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From El Nido to Palawan by bus

07:00
El Nido, Palawan
13:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
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07:20
El Nido, Palawan
13:20
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
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09:00
El Nido, Palawan
15:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
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09:20
El Nido, Palawan
15:20
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
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11:00
El Nido, Palawan
17:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
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13:00
El Nido, Palawan
19:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
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15:00
El Nido, Palawan
21:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
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17:00
El Nido, Palawan
23:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
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El Nido, Palawan
01:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
6h
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21:00
El Nido, Palawan
03:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
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From El Nido to Puerto Princesa by van

04:00
El Nido
09:30
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
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04:00
El Nido
10:00
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
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05:00
El Nido
10:30
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
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05:00
El Nido
11:00
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
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07:00
El Nido
12:30
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
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07:00
El Nido
13:00
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
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08:00
El Nido
13:30
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
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08:00
El Nido
14:00
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
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09:30
El Nido
15:00
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
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09:30
El Nido
15:30
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
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11:00
El Nido
16:30
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
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11:00
El Nido
17:00
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
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13:00
El Nido
18:30
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
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13:00
El Nido
19:00
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
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14:30
El Nido
20:00
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
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14:30
El Nido
20:30
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
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16:00
El Nido
21:30
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
 Instant
16:00
El Nido
22:00
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
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17:30
El Nido
23:00
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
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17:30
El Nido
23:30
Puerto Princesa Airport
6h
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20:30
El Nido
02:00
Puerto Princesa
5h 30m
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20:30
El Nido
02:30
Puerto Princesa Airport
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From El Nido any hotel to Puerto Princesa by taxi

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El Nido any hotel
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Puerto Princesa any hotel
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How to get from El Nido to Puerto Princesa

There are not so many options for travelling between El Nido to Puerto Princesa but all of them are pretty much straightforward.

What is the distance between El Nido and Puerto Princesa?

Puerto Princesa sits approximately 230 kilometres south of El Nido on Palawan Island. It can be reached via Puerto Princesa North Road.

How long does a ride to Puerto Princesa take?

Vans cover the distance between the two destinations in about 6 hours while buses may need up to 9 hours.

If you travel to Puerto Princesa airport, please note that it is further 40 km south from Puerto Princesa Town to the airport. Thus the travel time will be one hour longer.

How much does a trip cost?

No matter whether you travel by bus or van, to the town or to the airport, your trip will set you back roughly PHP600-PHP900.

How to get from El Nido to Puerto Princesa airport

This route is served by vans only. There are no big buses between El Nido and Puerto Princesa airport. If you prefer travelling by big bus, you will need to get to Puerto Princesa Town first and then to change for a taxi or a tricycle.

How long does it take to get to the airport from El Nido?

Normally it takes 6 hours to get to the airport by van. To be on the safe side, add one hour for unexpected en route delays.

What is the cost of the trip between El Nido and the airport?

Van seats cost about PHP700.

How to get from El Nido to Puerto Princesa by bus

Two bus companies operate daily trips from El Nido to Puerto Princesa from the same bus terminal – Corong-Corong on Rizal Street. They are Cherry Bus or Roro Bus. In Puerto Princesa, they arrive to San Jose Terminal.

How long do buses take to reach Puerto Princesa?

Though bus companies promise to bring you to Puerto Princesa in about 6 hours, the trip can take much longer – up to 9 hours if weather and traffic conditions are not favourable. This especially refers to travelling by day since some buses habitually pick up passengers along the way. Night trips usually take less time.

How much do bus tickets cost?

Tickets for an air-conditioned bus cost from PHP600 (regular class) to PHP900 (elite class).

Are their many bus departures from El Nido to Puerto Princesa?

There are departures every two hours in the morning till early afternoon and then several night departures with virtually no buses leaving between 1pm and 9pm.

Is it necessary to book tickets in advance?

It is highly recommended to book tickets for night buses in advance as the number of departures is limited. With daytime departures it is easier to get a seat though if not reserved in advance, non-aircon buses may be the only option you are left with.

Non-aircon buses are not recommended as there is a stretch of rather a rough dusty road between El Nido and Puerto Princesa that makes travelling with open windows a torture.

How to get from El Nido to Puerto Princesa by van

Taking a van to Puerto Princesa would be the most convenient option as vans can be booked in advance and normally travel faster than big buses.

Where do vans to Puerto Princesa depart from?

Vans depart from the Corong-Corong terminal – it is the same terminal which big buses use.

Are there many van departures a day?

Yes, there are. The first van leaves El Nido at 4am while the last one – at 8.30pm. Unlike buses, vans do not have an afternoon gap in their departure schedule.

How much does it cost to get from El Nido to Puerto Princesa by van?

No matter the van company you travel with, ticket prices are very much the same and are about PHP700.

Which van company to choose?

We recommend Lexxus Shuttle for their good service, scheduled departures and good safety record. You may want to consider Eulen Joy and Fort Wally Shuttle Services, too.

How much does the trip to Puerto Princesa Town last?

Travel time is between 5 and 6 hours.

Tips for bus & van travel from El Nido to Puerto Princesa

Vans may feel too cramped for a Western traveller. Try to get either the front seats next to the driver or the ones immediately behind the driver.

Sit on the right side of the vehicle to cast the last glance over a beautiful sea view when you leave El Nido.

There is an unpaved stretched of the road between El Nido and Puerto Princesa though it is not too long.

Both vans and buses make a short bathroom break during the trip where you will also be able to buy some snacks.

Passenger reviews out of total 1,956 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 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 9, 2019
bus Elite, Cherry Bus
★★★☆☆
The Price on this website is twice as much as at the station
Jan 7, 2019
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★☆
pros: with aircon, reclining seats, wifi onboard cons: many stops
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 24, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★☆
Nice journey with AC and confortable seats, But VERY loud music and movies during the 6h30
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
Nov 29, 2018
bus Regular, Cherry Bus
★★★★★
new bus, lot of space for feet, good aircon temp, nice driver
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 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 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 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.
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

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