Thursday, May 2, 2013

Land Travel In Region 8

Land travel in Region 8 is different from any other regions in the Philippines. It requires going to one province to another by van (not the typical bus or jeepney ride travel). Well, there are a few buses plying the route but van travel is inevitable if you want to explore Region 8.

Region 8 is composed of the following provinces, namely: Northern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte and Southern Leyte.

These are the van providers, namely: Van-Vans, Grand Tours, and Duptours.

Duptours Shuttle Services 
St. Niño Street
Tacloban City
(053) 523 8107

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Pan-Philippine Hwy
Calbayog City
(055) 534 3020

Grand Tours
Pan-Philippine Hwy
Calbayog City

Catarman:Rizal St., Brgy.Acacia,
Catarman Northern Samar
Calbayog:Bugallon St., West, Calbayog City
Catbalogan:San Bartholomew St.,
Catbalogan City
Tacloban:Trese Martinez Cor. A. Mabini St.,
Brgy. 154 Tacloban City
Ormoc:Arradaza St., Cor. Lopez Jaena Sts., Ormoc City

Osmeña St
Ormoc City
Contact person and no. - Juluis- 0916-820-1718/09472076978 or email at

The following are the travel time and fare for the routes mentioned. I forgot the travel time and fare for some of the routes (as of May 2013). I started my tour from Surigao Sity to cover Region 8.

Maasin to Ormoc City (vice-versa) - 1 hour and 45 mins. 

Ormoc City to Biliran (vice-versa) - 1 hour and 30 mins

Ormoc City to Tacloban (vice-versa) - 2 hours and 30 mins. (P120)

Biliran to Tacloban (vice-versa) - more than 2 hours 

Tacloban to Balanggiga (vice-versa) - 1 hour and 30 mins

Tacloban to Catbalogan  (vice-versa) - 2 hours and 20 mins (P120)

Tacloban to Borongan City (vice-versa) 2 hours and 55 minutes

Catbalogan to Calbayog (vice-versa) - 1 hour and 15 mins (P90)

Calbayog to Allen (vice-versa) - 1 hour and 30 mins (P90) (Last trip 6pm and only Grand Tours service the route))

Calbayog to Catarman (vice-versa) 1 hour

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  1. Hi Maam/Sir,
    Good Day! May byahe po ba kayo from Tacloban to Allen?

  2. so lucky that I came across this post! I am planning to go backpacking samar and leyte this august, just hope that its not that rainy yet. :) Thanks for sharing this!