From Manila, road access to Baler in Aurora province is through a mountain pass in the Sierra Madre ranges. The city is located at a distance of around 230km from Manila. An alternative mode of transport from Manila to Baler is by air.
BY BUS – Genesis Transport Service has air-conditioned buses from Manila, departing from the Cubao bus station in Quezon City. There are around six services daily between 1am and 7.30am from Manila to Baler and between 4.30am and 3pm on the return route. The journey time is approximately six hours, with stops at Cabanatuan City and Pantabangan. The fare for the aircon deluxe bus is around 415 pesos per passenger. There is also a Joy Bus, which runs nonstop and costs 650 pesos.
Another option is to take a bus to Cabanatuan City (185 pesos) and then get on a jeepney to Baler (200 pesos). This might be a quicker, but in the early hours of the morning, the vans usually wait until they are full, before departing, and this might delay you.
BY CAR – Traveling by car to Baler will get you there in around four hours. The route followed is via NLEX, SCTEX and then through Pantabangan. Hiring a car would cost marginally more (around 1000 pesos per person) than taking the bus.
BY AIR – From Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport, SEAir has charter flights twice a week (Mondays and Fridays) to San Luis’ Dr. Juan C Angara Airport, which is 20 minutes away from the center of Baler. The one-way airfare for the 45-minute flight is around 2,500 pesos per person on a 19-seater aircraft (usually Dornier or Falcon). The onward flight from Manila leaves at 8am, while the return flight departs Baler at 9.30am.