BGC Bus Route Guide: How to Commute to BGC Easily

by Venus Zoleta, on category "Lifestyle"

July 12, 2019


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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? 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.

Here’s a BGC Bus route guide to help you easily navigate the central business district in Taguig City.

How to Get to BGC Bus Terminal

How to Get to BGC Bus Terminal

The BGC Bus Terminal is the starting point of most bus routes to different parts of BGC. If you’re coming from outside BGC, you should know first how to go to the bus terminal before learning the right BGC Bus route to take.

Easily accessible to commuters via MRT-3, the bus terminal is located on the corner of EDSA and McKinley Road in Makati City, though 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. It’s also across Shell station and the staircase of MRT Ayala Station northbound exit.

You can get to the BGC Bus Terminal via MRT-3, bus, or jeepney. Here are the directions to go to the bus terminal:

  • MRT: Get off at Ayala Station and walk to the northbound exit (on the right side).
  • Bus:
    • From North (Caloocan, Quezon City, etc.): Ride a bus bound to MIA or Baclaran (with “Ayala Ibabaw” sign), get off at Ayala Ave., and cross EDSA via the MRT Ayala Station.
    • From South (Las Piñas, Parañaque, etc.): Ride a bus bound to Cubao, Ortigas, or Fairview (with “Ayala Ibabaw” sign). Get off at MRT Ayala Station.
  • Jeep: From Ayala Ave., 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.

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BGC Bus Routes

BGC Bus Route Guide

Photo from Bonifacio Global City Facebook page

BGC Bus currently operates 10 routes to and from BGC, including one that passes through Ayala Ave. Out of the 10 bus routes, four are express routes with 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.

1. East Express Route

East Express 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.

Also called the Market! Market! bus, this BGC Bus route is the fastest way to get to Market! Market! or EDSA Ayala. It’s also one of the only two routes that operate on weekends.

Tip: If you need to go from Alabang to Market! Market! on a rush hour, you can go straight to your destination by taking a P2P bus from Alabang Town Center instead of riding a BGC Bus.

Read more: A Commuter’s Guide to P2P Bus Services in Metro Manila

BGC Bus Stops for East Express Route:

  • EDSA Ayala
  • Market! Market!

BGC Bus schedule and operating hours: Monday to Sunday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

BGC Bus fare: PHP 13

2. North Express Route

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.

BGC Bus Stops for North Express Route:

  • EDSA Ayala
  • Arya Residences
  • Nutriasia
  • HSBC
  • BGC Turf
  • The Globe Tower
  • BGC Arts Center

BGC Bus schedule and operating hours: Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

BGC Bus fare: PHP 13

3. Lower West Express Route

The Lower West Express Route traverses McKinley Road and has four stopovers from EDSA Ayala.

BGC Bus Stops for Lower West Express Route:

  • EDSA Ayala
  • McKinley Parkway
  • RCBC
  • Net One
  • Fort Victoria

BGC Bus schedule and operating hours: Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

BGC Bus fare: PHP 13

4. Upper 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.

BGC Bus Stops for Upper West Express Route:

  • EDSA Ayala
  • Bonifacio Stopover
  • Crescent Park West

BGC Bus schedule and operating hours: Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

BGC Bus fare: PHP 13

5. Central Route

The Central Route is 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—if you need to go there, get off at The Globe Tower stop instead.

BGC Bus Stops for Central Route:

  • Market! Market!
  • Nutriasia
  • RCBC
  • Net One
  • Bonifacio Stopover
  • Crescent Park West
  • The Globe Tower
  • One Parkade
  • University Parkway

BGC Bus schedule and operating hours: Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

BGC Bus fare: PHP 13

6. Night Route

Take this BGC Bus route if you are a night-shift employee or just someone who will spend a night out in the area. The Night Route has 14 stopovers from EDSA Ayala, with buses picking up passengers every after 30 minutes, so it would take longer for you to reach your destination compared to daytime trips around BGC.

The Night Route used to stop at HSBC, but due to the recent re-routing in BGC, passengers who need to get there can get off at The Globe Tower bus stop.

BGC Bus Stops for Night Route:

  • EDSA Ayala
  • McKinley Parkway
  • RCBC
  • Net One
  • Bonifacio Stopover
  • Crescent Park West
  • The Globe Tower
  • One Parkade
  • University Parkway
  • Market! Market!
  • RCBC
  • Net One
  • Bonifacio Stopover
  • Crescent Park West
  • Fort Victoria

BGC Bus schedule and operating hours: Monday to Friday, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (with a 30-minute interval)

BGC Bus fare: PHP 13

7. Weekend Route

As its name implies, the Weekend 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.

BGC Bus Stops for Weekend Route:

  • EDSA Ayala
  • McKinley Parkway
  • RCBC
  • Net One
  • Bonifacio Stopover
  • Crescent Park West
  • The Globe Tower
  • One Parkade
  • University Parkway
  • Market! Market!
  • RCBC
  • Net One
  • Bonifacio Stopover
  • Crescent Park West
  • Fort Victoria

BGC Bus schedule and operating hours: Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

BGC Bus fare: PHP 13

8. Arca South Express Route

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. The bus fare of the Arca South Express Route is higher than other BGC bus routes.

BGC Bus Stops for Arca South Express Route:

  • Arca South
  • Market! Market!
  • Nutriasia
  • RCBC
  • Net One
  • Bonifacio Stopover
  • Crescent Park West
  • HSBC
  • The Globe Tower
  • One Parkade
  • Market! Market!

BGC Bus schedule and operating hours: Monday to Friday, 6:10 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

BGC Bus fare: PHP 25

9. Nuvali Express Route

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 Bus Stops for Nuvali Express Route:

  • Nuvali
  • Market! Market!

BGC Bus schedule and operating hours: Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. (Nuvali to BGC), 6:30 p.m. (BGC to Nuvali), and 7:15 p.m. (BGC to Nuvali)

BGC Bus Fare: PHP 90

10. Ayala Express Route

BGC buses serve not only commuters in BGC but also those in Makati’s central business district through the Ayala Express Route.

If you’ll go to BGC from Ayala Ave., 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 intended destination.

BGC Bus Stops for Ayala Express Route:

  • EDSA Ayala
  • Ritz Tower
  • MSE (Makati Stock Exchange)
  • PBCom
  • RCBC Plaza
  • The Columns
  • City Gate
  • Security Bank
  • SGV Building
  • Glorietta 5

BGC Bus schedule and operating hours Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

BGC Bus fare: PHP 13

How to Pay for BGC Bus Fare

How to Pay for BGC Bus Fare

Facebook photo by Michael Vincent Cabansag

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, and Savemore, and more. Click here to view the list of establishments that sell and reload Beep cards.

Read more: 6 Ways to Use Your Beep Card Other Than in LRT and MRT

Final Thoughts

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.

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