Published: January 18, 2021 | Updated: April 11, 2021 | Posted by: Rouselle Isla | Lifestyle
Bonifacio Global City (BGC), one of Metro Manila’s major financial and lifestyle districts, has its own public transport system that enables commuters to navigate the area easily and systematically. It’s as organized (though not as extensive) as the bus systems in Singapore and Hong Kong—a far cry from the chaotic buses plying along EDSA.
Traveling to BGC for the first time? Not sure how to go to BGC from Manila? You can’t depend on ride-hailing apps to book you a ride all the time, not to mention that they’re expensive. It’s more practical to commute via the BGC Bus, which is the main bus operator in the area.
You can print out a BGC Bus route map, or you can just bookmark this BGC Bus routes guide to help you easily navigate the central business district in Taguig City.
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If you want to know how to go to BGC without driving or booking a ride, you must first familiarize yourself with the BGC Bus Terminal. It’s the starting point of most bus routes to different parts of BGC.
Easily accessible to commuters via MRT-3, this bus terminal is located on the corner of EDSA and McKinley Road in Makati City. But it’s commonly referred to as the EDSA Ayala bus stop.
It’s on the ground floor outside the McKinley Exchange Corporate Center (the same building with Telus) and on the side of Forbes Park. You will also find a Shell gas station and the staircase of MRT Ayala Station northbound exit there.
To get to the BGC Bus Terminal, you can travel via MRT-3, bus, or jeepney. So if you’re planning to commute from Makati to BGC, or from Ayala to BGC, here are three options:
Get off at Ayala Station and walk to the northbound exit (on the right side).
Commuters coming from the North (Caloocan, Quezon City, etc.) can ride a bus bound for MIA or Baclaran (with “Ayala Ibabaw” sign). Get off at Ayala Avenue and cross EDSA via the MRT Ayala Station.
If you’re coming from the South (Las Piñas, Parañaque, etc.), take a bus bound for Cubao, Ortigas, or Fairview (with “Ayala Ibabaw” sign). Get off at MRT Ayala Station.
If you need to commute from Manila to BGC, you can also ride a bus bound for Ayala Makati and then get off at MRT Ayala Station. Moreover, you can also take LRT-1 southbound to EDSA Station and then the MRT-3 going to Ayala MRT Station.
From Ayala Avenue, take a Washington-Ayala jeep. Get off at the last stop (intersection of EDSA and McKinley Road) and take the pedestrian overpass. Some jeeps cross EDSA, so you might not need to use the overpass to get to the BGC Bus Terminal.
BGC Bus currently operates several routes to and from BGC, including one that passes through Ayala Avenue. Four of these are express routes, which means they have fewer stopovers than the regular routes.
There’s also a BGC Bus route that serves passengers at night, and another one that travels only on weekends.
Each BGC Bus route is organized and simple enough to understand. You won’t have a hard time getting around BGC, as long as you take the right route to your destination.
This is a point-to-point route that takes commuters from EDSA Ayala straight to the Market! Market! mall and vice versa. There are no stops in between.
Perhaps you’re more familiar with it as the Market! Market! bus. It’s the fastest way to get to Market! Market! or EDSA Ayala, and it’s also one of two routes that operate on weekends.
Tip: If you need to go from Alabang to Market! Market! during rush hour, take a P2P bus from Alabang Town Center instead of riding a BGC Bus.
This BGC Bus route is the only one that stops at Arya Residences, BGC Turf, and BGC Arts Center. If you’ll go to one of them or a nearby area, then take the North Express bus route.
The BGC Bus west route consists of the Lower West and Upper West Express Routes. The former traverses McKinley Road and has four stopovers from EDSA Ayala.
BGC Bus stops for Lower West Express Route:
With only two stopovers from the BGC Bus Terminal along EDSA, the Upper West Express Route is the fastest way to get to Bonifacio Stopover and Crescent Park West.
This the only BGC Bus route that starts at Market! Market! and takes passengers to several parts of BGC with eight stopovers. It no longer drops off at the HSBC bus stop, though. So if you need to go there, get off at The Globe Tower stop instead.
Take this BGC Bus route if you are a night-shift employee or just someone who will spend a night out in the area. It has 14 stopovers from EDSA Ayala, with buses picking up passengers every after 30 minutes. Get a few minutes allowance because it would take longer for you to reach your destination compared to daytime trips around BGC.
For passengers who need to alight at HSBC, you can get off at The Globe Tower bus stop instead.
As its name implies, this route serves commuters only on Saturdays and Sundays. It has the same bus stops as the Night Route, but it operates at daytime until 10 p.m.
If you’ll go to BGC from Arca South, this BGC Bus route is the most convenient way to access Taguig’s central business district. It operates only on select times in the morning and late afternoon to evening.
Take note that the bus fare of the Arca South Express Route is higher than other BGC bus routes.
Going to BGC from Nuvali in Laguna and vice versa is made convenient through the Nuvali Express BGC Bus Route. For now, its bus operations are limited to certain times of the day.
BGC buses serve not only commuters in BGC but also those in Makati’s central business district through the Ayala Express Route.
If you’re coming from BGC to Makati, you can take this BGC Bus route and get off at EDSA Ayala. At the BGC Bus Terminal, ride a bus with a route that stops at your chosen destination.
If you’ve always wanted to commute but you’re not sure how to go to Market! Market! or how to go to BGC from Cubao, this guide will surely come in handy. Travel time may be longer compared to traveling by car, but it’s quite convenient and reliable.
Commuters from Antipolo can take the SM Aura Premier- Cogeo Route via modernized jeepneys provided by Yellowdot Transport. It starts from Cogeo Gate 2 to SM Aura Premier and back. Here are the drop-off points:
Commuters can pay using tap cards that can be reloaded. You can purchase the tap card for PHP 100, and it already comes with a PHP 50 load.
BGC Bus passengers have two options for paying their fare: cash or Beep card.
If you’ll pay the BGC Bus fare in cash, prepare the exact amount because you won’t get a change.
Using a Beep card is the more convenient payment method when commuting via a BGC Bus. Simply tap your card on the card reader near the driver as soon as you enter the bus. No need to look for spare coins in your purse.
You can buy a Beep card or top up your existing card at the BGC Bus Terminals at EDSA Ayala and Market! Market!, any MRT and LRT station, Bayad Center outlets, SM Department Store, Hypermarket,m and Savemore, and more.
Read more about Beep care:
Getting around BGC is easy when you’re familiar with the different bus routes that ply within the area. If you frequently travel to BGC, make your life as a commuter easier by downloading the BGC App, which is available for both iOS and Android users. The mobile app provides notifications on the estimated arrival times of BGC buses, as well as real-time traffic updates. It also allows users to check out the nearest restaurants, shopping centers, ATMs, and banks from their location in BGC.
In addition, you can also follow relevant social media pages to keep abreast with the latest updates and announcements that can affect your travels. Social distancing protocols and community quarantines are still in effect, so these BGC bus routes and schedules can change anytime. Get notified right away on their social media pages so you won’t experience the hassle of service disruptions or cancelled routes.
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Source:  Where to Load Beep Card (Beep Website)
Rouselle is a quirky midlifer who loves the hustle of writing. She is also passionate about books, food, and film. When not busy typing away on her laptop, she’s busy collecting life moments and indulging in guilty pleasures. Follow Rouselle on Linkedin.