoid this; also, I expect to clear customs about 11am, can I get a bus arriving at the pier before 3-4 pm?

advice needed!

joebubbles
January 18th, 2011, 10:11 PM
Yes, you should be able to make it to the Pier by 4pm. Take a taxi from the airport to the JAM bus terminal in Pasay. Take the bus to Batangas Pier. Make sure you have purchased your Pesos before you leave the airport. Not the best rate, but you're in a rush. You may wish to purchase an additional seat for your gear, rather than store it in the luggage compartment. You can go on the bus hungry, plenty of hawkers get on the bus to offer local snacks. Buko pie is sarap (delicious).

Centrals
January 19th, 2011, 01:40 AM
I will take the white taxi outside the departure hall rather than the yellow airport taxi outside the arrival hall.

Manila do not have a central bus terminal. Bus for Batangas Pier can be found around Buendia and JAM has its own terminal there.
White taxi from the airport to Buendia should not cost more than P150.00. I had used the Ceres Bus(dark blue) on couple occasions to Batangas Pier for P166.00. Terminal fee is P30, the STUPID environmental fee is P50.00 and the ferry is around P250.00.
White taxi from the airport to Batangas Pier including all the tolls should not cost more than P3,000.00(no meter) with meter it is considerably less than P2,000.00. Ignore the non-sense about returning to Manila without passenger from the driver.

If you miss the boat connection to PG/Sabang, the fast craft to Calapan is possibly another option. But I have no experience of travelling from Calapan to PG at night or late afternoon.

CODMAN
January 19th, 2011, 08:54 AM
I did it the way Bubbles did it; JAM Bus from Passay. Easy and cheap! I think Centrals directions are just as good!

No need to shell out 100$+ to get to Sabang...:coffee:

blue steal
January 19th, 2011, 11:56 AM
The bus does not drop you off at the ferry pier. It is quite a walk from the final bus stop to the pier, (especially with gears). Tricycles charge anywhere from 35-50P and it is a 2-3 minute ride, or there is a jeepney for about 5P, but not sure where to catch it from the bus station.
Not sure where you going, you say PG, but ferries also go to sabang, white beach, and even small laguna. Be sure to get your ferry ticket at the counter.
I have riden the bus a few times and it is okay, I like to sit up front and the tip on the extra seat is a good one, only a few bucks more, but no one next to you and you can keep an eye on your stuff.

CODMAN
January 19th, 2011, 02:29 PM
Blue, JAM has a bus that brings you right to the pier. I took it a few times while there... :coffee:

kwhkg
January 19th, 2011, 08:51 PM
also there are DIMPLE STAR and PHILTRANCO on Edsa terminals closer to the airport than Buendia. just make sure to get the Batangas Pier bus going direct

Centrals
January 19th, 2011, 09:01 PM
Blue, JAM has a bus that brings you right to the pier. I took it a few times while there... :coffee:
So do Ceres!!
5 mins walk to the terminal at most.
YES, make sure the bus go to Batangas Pier.

nelsondejesus
January 19th, 2011, 10:37 PM
Clearing the customs by 11 am then getting a taxi to drop you off at a bus terminal, then taking a bus heading towards Batangas Pier in order to catch the 4 pm last ferry out for Puerto Galera, hmmm, its feasible. But in any event, I suggest you have a back-up plan, in any case.

Ordinarily, travel time all in all is between 2 1/2 to 3 hours. But that presupposes no heavy traffic, stop-overs or waiting time. From the airport to the bus terminal, expect to encounter minimal to heavy traffic which can set you back by 30 minutes. Upon arrival at the bus terminal, the bus you will be boarding on will not leave immediately as it will still have to wait for sufficient number of passengers before being dispatched bound for Batangas Pier. Waiting time then at the bus terminal can be as short as 15 min to an hour. Along the way, it is normal to expect traffic along the south superhighway considering that the skyway at alabang portion is under construction, plus the fact that at the time you are seated comfortably in the bus trekking towards your intended destination, trailers and other trucks are likewise allowed to travel during that window period (between 10 am to 4 pm), thus contributing to the traffic conditions. In addition, buses inasmuch as they are a profit-oriented business would try to pick-up as passengers along the way, as well as try to get as many additional passengers as possible during stop-overs. So expect to be delayed by an additional 30 min to an hour along the way.

Considering the above, I'm pretty sure that from the time you clear the customs and until you reach Batangas Pier, you'll be pretty much agitated, uneasy and always at the edge of your seat, anxious and worried that you may not be able to catch the 4 pm last ferry ride at Batangas Pier. So just in case you fail to reach Batangas Pier, be prepared to stay at a traveller's lodge at Batangas City. I suggest you make a research and find out where you can stay overnight in case you fail to arrive at the Batangas Pier before 4 pm and just take the earliest scheduled ferry out the next day.

blue steal
January 20th, 2011, 01:09 AM
Blue, JAM has a bus that brings you right to the pier. I took it a few times while there... :coffee:
Good to know.
Most of the time I am coming by Jeepney from Mabini/Anialo to Batangas, then a trike down to the pier/ferry docks.

Babydamulag
January 20th, 2011, 05:03 AM
After flying in a cramped aircraft......I prefer the comfort of a car....stop when ya want etc. Many resorts have great rates that are very worth the price. There is a the helicopter and the float plane as well.......just sayin'....

jumpfrog
January 20th, 2011, 05:24 AM
Hmmm. I am kind of worried about what nelsondejesus is talking about...now I wonder whether it isn't just worth the extra bucks to get a private transfer to the pier. I was quoted 3200 pesos by the resort for transfer to the pier. Maybe it ends up being worth it, especially if I end up having to spend the night in Batangas. I would have to pay twice that night, since I am already booked at a PG resort.

