Tabaco is a port city in Albay, where the ferries to Catanduanes depart.
Despite its city designation, Tabaco feels more like a typical provincial town, and it only gained cityhood in 2001 through a plebiscite. The downtown is typical of most Spanish-era towns, with a central Catholic parish church, plaza, and a traditional market. Life in Tabaco is quite relaxed over Legazpi to the south.
By planeThe nearest airport is in Legazpi (LGP).
Tabaco City Central Terminaladdress: Tiwi-Tabaco RoadIt has a quite spartan layout, with two open bus shelters, and a lot for jeepneys headed for downtown Tabaco and nearby towns.
Long-haul provincial buses arrive from Manila and there are some intra-provincial operators from the capital at Legazpi.
A. Bragais TransportDaily trips from Cubao and Pasay using non-air-conditioned buses
ALPS The BusOperates 2-2 seater air-conditioned "executive" buses from their Cubao base. Two trips depart from Cubao, with 2 return trips every 7:30AM (with stops at Calamba and Makati) and 5:45PM (with a stop at Calamba and Alabang).
AmihanPhiltranco's sister bus line, with a daily trip to Tabaco from Cubao.
TAWTRANSCOOne daily trip departs from Starmall Alabang in Muntinlupa.
It takes about 12 hours or longer, including major stopovers, to Cubao or Pasay; from Alabang, about 11½ hours under the same conditions.
By jeepneyJeepneys connect Tabaco with Legazpi, Tiwi, and Ligao.
By boatTabaco has an international seaport, which is on the waterfront east of downtown.
Ferries arrive from San Andres and Virac ports in Catanduanes. The ferry from San Andres is operated by MV Regina Calixta 2, 3, and 5, and takes 2½ hours. From Virac, it takes around 3½ hours on MV Eugenia, a regular ferry, and 1½ hour on MV Silangan, a fast ferry.
By trainTrains no longer run up to Tabaco. The nearest train station is at Legazpi, which is served by a once-daily local train from Naga. Overnight services from Manila are suspended indefinitely since 2013.
Angela Manalang Gloria Houseaddress: Quinale CabasanAn old two-storey house that was once the residence of Angela Manalang Gloria, a poetess who was born in Guagua, Pampanga in 1907 and died in Tabaco in 1995.
Tabaco Churchaddress: Ziga AvenueCompleted 1750, it is one of the two heritage churches in Albay that are designated as National Cultural Treasures.
Ishi Ayaaddress: Villaruel StreetSpecializes in Japanese cuisine, but they also serve Filipino, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine and fusion dishes
MEACO Royal Hotel Tabacoaddress: Ziga Avenue
address: A.A. Berces StreetHas a rooftop pool and views of Mayon Volcano to the south.
Gardenia Hoteladdress: Riosa StreetThe rooftop has a garden on top, and views of Mayon Volcano as well, but you need to ask permission to access it. All rooms air-conditioned. Free breakfast.