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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 2 hours 30 minutes)
17:30
XCN Coron Pier, Busuanga
04:30
MNL Manila North Harbor Pier 4
11h
Instant
Total duration
17h 30m

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 2 hours 35 minutes)
#Z2431
15:35
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
17:00
MNL Manila Airport
1h 25m
Instant
Total duration
10h
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 50 minutes)
19:50
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
21:05
MNL Manila Airport
1h 15m
Instant
Total duration
12h 5m
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
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+ferry joint ticket

04:00
El Nido
10:00
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
Instant
Change stations. Take a taxi (fees apply) - 5 minute, 2.7 km (Next departure after 2 hours 30 minutes)
12:30
PPS Puerto Princesa Port, Palawan
12:30
MNL Manila North Harbor Pier 4
1d
Instant
Total duration
1d 8h 30m

From El Nido to Manila by van+flight joint ticket

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 5 hours)
#5J636
14:30
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
16:00
MNL Manila Airport
1h 30m
Instant
Total duration
12h
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 2 hours 35 minutes)
#Z2431
15:35
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
17:00
MNL Manila Airport
1h 25m
Instant
Total duration
10h
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 20 minutes)
#5J644
15:50
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
17:20
MNL Manila Airport
1h 30m
Instant
Total duration
10h 20m
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 50 minutes)
19:50
PPS Puerto Princesa Airport
21:05
MNL Manila Airport
1h 15m
Instant
Total duration
11h 35m
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 1,715 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.

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...