Now here’s a start-up project I think will add convenience to travel in the Philippines. Despite cheap airfares, buses are still the most utilised transport system in the country. Our bus system is still far behind compared to other countries. Passengers still have to visit and line up to bus stations in order to reserve or buy a ticket. PinoyTravel hopes to change that by offering online and mobile booking to some of the major bus companies in the country.
They have an online booking system at www.pinoytravel.com.ph and also a mobile app for Android (IOS app still in development). It works the same way as booking an airline. Choose your destination, travel dates and pay via PayPal or DragonPay. Booking must be made three days before the travel date. PinoyTravel will add a convenience fee on top of bus fare for every transaction.
Currently PinoyTravel has the following bus companies under them: Victory Liner, Genesis, FiveStar, DLTB Co, Joy Bus and Cherry. Among their popular routes are Manila to Manaoag, Dagupan, Baler, Baguio, Camarines Sur and Tuguegarao. There’s also the Puerto Pricesa to El Nido route. PinoyTravel is currently expanding their network of buses to cater to a wider reach within the country.
PinoyTravel is the first online and mobile bus booking system in the Philippines launched October 2013. I’m excited to try them out on my next travel and will let you know first hand how it went. In the meantime check them out at www.pinoytravel.com.ph