Agora bus terminal, CDO

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map_cdo.gif I really don’t know why the Agora bus terminal in the city of Cagayan de Oro always fascinates me. Its a modest strip of land just beside the Agora market in the often chaotic part that is just near the pier.

It is bisected by a short two lane road where the buses come and go. On each side is the covered bus bays, housing eateries, turo turo style, side by side with regular pasalubong stalls and a few ticket booths. In between these stalls are dilapidated red plastic seats on an iron frame with some of these seats already missing. Here passengers and sometimes their luggage takes up the available space.

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Just near the entrance, left side, are the yellow buses of established Bachelor Express bound for Butuan and Surigao. A few steps away are the red buses of Rural Transit bound for Bukidnon, Tacurong and Davao. Trips can be as long as 1.5 hours to 6 hours for both routes and can either be airconditioned or not, non-stop (usually overnight trips) or with frequent stops.

At the right side of the entrance are the small non airconditioned buses of Bagong Lipunan Transit and Lucy which are bound for Gingoog City. The ticket fare is cheaper compared to the bigger bus companies. The buses bound for the western part like Iligan, Pagadian, Dipolog and the rest of the Zamboanga Peninsula used to be here but when the Bulua bus terminal was operational, these companies transferred there.

Now, its less chaotic than before.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

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38 Comments

  1. Sidney
    November 26, 2007 @ 20:31

    Colorful !

  2. rayts
    November 27, 2007 @ 11:42

    nice display of colors. this particular bus terminal looks clean and well maintained. i am fascinated just reading this entry (and to think i don’t fancy bus terminals that much, especially those that are in Metro Manila). by the way, love that first shot. it would pass for an ad.

  3. estan
    November 27, 2007 @ 13:00

    Thanx for the visit guys. Rayts, hahaha, yeah, I also like this photo. A candid shot that looked posed. Parang model talaga yung lalaki di ba?

  4. lawstude
    December 5, 2007 @ 12:41

    i have nver been to cdo but i recently had a trip to davao, its nice that i have discovered another blog which can help me in my future travels. thanx for sharing this and take care.

  5. estan
    December 6, 2007 @ 13:14

    Lawstude, thanx for the visit. You should also try it some time. Of the two, I prefer living/visiting CDO than Davao. In both places, I have stayed for 2 years but I am more at home at the former.

  6. Marty
    April 20, 2008 @ 20:57

    Hello, eveyone. Can anoyone tell me the price of a bus from Butuan City to CDO?

  7. benjie
    December 18, 2008 @ 17:36

    good dat everyone…
    can anyone tell me the bus fare from cagayan to davao city?…
    and how much will it pay if you have some baggage of 200 klgs. in weight?…i badly needed it…thanks..

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    u can also contact me ,,,..09185469515

  8. Evan
    January 7, 2009 @ 12:19

    Hi, your photos are nice. Do you use Adobe Lightroom to develop your pics?

  9. estan
    January 7, 2009 @ 12:39

    Hi Evan,

    Yes, I use Lightroom for developing.

  10. Che
    February 25, 2009 @ 13:35

    hello! how much would be the fare for CDO to Davao city via BUDA route? thanks!

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  12. michelle
    April 12, 2009 @ 23:26

    hi. can you tell me how much is the fare from cagayan to kabacan? are there student discount rates? and if there is, how much?

  13. estan
    April 13, 2009 @ 8:34

    For ticket information, sorry, I can’t provide it as I’m based in Makati. You might want to check it out at the agora terminal.

  14. cathy
    May 26, 2009 @ 17:47

    hello! i just want to ask if how much is the fare from cagayan de oro going to davao city and how many hours do it will take to travel? and is the bus 24 hours in service?

  15. Sanlight
    August 25, 2009 @ 19:13

    GARA – a sa AGORA oi…

    btaw cagay-an0n jud q..as of now naa q dri sa laing dapit nag teach! for almost a year nga ala q nka uli…nag search q sa net while waiting for our meeting..it made me cry nga nakita naq ang dunkin donuts because i use to go there every afternoon para mag palit og donuts sa aq anak..how i wish naay mag post og new pics sa terminal..pra bsan sa net lng mura na sad kog naka uli sa pinas! jejeje..

