|Araneta Center Map that shows where the Araneta Center Busport is|
|The ticketing system where the passenger transaction starts|
Are you always dreading to be a part of the chaotic number of passengers flocking to the Araneta Center Bus Terminal during the holiday seasons -- Christmas and Holy Week -- every year? Mainstream news always reports that the total number of Bicol-bound commuters during those seasons go up between 10,000 and 14,000. The scene is always sweltering and inconvenient for all who have ever experienced braving the influx of Filipinos who want to go home to their respective hometowns or have a business to attend to in the region from Metro Manila.
With the recent opening of the ultra-modern Araneta Center Busport (ACBP) a block away from the same terminal station in Cubao, commuters finally have a better alternative to consider. The facility is air-conditioned and caters to travelers heading to and from the Bicol Region, Mindanao, and Southern Tagalog. Located at the ground level of Manhattan Heights (behind Ali Mall), it's the stopover for air-conditioned buses from 17 bus companies. It's touted to serve around 6,000 passengers a day.
|Air-conditioned ticketing systems area|
|The Araneta Center Busport is located at the ground level of Manhattan Heights, behind Ali Mall|
Safe and Secure Like An Airport
Foreign and local tourists who often opt for the more expensive air travel via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) are also finally given a more convenient solution for traveling on a whim. Like a modern airport or mall, it's equipped with CCTV systems and walk-thru detectors to ensure everyone's safety and security.
How To Book A Bus Ride On Site?
The facility has a centralized automated ticketing area where travelers can book their trips using the ticketing counters. From such counters, they can conveniently view bus trip schedules in the same area via numerous LCD screens and process their stuff (those that are more than 10 kilograms) at the check-in baggage counter. To pay for the ticket, the traveler must get a number and wait to be called by the ticketing agents who will print a computerized ticket for the transaction.
Tickets are valid for a month from the date of purchase which means that an advance booking as early as one month prior to the date of departure can be done. Discounts for senior citizens, PWDs, and students will be honored. All tickets within validity period can be re-booked but applicable charges apply. Re-booking can be done a couple of hours prior to boarding time. Should you need to make a refund, it's advised to be done two hours before the scheduled departure time and within the date of ticket purchase.
More Payment Details
As of this writing, cash payment is only entertained by the ACBP. Soon, though, an online ticketing system will be rolled out.
Once booked, the traveler can wait at the air-conditioned passenger lounge and have access to its clean and spacious toilets and nursing station if necessary. They can also avail of a paid shower service. Take note that only those with processed tickets can enter the passenger lounge. The area has a public address system and the passenger loading docks in the same facility are designed to be spacious for 19 bus bays.
Accessible For Kids, PWDs, and the Elderly
The ACBP management has designated spaces for persons with disabilities, children and the elderly who may need sensitive attention. Priority boarding are given to them and to adults accompanying them.
The ACBP management prohibits the bringing in of firearms and other deadly weapons like knives and tools, flammable materials, illegal or prohibited drugs, LPG tanks (with or without content), livestock or animals (chicken, fighting cocks, dogs, cats, etc.), fresh seafood and agri-products like vegetables and animal feeds. Bulky cargo like machine and automotive spare parts, hardware items, motorcycles, bicycles, furniture and appliances are also prohibited.
The Araneta Center Busport opened in Quezon City last March 15, 2017.
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Araneta Center Busport
Official website of the Araneta Center Busport
For bus lines and routes, check here.
Phone: 588-4156 and 588-4157
Operating Hours: 5:00am - 11:00pm