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From El Nido Ferry Terminal to Manila by ferry+flight joint ticket

06:00
El Nido Ferry Terminal, Palawan
10:00
Coron Port, Busuanga
4h
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 38 minute, 19.2 km (Next departure after 3 hours 40 minutes)
#DG6046
13:40
USU Busuanga Airport, Coron
15:10
MNL Manila Airport
1h 30m
 Instant
Total duration
9h 10m

From El Nido Ferry Terminal to Manila by ferry+ferry joint ticket

11:00
El Nido Ferry Terminal, Palawan
15:00
Coron Port, Busuanga
4h
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 7 minute, 3.5 km (Next departure after 5 hours)
20:00
XCN Coron Pier Uson, Busuanga
07:00
MNL Manila North Harbor Pier 4
11h
 Instant
Total duration
20h

From El Nido to Manila by bus+flight joint ticket

07:00
El Nido, Palawan
13:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 3 hours 35 minutes)
#5J648
16:35
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
18:05
MNL Manila Airport
1h 30m
 Instant
Total duration
11h 5m
07:20
El Nido, Palawan
13:20
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 3 hours 15 minutes)
#5J648
16:35
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
18:05
MNL Manila Airport
1h 30m
 Instant
Total duration
10h 45m
09:00
El Nido, Palawan
15:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 4 hours 5 minutes)
19:05
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
20:20
MNL Manila Airport
1h 15m
 Instant
Total duration
11h 20m
09:20
El Nido, Palawan
15:20
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 3 hours 5 minutes)
18:25
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
19:30
MNL Manila Airport
1h 5m
 Instant
Total duration
10h 10m
11:00
El Nido, Palawan
17:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 2 hours 50 minutes)
19:50
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
20:55
MNL Manila Airport
1h 5m
 Instant
Total duration
9h 55m
17:00
El Nido, Palawan
23:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 6 hours 30 minutes)
#5J6408
05:30
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
06:55
MNL Manila Airport
1h 25m
 Instant
Total duration
13h 55m
19:00
El Nido, Palawan
01:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 4 hours 30 minutes)
#5J6408
05:30
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
06:55
MNL Manila Airport
1h 25m
 Instant
Total duration
11h 55m
21:00
El Nido, Palawan
03:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 2 hours 30 minutes)
#5J6408
05:30
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
06:55
MNL Manila Airport
1h 25m
 Instant
Total duration
9h 55m

From El Nido to Manila by van+flight joint ticket

04:00
El Nido
10:00
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Walk - 15 minute, 1000 m (Next departure after 2 hours 50 minutes)
12:50
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
13:55
MNL Manila Airport
1h 5m
 Instant
Total duration
9h 55m
04:00
El Nido
09:30
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after )
#5J636
06:20
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
07:50
MNL Manila Airport
1h 30m
 Instant
Total duration
3h 50m
05:00
El Nido
11:00
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Walk - 15 minute, 1000 m (Next departure after 3 hours 10 minutes)
#2P2786
14:10
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
15:10
MNL Manila Airport
1h
 Instant
Total duration
10h 10m
05:00
El Nido
10:30
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 3 hours 40 minutes)
#2P2786
14:10
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
15:10
MNL Manila Airport
1h
 Instant
Total duration
10h 10m
07:00
El Nido
13:00
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Walk - 15 minute, 1000 m (Next departure after 3 hours 35 minutes)
#5J648
16:35
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
18:05
MNL Manila Airport
1h 30m
 Instant
Total duration
11h 5m
07:00
El Nido
12:30
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 3 hours 25 minutes)
#5J644
15:55
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
17:25
MNL Manila Airport
1h 30m
 Instant
Total duration
10h 25m
08:00
El Nido
14:00
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Walk - 15 minute, 1000 m (Next departure after 2 hours 30 minutes)
#2P2788
16:30
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
17:30
MNL Manila Airport
1h
 Instant
Total duration
9h 30m
08:00
El Nido
13:30
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 3 hours)
#2P2788
16:30
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
17:30
MNL Manila Airport
1h
 Instant
Total duration
9h 30m
09:30
El Nido
15:30
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Walk - 15 minute, 1000 m (Next departure after 2 hours 55 minutes)
18:25
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
19:30
MNL Manila Airport
1h 5m
 Instant
Total duration
10h
09:30
El Nido
15:00
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 4 hours 5 minutes)
19:05
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
20:20
MNL Manila Airport
1h 15m
 Instant
Total duration
10h 50m
11:00
El Nido
17:00
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Walk - 15 minute, 1000 m (Next departure after 2 hours 50 minutes)
19:50
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
20:55
MNL Manila Airport
1h 5m
 Instant
Total duration
9h 55m
11:00
El Nido
16:30
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 3 hours 20 minutes)
19:50
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
20:55
MNL Manila Airport
1h 5m
 Instant
Total duration
9h 55m
16:00
El Nido
22:00
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Walk - 15 minute, 1000 m (Next departure after 7 hours 30 minutes)
#5J6408
05:30
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
06:55
MNL Manila Airport
1h 25m
 Instant
Total duration
14h 55m
16:00
El Nido
21:30
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 8 hours)
#5J6408
05:30
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
06:55
MNL Manila Airport
1h 25m
 Instant
Total duration
14h 55m
17:30
El Nido
23:30
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Walk - 15 minute, 1000 m (Next departure after 6 hours)
#5J6408
05:30
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
06:55
MNL Manila Airport
1h 25m
 Instant
Total duration
13h 25m
17:30
El Nido
23:00
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 6 hours 30 minutes)
#5J6408
05:30
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
06:55
MNL Manila Airport
1h 25m
 Instant
Total duration
13h 25m
20:30
El Nido
02:30
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
 Instant
Change stations. Walk - 15 minute, 1000 m (Next departure after 3 hours)
#5J6408
05:30
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
06:55
MNL Manila Airport
1h 25m
 Instant
Total duration
10h 25m
20:30
El Nido
02:00
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
 Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 10 minute, 4.9 km (Next departure after 3 hours 30 minutes)
#5J6408
05:30
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
06:55
MNL Manila Airport
1h 25m
 Instant
Total duration
10h 25m

