HOW TO GET TO EL NIDO

Manila to El Nido

There is only one airline that flies from Manila directly to El Nido’s Lio Airport — Airswift. It operates about four flights per day. The fare estimates about P5,100 one-way during the off-peak season, which includes taxes and meals. Baggage allowance has an additional charge of P200 per 10kg.

Manila to Puerto Princesa to El Nido

More flights are offered by three main airlines (Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, Philippine Airlines) from Manila to Puerto Princesa. Fares are relatively cheaper than Airswift. From Puerto Princesa International Airport, you can take a van or a bus going to El Nido. (See the land transfer details below)

Puerto Princesa to El Nido

By Van

Most tourists prefer this as it is slightly faster than the bus. It can also be more convenient as it can pick you up at Puerto Princesa Airport if you book in advance. Travel time is 5-6 hours with one stop-over. Regular fare price ranges from P550-600 (except for Daytripper, P875-975). Some of the favorite van companies are:

  • Eulen Joy Express
  • Lexxuss Shuttle
  • Fort Wally Travel & Tours
  • DayTripper Palawan
  • By Bus

    If you want wider legroom and cooler temperature and don’t mind the long trip, taking the bus can be your option. Travel time is 6-7 hours. From Puerto Princesa International Airport, take a tricycle to San Jose Terminal (P120 per ride), where you will find the buses headed to El Nido. The bus options are:

    • RoRo Bus
      Ordinary: P290
      Airconditioned: P380
      Operating hours: 5am-9pm
      Frequency: Every 2 hours
    • Cherry Bus
      Ordinary: P385
      Airconditioned: P480
      Operating hours: 4am-10pm
      Frequency: Every 2 hours

    From El Nido Bus Terminal you can take a tricycle to your hotel or resort for P50.

    Coron to El Nido

    If you’re coming from the island of Coron, you can take Montenegro Lines Fastcraft to and from El Nido. Travel time is about 4 hours, one-way.

    Rates and Schedule

    El Nido to Coron: 6:00 AM (departure), 9:30 AM (arrival)
    Coron to El Nido: 12:00 NN (departure), 3:30 PM (arrival)

    Fare
    P1760 – Regular
    P1496 – Student
    P1257 – Senior Citizen
    P880 – Children ages 3-7

    Once in El Nido, the tricycles are very common to hire to get around town proper and outer parts of the municipality. You can also rent van and motorcycles.


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