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El Nido FAQs

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1. How do I get from Puerto Princesa to El Nido?

There are buses and shuttle vans that make the 227 kilometer trip between these two destinations. Buses tend to be slower but more comfortable and cheaper while vans are faster but cramped and more expensive.

To get to San Jose Terminal (bus station) where they have the buses and vans you will need to take a tricycle from the airport. Drivers around the airport area will ask you to pay 150 pesos but if you’re willing walk a little further it will cost 20 pesos per person.

Cherry Bus Palawan –

  • 7 trips a day
  • Takes seat reservations
  • Cost: 380-480 pesos
  • Has ordinary and aircon buses
  • Takes 7-8 hours (daytime), 6-7 hours (night time)

Roro Bus

They don’t have a website but you can find out more about them at ‘Ironwulf Enroute

Daytripper Palawan Executive Vans –

  • Can be booked on-line
  • Cost: from 850 pesos
  • Comfortable seating – no overcrowding
  • Takes up to 6-8 hours but ordinarily takes 5-6 hours
  • Vans can be chartered

Other Shuttle Vans

Lexus –
Camarih Palawan Shuttle –
Eulen Joy

  • 7 – 8 trips a day
  • Cost: 450 – 600 pesos
  • Takes 5-1/2 hours
  • They can pack you in like sardines

Before you decide you want to take a shuttle van read this ‘side by side comparison‘. You can also read about our experience taking a shuttle van from El Nido to Puerto Princesa on my post ‘Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE.’

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