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 4,746 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

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.

Jan 21, 2019
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★☆☆☆
Biggest shit show trying to get on this ferry.
Jan 21, 2019
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★☆☆☆☆
Very bad experience. Ferry is old, not clean... situation with restroom is horible, dirty and and there is no flushing system.
Jan 19, 2019
bus Elite, Cherry Bus
★★★★☆
Too cold in the morning but ok in the afternoon with the sun
Jan 17, 2019
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★☆
Everything perfect except for bumpy roads and mosquitoes, which I know sometimes can't be avoided. Cherry staff were all excellent. Will never use the small vans again.
Jan 16, 2019
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★☆☆☆
-No safety briefing or any instructions on where life vests, rafts, or exits are. -Air conditioning broke down for an hour but was at least fixed. -Seats are crazy uncomfortable and old. Cushion is very thin for 5 hours on a bouncing boat. Most seats are missing handles in front to hold onto in rough waters. These seats make Air Asia seats seem luxurious. -Toilets lacked toilet paper and the floor was full of water. Also lacked toilet seats so anyone sitting down had to hover or fall in. -If you're not a budget back packer and can afford it, fly instead. Only reason I didn't was there was no flights the day I needed to leave.
Jan 11, 2019
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★★☆☆
Does the job. Pretty ruff conditions and delayed a little longer than expected but that can’t be helped.
Jan 9, 2019
bus Elite, Cherry Bus
★★★☆☆
The Price on this website is twice as much as at the station
Jan 8, 2019
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★☆☆☆
Voucher exchange - poor signage, poor queuing and passenger/bag management Pier - poor lighting, unsafe at 6am Seating - dangerous, no safety briefing, no lifejacket discussion, random objects (like a TV!) looming over passengers ready to fall Ventilation - up front, very cold, but beats the hot experience others felt Time - I had anticipated the longer time, but only through third-hand research Ride - I had anticipated the rough ride, crew response tepid, periodic captain announcements and location updates may have eased many passenger anxieties Provide premium seats, and warnings about ferry experience from different parts of the cabin. I don't think you'll have a shortage of passengers, just be honest Main feedback - communication will do wonders where capital expense may be limited Glad you didn't cancel or delay the ride
Jan 7, 2019
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★☆
pros: with aircon, reclining seats, wifi onboard cons: many stops
Jan 6, 2019
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★★★☆
Confortable chairs. On the boat they have plastic bags and toilet paper in case you feel sick ;)
Jan 4, 2019
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★★☆☆
The ferry was to hot causing people to go down with heat stroke. It needs fans or air conditioning fitting as a safety measure before someone gets seriously ill.
Jan 4, 2019
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★★★☆
inside was very stuffy
Jan 3, 2019
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★☆☆☆
Too strong AC, old ship, not comfortable at all
Jan 2, 2019
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★★★☆
First impression was bad due to posponed trip ( we loose one day in Coron) and old ferry. Once in the big wawes the crew and the boats itself worked great.
Jan 2, 2019
van Regional, Lexxus Shuttle
★★☆☆☆
The ride and van were comfortable. My online booking was convenient and the lady at the terminal had my infomation. However, the entire ordeal was a disaster. The actual driver did not show up. There was no backup plan in place. There was no management to contact. A Filipino traveler eventually helped us get onto another service at 11:30, a full 2hours after our original time of departure. I have traveled through SE Asia and am pretty flexible about traffic delays, tire checks, oil. Etc. This was ridiculous. And there was no communication of information. Also, the company needs to charge people with large luggage on site.
Dec 28, 2018
bus Elite, Cherry Bus
★★★★★
Great trip and driver
Dec 26, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★★★☆
When getting in line it was very confusing where to go, and only one person was reviewing the documents, It took time. Every thing else good
Dec 24, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★☆
Nice journey with AC and confortable seats, But VERY loud music and movies during the 6h30
Dec 20, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★☆☆☆
Quite expensive for less comfort and no free drinks or food. 5 Hours is long. Instead our flight between Coron and El Nido was truly a heaven and only 15 euros extra.
