Manila to Samar by Bus

sua_012.jpgBus – Manila to Samar

It is one long bus ride from Manila to Samar. If you have patience and are not in a hurry you can get there for less than 1000 pesos.

Be sure to bring along a jacket if you are going on any long bus rides. At night with the AC running full blast it can get uncomfortably cold especially in the mountains.

sua_015.jpgThe fare from Manila to Samar on South Bound was 950 pesos which I think included the ferry crossing from Luzon to Samar.

Somehow I lost the tickets and had to pay 90 pesos extra.

It is best to leave from Pasay in Manila because most of the south bound buses leave from this part of town.

sua_247.jpgVictory Liner is just across the street from PP Liner, South Bound and several others. Pasay is near the airport and traffic crawls most of the time during the day.

Buses leave day and night to Leyte and Samar. You can even travel all the way to Davao in Mindanao by bus if you love punishment. Basically you are only limited by your endurance and how much crap you can take.

sua_006.jpgVendors jump on the bus as soon as you stop and block the aisles making it hard to get on and off but it’s their job.

These buses stop at their company restaurants along the way every 3 or 4 hours giving you a chance to stretch and use the toilets.

The food isn’t too bad and they have instant noodles and hot drinks you can take on the bus.

sua_029.jpgThere are ferries that the buses drive onto to get from island to island. The weather was quite rough when we arrived at the crossing from Luzon to Samar. The ferry was rising and falling with the waves making it very difficult to board or get off.

The truck drivers would time it so they would get half way on and stop and wait for the next flat spell when they would then gun it and come flying on board the ship.

sua_026.jpgOne of the trucks fell off and got damaged when they tried to offload but were out of sync with the waves. The port decided to suspended crossings till morning.

The trip took about a day and a half because we lost a lot of time waiting for the weather to subside so we could get across.

The ferry still shuddered every time we hit the oncoming waves and it didn’t seem all that safe on that junky old boat but they just turn up the volume on the karaoke machine and no one seemed to notice.

If you are not in a hurry and don’t forget to bring a jacket the bus can be tolerable but not very comfortable.


update: Ultrabus charged 809 pesos when I made the trip last week (sept 2007)

The fares seem to vary greatly up to 1300 peso for no apparent reason.

All include the ferry crossing ticket between Luzon and Samar.

… love the philippines but hate those bus rides!

Feb 5, 2007

73 responses to “Manila to Samar by Bus”

  1. Hi,

    You did not mention how many hours is the travel. I am going on the same way expect i will come from Cebu

  2. magkano poh pamasahe papunta ng samar!!hanggan san poh ba ung bus sa samar

  3. how much po b ung payment ng bus??.. at meron po bang bus n papuntang calbayog samar??.. nid po kc ng parents q pumunta calbayog city samar.. i hope n meron pong sa2got sa tanong q!!.. thank you and God Bless..

  4. san po ba address ng terminal sa pasay papuntang palompon?asap answer po

  5. magkamo n poh ba ang pamasahe ngaun from cubao to sogod leyte,
    may additional charge ba if may mga dalang gamit
    allowed po ba sa bus nio if may dala na refrigerator?
    reply asap

  6. hello.. my nanny will go home this end november. we are from angeles city pampanga. and i dont know how to go or where i can find the terminal bus going to samar (tapos roro nalang siya) i will accompany her po sana till pasay or where the terminal is located.

    can you help me to find our way to the bus terminal going to samar?

    thanks alot lhea..

  7. hi again, so don po mismo mgstop sa terminal nila ang victory liner na sasakyan namin? then walking distance nalang po non papuntang mga bus terminal going to samar?

    thanks and brgds,

  8. we go to december 20

  9. wow. you really have the guts to try all of this. thanks for the info’s and for answering the questions of my countrymen. kudos to you and more power to your blog. :D

  10. magkano po ba nag fare ngayon galing ng manila papuntang catarman Northern samar????? tnx po

  11. land trip is not that bad at all… u are able to see different people and different faces…

  12. pls…advise me how much the fare from manila to Liloan Southern leyte and do you have fare discout to children below 15 years old….pls. reply me as soon as possible pls….

  13. My wife wants to go to Samar to visit her father side relatives. Thanks for the post it gave me an idea on how to get there.

  14. I forgot to ask how many hours would it consume to travel from Manila to Samar by Bus.

  15. magkano pamasahe cubao to maasin leyte

  16. Hello po…. pwede ko po ba malaman kung magkanu ang pamasahe from calbayog city to manila? kasama na po yong sa barko at bus… please po i need a reply… maraming salamat po.. :D

  17. Ohh… thank you a lot for your response. :D godbless!

  18. hi! how much na po kaya ang fare from samar, leyte to manila
    my nakuha kc ako nanny and humihingi sya 2k para sa pamasahe.

