September 27, 2021

21 thoughts on “Traveling from Calbayog City via Van

  1. hello- i want to know the price for each trip via private transfer.
    – calbayog airport to catbalongan
    – catbalongan to tacloban
    need immediate reply.tnx mafe prieto

    1. The prices the last time I rode are in the story, just read it. There are different prices for different companies. You can not take the van from the Calbayog Airport, but need to go to their office in town. However from Catbalogan you can ask for a van to the Tacloban airport and if there are enough takers they will make a special trip there.

  2. Hi John,

    I’m looking for a way to get around Calbayog City and the surrounding area for about a week. Last time we were there I rented a car in Manila and drove down and back. This time we are flying down and I’d like to rent something to drive around while visiting the in-laws. Is something like that possible? I can’t seem to find any info about it on line. OBTW, I’m a fellow Texan (San Antonio).

    1. Howdy Rodney. It’s always good to hear from a new person commenting, especially a fellow Texan. I wish I had better news for you though. To the best of my knowledge there is no place in Calbayog to rent a vehicle and drive it yourself. Now you can get one with a driver if you want, no problem. You can even do that on a daily basis with different drivers and different vehicles if you want. Now maybe if you are flying into Tacloban, they might have something there, I’m not sure about that. I just sent a FB message to a cousin living in Tacloban to ask him about the rentals there (if they exist). He has lived there a long time and is pretty smart, so I’m sure he knows a bit about such things. I’ll keep you informed on that. If you get time when you get here, stop by to see me. I’ll buy you a beer or two and let you buy me one too.

    2. I just got a response from my cousin in Tacloban. He does not know of a place there that rents vehicle either, unless you get a driver with it. I guess just the big cities do that around here. If you want a vehicle with a driver, I can talk to my nephews here. One has a multicab and the other a tricycle. You probably want a sedan or truck though.
      I have a SUV that I am not using, but the tags are outdated on it and there is no insurance.

    1. Borongan is down there in Eastern Samar. I’ll have to do some checking on that to be sure. Don’t they have bus and/or van services there for you to go ask? I’ll see what I can find out through the van and bus companies here though.

  3. Hello everyone! I would like to ask how to get a mini bus or van from romualdez airport in Tacloban city going to Calbayog or Allen? Because my place is in between the baranggay’s in Calbayog to Allen and i didnt know how to get a transportation like bus or van? Thanks

    1. Carolyn. Sorry it too me so long to answer. Just got back late this morning from Angeles again.
      The price of a van from Tacloban to Calbayog, last time I checked comes out to P220 per person. You pay from Tacloban to Catbalogan, then to Calbayog from there. All the van services are pretty much the same. I have not been up to Allen in a van, but it is probably only P100 per person. Grand Tour vans is probably your best bet.
      Let me know if you have any other questions and thanks for checking out my blog. I hope it helped you and you were able to inform others about it.

  4. John, which of the 4 transportation companies is the nearest to Calbayog airport? thanks.

    1. Howdy Leny. Sorry it took me so long to answer, I was out of town.
      Actually none of the van transportation places are close to the airport. Most of them are either in the downtown area or a little further away. I don’t know why that is so except that the biggest bulk of their business is by local and not incoming people. If you are staying at the Ciriaco Hotel, Resort and Spa, they have a shuttle that will come by to pick you up and bring you to the hotel. After you finish staying all the van services are a 1 trike P10-P20 trip from the hotel.

  5. http://www.cokaliongshipping.com/ is the link for Cebu boats from Calbayog and to other ports, ticket office is on Rosales street next to the news stand, a bus takes you to the port about 18 km north of Calbayog to catch the boat leaving .

    UJ don’t forget the Jeepney service that runs to North Samar from here. They are at the service station across the street from PNB bank at the Capoocan highway Intersection with Brgy Obereo.

    1. Thanks for the website Rick. That ticket office is right there by Metro Bank, isn’t it?
      I had no idea about a jeepney service. I’ll have to get Ramil to go with me and find out some information on that. I know where you are talking about, but just in case they have an English problem. Because I know I have a Tagalog problem.

        1. Oh and here is a website that I found to be good. It does have some things about the Philippines in it, but not Samar. The lady travels to many places and writes about her adventures. Maybe you want to give it a look, but I am trying to restrain from putting links on the site that are not about Samar or Calbayog City. The name of her website is: A Word in Your Ear

          http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/

  6. Some good info John,I didnt relize there were that many van services in Calbayog.Good the hear you can charter one.

    1. I believe there were only 2 of them (Grand Tours & Van’s Van) when I got here. The other 2 were only started within the last 2 years or so.

  7. Thanks John. This is very useful information. I checked out the Grand Tours website. I realize it is under construction but you would think that they would at least have phone numbers. Thankfully, you have that information in your post. I recall that you have taken Grand Tours before to Leyte. Do you remember how long it took?

    On a somewhat different subject, Jen has told me that you can take a ferry from Calbayog or from Maguino’o to Cebu. Do you have any information on this? By the way, during my first trip to Samar, I had trouble pronouncing Maguino’o so I took to calling it Barry Manilow and that is what Jen and her family now call it.

    1. Yes I noticed they didn’t have a phone #, so I made sure when I went by to get those #’s.
      I have not been south in the vans for a few months, but here is what I remember about it. From Calbayog to Catbalogan is about 2 hours. From Catbalogan to Tacloban is about 2.5 hours. From Tacloban to Tambis is about 3 hours. They could all be more or less .5 hours, but I think I got it all right. That’s about 7.5 hours just for the riding part, not including the waiting for a van in Catbalogan and Tacloban. All together it takes up a big portion of a day, so start early.
      Yes there is a ferry that goes to Cebu, but I don’t have the information on it. I’ll put it on my list I now have for things to do. That’s how I remembered this post.

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