If you need to get from Puerto Princesa to El Nido your choice is rather limited: you can opt either for a bus or a shuttle van.
How far is El Nido from Puerto Princesa?
The distance between Puerto Princesa and El Nido is approximately 230 kilometres.
How long does a trip from Puerto Princesa to El Nido take?
You will need between 5 hours and 9 hours to get to El Nido.
What is the price of tickets for the Puerto Princesa–El Nido trip?
The ticket price depends on your choice of transportation but expect to shell out from PHP500 one way.
How to get to El Nido from Puerto Princesa airport
Puerto Princesa airport is a gateway to the island of Palawan and sits slightly to the north of the centre of the island. El Nido, also on Palawan, is located in the northern part of the island. To get to El Nido, take a regular shuttle van from the airport – try Lexxus Shuttle.
How often do vans depart from the airport?
There are regular departures every hour and a half or every two hours depending on the time of the day.
How much do tickets cost?
Tickets normally cost under PHP700.
How long does a trip from Puerto Princesa airport to El Nido takes?
The trip takes between 6 and 7 hours. The airport is located some 40 km south of the city of Puerto Princesa, and the major part of the road leading up north to the city is quite winding. Thus it takes about one hour longer to get to El Nido from the airport than from the city of Puerto Princesa.
A word of warning
There are different vans waiting for passengers outside the airport building. They come to meet each flight and depart for El Nido only when full. In certain cases this can mean hours (!) of waiting as if there are not enough passengers, drivers will wait for the next flight. It is important that you realize this especially if you are pressed of time.
How to get from Puerto Princesa Town to El Nido by bus
The Puerto Princesa-El Nido route is served by big buses, too. There are both air-conditioned and non-aircon buses; some offer on-board entertainment systems and even Wi-Fi.
Where do buses to El Nido depart from?
Buses to El Nido depart from San Jose Terminal.
How much time does a bus need to get to El Nido from Puerto Princesa?
Bussing to El Nido takes from 6 to 9 hours.
Which companies ply the route between Puerto Princesa and El Nido?
There are only two companies that operate big buses between Puerto Princesa and El Nido: Roro and Cherry Bus.
What is the bus fare to El Nido?
The fare generally ranges between PHP600 and PHP900, depending on the bus class. There are regular and elite class buses.
Are there many departures during the day?
Buses usually run every 2 hours with the first bus departing at 4am and the last bus at 10pm.
Are there night buses from Puerto Princesa to El Nido?
Yes, there are night buses but some of them arrive somewhat inconveniently in the small hours – between 2am and 4am. It means that you probably won’t save any bucks on a hotel room, alas.
How to get from Puerto Princesa to El Nido by van
Vans from Puerto Princesa town to El Nido depart frequently and are operated by a number of companies. The majority of the vans depart from the same bus terminal which serves big buses – San Jose.
What are the popular van operators between Puerto Princesa and El Nido?
The most popular operators are Eulen Joy, Fort Wally Shuttle Services, and Lexxus Shuttle.
How long does a van travel to El Nido last?
Vans are the quickest way to get to El Nido – expect the trip to last about 5 hours.
How much do van tickets cost?
Van tickets to El Nido from Puerto Princesa cost PHP600-PHP700.
Travelling to El Nido by bus or van? Read these simple tips
Sit on the left side of the bus or van if you are traveling during the daytime and you will be rewarded with a view of the sea as you approach El Nido.
There is a short stretch of a relatively rough road between Puerto Princesa and El Nido – hence the travel time.
All buses and vans make a stop about halfway between Puerto Princesa and Port Barton for a quick meal and toilet.