Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines
How to get there
Tacloban City is approximately 70 minutes from Manila via Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific.
Many buses daily from MetroManila's Ali Mall central terminal in Cubao and individual bus company terminals in Pasay with Eaglestar, PP Lines, CUL, and Ultrabus. 20-24 hours.
Weekly service to and from Manila with Sulpicio Lines. Sulpicio Lines takes approximately 36 hours to reach Tacloban, the ship departs from Manila three times a week. The days of departure are fixed a week before.
Philippine Airlines together with Air Philippines is flying also 4 days a week (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) from Cebu to Tacloban and vice versa.
Supercat has three daily fast (2 hours) ferries to Ormoc on the western side of Leyte, then a bus link to Tacloban.
From Ormoc, it takes around three hours to Tacloban by vehicle. The roads are good and you pass through a zigzag route up and then down the mountain showing a breathtaking view of Ormoc bay.
Sulpicio Lines has weekly ferry service directly between Tacloban and Cebu. Cebu Ferries has some overnight runs on this route as well.
Bachelor Express has three daily buses.
Major bus companies ply the Manila-Quezon-Bicol-Samar-Leyte route via the Maharlika Highway. Estimated travel time, 24 hours. Good road network connects the region's municipalities and barangays which are accessible by buses and jeepneys from Tacloban, the regional center.
Shipping lines offer regular trips to the region's major ports of call. Travel to Cebu is comfortable by high speed hydrofoils: Waterjet from Baybay, Leyte and Supercat from Ormoc and Maasin. Outlying islands can be reached through pumpboats. Sulpicio has weekly ferry service from Manila, a 30-hour trip but very pleasant.