Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Victory Liner: Deluxe and Regular Aircon Bus review



I just recently got back from an overnight Baguio trip with Mama. We went last Saturday and went back the next day. I bought our tickets last Tuesday for our first class deluxe ticket going to Baguio from Pasay at 1:15am. Their twitter account is active so you could ask there for available trips, schedule, fare and others. They don't accept reservations on the phone neither on Twitter. Tickets could be only paid and claimed in the terminal where you will depart meaning you can't just buy two way ticket and meaning you have to just buy your ticket as soon as you arrive in Baguio... Tickets sell fast because there were only a few seats left when i went around 8pm last Tuesday, or maybe because the trip I booked was a weekend trip. Good thing there was still 2 adjacent seats though the sad part is it is already in the back part of the bus.
We arrived at Pasay terminal before 1:00 and 15 chance passengers were already waiting in line. We hopped on the bus and was given complimentary snacks by the stewardess,

 a small mamon, mr. chips and a bottled water. 

The bus left the terminal at 1:10 as soon as all the seats are all taken. I think none of the chance passengers were able to hop in because only two seats lefts when we entered the bus.
The bus do have 26 seats, with only 3 seats in a row except on the back part which had 4. In all fairness to Victory Liner, the bus is really spacious, enough for all the seats to be reclined without compromising the space of the person in front or behind. 

The portalet is situated in the middle section of the bus. 
  the inside :)


Lights are turned off minutes after we left the terminal to let the passengers catch some sleep. The trip was very comfortable. No foul smell lingering and the seats still look presentable so I could say that they do proper maintenance of their bus which should obviously be a protocol in all the buses in the Philippines. (*ehem* Ayala Leveriza buses, etc. *ehem*). One thing that i just noticed is there overhead compartment only have a small cramped space and the last 2 rows doesn't even have it. So if you have a bulging backpack, it can't obviously fit in the overhead. If you don't want to place your bag on the floor like me, you may just opt to place it beside your feet when you recline your chair. 
The trip was very smooth sailing. The bus was even moving slowly, around 60km/hr I think, which was perfect because I honestly, I dread going to Baguio through bus because you have to go through a lot of curvy roads which is very risky for large vehicles.

YouTube on the go! Thanks for the free wifi! :)


We arrived at 6:05 am at the Victory Liner Terminal. So that is only a total of 5 hours from Pasay to Baguio with the bus even traversing in a very safe speed. Hello Baguio! J
Overall, P750 is already a reasonable price for the comfort you gain from this 5-6 hour trip (depends on your scheduled trip). I suppose the 1:15am would be the best schedule to go up to Baguio because you could just sleep the whole trip and wake up to a new morning already in the City of Pines. Book as early as you can because seats for the first class bus sell fast because it only has limited seats. 


And also, don’t forget to buy your ticket back to Manila as you arrived in the Victory Terminal at Baguio. We are only staying overnight in Baguio and we were supposed to buy a deluxe ticket for Sunday back to Pasay, but then… it was already sold out L, in a Sunday morning in January. According to the girl in the ticket counter, all scheduled trip for Sunday is already sold out. Well ok, it was a weekend so maybe it is already given but imagine more so the availability of tickets especially for deluxe buses on the months of Feb. – May and December which are the months where tourists flock in Baguio. Again, Victory Liner doesn’t offer roundtrip tickets so you can only buy your bus ticket from the terminal where you will go on board. So lucky you if you have someone you know who lives in Baguio who can buy you a ticket in advance.


Regular Aircon Bus (Baguio – Pasay)

So we ended up in the Regular Aircon bus going back to Manila. The bus is still clean and presentable so I don’t have really anything against it, though I was just spoiled by the space and comfiness of the deluxe bus. Haha! I was worried on how we will stuff our things once we get in the bus but then I was relieved that the leg room in this bus was enough for your bags full of pasalubongs to fit, though your legs will be cramped a bit in the side. Well, this is better than having your bags in your lap the whole trip. I know there are overhead compartments and the trunk below the bus where you can put your bags, but I just don’t feel it’s safe to leave your bag where you can’t see it. Right?

The bus back to Manila went off around 1:25, which was 5 mins late because they were waiting for some chance passengers. You may want to choose the seats on the side of the driver if you don’t want to be looking on the cliffs going down from Baguio, though the sun is shining in this side.

