A ferry nice trip to Bataan via 1Bataan Integrated Transport System Inc., sorry for the pun or the fun. #1Bataan
Have you been to Bataan? If the answer is yes, then you would know that it takes three to four hours of land travel yo get to this historic province. It’s easier if you’re riding a private car but for most of us mere mortals, commuting is the way to go. And that means there are stopovers to drop off and take passengers. Add the traffic situation and you’ll end up as a grumpy traveler who will not care about the “It’s all about the journey” thingamajig and who just wants to get it over and done with so you can have your rest and recreation.
What if I tell you that there is a faster, more convenient and stress-free way to Bataan. It only takes approximately one hour or just two teleseryes to get there. Amazing, right?
Thanks to 1Bataan Integrated Transport System Inc. (ITS), you can now travel by sea from Manila to Orion, Bataan. The ferry service only started last December 2017 and has begun to attract passengers looking for an alternative route to the peninsula.
As of the moment, there is only one ferry, the MV XCG Express, navigating the Manila-Orion route. The airconditioned boat departs from SM MOA Esplanade Seaside Terminal, Pasay City to Port of Capinpin, Orion, Bataan and vice versa. 1Bataan ITS has 4 trips on weekdays and 2 trips on weekends.
We had the privilege of riding the ferry to Bataan for our tour of the Mariveles Five Fingers (more on that in the next blog post) and it was what I expected it to be, the expectation is same with reality. Our departure time was 6:30 am, the very first trip for the day, passengers can check in 1.5 hours before ferry departure and boarding gates will close 30 minutes prior to departure. It’s better to be early and consider the traffic situation in your area.
There are seat numbers so don’t worry about not getting a seat. One hand carried luggage is allowed per passenger so do not attempt to bring more lest you want to leave a luggage behind.
Wanna try the ferry but you want to buy tickets online just like airline flights? You’re in luck coz online booking is now available (it started last March 15, 2018), and the P450.00 online booking rate will still be available after April 1, 2018. Walk-in rate starting next month will be P799.00. Now that is another reason to buy your ticket online.
Bataan in less than an hour, now how do I get out of the Port of Capinpin to my destination in Bataan? 1Bataan ITS provides a shuttle for passengers with designated drop off points in towns within the province.
So if you want a relaxing trip to Bataan, why not try the 1Bataan Integrated Transport System Inc. ferry. Trust me it’s a ferry nice trip, sorry for the pun.
UPDATE: Good news! 1Bataan Integrated Transport System Inc now sails direct to Mariveles! Travel via ferry from Mall of Asia to FAB (Freeport Area of Bataan) Terminal and vice versa in less than an hour. Perfect when you and your friends are going to the Mariveles Five Fingers Tour by BWP.
Till my next travel, peace and stay fresh peeps!