Last updated on May 14th, 2020 at 10:28 pm
El Nido is the most popular place to visit in the Philippines. Most of the travelers visit El Nido after landing in Manila or Cebu. Today we will write our El Nido itinerary. We have been in El Nido a few times all of them over a week. Since we get many questions how long should I stay in El Nido, which island hopping shouldn’t miss. Apart from island hopping what to do around El Nido.
BEST TIME TO VISIT EL NIDO
The best time to visit El Nido is during summer. Summer in the Philippines starts from March to mid-May. Just expect the prices to be high because it is peak season. Also expect the number of tourists to be high during this time.
You can also visit El Nido from December to February as the skies are clear and rain is minimal. From June to October expect rainy season, less crowded and prices will go down.
How To Get From Puerto Princesa To El Nido
How Far Is Puerto Princesa To El Nido?
The distance from Puerto Princesa to El Nido is 230 kilometers. There are many turns and hillsides on the way to El Nido and the state of the road is not so good. The landscape on the way to El Nido is so beautiful and you will enjoy plenty of palm trees on your way to El Nido.
HOW TO GET FROM PUERTO PRINCESA TO EL NIDO VAN
Puerto Princesa Airport to El Nido
If you want to get from Puerto Princesa to El Nido by van. You can either ride a public van from Puerto Princesa airport to El Nido as we did in one of our previous trips. It will cost you 500-700 PHP or around 10-14 USD per head. And Puerto Princesa to El Nido travel time will take 5-6 hours to get to El Nido Bus Terminal.
The vans they always stop half of the way 20-30 minutes for a quick lunch/breakfast. But it’s included in the Puerto Princesa to El Nido travel time 5-6 hours.
Click here to check the Puerto Princesa airport to El Nido van fare.
El Nido Bus Terminal to your Accommodation (Also for Vans)
Once you get to El Nido Bus Terminal there are available tricycles to go to El Nido town. It will cost 50 PHP for 10 minutes ride. El Nido bus terminal is also close from Corong Corong Beach and Las Cabanas just in case you are staying in that area which more relaxed and calm with perfect sunsets. Keep reading below to find out more about where to stay in El Nido.
Pros Puerto Princesa to El Nido Van
It can be really comfortable since the vans are in the airport. The vans aren’t leaving until they are full and it can get full in 10-20 minutes. It’s the fastest way to get from Puerto Princesa airport to El Nido. Great option if you are traveling light.
Cons Puerto Princesa to El Nido Van
The main problem in the van if you don’t get a sit in the first line (there are 3-4 lines). It can be uncomfortable especially if you are tall. If you are bringing a lot of luggage you will have to pay an extra seat. The van is little bit more expensive than the bus.
Puerto Princesa To El Nido Van Schedule/Fare
Puerto Princesa to El Nido van schedule is from 4 am to 7 pm. And there are a few companies Diskubre Transport, Fort Wally, Eulen Joy Express, Day Tripper Rems Katar, Lexxus Shuttle. Similar prices from 500-700 PHP.
Click here to check the Puerto Princesa to El Nido van fare.
HOW TO GET FROM PUERTO PRINCESA TO EL NIDO BUS
If you want to get from Puerto Princesa to El Nido by bus. Puerto Princesa to El Nido travel time will take 6-9 hours and will cost you 380-480 PHP or around 8-10 USD per head. Prices depending on the bus company (non or air conditioning) but all of them have similar prices.
Buses are running every hour until the evening from early morning. Cherry Bus and Ro Ro are one of those bus companies going from Puerto Princesa to El Nido.
From Puerto Princesa airport to San Jose Bus Terminal there are 6 kilometers and the tricycle will charge 120-150 PHP. If you shared the tricycle can be 50 PHP per person.
If you go on a budget and traveling light. You can walk 10 minutes from the airport to the Main road where you can get local jeepneys going to San Jose Bus Terminal for 12-15 PHP.
