LATEST UPDATE: March 2014
I’m always bugged by people asking directions and bus schedules going to El Nido from Puerto Princesa City. Maybe because they knew that I lived for almost a year in Palawan.
So here’s everything I know, please read everything first before asking a question. Thanks a lot!
Public Utility Vehicles going to El Nido (north of Palawan) can be found in San Jose Terminal.
How to get to San Jose Terminal? From the city proper (Rizal Ave.), take the multi-cab/jeep going to San Jose Public Market (about 20 minutes travel time). The multi-cab/jeepney will take you directly to San Jose Terminal. When you arrived at San Jose, ask where the buses going to El Nido can be found. If you are planning to take the 5:00am trip to El Nido, it would be better to rent a tricycle (fare is Php50-80).
BY PUBLIC VAN (PPC-El Nido)
Travel time: 5.5-6 hours
Fare: Php 600-700
Time of departure: 5:00am; 7:00am; 9:00am. Be there 30minutes before the scheduled departure. It would also be better to reserve a seat one day before trip.
Max Passenger per van: 12pax
Note: The same schedule if you are traveling from El Nido back to Puerto Princesa City. I haven’t check this lately. I guess they added more trips.
BY RENTED VAN (PPC-El Nido)
Travel time: 5 hours
Cost: Php 10,000 (one-way trip); Php 13,500 (round trip)
Time of departure: Anytime
Max Passenger per van: 14pax
Renting a van is the most expensive mode of travel to El Nido.
If you want to rent a van, you can contact 0935-3705-024 (Globe) 0922-8400-221 (Sun). We can give you discount. You can also visit this link for available tour packages: Palawan Tours by JourneyingJames
BY PUBLIC UTILITY BUS (PPC-El Nido)- Non-AC
Travel Time: 6hours. This includes 2 stopovers, one in Roxas for breakfast and restroom break (about 15minutes) and the in Taytay to pick-up some passengers (10 mins.).
Fare: Php 350
Schedule: 5:00am; 7:00am; 9:00am
Note: The same schedule if you are traveling from El Nido back to Puerto Princesa City. This is the cheapest transportation available.
BY RORO BUS or Cherry Bus (PPC-El Nido)- AC and Non-AC
Travel Time: 5 1/2 to 6 hours. Includes 2 stop-overs in Roxas and Taytay (15 mins each).
Fare: AC- Php483; Non-AC- Php330
Schedule: First trip- 4:00 am; last trip- 10:00pm
Note: I used this mode of transportation the last time I went to El Nido (May 2012, January 2013 and March 2014) and definitely recommends this. Also, be there at least 30 minutes before the trip, they leave on time too. Their terminal can be found at San Jose Bus Terminal.
BY RENTED MOTORBIKE (PPC-El Nido)
Motorbike rentals are available in front of Kinabuchs Grill in Rizal Ave.
Travel time: 6-7 hours (depending how fast you drive)
Cost: 24hour rental cost Php800-1,000 depending on the type of bike you are renting.
Time of departure: Anytime
Max Passenger per motorbike: 2pax. It is safer to have one bike per person as the road from Taytay to El Nido is terrible rough road.
- Bring food with you along the way.
- You can topload, the view above is awesome (for non-RORO bus). Sit on the bus roof from San Jose to Taytay and then when approaching El Nido.
- Road from Puerto Princesa to Taytay is already paved. Road from Taytay to El Nido is terrible rough road.
Some Blogs about El Nido:
If you are looking for a budget-friendly packaged tour of Puerto Princesa City or El Nido, you can contact us at 0935-3705-024 (Globe) 0922-8400-221 (Sun). We can give you discount. You can also visit this link for available tour packages: Palawan Tours by JourneyingJames