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Puerto Princesa at a glance

High season

March - May
Place you can't miss
Firefly watching
Local currency
PHP
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You won't ever get bored in a place like Puerto Princesa, a common favorite city among travelers. Puerto Princesa has a lot to offer the common traveler. The people are friendly, the restaurants are exceptional, and the bars overflow with alcohol. You really can’t ask for a lot more. Like other "connecting" cities, many travelers tend to think they should skip cities like Puerto Princesa without thinking twice. Instead of heading straight for the islands, you’ll want to spend a few days here and you won’t be sorry that you did. Take some tours, see the wildlife, and eat some delicious food. When you’re ready to continue with your trip, book a private or shared van to El Nido which will pick you up directly from your hotel.
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About the journey from El Nido to Puerto Princesa

Once you have soaked in all the natural beauty of El Nido in The Philippines, there is still lots that the island paradise of Palawan has to offer. Puerto Princesa is the capital of the island and is a recommended option when heading south from El Nido. One of the best activities to add to your bucket-list in Puerto Princesa is firefly watching. These river tours will allow you a night off from the bustle of the city for a tranquil and memorable experience.

The 173 kilometer (107 mile) distance between the Palawan cities of El Nido and Puerto Princesa are best traveled by bus or minivan. The quickest option for traveling from El Nido to Puerto Princesa is with the Tourist bus operated by Cherry bus, taking around 5.5 hours with some rest stops on the way. Traveling by minivan from El Nido to Puerto Princesa can take anywhere between 5.5 to 7 hours depending on the operator.

If you are happy to pay a few dollars more, the recommended option for traveling from El Nido to Puerto Princesa is by minivan. Eulen Joy Express, Lexxsus Palawan, and Fortwally offer the shortest journey time of 5.5 hours, while many operators have English speaking drivers, and a free cancellation or change policy up to 48 hours before departure.

After traveling from El Nido, it is worth taking a day or two to enjoy the fun atmosphere, authentic food, and friendly people of Puerto Princesa before heading out on an island-hopping adventure.

 

What to see when traveling from El Nido to Puerto Princesa

When traveling from El Nido to Puerto Princesa, the dusty roads will take you partially along the beautiful coastline, providing you with a tantalizing view of Palawan’s beaches and ocean. Between El Nido and Puerto Princesa, small quiet towns dot the route, such as Taytay, where you can roam around the 350-year old Fort Santa Isabel. Port Barton on the west side of the island between El Nido and Puerto Princesa offers many terrific beach spots as well as the Pumuayan Waterfalls for good photo opportunities and a cool dip.

 

What is the fastest way to travel from El Nido to Puerto Princesa?

The fastest way to travel from El Nido to Puerto Princesa is with the Tourist Bus operated by Cherry Bus which takes around 5.5 hours.

 

What is the cheapest way to travel from El Nido to Puerto Princesa?

Although all options are quite inexpensive, the Economy Bus service from El Nido to Puerto Princesa with Cherry Bus is the cheapest option, starting at around $9.

 

What is the most popular way to travel from El Nido to Puerto Princesa?

The most popular way to travel from El Nido to Puerto Princesa is with the standard minivan by Rems Katar Transport Service. This service also offers English speaking drivers so you can pass the time by chatting with a local.

 

How to get from El Nido to Puerto Princesa

Taking a bus from El Nido to Puerto Princesa

The bus from El Nido to Puerto Princesa is a cheap and comfortable way to travel between the two Palawan hotspots. The bus departs from El Nido Bus Terminal 5 times a day. 

Cherry Bus provides journeys by Economy or Tourist Bus which differ slightly in price and what they offer. The Economy Bus costs $9 per person, takes approximately 6.5 hours, and has no toilet facilities onboard. The Tourist Bus costs $16 per person, takes 5.5 hours, and has toilet facilities. Make sure to arrive at the bus pick up point 30 minutes before the departure time, as buses leave on the dot and will not wait for late passengers. Be aware that tickets are also non-refundable.

 

Bus stations that take you from Puerto Princesa to El Nido:

Departing from:

  • El Nido Bus Terminal

Arriving at:

  • San Jose New Market

 

Taking a standard minivan from El Nido to Puerto Princesa

Traveling by minivan from El Nido to Puerto Princesa is a convenient and inexpensive way to make the journey. A good range of cost and minivan class options are available, with prices starting at $11 per person. Minivan operators depart at least 2 times a day from El Nido, although many depart more often. 

If you want to choose your own departure time and pick up location, there is also the option to book a private transfer which can take up to 10 people and starts at a total price of $109. It is important to note that if you do not specifically book a private transfer, you may be sharing the minivan with other travelers.

 

Minivan pick ups in El Nido

  • El Nido Transport Terminal
  • El Nido Bus Terminal
  • Lio Tourism Estate
  • Any hotel

 

Minivan drop offs in Puerto Princesa

  • Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS)
  • San Jose Terminal

 

Which operators can I book with for a ride from El Nido to Puerto Princesa? 

El Nido to Puerto Princesa bus operators:

  • Cherry Bus

 

El Nido to Puerto Princesa minivan operators:

  • Camarih Transport 
  • Diskubre Transport
  • Eulen Joy Express
  • Fortwally
  • Lexxsus Palawan 
  • Rems Katar Transport Service

 

How many departures are there from El Nido to Puerto Princesa each day?

There are approximately 37 departures from El Nido to Puerto Princesa by bus and minivan daily, in addition to the private transfers.

 

What is the best time of year to visit El Nido?

The best time of year to visit El Nido is during the driest months from December to May. If you want to avoid the hottest and busiest months in El Nido, it is recommended to visit before March.

 

When is the best time of year to visit Puerto Princesa?

Like El Nido, the best time to visit Puerto Princesa is in the dry season between December and May. Months before March are a more comfortable temperature and offer calm waters that are perfect for island-hopping.