El Nido Bus Terminal to your hotel
Once you get to El Nido Bus Terminal there are available tricycles to go to El Nido town. It will cost 50 PHP for 10 minutes ride. El Nido bus terminal is also close from Corong Corong Beach and Las Cabanas just in case you are staying in that are which more relaxed and calm with perfect sunsets. Keep reading below to find out more about where to stay in El Nido.
Pros Puerto Princesa to El Nido Bus
You will have more space in your seat especially in the night bus from Puerto Princesa to El Nido at 10pm. And it’s more comfortable. If you are bringing so much luggage they will not charge extra (in the van if you bring two backpacks or suitcases maybe you will have to depending on the extra space in the van).
If you take the last bus at night from Puerto Princesa to El Nido you will be able to save one night of accommodation and enjoy in El Nido first thing in the morning.
Cons Puerto Princesa to El Nido Bus
It will take longer! You have to ride a tricycle from the airport 120-150 PHP to San Jose Bus Terminal 6 kilometers far. It will take 20 minutes. The bus departure is every 1-2 hours. And the ride will take at least 1-2 hours longer than the van. Just for saving $1-2 USD per person.
Puerto Princesa To El Nido Bus Schedule
Puerto Princesa to El Nido bus schedule is from 4 am to 10 pm. Ro Ro and Cherry are the bus companies. Both of them they have air con and non air con buses prices are little bit cheaper without air con. Puerto Princesa to El Nido bus fare is 380-480 PHP.
Click here to book in advance the Puerto Princesa to El Nido bus fare
Puerto Princesa to El Nido By Jeepney (Cheapest Way)
If you want to get from Puerto Princesa to El Nido the cheapest way will be by jeepeny (it can be jeepney and bus). It will take long time. There are jeepneys and buses going from Puerto Princesa early morning to Roxas. The travel time will be around 4-5 hours and the price is 250 PHP. You will have to get the bus and jeepney from San Jose Bus Terminal.
You can get a bus or jeepney from Roxas to El Nido. The price can be 170-200 PHP. It will take so long but it’s an authentic way to travel from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. The total Puerto Princesa to El Nido travel time by jeepney/bus can be 8-9 hours from San Jose Bus Terminal to reach el Nido Bus Terminal.
Staying at Puerto Princesa What to Do
If you decide to stay at Puerto Princesa you can visit Palawan Underground River which was a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The place is 2 hours van ride from Puerto Princesa and doing the tour will take you another couple of hours. If you are planning to stay in Puerto Princesa is a good thing to do before going to El Nido.
WHERE TO STAY IN EL NIDO
There are a few areas to stay in El Nido. I recommend you to book at least a few days in advance since it can be crowded.
EL NIDO TOWN
First of all El Nido town is the most convenient since you are close to everything. If you need internet the connection will be better and there are bars and restaurants around. Our choice was Sea Cocoon and we have been there twice. But there are places more on a budget. Check out their place!
CORONG CORONG BEACH AND LAS CABAÑAS
If you like quiet and calm the area of Corong Corong Beach and Las Cabañas are perfect for this. It’s only busier at sunset time. You can rent a kayak and going around. From here you are only 5-10 minutes tricycle ride from El Nido.
LIO BEACH AND NACPAN BEACH
You can stay at Lio Beach 20 minutes drive from El Nido and Nacpan Beach that they are outside El Nido town. In Nacpan there are a few places to stay on a budget. The distance from here to El Nido town is around 40 minutes driving.
IN FRONT OF CADLAO
The other area is in front of Cadlao. It’s only 10-15 minutes walking to the town but you have to cross the beach. There are tricycles offering a free ride but not so efficient the service. And internet connection works really bad and if it’s rainy will be dirty to walk around. But the area is quiet and if you stay in Cadlao Resort the views are insane. Click here to check their places and availability!
Prices for accommodation will be expensive for the quality. Cheapest prices per a room starting for 1000 PHP (cheaper than 1000 PHP you can find a dorm) and don’t expect so much for this. Getting good places to stay in El Nido 2000-4000 PHP for a room with breakfast included. Read here a full blog post where to stay in El Nido.
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