How to Go to Kalinga : The Easiest Way to Reach Apo Whang-Od

Our travel guide on the easiest way to reach Apo Whang-Od – a popular tattoo artist in Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga in the Philippines.

There are basically many ways to go to the province of Kalinga from Manila but the easiest one is via Bontoc. The good news is, you can buy your bus ticket to Bontoc online. There’s no need for you to go to the terminal ahead of time just to secure a seat, especially during weekends and peak season. It’s now the time to visit the beautiful village of Buscalan and meet Apo Whang-Od in person.

How to Go to Kalinga : The Easiest Way to Reach Apo Whang-Od
Inked by Apo Whang-Od

From Metro Manila, you can take the Coda Lines bus to the town of Bontoc in the Mountain Province. Coda Lines bus terminal station in  Metro Manila is located at HM Transport Bus Terminal, Monte de Piedad/Maryland St. corner EDSA, Immaculate Concepcion, Cubao, Quezon City.


Schedule of Bus Trip and Fare from Manila to Bontoc via Coda Lines.

8PM Daily – 45-seater airconditioned bus P822
9PM Daily – 35-seater super deluxe bus with portalet P1,122.
10PM Daily – 45-seater airconditioned bus P822
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The travel time from Manila to Bontoc is around 8-10 hours depending on the traffic condition.

How to Go to Kalinga from Bontoc?

From Bontoc, you can take a jeepney bound for Tinglayan or Tabuk and alight in Bugnay. Jeepney fare is P80.00 . Travel time is about 1.5 hours. From Bugnay, you can either hike or take a habal-habal (motorbike) to the turning point – the jump-off point going to Buscalan Village. The hike is about 1-2 hours depending on your own pace.


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