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From El Nido to Manila by van+flight joint ticket

04:00
El Nido, Mimaropa
09:30
Puerto Princesa, Mimaropa
5h 30m
Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 5 hours)
#5J636
14:30
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport, Mimaropa
16:00
MNL Manila Airport
1h 30m
Instant
Total duration
12h
07:00
El Nido, Mimaropa
12:30
Puerto Princesa, Mimaropa
5h 30m
Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 3 hours 20 minutes)
#5J644
15:50
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport, Mimaropa
17:20
MNL Manila Airport
1h 30m
Instant
Total duration
10h 20m
09:30
El Nido, Mimaropa
15:00
Puerto Princesa, Mimaropa
5h 30m
Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 4 hours 50 minutes)
19:50
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport, Mimaropa
21:05
MNL Manila Airport
1h 15m
Instant
Total duration
11h 35m
11:00
El Nido, Mimaropa
16:30
Puerto Princesa, Mimaropa
5h 30m
Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 3 hours 10 minutes)
#Z2421
19:40
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport, Mimaropa
21:05
MNL Manila Airport
1h 25m
Instant
Total duration
10h 5m

From El Nido to Manila by van+ferry joint ticket

13:00
El Nido, Mimaropa
18:30
Puerto Princesa, Mimaropa
5h 30m
Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 5 km (Next departure after 5 hours 29 minutes)
23:59
PPS Puerto Princesa Port, Palawan
07:34
MNL Manila North Harbor Pier 4
1d 7h 35m
Instant
Total duration
1d 18h 34m
14:30
El Nido, Mimaropa
20:00
Puerto Princesa, Mimaropa
5h 30m
Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 5 km (Next departure after 3 hours 59 minutes)
23:59
PPS Puerto Princesa Port, Palawan
07:34
MNL Manila North Harbor Pier 4
1d 7h 35m
Instant
Total duration
1d 17h 4m

How to get from El Nido to Manila

There are several ways to travel from El Nido to Manila. The quickest and the most straightforward one is to book a direct flight to the country's capital. Not surprisingly, this convenience comes at a price. A cheaper option is to take a boat to Coron or travel by land to Puerto Princesa where you can board a plane or a ship back to Manila.

The distance between El Nido and Manila is roughly 620 kilometres. With flight time just about 1 hour 15 minutes. On the other hand, if you decide to fly from Puerto Princesa, add extra 5–9 hours to get there first. If departing from Coron, you will have to allocate between 3.5 and 9 hours for your sea journey. This is on top of your travel time to Manila depending on whether you choose to go by air or water. For more details on this, please refer to the dedicated article.

The convenience of hopping on a plane and flying straight to Manila will cost you anywhere between PHP6,300 and PHP8,300. In contrast, leaving Palawan through Coron or Puerto Princesa might be somewhat cheaper. It will probably cost around PHP5,000-PHP4,000 respectively.

Flights from El Nido to Manila

Depending on the air tariff, ticket prices for the El Nido-to-Palawan itinerary generally range within PHP6,300-PHP8,300. Premium and value seats already include a 10-kilogram free check-in luggage on top of the 7-kilogram laptop bag or handbag that you can carry onboard. Tickets under the budget or promo category don't include check-in luggage but you can purchase up to 20-kilogram for PHP400.

Currently, only AirSwift offers daily roundtrip commercial flights between El Nido and Manila. They don't announce seat sales as frequently as the low cost airlines but they do run promotions from time to time. In order to get first dibs when this happens, you can follow their social media accounts.

AirSwift can get you to Manila from El Nido in just 1 hour 15 minutes. On average, flying from anywhere in Palawan will take roughly the same amount of time.

Buses from El Nido to Puerto Princesa

If you're not flying via AirSwift, you can exit Palawan either through Puerto Princesa or Coron where you can board a plane or ship bound for Manila.

There are two bus companies with regular trips from El Nido to Puerto Princesa: Cherry and Roro buses. The latter has the same name as roll-on-roll-off buses but in fact is a different transport company and you are not going to board a ferry when travelling with them.

Depending on the bus, you can get to Puerto Princesa from El Nido in 6 to 9 hours. Ordinary buses are usually the slowest as they make frequent stops to pick up passengers along the way. Just outside El Nido the road is quite rough but this uneven stretch is relatively short. Remember that there are no onboard toilets though the bus does make two bathroom stops in Taytay and Rizal.

