Last Holy Week, my family went to Baguio for a 4-day vacation. My husband Jeff will climb the Kibungan Circuit in Benguet and he left ahead of us but he’ll meet us in Baguio after his climb. Jeff told me about his plan just a week before the Holy Week. I crammed on looking for our hotel in Baguio and reserving our tickets to Baguio. I was not surprised when I called Victory Liner in Pasay, Cubao and Caloocan, I asked if they still have tickets going to Baguio on Maundy Thursday, they told me that tickets are all sold out even their deluxe line and we can just line up on the day itself as chance passengers. I don’t want to take my chances so I looked for other bus lines with trips to Baguio. Luckily, I stumbled upon Genesis Joy Bus, the executive coach of Genesis Transport similar to deluxe lines of Victory Liner. And I’m doubly happy because I can buy our tickets online through http://iwantseats.com.ph/. I don’t have to go the Genesis terminal in Cubao just to buy tickets. I registered on the site, selected the Date of Trip and Number of Seats. Booking via IWantSeats is such a breeze, they have payment options such as Dragon Pay, BPI and Union Bank deposit. I paid via BPI and just called their hotline for payment confirmation after I deposited the money. The online booking shows the bus seat plan and you can select your seats too! Just book in advance so that you can choose the best seats. Bus fare from Cubao to Baguio via Genesis JoyBus is Php 675, plus additional Php 25 booking fee.
The Genesis Joy Bus looks like your regular bus on the outside.
On the inside, JoyBus only has 3 seats per row, a total of only 28 seats. There’s a comfort room inside because the trip is non-stop, no stopovers. Travel time to Baguio is 4 to 5 hours. Snacks and bottled water are also included, it’s not much though. On our Cubao to Baguio route, our snack is one pack of Mister Donut Butter Toast and 1 bottled water. On our Baguio to Cubao trip, 2 Magic Flakes and 1 bottled water.
The seats inside the JoyBus are very comfortable, I rarely sleep inside a bus because of the upright position of the seats. Since the seats can be reclined and has leg rests too, I was able to sleep. Even Gwen is so happy with her seat. They also provide blankets in case you forgot your jacket or if the bus air-conditioning gets too cold.
If you’re used to having a guy as a bus conductor, inside the JoyBus, you’ll have a bus stewardess. It really feels like riding a plane :).
When nature calls, you can use the small and narrow comfort room.
The only downside of having a comfort room inside a bus is the smell. On our way to Baguio, traffic was horrendous from Balintawak to Dau, we were on the road for 8 hours, left Cubao at 12 pm and arrived Baguio past 8 pm. During the trip, most passengers used the toilet, and there’s already an unpleasant smell coming from the comfort room, we were seated at Row 4. So it’s best to view the seat plan, avoid Rows 4 and 7 of course because of their proximity to the toilet. Jeff also told me that the seats in Row 10 is cramped, the seats can’t recline in full plus leg room is small especially when passengers at Row 9 reclines their seats.
Overall, I highly recommend hopping on the Genesis Joy Bus the next time you go to Baguio. They also have trips to Baler.