Sunday, April 27, 2008

Alternate Route from Manila to Baguio

Just posted the southbound version of this route here.

This northbound alternate route to Baguio takes you from the SCTEx, by-passes all the usual bottlenecks such as Tarlac and Urdaneta and zips you right off to Binalonan. We did not have the pleasure of taking this one from beginning to end because it came out in the papers when we were already in Baguio.

But it turned out we did take this route at some point when we followed the Directory Philippines Corporation (DPC Yellow Pages) signs starting from Concepcion all the way to Pura town (Km. 41 to Km. 62.7 in the diagram).

So if you're like us and you missed the SCTEx entry from the NLEX, just take the usual Concepcion route from the end of the NLEX, watch out for the "To LUISITA" sign, which is your cue to look out for the first DPC Yellow sign on your right (Km.41 here).


How to read the diagrams:




Note:
Non-SCTEx route starts here from the opposite direction,
so you turn right at this corner instead of left:















A few more notes:

1. This is the reverse of the route I posted last year starting from the first turn after exiting the SCTEx (Km. 41.0).

2. This route is also basically the same as the Directory Philippines Corp. (DPC Yellow Pages) route and you will in fact see the yellow DPC signs along the road and major turns. However, there are points in the route where you are advised NOT TO FOLLOW the DPC Yellow signs (Km. 62.7 and Km. 121.3).

3. The SCTEx is open from 5:30am to 5:30pm only, barring flights of fancy to close it at any other time. When we got there at 4pm last Sunday, the freaking thing was closed for some motoring event and we had to turn the hell back. SCTEx Motorist Assistance Nos. are (02)362-9997; (02)362-2246; (045)865-2030. Give them a call to announce your arrival and intention to use the facilities.

4. This route is NOT to be taken at night. There are neither lights nor road assistance.

23 comments:

Louis A. said...

This route is the best! Completely accurate, I didn't have to look at landmarks. Just kept an eye at the odometer.

Note though that the Petron Gas Station at km 133.0 is no longer there. Also, best to indicate that one should follow the Tarlac sign (to the right) upon entry to SCTEX because otherwise the next u-turn is near Subic already.

Anonymous said...

question... when do i set my odometer to zero "0"? once i enter SCTEx? i'm driving out to baguio in the morning - i want to try out this route.

Jun said...

correction:

At the 103.4 km mark, the jpg should read 29.2, not 25.6.

Andre said...

i was able to use this last week; excellent guide! keeping your eye on the trip meter is really the best way not to miss on the turns.

some comments for additional help:

at the crossroads on km 62.7, there is now another yellow DPC sign mentioning the alternate route going right to guimba. either route now has complete dpc signs!

on km 113.7, the left turn isn't really a full left but more of a 75degree swerve to the alternate trail to magilas. it's a major road though so it's kinda hard to miss. i actually did miss it until i realized i was already over 8km from the previous turn.

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Anonymous said...

very useful and accurate...sarado na nga lang yung petron gas station sa km 133. Just printed and used this as a guide on our way to baguio last april 20-23. It only took us 4.5 hours to baguio driving at 80-100 kph. thanks

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fred.lakeview said...

Used this route last Dec. 2010 and Baguio in about 5 hours or so driving leisurely without the hassle of contending with buses and jeepneys in town centers. Returned to Baguio Sept 13, 2011 using the same route and found new DPC signs in all the turns. Louis A is right the Petron Gas station at km 133 is no longer there. Instead you see a tricycle terminal.

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Used this route last Dec. 2010 and Baguio in about 5 hours or so driving leisurely without the hassle of contending with buses and jeepneys in town centers. Returned to Baguio Sept 13, 2011 using the same route and found new DPC signs in all the turns. Louis A is right the Petron Gas station at km 133 is no longer there. Instead you see a tricycle terminal.

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Used this route last Dec. 2010 and Baguio in about 5 hours or so driving leisurely without the hassle of contending with buses and jeepneys in town centers. Returned to Baguio Sept 13, 2011 using the same route and found new DPC signs in all the turns. Louis A is right the Petron Gas station at km 133 is no longer there. Instead you see a tricycle terminal.

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