Planning to visit Samar? A trip to this province can always be worthwhile because of the various Samar transportation options available to you. It is best for travelers to consider a more convenient and most appropriate means of transportation for them. Bear in mind that when traveling, you need to consider the time of travel as well as the cost of each mode of transportation.
From Manila, there are a wide range of travel options at your disposal. There are no direct flights to Samar so the best alternative to book a flight to either Tacloban or Cebu. Although Masbate is nearer to Samar, the province has no airports.
By air, there are daily scheduled flights from Manila to Tacloban City. Travel time is an hour and thirty minutes. The cost for a one way trip is between PHP2,000 to PHP3,500. Try to find some promotional offers from various carriers to get some discounts. There are carriers that reduce costs below PHP2,000 during promotional offers. Once you reach Tacloban City, there are various land transportation options going to Samar. Buses, jeeps, or airconditioned vans will take you to the picturesque San Juanico Bridge going to Samar.
An alternative Samar transportation option is by taking a bus from Manila. There are bus terminals in Pasay City and Cubao that leave daily night and day. The travel time is a gruelling twelve hours to the island of Matnog in Sorsogon. From there, you will ride a ferry. As soon as the bus disembarks the ferry, it will take you to the terminal in Samar.
The bus trip will have a stop over every 3 to 4 hours at a restaurant or terminal along the route. This gives you a chance to do some stretching and feed your hungry stomach. Some of the bus lines that traverse this route include Victory Liner, CUL Transport, Philtranco, Silverstar, and Eaglestar.
When you arrive in Samar, you will find the usual modes of transportation such as buses, jeepneys, or airconditioned vans. Occasionally, there are motorbikes custom fitted with roofs traveling around the province and even crossing San Juanico Bridge.
If all flights going to Tacloban City are fully booked, your best option is to travel to Cebu and make your way from there. From Manila to Cebu, a one way ticket costs PHP2,500. Of course, this is the best route if you are coming from Cebu. The cost of flights going to Tacloban is around PHP2,000 with daily flights leaving the airport. Another transportation option from Cebu is to ride a passenger ship going to Leyte. From there, you can travel by land.
These are the different Samar transportation options that you can consider when planning a trip to this province. Always go for the option that gives you the best value for your money.