A beautiful view from within central El Nido-mobile

How to get from
Puerto Princesa to El Nido

About the journey from Puerto Princesa to El Nido

El Nido is the perfect destination to relax after enjoying the lively atmosphere of Puerto Princesa. El Nido provides the best of the island nation’s nature and beauty spots for travelers seeking to explore while on a budget; in this case it’s true that the best things in life are free (or at least very affordable!) 

You can take the 173 kilometer (107 mile) journey north from Puerto Princesa to El Nido by bus or minivan. The quickest option for travel between Puerto Princesa and El Nido is with the Tourist Bus by Cherry Bus which takes approximately 5.5 hours. If you prefer going by minivan, there are many providers to choose from with a range of prices and journey lengths.

Both travel options from Puerto Princesa to El Nido have pros and cons, but the preferred mode of travel is by minivan with Rems Katar Transport Service. This journey has English speaking staff, rest/toilet stops for convenience, and start at around $11 for a single journey.

Once you arrive in El Nido you will be more than ready to lounge on the white sand beaches, discover the “secret” lagoon or dive into the clear blue ocean to explore the exotic creatures that live there

 

What to see when traveling from Puerto Princesa to El Nido

The approximate half-day spent on your journey from Puerto Princesa will give you the time to settle in and enjoy your first evening in El Nido.

The thin stretch of island that you travel on from Puerto Princesa to El Nido allows you to look out on the serene water; almost tempting you to plunge in headfirst! See if you can spot the nearby islands dotted on the horizon… they may be worth visiting. Towns are relatively small and separated by mountainous jungle and long expanses of beach. Relax and enjoy the nature and rich wildlife that separates these two cities of Palawan island.

 

How to get from Puerto Princesa to El Nido

Taking a bus 

The bus from Puerto Princesa to El Nido is a comfortable and affordable option, starting at around $9 per person. Bus services from Puerto Princesa to El Nido are run by Cherry Bus and Roro Bus. Depending on which service you choose, amenities such as Wi-Fi, toilet facilities, and TV are available. All services provide air conditioning, and some provide rest stops along the way. 

The departure location at San Jose New Market in Puerto Princesa is central and easy to get to, while the drop off location at El Nido Bus Terminal sits very close to Corong Corong Beach where you will find places to eat and guest houses to stay the night. 

Taking a minivan 

Traveling from Puerto Princesa to El Nido by minivan is a good option if you want the flexibility of more departure times and private bookings. All minivan pickups happen at Puerto Princesa International Airport, which is close and easy to get to from the city center. 

Different minivan operators have different rules for refunds or changing tickets, so be sure to check the policy of the specific operator before booking. Many minivan operators now have English speaking drivers to allow you to chat and get recommendations for what to see and do on the island during your journey. 

You can book a private journey from certain operators for a group of up to 10 people, ensuring flexible departure times and no chance of picking up other travelers during the journey. 

 

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

The best time of year to visit Puerto Princesa is during the dry season between December and May. The high season in Puerto Princesa is between March and May when the island is at its busiest and temperatures soar to around 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Visiting before March will ensure a comfortable temperature and a better chance of peace and quiet.

 

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

No matter what time of year you visit, El Nido will always be worth the trip. But if you want to make the most of your outdoor explorations and the beautiful wildlife on the northern coast, the dry season between December and May gives you the best chance.

Travel Schedule Options from Puerto Princesa to El Nido

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Puerto Princesa to El Nido Trip Overview

Distance174 km (108.8 miles)
Price range$11-$298
Ride Duration Range5h-6h 30m
Earliest Departure16:00
Latest Departure23:00

The quickest and most affordable way to travel north from Puerto Princesa to El Nido is by tourist bus. The scenic journey takes about 5 to 6 hours and provides rest stops in between. Bring your camera and beach gear to El Nido as there is plenty to see and do. El Nido is known for its turquoise waters, limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and coral reefs. The best time to visit El Nido is between January and April.

Taking a minivan from Puerto Princesa to El Nido

Fastest minivan: 5h

Cheapest minivan: $12

The fastest: 5h

The cheapest: $12

Pros

Inexpensive

Great drivers and service

Central departure location

Many departure times

Cons

Few amenities offered - only basic necessities

Possibly cramped cabin

Dusty landscape

Bumpy roads

POSSIBLE AMENITIES:

A/C

English Speaking Staff

The fastest: 5h

The cheapest: $13

Pros

Inexpensive

Smooth bus ride

Central terminal locations

Comfortable seats

Cons

Non refundable

Shared bus: possibly noisy and crowded

Long rest stops

Bumpy roads

POSSIBLE AMENITIES:

A/C

WC

English Speaking Staff

TV

A beautiful view from within central El Nido

About the ride from Puerto Princesa to El Nido

Puerto Princesa to El Nido Route Information

The distance between Puerto Princesa and El Nido is 109 miles, or approximately 174 kilometers.

There are 2 ways to get from Puerto Princesa to El Nido, including van,bus.

The earliest departure leaves at 16:00 and has a duration of 6 hours.

The fastest way to travel is by minivan, which takes approximately 5 hours.

Depending on how you choose to travel, the following amenities are available: .

Puerto Princesa to El Nido by van

  • Starting Price: $11.75
  • 654 departures a day, or 4578 departures a week

There are 2 travel classes for this journey, including: Standard and Tourist.

Each van ticket offers an individual seat with basic passenger necessities. Conditions and amenities vary by provider. For more detailed information and availability see all options.

Puerto Princesa to El Nido by bus

  • Starting Price: $13.04
  • 114 departures a day, or 798 departures a week

There are 5 travel classes for this journey, including: Economy, Standard, VIP, Coaster and Elite.

Each bus ticket offers an individual seat with basic passenger necessities. Conditions and amenities vary by provider. For more detailed information and availability see all options.

Companies Operating from Puerto Princesa to El Nido

Average time

5h - 5h 30m

Average price

$12

(52)

Average time

5h 30m - 6h 30m

Average price

$11 - $13

(174)

Average time

5h

Average price

$13

(378)

Average time

5h - 6h

Average price

$12

(330)

Average time

5h

Average price

$298

Popular stations and stops in Puerto Princesa and El Nido

Departure stations in Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS)

Puerto Princesa City - Any hotel

Irawan Bus Terminal

San Jose Terminal

Puerto Princesa

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Arrival stations in El Nido

El Nido Bus Terminal

Eulen Joy Van Bus Booking Office

Lio Tourism Estate

Lio Beach - Any hotel

El Nido - Any hotel

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