BGC Bus Routes 2017

When we moved to BGC in Taguig this November, one of the first things I knew I needed to learn were the bus routes. As a privately own community, BGC has its own bus system that takes you to, from and within Bonifacio Global City.

So sure, there were a lot of signs and infographic of sort I found online, like this one:

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Cool. But once you start analyzing it carefully, you’d have a lot of questions. How do I get out of BGC on weekends? How do I go in to BGC on weekends?

One month and several top-ups on my Beep card now, here are my tips on riding the BGC bus. Read on:

  • The main terminal of BGC bus is on EDSA Ayala. This is walking distance from the northbound exit of the Ayala MRT station.
  • Bus tickets are not paid onboard, you have to buy one from the station you’re boarding from, or better yet, have a Beep card–a transport card that you top up with credits.
  • All routes on the infographic cost P12 per ride.
  • Routes that end in Market Market and EDSA Ayala need to offload all passengers. You cannot make a circle trip / “roundtrip.”
  • Drivers sometimes skip stops! (Hello third world country!) If you’re not getting off at a popular stop, it’s best to mention your stop to the driver when you board the bus.
  • Remember that from 6AM to 10PM: The Central route is available on all days, express routes on weekends only, and regular West and East routes on weekends.
  • The Night Route takes over at 10PM and lets all the other routes sleep until 6AM.

Long before BGC got complicated with ginormous buildings and terrible traffic, there was Central Route. And East Route and West Route (Which is. Not. In. The. Infographic. I know, it sucks!) Here is a more detailed description of the routes:

Going EAST BGC

East Route: [Now operates weekends 6AM to 10PM]

  • Starts from EDSA Ayala terminal to
  • HSBC: In front of W 5th building on 5th Avenue
  • Globe Tower: Stop is in from of W City Centre on 7th Avenue
  • Nutriasia: That colorful bus stop on 30th St, driver usually yells “High Street!”
  • University Parkway: Basically the Metro side of Market Market, along 32nd Street
  • Market Market: Stops before the loading area, in front of Mercury Drug. All passengers must be offloaded here.

The East Express takes over on weekdays and is nonstop from EDSA Ayala to Market Market.

Going WEST BGC

West Route: [Now operates weekends 6AM to 10PM]

  • Starts from EDSA Ayala terminal to
  • McKinley Parkway – I’ve never experienced this stop, to be honest. Maybe they’ve skipped this stop?
  • RCBC: The bus stop across RCBC building on 26th Street, on the side of Fort Strip parking. Drivers sometimes refer to this stop and say “The Fort” because of Fort Strip
  • Net One: Stop is along 3rd Avenue
  • Bonifacio Stopover: In case you’re not from BGC, the Bonifacio Stopover is a building with lots of restaurants. This is a busy stop, too. Right off Rizal Drive, across Toast Box.
  • Crescent Park West: The easternmost stop, on 1st Avenue by the open parking lot
  • Fort Victoria: Is the bus stop by the condo Fort Victoria, across the Sunlife building
  • This bus returns to EDSA Ayala Station and ends its trip.

On weekdays, they basically split the West Route into Upper West Express, and Lower West Express, due to the volume of commuters.

Upper West Express will start from EDSA Ayala, and will only stop at Bonifacio Stopover and Crescent Park West before heading back to EDSA Ayala. (On occasion, it sometimes stops at Fort Victoria to pick up more passengers,)

Lower West Express will stop at RCBC, Net One and Fort Victoria only before returning to EDSA Ayala.

Traveling within BGC

Central Route is your friend when it comes to getting around. But to be honest, if you have a good pair of trainers and an overcast weather, you can get anywhere by walking. Forget Uber now because it’s soaring now no thanks to BGC traffic. If walking is not an option, then you can take the Central Route. It’s a combo of some West Route stops and East Route stops, but it starts and ends in Market! Market!

  • Departs Market! Market! terminal to
  • One Parkade, which is on 28th Street right before 7th Avenue
  • Net One: Stop is along 3rd Avenue
  • Bonifacio Stopover: In case you’re not from BGC, the Bonifacio Stopover is a building with lots of restaurants. This is a busy stop, too. Right off Rizal Drive, across Toast Box.
  • Crescent Park West: The easternmost stop, on 1st Avenue by the open parking lot
  • HSBC: In front of W 5th building on 5th Avenue
  • Globe Tower: Stop is in from of W City Centre on 7th Avenue
  • Nutriasia: That colorful bus stop on 30th St, driver usually yells “High Street!”
  • University Parkway: Basically the Metro side of Market Market, along 32nd Street
  • Market Market: Stops before the loading area, in front of Mercury Drug. All passengers must be offloaded here.

Going North

The northern part of BGC still has a lot of construction going on so sadly, the North Route has been temporarily unavailable since October 2017.

The North Express still operates on weekdays.

  • Starts from EDSA Ayala terminal to
  • HSBC: In front of W 5th building on 5th Avenue
  • Globe Tower: Stop is in from of W City Centre on 7th Avenue
  • Nutriasia: That colorful bus stop on 30th St, driver usually yells “High Street!”
  • BGC Turf: A tent bus stop on 34th Street, across the construction of Avida Towers Turf BGC, me thinks this will move soon
  • Heads back to EDSA Ayala

Traveling at Night

The Night Route takes over all routes from 10PM daily until 6AM:

  • Starts from EDSA Ayala
  • McKinley Parkway
  • RCBC (a.k.a The Fort, Fort Strip)
  • Net One
  • Bonifacio Stopover
  • Crescent Park West
  • HSBC (a.k.a. W 5th)
  • The Globe Tower
  • Nutriasia (a.k.a. High Street)
  • University Parkway (a.k.a. Market Market, Metro side)
  • Market! Market! terminal
  • One Parkade (also High Street)
  • RCBC again
  • Net One again
  • Bonifacio Stopover again
  • Crescent Park West again
  • Fort Victoria again
  • Back to EDSA Ayala

If you’re boarding from any of the stations that have ‘again,’ it will be best to check with the driver if he’s headed to Market! Market! or EDSA during that round.

Please note that information on this post is current as of December 4, 2017. Will try my best to update if there are changes. I am hoping that the North Route be of service again soon.

Common questions:

  • How do I get to SM Aura on BGC bus? Why is there no SM Aura stop? Ride the bus to Market! Market! terminal and walk to SM Aura. Remember darling, BGC is Ayala owned and SM is, well, SM. They didn’t make it convenient for you to get to the competing mall. There is no covered connection or pedestrian overpass between these malls. Business, eh?
  • How do I get to Uptown Mall on BGC bus? If the North Express is available, get off at BGC Turf and walk about two blocks. Otherwise you can either get off at Nutriasia or University Parkway and walk about 3-4 blocks.
  • How can I get to Burgos Circle by BGC bus? Depending on which side of Burgos Circle you’re headed, you can get off at Crescent Park West if you’re aiming to get to the actual circle, but if you’re headed to the restaurants near the circle like Bugsys, Locavore, etc, you can get off at Net One and walk a couple of blocks.

Have more questions? Comment below and I’ll try to help you navigate through BGC. When in doubt, Google Maps is always the best option.

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