Bachelor Express

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Bachelor Express
Slogan"First In Service * Foremost In Fleet Maintenance"
HeadquartersButuan base: J.C. Aquino Ave., Barangay Bayanihan, Butuan City[1]
Davao base: Bugac, Barangay Ma-a, Davao City[2]
Service areaPhilippines
Service typeLand Transport
Destinations30% of bus routes in Mindanao
Fleet2500 Bus units (Hino Motors, Kinglong, Higer, Nissan Diesel, MAN, Isuzu, Yutong)
OperatorVallacar Transit Incorporated

Bachelor Express Incorporated is a bus line under the umbrella of Yanson Group of Bus Companies (YGBC). It operates bus transport services in the eastern and central part of Mindanao, with bases in Butuan City and Davao City.


In 1981, Ricardo B. Yanson and his wife, Olivia Villaflores Yanson, the founders of Vallacar Transit, ventured into Mindanao. They bought out Fortune Express and Bachelor Express, both Cagayan de Oro-based bus companies in 1985, and merged them into Bachelor Express Incorporated, using the same name as one of the conditions of the contract of sale.

In July 2013, the conglomerate bought out CCJRC Liner, a bus line mainly serving Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte.

In December 2014, they bought out Weena Express, a bus line serving Mindanao Star. This development has allowed the conglomerate to serve the Central Mindanao area.[3][4]


Yanson Group has a practice to their bus branding such as "Express" and "Tours" to differentiate their ordinary and air-conditioned buses. Similarly, there are two brands under Bachelor Express Inc., Bachelor Express is a bus brand for their ordinary fare buses while Bachelor Tours is a bus brand for their air-conditioned buses. Their brandings are labeled at the side liveries and at the back of their bus units.


Their subsidiaries are sub-divided by bases. These are based on their area of their operation, and their base number shall be the prefix number for their bus fleets. Yanson Group started this practice in 2005 after they bought out Lilian Express Inc., and felt that re-organizing their company is needed.

There are two bases under Bachelor Express Inc:

Prefix Base Address
3 Butuan J.C. Aquino Avenue, Bayanihan, Butuan City
4 Davao Bugac, Ma-a, Davao City

Mindanao Star Bus Transport Inc. was once a part of Bachelor Express and was assigned as Base 15. But upon their launch, Yanson Group separated them from Bachelor Express and established Mindanao Star as their separate subsidiary.[5] Their headquarters were placed at the former Weena Express' garage (a bus company that Yanson Group bought earlier), located a few meters away from Bachelor Express' base at Davao City.

Provincial destinations[edit]

Since the re-organization of Yanson Group of Bus Companies in 2005, Bachelor Express Inc. is sub-divided into bases in which has different areas of service and destinations.

Butuan Base[edit]

Butuan base is located in Bayanihan Butuan City, with its terminal hub at Integrated Bus Terminal, Butuan City. The base is assigned as Base 3 of Yanson Group of Bus Companies. Their routes are from Butuan to the eastern and southern parts of Mindanao.

  • Butuan City - Cagayan de Oro
  • Butuan City - Surigao City
  • Butuan City - Tandag
  • Butuan City - San Francisco
  • Butuan City - Mangagoy
  • Butuan City - Talacogon

Davao Base[edit]

Davao base is located in Ma-a, Davao City, with its terminal hub at Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (Ecoland), Candelaria, Talomo, Davao City.[6][7] The base is assigned as Base 4 of Yanson Group of Bus Companies. Their routes are from Davao to the eastern part of Mindanao.

  • Davao City - Butuan City
  • Davao City - Surigao City
  • Davao City - Tacloban City via Benit, San Ricardo/Liloan
  • Davao City - Ormoc City via Benit, San Ricardo/Liloan
  • Davao City - Mangagoy
  • Davao City - Tandag City
  • Davao City - Mati City
  • Davao City - Cateel via Mangagoy (Bislig City)/Mati City
  • Davao City - Sigaboy, Governor Generoso
  • Davao City - Santo Tomas
  • Davao City - Kapalong
  • Davao City - Talaingod
  • Davao City - Monkayo
  • Davao City - New Bataan
  • Davao City - Maragusan
  • Davao City - Laak
  • Davao City - Compostela

See also[edit]

  • List of bus companies of the Philippines
  • Mindanao Star
  • Rural Transit
  • Vallacar Transit Corporation


  4. "New management". Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  6. "Davao City Overland Transport Terminal - North bound Bus Schedules". Retrieved 2016-11-22.
  7. "Some Davao bus companies to ground units on Good Friday". Sun.Star. 2015-03-31. Retrieved 2016-11-22.

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