Touchdown in Tacloban


Good morning, Tacloban!
How to go to Tacloban:

By Air
Local carriers such as Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines/PALexpress, TigerAir and Air Asia Zest have daily flights to Tacloban. From Manila, it is a mere one-hour flight. There are usually flight schedules as early as 4:00 am. If you are planning to stay somewhere far off Tacloban City, I suggest you get the earliest flight as van and bus schedules are not 24/7.

Likewise, some carriers like Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines/PALexpress have daily flights from Cebu to Tacloban.

By Sea
Supercat offers a thrice daily schedule from Cebu to Ormoc and vice versa. From Ormoc, Tacloban is another two-hour drive via Van Van's or Duptours (shuttle vans).

By Land and Sea
From Manila (Cubao and Pasay), there are buses bound to Tacloban. Travel time is more or less 23 hours. These are Philtranco, Ultra Bus, Silverstar, etc.These buses usually pass by the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon, then board a RoRo vessel in Matnog which will cross amd bring you to Allen in Northern Samar. It will continue the journey towards the rest of Samar and eventually cross the San Juanico Bridge to bring you to Tacloban.

A sweet bonus: with PBA Legends Ronnie Magsanoc and Vince Hizon at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport

From the Daniel Z. Romualdez airport, you can either hire a taxi or take public utility jeepneys. Cabs here do not use their meter (I'm not even sure if they have one) but it usually costs Php 350 per car going to downtown Tacloban. We were just so lucky to meet our taxi driver at the eatery where we ate (Francis Bardaje, 09461514191/09161820545) who offered us a ride at Php 200. That's a steal! And his taxi was a Toyota Revo, so if you're a big group, this is super okay!

Our airport transfer
From the airport, downtown Tacloban is about 15-20 minutes. For those who are on a budget, you may take a jeepney with a signage "Downtown" outside of the airport. Fare is Php 13 and travel time is about 20-30 minutes depending on the number of stops the jeepney will do.


 Where to eat near the airport
There are three eateries at the right side of the airport (S&A, Happy Landing and Jetsetter). We were having a hard time choosing among the three but since S&A has the most number of diners, we settled to eat there.

On Happy Landing's other side is S&A
Just like in any other airports, food here are overpriced, but if you really must eat upon arrival like us (in preparation for our long journey to Naval, Biliran), then it's fine. A piece of chorizo costs Php 25 (typical size that you usually see in sugbaan in Cebu). A cup of rice costs Php 15, and a cup of 3in1 coffee is ridiculously priced at Php 25! They also serve moron, Tacloban's specialty that is made of sticky rice and chocolate. this costs Php 7 each.

Moron

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