Expats Guide: Know your Next BGC Bus Stop

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If there’s one thing Filipinos would like to see the government strictly implement in the Philippines, it is the designation of proper bus stops around the country. If other major cities in Southeast Asia can do it, why can’t the Philippines, right? That would be a dream come true.

Imagine the joy of many people when Bonifacio Global City in Taguig created their own public transport system to help commuters get from one place to another with ease. This continuously helps both drivers and riders commute systematically, and with discipline, no less.

If you’re new in BGC, it helps to know your way in and around the area by bus. It’s good to be prepared, because it’s not every day that you’d be able to bring your own car or hail a Grab car immediately. It takes a bit of practice to memorize every bus stop, but you’ll soon get the hang of it. Take note of this guide, and fingers crossed you don’t miss your stop.

 

Getting to the BGC Bus Terminal

First things first. Know how to get to the BGC Bus Terminal before anything else. It is located at the McKinley Exchange Corporate Center on the corner of EDSA and McKinley Road in Makati City. It’s the same building as Telus and is right across Shell gasoline station so it’s not hard to miss.

You may buy your ticket at the station or load credit on your Beep Card, a reloadable card used for rapid transit around Metro Manila (MRT/LRT, P2P bus service). Fare for each trip costs P12.00.

 

Learning the BGC Bus Routes

BGC’s bus routes is designed systematically so it’s not at all difficult to understand which bus goes where. Check out the breakdown of each route below for your guidance:

 

REGULAR SCHEDULES

 

East Express

Monday to Friday (6:00AM – 10:00PM)

Stopover: 0

East Express covers a point to point trip. It starts at EDSA Ayala and ends at Market! Market!.

 

North Express

Monday to Friday (6:00AM – 10:00PM)

Stopover: 4

From EDSA Ayala, the North Express route runs its tracks and stops at HSBC, The Globe Tower, Nutriasia and BGC Turf.

 

Upper West Express

Monday to Friday (6:00AM – 10:00PM)

Stopovers: 2

From the teminal, this bus travels along EDSA and turns right on Kalayaan Avenue. Note that this route takes only two stopovers, but you have to make sure that your destination is accessible from either of the two landmarks where it’s going to stop- Bonifacio Stopover and Crescent Park West.

 

Lower West Express

Monday to Friday (6:00AM – 10:00PM)

Stopovers: 3

The Lower West Route drives along McKinley Road and stops at RCBC, Net One and Fort Victoria.

 

Central Route

Monday to Sunday (6:00AM – 10:00PM)

Stopovers: 9

The Central Route is one of the buses with several stops. It begins its journey at Market! Market! and drops passengers at One Parkade, RCBC, Net One, Bonifacio Stopover, Crescent Park West, HSBC, The Globe Tower, Nutriasia, and University Parkway.

 

North Route

Monday to Friday (6:30AM – 10:00AM; 4:30PM – 8:30PM)

Stopovers: 11

From the North Station, it breaks at Uptown Park Suites, Park Triangle, BGC Turf, The Globe Tower, RCBC, Net One, Bonifacio Stopover, Crescent Park West, Nutriasia, Uptown Mall and Uptown Parade.

 

Night Route

Monday to Sunday (10:00 PM – 6:00 AM)

Stopovers: 15

This route is the answer to the need of employees who take the late night shift, as well as for people who spend the night out at BGC. Beware though, this route has 15 stopovers, so you might doze off during the trip.

From the bus terminal, it circles the following spots in BGC: McKinley Parkway, RCBC, Net One, Bonifacio Stopover, Crescent Park West, HSBC, The Globe Tower, Nutriasia, University Parkway, Market! Market! One Parkade, then back again at RCBC, Net One, Bonifacio Stopover, Crescent Park West and Fort Victoria.

 

ADDITIONAL BUS SERVICES DURING WEEKENDS

 

West Route

Saturday and Sunday; 6:00AM – 10:00PM

From EDSA Ayala, this route stops over at McKinley Parkway, RCBC, Net One, Bonifacio Stopover, Crescent Park West and Fort Victoria.

 

East Route

Saturday and Sunday; 6:00AM – 10:00PM

Take this bus from EDSA Ayala and get off on any of the following bus stops: HSBC, The Globe Tower, Nutriasia, University Parkway and Market! Market!.

 

ADDITIONAL BUS SERVICES DURING PEAK HOURS ONLY

 

Nuvali Express

Monday to Friday

Nuvali is a residential and business development area located in Laguna. There’s a bus that takes commuters from Nuvali directly to Market! Market! on weekdays at 6:30AM.

The trip from BGC back to Nuvali is at 6:30PM and at 7:15PM.

 

Arca South Express

Monday to Friday; 6:10AM – 9:00AM & 4:00PM – 8:00PM

Arca South is a new Ayala land being developed on East Service Road, South Luzon Expressway, Taguig. From there, the bus stops at Market! Market! RCBC, Net One, Bonifacio Stopover, Crescent Park West and Nutriasia.

 

Ayala Express

Monday to Friday; 7:00AM – 10:00AM

If you’re commuting from EDSA Ayala to the Makati Business District, Ayala Express stops at the following landmarks: Ritz Tower, MSE, PBCOM, RCBC Plaza, The Columns, City Gate, Security Bank, SGV Building and Glorietta 5.

 

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