    I’m proud to be agorahan0n despite sa kadaghan rugby boy..no ofense they are my friends…

  16. Sanlight
    August 25, 2009 @ 19:17

    before i forget..

    Mr. Estan Can i ask a favor? pls post new pics of the terminal nmn…i would really aprecite jud…ingatz….hope to see it soon….

  17. estan
    August 26, 2009 @ 13:25

    @sanlight, kung maka balik ko ug cdo bai

  18. sanlight
    August 26, 2009 @ 15:33

    Tnx! so,i see your not in CDO as of now..taga CDO (agora) jud ka? well…you look familiar man gud sir, where ka nag graduate? anywayz..hope it would be too soon..bye got to work again..

    p.s tnx jud sa pag reply…i really appreciate it! ingatzzz…

  19. sanlight
    August 26, 2009 @ 15:35

    Tnx! so,i see your not in CDO as of now..taga CDO (agora) jud ka? well…you look familiar man gud sir, where ka nag graduate? anywayz..hope it would be too soon..bye got to work again..

    p.s tnx jud sa pag reply…and my god! you call me BAI..well big deal na sa aq kay mao na amo tawagan dri thailand sa mga berks naq nga taga CDO og bukidnon..jejeje..n0n sense noh?

    ingatzzzz…bai…

  20. Arturo Labso
    August 31, 2009 @ 5:41

    I was using this route 12 years ago. From Pasay City going to Koronadal City I am so excited to come home again and experienced the way I travel from Luzon to Mindanao. I believe some changes may excite me more because of new development happened. I’m dreaming to change the way I will do it like stopping more frquently to different beautiful resorts and spend the night of a lifetime enjoying the sceneries of the countryside of my beloved Philippines. Thank you for portraying this route that enticed my spirit to go back home to my country.

    Is it possible to drive my own car or please give me some advice how am gonna do it so that I will not missed this one time opportunity when I go back home. Can I use the ro-ro with my car from island to island without problem?

  21. estan
    August 31, 2009 @ 9:55

    Art, thanx for the visit and comment. Yes, you can use your own vehicle to travel from Luzon to Mindanao and I would recommend that you do that so you can visit more places. The Roro from Matnog – Allen, and perhaps Liloan (Leyte) – Surigao may only be available early in the morning until late in the afternoon but please verify this one.

  22. san
    February 26, 2010 @ 19:32

    how to go to manay frm davao city? i prefer but to go ther.. can anyone help me?

  23. estan
    February 27, 2010 @ 0:40

    just go to the ecoland bus terminal. you have the option of riding the bus or van. but do ask about the schedule. if not, you can go to Mati and ride a jeepney or van from there.

  24. zero
    August 16, 2010 @ 23:33

    Hi Estan, is Bukidnon in between CDO and Davao? Would you know how much travel time will I save if I take a bus from Bukidnon to Davao compared to a bus from CDO to Davao? Thanks! Hope to hear from you ASAP! 🙂

  25. joy
    February 12, 2011 @ 20:38

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    We flew to CDO in the wee hOurs of the mOrning on February 4, 2011. I wAs w/ my trAvel cOmpanions, ArriviNg at CDO eArly in the mOrning we all trUdged tO McDonald’s to have our breakfast.. Then we wEnt to Dynasty Court Hotel for checking in and for the registration oF MBMYC. Since it wAs tOo hOt oUtside and we hAd to prepAre 4 da sEminar in the afternOon, we hAd some tasty foOd fOr lunch at dA Dynasty Court Hotel. The fOod sErving wAs hUge and my cOmpaniOns ended up hAving a dOggie bAg… ahAha.. After dA aftErnOon sEminAr,. sUrprisingly, their was dz persOn hU occupied a seat in our tAble. We wEre really fUnny wyL hAving diNner. Barely talking bcoz wE wErE knOwing each other. Little did we knOw dAt hE wAs the foUnder and chiEf inOvEntOr at inOvent inc.. creators of llumina. Our topic wAs very nice and full of advices fOr us coz its about the sense of entrepreneurship. he says: “I guez 4 a lOt of entrepreneurs, we dOn’t really sAy at onE pOint in oUr lives dAt wE wAnt tO be entrepreneUrs. It dOes nOt really wOrk dat wAy. It’s jUst mOre of we sEe a nEed, we see sOmething thAt’s missiNg in oUr lives or in other peOple’s lives sO we have a strOng sEnse of calling or respOnsibility dAt pUshes us in a certAin directiOn to answEr dAt nEed”.. then abOut fAith, he says: “FAith. Faith plays a big pArt. u hAve to hAve faith first in urself and I hAve so mUch fAith in myself. ActUally u evEn hav 2 dig dEep tO find it. 4 me dat’s hOw I viEw fAith.” and abOut our talents and hObbies, he says: “it’s jUst different. If u fOcus on bAd, u gEt nOt bAd; if u fOcus on gOod or excellence, u get a tOtally different answEr. So if u focUs on whAt’s best in u, u leArn sUmthing new; something so new. I focUs on my tAlent.” and 1 thing that i cant 4get about him is that his story about the scorpion and the frOg..(its his nature) ahhmm,,soO that’s it.. hE-hE.. Back at the hotel rOOm, I prOmptly fell asleEp and ignOred the mUmU in the rOom.,.. ahAhaha..:D

