How to get to El Nido in Palawan How to get to El Nido in Palawan

How to get to El Nido in Palawan

El Nido in Palawan is one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. Getting to El Nido is possible in a couple of ways: choose which is best for you depending on your budget and travel style. Traveling in the Philippines takes time, especially since flights are standardly delayed. Plan at least 3 hours between each connecting flight.

From Manila by Airplane

Airswift is currently the only one offering flights from Manila to El Nido. A 1.5-hour flight in high season would cost you about 115 USD for a one-way ticket. This is the fastest way to get to El Nido.

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Manila to El Nido by Ferry

The boat journey is done in two parts. First, you make your way from Manila to Coron, followed by a trip to El Nido. This will, at least, take up 24 hours and a night in Coron.

From Coron by Ferry

The fast ferry from Coron takes about 4 hours and costs about 30 USD per person. When arriving by ferry, walk a little further down the pier to find transport for half of the price for the rest of your journey.

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Coron to El Nido by Airplane

It is a short 40-minute flight from Coron. In high season, these flights cost 100 USD per person. These flights only fly on certain days, so make sure to check the possibilities.

From Puerto Princesa by Minivan

Upon your arrival at Puerto Princesa Airport, there are several shuttle vans waiting, ready to take you to El Nido. However, we do recommend spending the night in Puerto Princesa to get a shuttle the next morning.

Arrange a shuttle minivan everywhere in town or at your hotel. This usually includes pickup and dropoff at your hotel. It is a 5 – 6 hour rush drive to Puerto Princesa. Prepare yourself to get squeezed into a minivan. The shuttle van will cost you 500 – 700 PHP/pax (8.80 – 12.33 USD).

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From Puerto Princesa by bus

Another option is to take the local bus (RoRo or Cherry) to El Nido. It is more comfortable, but it takes 7-8 hours. Grab a tricycle (50PHP) to get you to the San Jose bus terminal outside of town (30 min). Please note that the bus schedules change continuously, so always double-check the time.

This seems to be the most popular company. Their prices for a bus ride are 380 PHP (6.70 USD) for a non-AC and 480 PHP (4.85 USD) for an AC bus.

  • Non-AC: 5am/7am/10am/5pm
  • AC: 9am/11am/1pm/3pm/7pm/9pm

RoRo Bus schedule to El Nido, Palawan

The price of the bus ride is 367 PHP for a non-AC and 483 PHP for an AC bus.

  • Non-AC: 4am/8am/12nn/4pm/8pm
  • AC: 6am/10am/2pm/6pm/10pm

From Puerto Princesa by Airplane

From Puerto Princesa, there is also a daily 35-minute flight to El Nido. Traveling from Puerto Princesa is what most visitors do.

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