Buses for Puerto Princesa depart El Nido every 2 hours on a daily basis. The earliest Roro bus leaves at 4am with the last bus departing at 10pm. The first Cherry bus leaves at 5am with their last trip scheduled at 9pm. You can book tickets in advance or at the station on the same day. Cancellations are extremely rare.

Locals seem to recommend Cherry more often than Roro although we don't see that much of a difference. Probably the reason for this is that Cherry’s buses are generally newer. Take a note that neither ordinary nor A/C buses serve meals onboard; and WiFi – even if announced – usually does not work or works poorly. Better eat prior to your trip or grab a quick snack when the bus stops in Taytay and Rizal.

Another option to reach Puerto Princesa from El Nido is to take a shuttle van. It is quite a convenient option and a faster option though slightly more expensive. You can arrange pickup at your hotel or head to the terminal. Since vans do not make frequent stops, travel time is only about 5 hours and tickets cost between PHP500 and PHP700.

Ferries from El Nido to Coron

Ferry ticket prices from El Nido to Coron vary depending on the type of the vessel but in any case should not cost over PHP1,750. The length of your travel also depends on the vessel and the weather conditions. Outrigger boats are the slowest – expect to spend up to 9 hours on your journey. Passenger or cargo ships are slightly faster and can save you around an hour compared to outrigger boats. The fastest way to cross the sea between El Nido and Coron is the FastCraft which takes only about 3.5 hours.

There are daily trips from El Nido to Coron. The outrigger boats, Bunso and Jessabel, depart the port between 7.30 and 8.30 am while the FastCraft leaves at 6 am. The passenger/cargo ship MV May Lillies sails only once a week departing El Nido every Wednesday at 7.30 am. Cancellation can happen when the weather conditions are bad so it's best to have a contingency plan.

The boats don't offer much in terms of amenities that you expect from bigger ships. However, they do serve lunch and what we had was actually quite good. It comes with dessert and a bottle of water. If you are taking the outrigger boat, bring sunscreen and enough water to keep you hydrated. If you are prone to seasickness, we advise taking meds beforehand.

Passenger reviews out of total 319 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

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Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
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Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Mar 25, 2018
van Regional, Lexxus Shuttle
★★★☆☆
How is it possible that in 11-places van were 12 passangers? I paid for my own place, not for sharing place with someone else. I had the joy of sitting down at the back. And on the three places we sat four adults. Great dissapointment. Fortunately, despite the morning's delay in El nido, we arrived to Puerto princessa in time.
Jan 15, 2018
van Regional, Lexxus Shuttle
★★☆☆☆
The driver drove very fast, causing the journey to be very unpleasant. Tight windy roads that were very bumpy he was speeding down. Beeping At anyone that got in his way, nearly caused accident twice. Wasn’t clear how long for dinner and only stopped once. We travelled from princessa to El Nido a few days earlier and that trip was great. Couldn’t have been far from different!
Oct 23, 2017
van Regional, Lexxus Shuttle
★★☆☆☆
When I arrived at the corong corong terminal, the handler said I booked for 9:30AM. On my voucher it was really writter 8AM... The lunch break is bad, really bad place, bad food and too expensive for what it is, you better skip lunch. It's a place where many vans go to, as it was the place to have lunch... The driver's driving was OK, little bit fast, but I don't mind. Finally arrived at Puerto Princesa around 3PM, as we had to stop/pick up/drop people several times. I recommend to book this shuttle if you are not in a hurry, price is fair compare to other companies, Vans have cooling systems, drivers are good and space inside is OK.
Aug 7, 2017
van Regional, Lexxus Shuttle
★★★☆☆
we went to the lexxus terminal but people there were confused. they told us our schedule is 1pm but in our voucher, which we booked is 8am. and so they asked a different van to cater to us. the van is small not like the one we rode going from puerto princesa to el nido which is spacious. this van going el nido to puerto princesa is not spacious. the driver drove very, very, very fast that for every curve in the road my cheek would stick very tightly close to the glass of the van or my head would bump very hard on it. i would sway very hard to the right and left for every curve. after that ride, i felt sick. it feels like i went into a boxing match or i did a one whole day activity in a gym. but, good thing, we left 9:30am and reached puerto princesa at 2:30pm.