Tacloban Airport Guide: Terminal Fee, How to Get there via Jeepney, Taxi
From this airport, you can then venture out and explore other towns and cities of Leyte and Samar. This airport was destroyed by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in December 2013 and currently is state of disrepair
UPDATED: June 2014
Tacloban Airport before Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. People waiting for passengers of a Cebu Pacific flight. Tutubi hang out at the arrival while waiting for the opening of check-in counters
Carriers servicing Tacloban Domestic Airport:
Philippine Airlines with regular daily flights to other destinations
Cebu Pacific with regular daily flights from Manila, Cebu, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Iloilo, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro and Kalibo
Tacloban Airport Terminal Fee: PhP100.00 (as of June 2014, sometimes called airport tax/departure tax/airport users tax)
A baggage carousel is present eliminating the need for porters at the arrival hall.
Double layer of X-Ray machines plus guards for body frisking and sifting through your hand-carried bags for security.
There's a small store inside the passengers lounge selling snacks and last minute pasalubong stuff like binagol, pastillas and chocolate moron. No restaurant inside the terminal.
No tubes to board the aircraft, you need to walk and use the stairs to the airplane doors like in most other domestic airports.
Hotels near Tacloban Airport:
Walking distance: None
There are many hotels and other accommodations in downtown Tacloban
From Tacloban Aiport to your destination:
Taxis are available to take you to Tacloban City downtown for PhP250.00 (travel time is about 30 minutes). They can also be hired for P2,500.00 12-hour city tour besides other V-hire (van for hire) there with people offering you their vehicles at the exit gate.
For backpackers and budget travelers, jeepneys ply the route going to the New Tacloban Bus Terminal (where buses, shuttle service (GT Express) and jeepneys are waiting for passengers), downtown and even Duptours terminals (beside a gas station). If you're in a hurry, don't ride the waiting jeepneys at the exit if it's not full, head straight to the airport gate and flag a jeep going to Tacloban.
Commuting to Tacloban Airport:
If you took the bus or shuttle (e.g. Duptours) from anywhere in Leyte (e.g. Ormoc) or Samar (Basey, Marabut, Guian, Borongan), drop off at Tacloban rotonda and transfer to a jeepney with signboard San Jose-Airport. The same jeepney can be found in downtown Tacloban. There are no taxis in the city center, only tricycles, and the airport is quite far for tricycles so expect an expensive fare.
Don't even think of cracking a bomb joke at the airport. Filipinos may have a sense of humor but bomb jokes can make you miss your flight and get you in serious trouble with the police and airport security people.
Note: Tutubi is posting updated information on these things. He noticed guide books about the Philippines, including Lonely Planet and Jens Peters, are churning out new editions yet information has not been fully updated and verified and it seems the authors have not really been to some destinations and probably got the information from someone else :(
posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:20 PM,
- At Nov 11, 2008, 11:05:00 PM, the donG said...
same as it was when we were there last year.
- At Nov 12, 2008, 8:56:00 AM, watson said...
*sniff* I remember Tacloban because I have never been there. I used to frequent Ormoc, Leyte in the early 90s for work but our plane would land in Cebu. From there, we would take a SuperCat on a two-hour trip by the sea. We would be treated to a movie and when it's over, we'd be at Ormoc.
The land trip from Tacloban to Ormoc would take a longer time to travel by land.
- At Nov 12, 2008, 10:03:00 AM, Sidney said...
You should publish a guide book soon...
- At Nov 12, 2008, 9:04:00 PM, bw said...
I might just have to check your blog as my guide to visiting Pinas in future :)
- At Nov 15, 2008, 4:27:00 AM, Nina said...
This is good info :)
- At Jan 21, 2009, 8:03:00 AM, said...
h! i just wanna ask if they have a rental car in tacloban?
- At Jan 21, 2009, 9:42:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
Anonymous, yes, there are car rentals( and vans) for rent at the airport to take you anywhere in Leyte, Samar or beyond
- At Feb 16, 2009, 5:24:00 PM, noel said...
