When the premium point-to-point (P2P) bus project began in 2015, there were only three operational routes, all found in the heart of the National Capital Region. Subsequently, dozens of routes — both in Metro Manila and in the provinces — were added by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) each year.
By February 2019, reports from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) showed that, in conjunction with a project for the Metro Rail Transit System Line 3, the improved infrastructure had deployed more than 8,500 bus units and served more than 551,000 passengers.
Out of the 28 new P2P routes, three will take you to and from key airports. These routes are Iloilo City to Iloilo International Airport (₱80 for a one-way trip); Iloilo City to Kalibo International Airport (₱720); and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) or Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange to Baguio (₱1,080).
These routes are on top of the existing airport services: Clark International Airport to Quezon City North Avenue (₱280); NAIA Terminal 3 to Clark International Airport (₱380); and Robinsons Galleria to Clark International Airport (₱250).
While P2P buses might be pricier than regular public transportation vehicles, their price points are still more favorable than cab services. The buses also help cut down travel time, ensure passenger safety and offer comfortable seats and free WiFi.
Casting a wider net
The P2P bus system is managed by private bus operators. Some buses don’t operate on holidays and during weekends, while intervals may vary due to Manila’s traffic situation.
To experience the convenient service, passengers may access a free web-based service app at p2pbus.ph. The web app works with a mobile phone’s GPS to show schedules, routes, station locations and the number of waiting passengers at any station. fb.com/p2pbus; fb.com/ltfrbcentraloffice; fb.com/dotrph
This article first appeared in the July 2019 issue of Smile magazine.