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From El Nido to Palawan by bus

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El Nido, Palawan
13:00
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
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From El Nido to Puerto Princesa by van

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El Nido
09:30
Puerto Princesa
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El Nido
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Puerto Princesa Airport
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Puerto Princesa
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El Nido
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El Nido
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Puerto Princesa
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Puerto Princesa
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El Nido
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El Nido
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El Nido
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From El Nido any hotel to Puerto Princesa by taxi

Any
El Nido any hotel
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Puerto Princesa any hotel
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El Nido to Puerto Princesa Schedule

El Nido to Puerto Princesa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lexxus Shuttle Van 9pax Any time₱ 5,500
Lexxus Shuttle Regional 14pax 04:00 – 09:30₱ 650
Cherry Bus Regular 07:00 – 13:00₱ 595
Cherry Bus Elite 09:00 – 14:00₱ 795
Cherry Bus Regular 11:00 – 17:00₱ 445
Cherry Bus Regular 13:00 – 19:00₱ 445
Cherry Bus Regular 15:00 – 21:00₱ 595
Cherry Bus Regular 17:00 – 23:49₱ 445
Lexxus Shuttle Regional 14pax 16:00 – 21:30₱ 650
Cherry Bus Regular 19:00 – 01:00₱ 595
Cherry Bus Elite 21:00 – 02:00₱ 845
Lexxus Shuttle Regional 14pax 20:30 – 02:00₱ 650

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.

El Nido to Puerto Princesa destination reviews

2.7
77 customer reviews
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NM
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van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Dec 9, 2019
Take a flight guys please!!! Don't take these vans cos you really risk to do an accident. They run like crazy, no seat belts, 15 persons inside a van with a living space for 8. You don't enjoy the trip, too fast and you see nothing out of the window. But the most important thing is that drivers are really dangerous because of the speed.
MG
3
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Dec 3, 2019
On the way to El Nido from PP we just got the taxi at the airport (with a different company) which was a horrible ride with many stops for no apparent reason and it was already late at night. The ride with Lexxus was significantly better because the driver was very efficient which was important to us. Still minimal AC and a few stops to pick up different people. We haven't tried the bus, but I think you just have to be prepared for a long, drive unless you want to pay for the flight.
CZ
4
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Nov 30, 2019
Fast, nice driver, took a fruit shake for lunch which was nice. Drove like crazy tho.
DM
2
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Nov 25, 2019
In the ticket it said we should arrive 30 mins early, so we got to the bus station at 3.30 am, but the van arrived 30 minutes late, at 4:30 am, so we had to wait for 1 hour, the women at the counter was extremelly rude and unhelpful, she shouted at us whenever we asked and told us the van had an allowance of 30 mins of delay. When the van arrived it already had collected the rest of the passangers and we were left with separate spots to seat for 5 hours. Due to the delay and the lack of information we became anxious about losing the flight. At the end we arrived earlier than scheduled and everything was OK, but the service itself has room for improvement.
BS
2
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Sep 24, 2019
1. Not punctual, left El Nido at 9.30am, when my actual scheduled trip was at 8am 2. Driver stopped multiple locations to meet his friends and for him to eat
SA
5
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Sep 13, 2019
Drivers both ways were professionals. Fast, without driving reckless. They know every turn and road construction. Wonderful.
CS
2
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Jun 13, 2019
Better off taking the coach buses as they will likely be more comfortable. The driver of the vans continue to drop off and pick up passengers along the way, causing the journey to be extended by nearly 2 hours. They also pack the van fully and had more passengers than there were actual seats. For the amount of people stuffed inside the AC was not enough. Overall uncomfortable ride, however, the driver was nice enough to drop me off directly at my accommodation in Puerto Princesa.
AC
5
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, May 31, 2019
Good service. The Van is quite big and comfortable. Smooth travel though.
KL
3
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, May 15, 2019
Left 30 mins late. Also, there are additional charges when you use credit card, which did not reflect in the site or even in the receipt.
CJ
4
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Apr 24, 2019
The trip was safe and convenient. Courteous driver.
CP
2
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Apr 23, 2019
Arrived at 6:40am at Corong-Corong bus station for 7am departure to Puerto Princesa airport. Nobody from Lexxus was even at the bus station, just an empty desk. Other passengers were also waiting. A woman from another company called the Lexxus rep, who apparently told her the van would not leave until 8am. This was going to be too late for one of the passengers who had an earlier flight to catch. I took the rep's number and phoned her myself and told her we had booked and paid to be leaving at 7am, and that she better get there quickly. She arrived at about 5 minutes before 7, then pointed us to a van and driver that had been sitting there the whole time (obviously 8am was just when SHE wanted to come to work that day). Myself and 3 others got on the van, but we still did not depart. Apparently we were waiting for other passengers who hadn't turned up - surely this is not company policy? That we are supposed to just sit and wait for people to turn up whenever they feel like it? Eventually one late girl showed up at 7:30am. We still did not leave. I think we were waiting for other late people, but we said we needed to go. Finally left at about 7:40am. We stopped at a local food place on the way for lunch at about 11:30am. DO NOT EAT HERE. I had some noodles with pork and two mini spring rolls. I started feeling ill about an hour later. Made it to the airport and was then violently sick for the next few hours. I could not stop vomiting, tried sipping some water, threw it up repeatedly, also constant diarrhoea which has continued for two days afterwards. My flights home were horrendous, never been so ill. Made it to doctor who has diagnosed very severe food poisoning - I have been signed off work today, am writing this from very close to bathroom at home! I know the hygiene of the food prep is not Lexxus' fault, but perhaps there is somewhere else they could stop with better standards? The rep not turning up until actually phoned by a customer (using my own phone and money) and told to get to work is unacceptable, as is making passengers who arrived on time sit and wait for others who are late - especially when they have flights to catch.
WP
2
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Apr 14, 2019
Very uncomfortable old minibus, totally inadequate air-conditioning and poor suspension on the rough roads. The drivers regularly stopping to pick up passengers to make sure the bus is packed, even though this is supposed to be prohibited. Would not recommend this service.
SH
4
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Mar 8, 2019
Me and my friends were able to board an earlier van and so arrived quicker to our destination. Bumpy ride though. The driver was so kind and dropped us at our hotel.
RG
2
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Jan 2, 2019
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.
CD
5
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Dec 5, 2019
The driver John was very kind.
FL
5
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Nov 27, 2019
Very comfortable bus
DK
5
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Jun 5, 2019
Great
PL
5
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, May 12, 2019
Pro driver.
DN
5
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Mar 21, 2019
On time, good.
YV
2
van Regional 14pax, Lexxus Shuttle, Feb 23, 2019
There was no van, an other company picked me up

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