Hi. We're going to Quatros Islas in Inopacan. Would you have any idea on what public transport and where to take it in going to Inopacan from the Tacloban Airport. We will be taking the first flight to Tacloban via Cebu Pacific
- At Feb 18, 2009, 9:40:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
noel, inopacan is south of tacloban. your best bet is the bus at Tacloban Bus terminal. It's a jeepney ride away from the airport or you may hire vans to Inopacan. Haven't been to Quatros Islas though
- At Sep 5, 2009, 3:37:00 PM, said...
hi thanks for all the info you have here...i was wondering how to get from tacloban airport to san ricardo leyte...i suppose we also hire a van...there are 5 of us...how much should we pay...para hindi rin kmi tagain...do they have these vans for hire by 5 a.m.?
- At Sep 6, 2009, 7:38:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
anonynous, the vans at the airport i know not the rates. i will ask around for i'm going back there on wednesday till friday next week. stay tuned...the vans are always there even at an early time due to the frequency of flights to/from various destinations
- At Sep 19, 2009, 4:00:00 AM, said...
Hi I was wondering if there are any vans available to take us to Ormoc City at about 5am from Tacl. Airport? And approx rates too please would be helpful. Thanks heaps!
- At Sep 19, 2009, 4:51:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
maria, not sure about 5am but highly probable if there's a flight arriving at tacloban airport. at 6am there already are vans lined up plus a counter at the arrival for vans for hire and car rentals (accredited) companies. duptours operates the tacloban to ormoc route. I took it the first time i went to tacloban but didn't post my travel experiences...will do so if you insist :P
- At Sep 19, 2009, 6:32:00 PM, said...
Yes we arrive around 5-530ish I think. Thats great to hear. Relieves one part of the stress to finding a way to ormoc at least. Thanks again!
- At Sep 19, 2009, 6:47:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
maria, the earliest flight from manila to tacloban arrives at 6am (for cebu pacific), PAL is also around that time. probably yo're taking zestair? but as i said, if there are passengers, there are vans there. the San Jose-tacloban jeepneys ply their route 24/7 that will take you to duptours terminal in downtown tacloban
- At Sep 8, 2010, 12:33:00 AM, said...
hi, going to tacloban airport on 6th oct, arrive 10.30am, going on to baybay city, kilim,my g/f meeting me at airport,best thing to do rent van from duptours? also, i am smoker, it allowed in van? want a comfortable journey to baybay, how long will it take?
- At Sep 8, 2010, 5:09:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
anonymous, if you're many you can rent duptours van. if the other passengers won't mind you smoking but i don't know about the driver if they'll allow you. never been to baybay city, sorry
- At Jan 19, 2011, 4:32:00 AM, said...
hello, may i ask what is the most advisable place to stay for over night, where it is closest to the terminal and it is cheap but comfortable. :)
- At Jan 20, 2011, 11:10:00 AM, backpacking philippines said...
anonymous, tacloban airport is just minutes away from tracloban city proper so there are many hotels near tacloban airport for your choosing. i have several posts on that like Welcome Home Pensionne and Luxury Suites Hotel plus other tacloban accommodations :P
- At Mar 12, 2011, 1:21:00 AM, said...
may i ask how much is the jeepney fare from airport to city. thanks
- At Mar 12, 2011, 10:17:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
aninymous, no idea on latest fare from tacloban airport to city center, but it's probably about P15 to P20.00...it's not really far :P
- At Mar 16, 2012, 11:57:00 PM, said...
if i were you why not rent a car na SELF-DRIVE? for just 2,500 for sedan and 3,000 pesos for suv and auv cars you can use it 24/7 and you can go anywhere in leyte samar and biliran, no milage limit.. Havens rent a car in tacloban allows self drive for their units. they have a mitsubishi adventure, mitsubishi fuzion and an isuzu crosswind which is great even in rough roads. They also have a honda city, toyota altis, mitsubishi lancer and ford escape. you can add p400 if you want to avail of a driver or 200 pesos more if overnight. just contact 09178067275 or (053)523-0765 Globelines or 321-0846 bayantel
- At Jul 9, 2012, 8:57:00 PM, said...
hi if you arrive from tacloban airport how much the can rental to catbalogan city,thankz
- At Jul 18, 2012, 5:36:00 PM, said...
HAVEN'S RENT A CAR now accepts major credit and debit cards for your car rental. They allow self drive on most of their cars like sedan and auv/suv. they also have brand new luxurious vans available only with a driver.
- At Aug 27, 2012, 7:46:00 PM, said...
hello, how i can save fare after i arrived in airport. i want jeep to ride than van that cost 300 pesos going terminal of the van. i wonder what signboard of the jeep I'd take to.. uh, what the name of terminal there?