Travel to Tacloban from Manila


Hi all

If you would like to know how to travel from manila in the Philippines to Tacloban then keep reading. This was meant to help people who wanted to go out there to join relief projects but if you would like to go visit as a tourist then it will also help you. There are 2 ways you can go to Tacloban the first is by airplane so I would recommend Philippines airline and if you book from Terminal 3 it should be around 4,500 peso per person. I have also tried Cebu Pacific but the prices generally seem to be higher but they get you there and journey time is 30 minutes . The second option is by bus for this you will have to go to the Bus terminal in Pasay, Manila and from there you will se signs for busses going to Tacloban. if you are not sure for any reason then just ask the bus conductor or the bus drivers and they will help you. You will board an eagle star bus to Tacloban and it should cost you around 1,200 peso. I say around 1,200 because that’s what it cost for a local person but for a foreigner the price might get a little inflated but knowing it should be 1,200 peso means you will know you are being ripped off if they ask for a lot more.  The journey time is 26 hours and you will be traveling by bus and ferry. The first part of your journey will be from Pasay to Matnog


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Above you can see a Picture of the Eagle Star Bus and a map detailing the journey from Pasay in manila to Matnog. Just look at the yellow markers. Along the way The bus will stop and you will get a chance to get off, eat and go pee. To pee it costs 5 peso per person and for food your looking at paying  15 peso for rice, 70 peso for meat. 70 peso is around 1 U.K pound and around 1.56 US dollars. Vegetable dishes are 50 peso and soft drinks are around 25 peso depending on the size of the bottle. Once you get to Matnog Terminal the bus conductor should take care of everything so you don’t need to pay more for the ferry its all included but you do have to pay a terminal fee of 25 peso for one way passage so remember you will have to pay this again on your way back. You will have to wait around 2 hours for the ferry so in the meantime rest room/CR or toilets as we call them are available inside the terminal and if your hungry there’s a shop so you can buy a pot noodle for 35 peso and 5 peso for water. They also sell coffee’s and biscuits. I would advise bringing your own pack lunch as it is a long journey and it is very hard to sleep while traveling so make sure you get plenty of sleep before you set off.

The conductor of the bus will give you a ticket for the ferry and then you can board the ferry and you will also get a form to fill in. it will ask your name, gender, age, address and where your going.

As you can see its not very glamorous inside the ferry and the seats are not very comfortable.

but once you get going there’s a chance to enjoy the great view of the ocean while you travel to Allen. This is the second part of your journey from Matnog to Allen and this should take around 2 hours. From Allen you will board the eagle star bus again and it will take you to Catbalogan and then you will go from Catbalogan to Tacloban and this should take you 4 hours.


Well I hope you found this post informative. I would like to Thank a special person for providing the video footage used in this blog along with all the people currently continuing to help with the relief effort so long after the typhoon hit Tacloban.

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