How To Get To Caleruega Church From Manila Via Commute

How To Get To Caleruega Church From Manila Via Commute

Caleruega is a a known place in Batangas for recreational and retreat activities while being closer to nature. Check out this post to know how to get to Caleruega Church from Manila via commute.

On my 25th birthday, I took a leave from work and went to Caleruega Church to celebrate–all on my own. Sagada was my first choice. But the past stormy days have hinted that I can’t pursue going up north because of the weather. And so, with a few research here and there, and a couple of questions to friends who already went there via private vehicle, I mustered all my might to brave the stormy weather and go there.


This is how to get to Caleruega Church from Manila via commute:

  1. Ride a bus bound to Nasugbu, Batangas from Pasay.  Estimated travel time is two and a half hours.
  2. Tell the driver to drop you off in Evercrest Country Club. If you have been to Mt. Batulao and Chapel on the Hill, this is the same drop off point.
  3. From there, ride a tricycle going to Caleruega Church. Travel time is 5 minutes.

If you want to know about the directions from Manila to Caleruega Church via private vehicle, check out my friend’s post in this link. 

What to See in Caleruega 

There is a long list of what to see in Caleruega. Exploring this place is more enjoyed when you are with your loved ones—be it family, significant other, or friends. As for me, I tried roaming around it alone—on my birthday that is—and I promise to bring a loved one there sometime.

What I enjoyed the most was the Koi pond and its walkways, leading to the hanging bridge. When you cross the hanging bridge, you will be led to the Tent Chapel of Transifiguration, which requires a long walk.


It was also nice walking along the Koi pond’s walkway while being shaded with trees. When I went there on a weekday, there are only few people who are visiting the area (maybe because the weather is not that good also). There is also an ongoing wedding in Caleruega Church. I advise you go there in the morning so you can still enter the church and pray.

Caleruega Church in Batangas

Here is a list of Caleruega amenities and sights to see:

Plaza de Aza’s open space and roofdeck

Tuktok and its charming gazebos

Garden Cafe’s refreshing delights (I am not sure if this is still operating as this was not open when I went there)

The plant nursery’s seedlings for sale

Lettuce greenhouse’ freshest greens

Shop of Delights for Caleruega mementos

Japanese garden

Cenaculum (refectory)

Transfiguration Chapel

Tent Chapel of Transfiguration

Fountain Compass

The Dominican’’s grand stairway

St. Dominic’s Point

Manaoag Drive Via Crusis

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

“Thy Will Be Done” Sculpture

Koi pond and its walkways

Hanging Bridge

Kampo Arriba

Kampo Terraces and Amphitheater

Worm Farm/ compost production

Caleruega Church retreat house

How to get to Tagaytay from Caleruega Church

From Evercrest Golf and Country Club, ride a bus bound to Manila and tell the driver to drop you off in Tagaytay.

My Sample Itinerary

6am Go to Pasay Terminal

6:am – 8:30am Travel to Evercrest Golf and Country Club via Nasugbu-bound bus

8:30am ETA in Evercrest Golf and Country Club

8:30 – 8:35am Travel from drop-off point to Caleruega Church

8:35am – 12:00pm Explore Caleruege Church and Retreat House

12:00pm- 12:05pm Go back to drop-off point

12:05pm- 1:00pm Travel to Tagaytay for lunch


Php 111- Bus bound to Batangas

Php 100- Tricycle (back and forth)

Php 30- Caleruega Church Entrance Fee

Do you have other options on how to get to Caleruega Church from Manila via commute that has not been shared in this post? Let me know in the comments below!

16 thoughts on “How To Get To Caleruega Church From Manila Via Commute”

  • Wow there is such a long list of things to see here. I wonder how you covered it all so quickly. I particularly like the glass house and the healthy green color that the saplings display – they are definitely very well cared for

    • You can actually see all the places in a day provided you use the map they gave you in the entrance gate. I wasn’t able to visit all the places though because it was a stormy day. Thanks for dropping by!

  • Great and informative article. Posts like these were worth their weight in gold when I was backpacking and trying to figure out how to get from one place to another. Sure its going to be super useful for a lot of people!

  • I’ve heard of Caleruega before from some friends, but I didn’t know what’s in there until this post. Looks like a good place to spend the birthday with I must say. The hanging bridge looks beautiful. I noticed though that the ground is wet and the weather is gloomy. I think the place would be more beautiful during the summer.

    • I went there on a stormy day which explains why the place looked so gloomy. I think I was the only one who visited the place that day. Haha! But yes, it is definitely better to visit the place on a sunny day (and with the people we love too!). The place is also good for photoshoots so imagine me being alone and all, without someone to take my photo. Haha! Thankyou for dropping by!

  • I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your blog.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come
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  • Caleruega is in Nasugbu, famous for beaches, but is actually closer to Tagaytay than the Nasugbu beach areas. From Caleruega, you can hit the beaches in approximately 45 minutes.

  • Hi! How about the ride back to manila from Caleruega? Just thinking if there is any difference. Thank you!
    P.s. This blog post is really helpful 🙂

    • Hi Benedict! From Caleruega, you can ride a tricycle back to the main road, where there are buses bound to Manila. These buses have Nasugbu-Manila route. It’s about two and a half hours. 🙂 These buses pass by Tagaytay. Thanks for dropping by!

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