Tabuk City is the capital of Kalinga, one of the 6 provinces that comprise the Cordillera Administrative Region.
In recent years, the province was put in the spotlight thanks to the popularity of Apo Whang-Od, a Filipina that’s often regarded as the last tattoo artist (mambabatok) of the Kalinga people.
To get to Apo Whang-Od, many travelers, especially local guests, prefer to take an organized Baguio – Sagada/Bontoc – Tinglayan tour. If you’d like another route, Tabuk City makes a good base.
How can one go to Tabuk City, Kalinga by public transport? Here are your options.
1. Plane – Van/Jeep
Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines (PAL) offer daily one-hour flights from Manila to Tuguegarao City (Cagayan). From Tuguegarao, you can take either a passenger van or jeepney bound for Tabuk. The trip is about 1.5 hours.
There are three bus companies offering daily Manila-to-Tabuk trips. Choose among Victory Liner (Kamias and Earnshaw branches), ES Transport (Cubao), and Dangwa (Sampaloc). All these buses pass by the top hotels in Tabuk City.
Should you run out tickets, there’s an abundant supply of buses bound for Tuguegarao. From Tuguegarao, enjoy a van or jeepney ride to Tabuk.
If you’re coming from Baguio, you can purchase a ticket from either GL Trans or Dangwa.