Does 3200 pesos sound about right for a private transfer from NAIA to Batangas Pier?

clgsamson
January 20th, 2011, 06:28 AM
Aircon car/van? take it.

kwhkg
January 20th, 2011, 08:28 AM
my guess is that transfer above includes the banca from Batangas to PG. agree with everyone take the resort pick up. if you arrive here and you dont know what to do and where to go its could end up no so pleasant. btw the bancas between Batanags and PG can only travel during daylight so suggest you get the resort pick up and relax

DevonDiver
January 20th, 2011, 08:35 AM
How do the JAM buses compare with others? I've used Victory Liner many times... are they of equal quality?

CODMAN
January 20th, 2011, 09:12 AM
I can,t compare with other busses, but I found the JAM liners were fine for my pampered north american "butt"!! :rofl3: Not overcrouded, good aircon, clean, video. I give them 2 thumbs up...:coffee:


How do the JAM buses compare with others? I've used Victory Liner many times... are they of equal quality?

blue steal
January 20th, 2011, 12:01 PM
I can't compare buses either, but the JAM is comfortable, AC is strong, maybe to strong, and I like the movies in tagalog. Here's a tip a local gave me, don't drink a lot of fluids before getting on the bus as they have no CR onboard.
to the OP, it might be better if you arrange transport with your resort, much more expensive $74 US, but peace of mind.
Enjoy, what resort are you headed to? I'll be there in a couple of weeks.

BettyfromToronto
January 20th, 2011, 07:08 PM
That $74 is just the van, right? I asked for a quote from a resort for the end-to-end transfer and got the following.

Private Transfer:
Van - (maximum of 6 persons) cost Php 3000 per way.
Boat - cost Php 3000 per way.
Berberabe port fee cost Php 15 per head.
Environmental users fee cost Php 50 per head.
Note: Night time navigation boat cost Php 3500 per way.

That totalled $141 Cdn one way for me which we thought was high compared to the $15 route for both bus & ferry. Even cheaper if we added a hotel in Manila as we would have to arrive from HK the night before to be able to catch the 8am bus.

Hubby thinks we should go with a HK dive shop so they can take care of everything and we don't have to worry. At least for our first time so we can see the lay of the land.

jumpfrog
January 20th, 2011, 07:30 PM
Bluesteal, Campbell's resort (we pmed about this...) :)

Centrals
January 20th, 2011, 09:34 PM
1.) If you are confidence that you will clear the custom around 11:00 then use the public transfer, this is what I will do. Total cost is about P700.00. Taxi is my expensive back-up!! If the flight is delayed by couple of hrs, spend the night in Manila which is much cheaper than private transfer to PG.
2.) If you want a peace of mind then take the private transfer to the pier. And if for what ever reasons you had missed the boat(last boat is about 16:00) ask the driver to call the resort for help or to find you a decent hotel. The driver is usually from Batangas area, yes he drove up to meet you. Overnight in Batangas is much cheaper than private boat(P3,000.00).
3.) The complete package from NAIA to PG is about P5,500.00 to 6,000.00.

Russ_UK
January 21st, 2011, 03:29 AM
Hmmm. I am kind of worried about what nelsondejesus is talking about...now I wonder whether it isn't just worth the extra bucks to get a private transfer to the pier. I was quoted 3200 pesos by the resort for transfer to the pier. Maybe it ends up being worth it, especially if I end up having to spend the night in Batangas. I would have to pay twice that night, since I am already booked at a PG resort.

Does 3200 pesos sound about right for a private transfer from NAIA to Batangas Pier?

I've paid 3450 for our private transfer from the domestic airport (our flight lands at 11:55am) to Batangas. What date are you travelling to PG ?

joebubbles
January 21st, 2011, 05:30 AM
How do the JAM buses compare with others? I've used Victory Liner many times... are they of equal quality?

I've taken victory liner up to Clark as well. Both the JAM and Victory Liner terminals are chaotic, but I find both lines maintain their buses in reasonably good repair and air con is readily available on these routes. In both cases the seats are smaller than western standards. I once had an interesting experience on a Philtranco Bus. The bus was freezing cold and no CR. The bus driver had to pull over and most of the men including myself got off to take a pee off the side of a cliff. Everyone took it in stride. As Blue said, it's not a bad idea to avoid drinking on the bus.:rofl3:

Babydamulag
January 21st, 2011, 09:03 AM
Again....take a car.....it is a vacation....enjoy yourself.....

CODMAN
January 21st, 2011, 09:15 AM
it is a vacation....enjoy yourself.....

It sure is! And taking the JAM bus was one of my first direct contacts with Pinoys and the local culture and was an absolutely awesome experience! I wouldn't do it any other way...:coffee:

This said, I think the OP is on a very tight schedule to get to destination. And for this, taking private transport makes a lot of sense...:coffee:

chip104
January 21st, 2011, 09:37 AM
How do the JAM buses compare with others? I've used Victory Liner many times... are they of equal quality?
I personally like Victory Liner buses better but the JAM buses are comfortable enough to get you from Manila to Batangas. I've never seen or taken a souped up JAM bus like the VL deluxe buses to Baguio.

Centrals
January 21st, 2011, 09:15 PM
Again....take a car.....it is a vacation....enjoy yourself.....
Precisely! Getting there is half the fun, take the public transport and save at least P2,500.00= 50 SMB.

jumpfrog
January 22nd, 2011, 12:42 AM
thanks for all the great replies! I am gonna take the private transfer, cause I can see myself getting antsy and anxious if there are any delays...once I calculate paying for a night of accommodation twice (PG booking and Batangas emergency layover) the price would even out. I'll prolly do the public bus back though...that's what I did last time, (2005) and it took a looong time to get to Manila.

Anyone need a ride to Batangas on Feb. 24th? :)

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