How to get in El Nido, Palawan

How to get in El Nido, Palawan

How to get in El Nido, Palawan

So, you’re planning to head to El Nido? Excellent choice! You have a few options to get in El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines

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Puerto Princesa to El Nido

The cheapest and, by far, most popular way is a flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan. From there you can take the bus or Mini Van to El Nido. This photo is not the bus

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Mini Van to El Nido

Upon your arrival to Puerto Princesa airport, there are several shuttle vans waiting around outside where you just can hop in.

You can arrange a shuttle van everywhere in town or at your hotel. They will pick you up at your hotel and drop you off at your destination in El Nido. The ride will take you 5 to 6 hours and is far from comfortable. You’re going to be squeezed into an over full minivan, including those Asian taxi driver skills. The shuttle van will cost you 700 PhP/pax.

This help you to get a bit excited: The most beautiful resorts & hotels in El Nido

Check out all the hotels in El Nido under $50

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Bus to El Nido

The other option is taking the bus. This is more comfortable bus takes more time to get to El Nido, around 6-7 hours. You can either pick RoRo bus or Cherry bus. You have to take a tricycle, which costs around Php 50.00, to get you to the San Jose bus terminal outside of town (30 min). Please note that the bus schedules changes continuously, so double check the time.


This seems to be the most popular company. Their prices of a bus ride are 380PhP Non-AC and 480PhP AC bus.

  • Non-AC: 5am/7am/10am/5pm
  • AC: 9am/11am/1pm/3pm/7pm/9pm

RoRo Bus schedule to El Nido, Palawan

The price of the bus ride is 367PhP Non-AC and 483PhP AC bus

  • Non-AC: 4am/8am/12nn/4pm/8pm
  • AC: 6am/10am/2pm/6pm/10pm

What to do in El Nido? Check our El Nido Guide.

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Manila to El Nido with AirSwift

If money isn’t a problem or time and comfort are important concerns, you can take a direct flight from Manila to El Nido with AirSwift. The airport on El Nido is new and only one lane of asphalt. Luckily no big stuff (yet).

You can take a plane to El Nido from Manila. But first, head over to Manila!

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Why should you still go to El Nido?

So, taking the bus or minivan is probably going to be your only option when you’re on a budget. But it’s the ride totally worth it! Check out the Island hopping tours in El Nido.

Check out all the hotels in El Nido under $50

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