HOW TO GET TO PORT BARTON

The closest airport is Puerto Princesa’s International Airport, which is approximately 3.5 hours away. All major local airlines have flights to and from the city because of its status as a premier tourist destination.

Puerto Princesa to Port Barton

Years ago, the trip from Port Barton to Puerto Princesa took around five hours on a dirt road that passes through a forest. Fast forward to today, the developments over the years have cut it by a few hours. With a paved and wider road, the trip takes about three to four hours on either a bus or van.

By Bus

The bus is our recommended mode of transportation; they look old but will get you to your destination safely. These don’t use air conditioning, but the fresh air of Palawan more than make up for it. You’ll also have more space compared to taking the van.

  1. The buses depart from San Jose Terminal; walk outside the airport and hire a tricycle to take you. The fare is about P120 per way. You can take a jeep then a tricycle to get to the terminal, but if you’re in a hurry and carrying a lot of things, chartering a tricycle to take you directly is more convenient.
  2. At the terminal, board a bus going to Port Barton; the only trip leaves at 9 AM. The trip takes about four hours and costs P250.

By Van

The van is the faster option as the trip takes about three hours and sometimes just 2.5, depending on how fast the driver is driving. The drive can be stress-inducing because Puerto Princesa drivers are notorious for pushing the pedal to the metal.

  • There are multiple trips within the day, from the morning until the afternoon. You can either go straight from the airport, hotel or go to San Jose Terminal first.
  • Two van operators offer the Puerto Princesa-Port Barton route: SBE and Recaro.
     
    Recaro
    Departure times: 7:30am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
    Contact number: 09054858597, 09093513037

    SBE
    Departure times: 6:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 4pm
    Contact number: 09194455021, 09951629155

  • Travel time: 3 hours (approximately)
    Fare: P350 from San Jose Terminal, P500 from the airport

El Nido to Port Barton

  • If you’re in El Nido and plan to visit Port Barton, the van is your only option. There two trips scheduled at 8 AM and 1 PM. It takes about four to five hours and costs P600.
  • Alternatively, you can catch the van to Roxas (3 hours approximately) and transfer to a jeep to Port Barton (2 hours approximately). The only jeep ride to Port Barton leaves Roxas at 11 AM. If you take this option, leave as early as possible.

San Vicente Town Proper to Port Barton

  • The easiest way to get to Port Barton from San Vicente’s town proper (Long Beach) is by boat. There is one called Magdalena; this takes passengers to Port Barton. However, the schedule varies. Your best bet is to ask the tourism officials about it a day before your trip. Travel time takes about an hour and costs P150.
  • You can also hire a boat that can carry up to four people; the price is approximately P1500 to P2000.

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