The bus had 2 stopovers every 2 hrs, one in Sison, Pangasinan and one in Tarlac. Stopovers are enough for you to take a pee or buy some snack, which would be 20 mins at most. Prices of the food are reasonable. The comfort room in Sison bus stop was clean but no flush that time. We bought pancit with puto combo for P35 in Sison bus stop which was really sulit. Mama went down on the next bus stop in Tarlac and went back with a “cheeseburger” and buko shake. Mama said that the burger was a buy 1 take 1 for only 60php that’s why she bought it. Uhh, I think that was a rip off. It was just a small patty in a regular bun like those in local burger stands which would have only cost 35php. So beware of that buy 1 take 1 burger in Tarlac bus stop. It wasn’t even good, plain burger with a small slice of cheese. Mas masarap pa Angel’s burger e! Haha!


We arrived at Pasay terminal around 8pm already. That is almost 7 hrs on the road! Anyway, as long as we head back home safe, all is well. Traffic at night, most especially in Manila, is inevitable so you really have to expect to have a longer trip if you are scheduled beyond 12pm. 


Deluxe Bus


Pros:

SPACE
La-Z-Boy type of seat
approx. 5hr trip
with portalet
Complimentary snack
No stopover
with single seats
Adjustable aircon
WiFi


Cons:

No overhead compartment for the last 2 rows at the back
More expensive compared to regular aircon
Sells out fast
Limited trips in a day
Book in advance


Regular Aircon Bus

Pros: 
Cheaper (445php)
You can buy snacks during stopovers
Hourly trips
With bigger leg room compared to normal city buses
You can buy tickets on the spot
WiFi


Cons: 
Approx. 6-7hr trip.
No portalet inside
Less space compared to Deluxe Bus

The choice depends on your preference.
If you want a very comfy and fast trip and you don’t mind the limited number of scheduled trips available. Take the Deluxe bus! If you just want to go to Baguio and on a budget or time restricted, you may opt to choose Regular Aircon.
 
Have a safe trip!

PS. To Victory Liner, please have an online booking for roundtrip tickets. It is 2014, people! Ok? Thanks in advance! :)


Disclaimer: I’m in no terms related to /or sponsored by Victory Liner. So everything stated here is unbiased and based solely on what I experienced and may differ from others due to varying circumstances.

8 comments:

  1. Hi. I think sison pangasinan yung tinutukoy mo, at hindi sison pampanga. :-)

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    1. You're right! Thanks! :) Pareho kasing "P". haha!

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  2. Maybe there have been a few changes since January 2014 ?
    I have been here about 22 days now and regularly use Victory Liner.
    It seems to be running on desperation by the people,,, where else can they go
    The seats are "Spacious", if you are 5foot tall, but as i am 6'4" my knees touch the seat in front, (before they start to recline them),
    this means 14 hours, (Tabuk to Cubao), of agony, unless i as for a disabled seat at the front !.
    The last "De Luxe" bus i used was no different than the standard seat wise, it is faster because it stops less to make maximum money to the company,, sometimes with people sitting on the floor !
    De Luxe, got me a bottle of water, and a Filipino roll, their version of bread !, although they did not have wifi on the bus, which i would of happily traded the roll for !.
    Victory Liner is a necessity to many people, pity they canno provide a better service, or even a website showing routes and fare prices,
    (if they do, then a pity it is so hard to find, and not on their home page) !
    Oh !, almost forgot to mention the ice cold air con, ask anyone,, nice in the hot days,, but not so good during the night, especially when you cannot turn it off !,,,,, why doesn't the driver adjust the controls ??,,,,, a good question !

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  3. What's with your system? It sucks. Ive booked 5 days earlier for a seat bound to santiago only to find out theres someones occupying my reserved seat no. 8. I told the driver so he told me its not his fault,its"them" i am just a driver here. So then, he transfered me to seat no. 40. There's also a lot of passengers who has the same ticket number. Well, i should have complained if i was in bad mood. Watch out victory next time someone might complain you. Umayos kau or else.. Your system sucks this time..

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  4. nice to know. Thanks! :)

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  5. Anu ibig sabihin ngb2x2 aircon bus?

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    1. 2x2 seats mean- 2 seats per side, both left and right.

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