    We flew to CDO in the wee hOurs of the mOrning on February 4, 2011. I wAs w/ my trAvel cOmpanions, ArriviNg at CDO eArly in the mOrning we all trUdged tO McDonald’s to have our breakfast.. Then we wEnt to Dynasty Court Hotel for checking in and for the registration oF MBMYC. Since it wAs tOo hOt oUtside and we hAd to prepAre 4 da sEminar in the afternOon, we hAd some tasty foOd fOr lunch at dA Dynasty Court Hotel. The fOod sErving wAs hUge and my cOmpaniOns ended up hAving a dOggie bAg… ahAha.. After dA aftErnOon sEminAr,. sUrprisingly, their was dz persOn hU occupied a seat in our tAble. We wEre really fUnny wyL hAving diNner. Barely talking bcoz wE wErE knOwing each other. Little did we knOw dAt hE wAs the foUnder and chiEf inOvEntOr at inOvent inc.. creators of llumina. Our topic wAs very nice and full of advices fOr us coz its about the sense of entrepreneurship. he says: “I guez 4 a lOt of entrepreneurs, we dOn’t really sAy at onE pOint in oUr lives dAt wE wAnt tO be entrepreneUrs. It dOes nOt really wOrk dat wAy. It’s jUst mOre of we sEe a nEed, we see sOmething thAt’s missiNg in oUr lives or in other peOple’s lives sO we have a strOng sEnse of calling or respOnsibility dAt pUshes us in a certAin directiOn to answEr dAt nEed”.. then abOut fAith, he says: “FAith. Faith plays a big pArt. u hAve to hAve faith first in urself and I hAve so mUch fAith in myself. ActUally u evEn hav 2 dig dEep tO find it. 4 me dat’s hOw I viEw fAith.” and abOut our talents and hObbies, he says: “it’s jUst different. If u fOcus on bAd, u gEt nOt bAd; if u fOcus on gOod or excellence, u get a tOtally different answEr. So if u focUs on whAt’s best in u, u leArn sUmthing new; something so new. I focUs on my tAlent.” and 1 thing that i cant 4get about him is that his story about the scorpion and the frOg..(its his nature) ahhmm,,soO that’s it.. hE-hE.. Back at the hotel rOOm, I prOmptly fell asleEp and ignOred the mUmU in the rOom.,.. ahAhaha..:D
    ahm,,.2nd day.. After mEeting the evEr enthUsiAstic peOple of SPUC and hAving lunch @ Dynasty Hotel then tAke a nAp fOr jUst 1hour, we heAded to thE Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village in Cagayan de Oro.. With my cOol trAvel compAnions, we ride on Maam Hope’s car..:)) The village hAs an imprEssive collectiOn of Philippines flaura and fauna, being one of Northern MindAnao’s ecology-friendly and cultural destination. You can also visit diffErent tribal hoUses to view some intEresting traditiOnal and indigenOus artifacts frOm differnt tribes of Northern Mindanao. If yOu lOve trekking, u will sUrely enjOy thE intercOnnected eco-trails and their hAnging bridge neAr the mini bird sAnctuary. It wAs 3pm in the aFternOOn wen we vsited the village and we were not in the mood hiking to explore the 7.2 hectare of lush green mini forest, so we decided to go back to the Higaonon Benches to freshen up and enjOy the breAthtAking view of the beAutiful Macajalar Bay instead. If u plan 2 visit Gardens of Malasag Eco Tourism Village in Cagayan de Oro, try to schedule ur visit in the morning or in the late afternoon when the tEmperAture is not humid so u cAn enjOy walking and discOvering the cultural wOnders of MindAnao…:))
    After mEeting the evEr enthUsiAstic peOple of SPUC and hAving lunch @ Dynasty Hotel then tAke a nAp fOr jUst 1hour, we heAded to thE Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village in Cagayan de Oro.. With my cOol trAvel compAnions, we ride on Maam Hope’s car..:)) The village hAs an imprEssive collectiOn of Philippines flaura and fauna, being one of Northern MindAnao’s ecology-friendly and cultural destination. You can also visit diffErent tribal hoUses to view some intEresting traditiOnal and indigenOus artifacts frOm differnt tribes of Northern Mindanao. If yOu lOve trekking, u will sUrely enjOy thE intercOnnected eco-trails and their hAnging bridge neAr the mini bird sAnctuary. It wAs 3pm in the aFternOOn wen we vsited the village and we were not in the mood hiking to explore the 7.2 hectare of lush green mini forest, so we decided to go back to the Higaonon Benches to freshen up and enjOy the breAthtAking view of the beAutiful Macajalar Bay instead. If u plan 2 visit Gardens of Malasag Eco Tourism Village in Cagayan de Oro, try to schedule ur visit in the morning or in the late afternoon when the tEmperAture is not humid so u cAn enjOy walking and discOvering the cultural wOnders of MindAnao…:))

