Victory Liner Experience

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When we go to baguio and bolinao this transport company was the bus liner we patronize because of its good service and affordable price depending on the service that they offer. When it comes to premium bus it is a little bit expensive unlike to regular bus. The main location of this bus liner is at cubao terminal it is near the railroads of the
LRT station of cubao. The location is strategic because many people passes by and as a result they can be easily accessed and be seen.

The first class trip goes for P715 per person, compared to the regular trip which costs P445. You can find the list of trip schedules in the Victory Liner homepage.

So, what are the perks of the deluxe ride?

Comfort room. The bus is equipped with a toilet. Drank a lot before leaving? Got a weak bladder? No problem!
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Snacks included. We each got a bottled water and some snacks (small brownie and a small pack of macapuno candies).
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Shorter travel time. Unlike the regular trip, there are no stopovers since the passengers don’t have to get off the bus to go to toilet or buy snacks and drinks. We left Baguio at 1:10pm and reached Cubao after a little more than 5 hours.
More comfortable seats. There are fewer seats (most rows only have 3 seats) compared to a regular bus hence there is more leg room. The seats can also be reclined and there are leg rests available.
Solo seats. Perfect for solo travelers! No need to sit with a stranger if you’re traveling alone.
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Newspapers. There are newspapers that you can read during the trip.
Easier movie viewing. There are two video monitors inside the bus (one near the driver and another at the middle of the bus, right above the CR) so everyone can watch the movie properly, unlike ordinary buses where people at the back cannot really see or hear the movie being shown.
Service Attendant. She hands out the snacks and the newspapers. You can also ask her if you have questions or other concerns.
  1. There were only two movies shown during the trip even though there was still enough time for a third one.
  2. The toilet was clean. There was running water and toilet paper but I was not sure if there was soap. There were liquids in bottles at the sink but they looked more like cleaning liquids than hand soap.
  3. The pretty attendant was a breath of fresh air compared to the usual “konduktor” we encounter when riding buses.
  4. Our attendant did not roam much after distributing the snacks and newspapers soon after boarding time. So if you have questions, better ask your stewardess early on.
  5. Only light snacks are available during the trip so bring along some (non-smelly) food or eat a filling meal before traveling.

Want to go to Baguio via Victory Liner? You can purchase regular and deluxe tickets either in person at the Victory Liner terminals or by online reservation. The online reservation system is archaic though. First you have to book at least 8 business days in advance then wait for Victory Liner’s email reply containing the payment information and/or Paypal invoice. Then you pay over the counter at Metrobank branches or through Paypal (subject to additional fees if via Paypal) then wait again for Victory Liner’s reply. The company will then send your tickets via courier but you have to pay an additional P100 minimum delivery fee. Such a system works for small online businesses but for a big long-time travel company like Victory Liner? They can afford a more sophisticated and convenient online booking system that lets customers pay via credit card, choose their seats, and print out their tickets — similar to what airlines use.

Nevertheless, we found Victory Liner’s First Class trip enjoyable. The only thing that dampened our mood was that upon reaching the Cubao terminal, we had to face reality once again. After four days of stress-free and pocket-friendly taxi rides in Baguio, the first thing that greeted us back in Manila were the asshole taxi drivers who either chose their passengers or wanted a fixed, overpriced fare. It took us quite a while to find a decent driver.

 

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