Dec 16, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★☆☆☆
Viajem demorou mais 1 hora que estipulado. Ferry demasiado velho, mal cheiroso e desconfortável. Sentia-se o cheiro do combustivel toda a viajem. Apenas uma wc, suja que dava vomitos. Tripulação simpática
Dec 11, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★☆☆
Bus is fine but there is no wifi.
Dec 8, 2018
bus Elite, Cherry Bus
★★★★★
On time, Perfect
Dec 7, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★☆
Bus war nicht voll und deshalb hatte fast jeder 2 Sitze. Klimaausgänge konnten zugemacht werden war aber nicht nötig.
Dec 6, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★☆☆☆
The bus was so cold.
Dec 3, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★☆
quite low aircon temp, no movie entertainment, otherwise ok
Dec 2, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★★★☆
Ferry check in was smooth. The ride itself was choppy. Space within the ferry was fine, a bit outdated.
Nov 29, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★★
new bus, lot of space for feet, good aircon temp, nice driver
Nov 28, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★★★☆
On time, efficient, easy. Boat is very old and dated but still comfortable.
Nov 27, 2018
bus Elite, Cherry Bus
★★★★★
Spacious seats, great aircon, movies and a safe driver. Was a very comfortable trip. I paid the extra for and aircon bus. Would definitely recommend doing so.
Nov 22, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★★
Lovely big coach with air con, and good tv, and free wifi on board. Very luxury compared to other vans...
Nov 21, 2018
bus Elite, Cherry Bus
★★★★★
Amazing driver. Super comfortable
Nov 20, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★★★☆
Pleasant and clean.
Nov 14, 2018
bus Elite, Cherry Bus
★★★★★
So nice, cool and comfortable. If you are going to make the long trip. Make sure you use this. There are toilets on board and seats are comfortable.
Nov 11, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★☆
The bus was nice and comfortable compare to Van shuttle. But it was late by 50 mins.
Nov 11, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★☆
Air con was good, hardly any one on bus which was nice. They even put a movie on! Got to Puerto very quickly so I was happy because I had a flight to catch. Would book again!
Nov 9, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★★
Pleasant trip with air condition and punctual, two movies were shown throughout the journey
Nov 9, 2018
bus Elite, Cherry Bus
★★★★★
Exceeded our expectations!! Never travelled by such a comfortable bus with sooo much room for legs, perfect :)!!
Nov 8, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★★★★
Very good service! Organizei, on time and the space inside the ferry is not bad at all! I totally recommend the ferry trip and would do it again if I ever come back!
Nov 6, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★☆
Driver could take less break's and get you those quicker
Nov 3, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★☆
Road is really bumpy, but that's not Cherry's fault.
Oct 27, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★★
We were just two on the bus and the trip happened anyway! Very good seats with space and comfortable; nice air conditioning as well! The bus left on time and arrive on time as well. I recommend!
Oct 18, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★★★★
Smooth travel
Oct 14, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★☆
Tv was too loud, and it was very loud. Otherwise trip was suprisingly pleasant
Sep 26, 2018
van Regional, Lexxus Shuttle
★★★★☆
Our driver was very good and was extremely courteous and helpful.
Sep 7, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★★★★
fast travel
Aug 27, 2018
van Regional, Recaro Transport
★★★★☆
Worked for us. The driver was going a bit fast though and they really know how to fit people in this little van. However since we needed onwards transportation from Port Barton to St. Vincente the driver was very helpfull to arrange a boat for us - at a slightly increased rate compared to the "normal" fair though.
Aug 23, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★★
On time. Friendly staff.
Aug 4, 2018
van Regional, Lexxus Shuttle
★★★★★
All ok. Good services
Aug 1, 2018
ferry High Speed Ferry, Montenegro Lines
★★★★☆
The check-in is very smooth, though we are asked to line up again to pay the 25pesos terminal fee, hope that this process can be streamline to one time line up both for checking in and terminal payment. We have a very smooth sailing, the staff took initiative to bring in & out our luggages quickly, seats are comfortable, the store for food & bev is a bit inconvinient as it is placed in a restricted area on the upper level of the ferry...toilets are clean... the ferry is clean...

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