Travelers coming from Manila can access Baler via two routes, the Canili-Pantabangan road and the Baler-Bongabon Road. The Cantili-Pantabangan road leads to the town of Maria Aurora then to Baler. The Canili-Pantabangan Road has been fully concreted. The second route, the Baler-Bongabon Road, leads to the towns of San Luis and Baler. The use of public transportation is highly encouraged when travelling to Baler. From time to time, the Baler-Bongabon road can be inaccessible due to the landslides and typhoons.
From Manila, enter the North Expressway at Balintawak and exit at SCTEX (entry at LaPaz, Tarlac toll gate). From there, follow the highway leading to Aliaga and to Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. It is advisable to stop for a snack here in preparation for a rough journey. From Cabanatuan City Proper, take the Nueva Ecija-Aurora highway, passing thru the towns of Talavera , Rizal, and Pantabangan until you reach the Aurora border, then thru the towns of Maria Aurora, San Luis, and finally, Baler. Beware of wild zigzagging roads, fast trucks and landslides during rainy season.
Genesis Transport Bus provides the only direct route to Baler from Metro Manila. There are three trips a day starting at 4:30 A.M. till 7:30 A.M. The bus ride could take about six hours. One way fare costs PhP404. Its terminal is located along EDSA in Pasay City and Cubao. For trip schedules and inquiries, visit their website Genesis Transport Inc..The Joy (deluxe luxury) bus is the best option and extremely comfortable overnight ride, arriving early in the morning in Baler. It departs from Manila daily at 12:00am & 1:00am and costs Php 700.
Alternatively, take any bus which goes to Cabanatuan and from there take a public utility van heading for Baler at the terminal, last trip of vans depends on numbers of passengers. The trip takes about two and a half hours.
Travelers are advised to contact local government offices or public transportation companies for information on which route to use at any given time.