  26. Josh
    April 7, 2011 @ 23:23

    Hi. Is there a bus that leaves for Butuan City every hour the whole day? How much is the fare for aircon buses? And how much time will the trip take? 🙂 Thank you.

  27. jhay
    April 22, 2011 @ 21:25

    huhuhuhuhu… miz diz holi place… its been 10yrz n wla nq nka palit ug utap dha dapita…. sheett… mkalaway ug makita nku ng terminala.. labi na ang mga itlog n nilaga…. more picz.. dati ang kulay s buz red pa.. krn yelow na… im proud 2 say n mao ni 1 sa pina k limpyu n terminal .. compre s uban lugar…

  28. dann santos
    June 19, 2011 @ 22:40

    Hi’ may ask to anyone who knows bus fare per person from CDO going to Butuan City (air condition bus)and how many hours to get there in Butuan city. Any response is very much appreciated. Thank you.

  29. estan
    June 19, 2011 @ 23:22

    @dann, don’t know how much na ang plite pero travel time is around 4 hours.

  30. finsoy8
    September 5, 2011 @ 17:57

    Hey, are there buses going straight to Gensan from CDO? I badly need your reply. If there’s none, can anyone tell me how to get to Gensan. Greatly appreciate your help. Thanks and God speed. 🙂

  31. estan
    September 5, 2011 @ 18:00

    @finsoy8, i’m not sure if there’s direct cdo to gensan. just ride a bus to davao via buda then at davao ecoland terminal, transfer to a gensan bound bus.

  32. Imelda Rodriguez
    October 11, 2011 @ 19:50

    Hi

    How far is Agora Bus Terminal from Lumbia airport in terms of kilometer and how much taxi ride will it cost.

    Is there a way to reach Agora Bus Terminal by jeepney, bus, or other means except taxi?

    Please!

  33. Gene V. Obut
    November 3, 2011 @ 14:15

    Gene

    Hi! I just want to know schedule of trip for manila (daily or specific day)? How much is the fare from CDO to Sorsogon? Pls reply ASAP.

  34. Ria V. Sunga
    November 4, 2011 @ 16:19

    Hi. I would like to know the daily morning bus schedules of Agora from to Balingoan Port. Do they have a website where we can check and book and buy tickets? Thanks

  35. Halicoryne
    January 12, 2012 @ 23:16

    bus fare from cdo to butuan aircon is 337..usually it takes 4 to 5 hours travel time

  36. Anonymous
    January 20, 2012 @ 7:07

    Thanx halicoryne.

  37. Cutetamz_08181991
    February 28, 2012 @ 17:05

    my byahe poh bah ngaung gabi sah davao what tym poh

  38. memay
    April 3, 2012 @ 6:53

    how much is the fare from CDO to DAVAO city ?

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