DIY: Vigan in a Day

Vigan City is located in the province of Ilocos Sur. It is some 405.3 kilometers north of Manila. Despite its distance to Manila, it is actually possible to have a 2N 1D tour of it without needing to check in a hotel. Here's how you can have a DIY: Vigan in a Day.

DIY: Vigan in a Day

Your adventure begins in Manila. Head to one of the bus terminals* below and board the "midnight"/ sleeper buses to Vigan City.

Partas Bus

Cubao Terminal: 816 Aurora Boulevard, Cubao Quezon City
☎ +63 (2) 7278278
Pasay Terminal: Aurora Boulevard (Tramo) Corner Edang St. San Roque, Pasay City
☎ +63 (2) 8528194

Dominion Bus Lines
Dapitan, Sampaloc, Manila
☎ +63 (2) 7414146

*You should book for a reservation during the Holidays/ Weekends because these terminals usually get crowded during these times.

Vigan City Arch

The trip to Vigan City takes about 8-9 hours depending on traffic. I highly recommend that you bring a packed breakfast and lunch to cut the cost of food in your budget.

Vigan City's Tourist Map

Here's a useful itinerary that you might want to use:


⇧ = walk       📸 = photoshoot

  • Arrival in Vigan City (write arrival time here: _____________)
  • 📸 at Vigan Arch (5-10 min)
  • ⇧ (10-15 min) or ride a trike (5 min) going to Vigan Cathedral
  • 📸/ Prayer time in Vigan Cathedral (15-30 min)
  • 📸 in Plaza Salcedo (5-10 min)
  • 📸 in Plaza Burgos (5-10 min)
  • ⇧ to Calle Crisologo (10-15 minutes)
  • 📸 + souvenir shopping in Calle Crisologo (1-2 hours)
  • Lunch (1-2 hours) 
  • 📸 Syquia Mansion (20-30 min)
  • ⇧ towards Crisologo Museum (20-30 min)
  • 📸 Crisologo Museum (20-30 min)
  • ⇧ towards Pagburnayan (5-10 min)
  • 📸 Pagburnayan (10-15 min)
  • Snacks: try the Ilocos Empanada (10-20 min)
  • Ride a trike to Baluarte (5 min)
  • 📸 Baluarte (1-2 hours)
  • Ride a trike to Bantay Church (10-15 min)
  • 📸 / Prayer time in Bantay Church (20-30 min)
  • Ride a bus heading home (you can have your dinner at one of the stops) 

Places to visit during your Vigan Tour:

Baluarte (ni Chavit)

Hidden Garden

Calle Crisologo

Burgos Ancestral House and Museum

Vigan Cathedral

Plaza Burgos

Leona Florentino statue

Cafe Leona AKA Leona Florentino House

Plaza Salcedo


Bantay Church

Budget Breakdown:

Bus fare round trip: P1400 -1500
Trike: P50-100
Food: (optional)
Souvenir: (optional)

Total budget per pax: P1600 -P2000 

I hope that this article would be helpful to you and your future plans to visit Vigan City.


  1. Vigan looks really pretty. Loved the old churches and cobbled streets. What is its historic significance ?

    1. Hi Swati, Vigan is one of the oldest cities here in the Philippines. Aside from that it is also one of the most preserved. Modernization took a toll at the old Spanish colonial era streets and infrastructure. Vigan serves as a reminder of that.

  2. Vigan looks like a fantastic destination! I like that you were able to include many different sites to see that would appeal to a wide variety of traveler. Great Guide!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Dani. =) Much appreciated. =)

  3. Vegan is really amazing... Liked the pictures

  4. I have a friend visiting the Philippines next month and I'll be sure to forward her this post. There are a lot of great ideas that I'm sure she'll love Vigan :)!

    1. That would be great. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. =)


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