  19. gud day! how much npo pamasahe frm manila to catbalogan at san po terminal d2 s manila? tnx po..

  20. Good Day!
    If i am from manila, how many hours of land travel to catarman samar.
    And How is the fare?.=)

  21. magkano po pamasahe sa ultra bus from cubao to leyte? nid rply plz. asap. tnx po. ^^.

  22. gud p.m,hi,gusto ko lang malaman kung anong oras ang biyahe ng papuntang catarman,northern samar by land.pwede pong malaman ang best time na pagpunta sa terminal bus,kaylangan pa bang magpa book kami o pwede na pong mag walk in nalang kami sa terminal bus sa cubao.galing pa po kami ng olongapo city.thanks po.

  23. hi,

    how much is the bus fare from manila to calbayog?
    how long would it take me to travel?
    can you buy tickets impromptu or should it be done days before the trip?

    hope you could help me out. its my first time to travel to this place and
    i’m travelling alone. my scheduled trip will be on oct 5, 2012.

    i would really appreaciate any assistance/info you could give me.

    thanks and more power!

  24. hi…
    magkano na kaya ang kailngn perang dala now kung pupunta ng catarman samar?
    kung mnggagaling ako ng manila?

    more power..and godbless

  25. magkano poh pamasahe papuntang guiuan eastern samar…txtbk poh…

  26. gud pm poh….ask q lng if magkano pamasahe from manila to guiuan eastern samar….at kung kasama n poh b ito sa fairy boat….tnx….

  27. may terminal po b kau sa cubao….

  28. gud pm po…so kung manila to catbalogan magkano fare nyo per head….so wla kaung diretso papuntang guiuan….

  29. hello.may alam po ba kaung site para makita ung bus fare?
    from manila to catarman?:)
    salamat.more power

  30. magkano na po b un fare per head.. thnx po

  31. Any idea on a current fare?

  32. To Dutchpickle,

    Getting ready to leave for Tacloban on a bus for a medical mission. Thanks for letting me get an idea on the length of the trip and the tip about the jacket. Hoping to make it there in good enough shape to help out. Thanks for the stories too. I spent a month in Dili helping out as a volunteer physician with the Jesuits. Intend to go back and if I have time visit some of the places mentioned.

    Safe travels.


  33. do you know how much the bus fare is from catarman northern samar to manila one way

  34. hello po ., ask lang po sana ko ., wish to receive an answer immediately ., need po kase ng nanay ko pumunta ng catbalogan samar ., and then she had say to me that she can go in catbalogan Samar with Bus ., gusto ko lang po sana itanong may kalsada na ba talaga na pwedeng bumyahe from Manila to Catbalogan Samar ? as in hindi na katulad nung sa RORO na yung Bus is isasakay sa barko., ( sorry i don’t have any idea about it because hindi pa po ako nakakapunta or nakakasakay ng barko or kahet ano na mkakapunta sa Visayas ) i don’t have any idea ., please help me po ., magkano po ticket ? nanay ko po kase is senior citizen na ., please reply as much as possible ., MARAMiNG SALAMAT PO in advance .

  35. thankyou so much po for answer,. saan sa Manila yung terminal ng Bus? tsaka magkano po pamasahe from Manila to Catbalogan Samar ?

    tnx ., ;) more power

  36. Uwi kmi ng tacloban ngaun buwan ng mayo,mgkano po ba ngayon ang pamsahe ng bus,aircon at ordinary?

  37. Im flying from California to Manila. What’s the quickest way ro travel to Eastern Samar. Can I fly there? Or do I have to take a bus. Thank you. And how much is 1400 pesos in US currency

  38. Hello po!
    Tatanong ko lang po kung alam nyo po yong address ng main office po ng St. Christopher Bus sa Northern Samar at contact number po?

  39. Hi may itatanong LNG po sana ako magkano pamasahe pumunta ng boronggan eastern Samar nandito po ako ngyn sa paraniaque

  40. Hi po ask ko lang sana kong mag kano pamasahi from pasay to rawis northern samar and ano pong bus maganDang sakyan☺☺5 years na kc akong hind na uwi ka wla akong info sa mga bus ngayon sana po matulongan nyo ako..

  41. Hi.po.good afternoon.
    Asked kulang po SNA kung magkano po pamasahe papuntang Pasay to borongan Samar.?

  42. Hello po. Itatanong ko lang magkno padala ng bagahe cubao to Maasin leyte. 45 kilos estimated ukay bales.

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