Direct flights to El Nido: Air Swift is a small airline that offers daily flights to El Nido from Manila, Clark, Cebu and Coron.
Air Swift This is the fastest and most direct way to get to El Nido.
The flights land at Lio airport, located 4 kilometers from midtown. At the airport tricycle drivers will be waiting for you and it will take around 20 minutes to get into town. You can also check with your accommodation if they can organize a pick up for you.
Coming from abroad Clark, Manila and Cebu will be good transfer points, all with connections from Hong Kong.
Other airport is Puerto Princessa but require about 5 hours land transport to El Nido.
First, you have fly to Puerto Princessa Airport in Central Palawan. Its airport. Flights from Manila and Cebu via Cebu Pacific , Philippines airlines, Palexpress or AirAsia and other local
carriers. Some people prefer this route as they want to spend a few days in Puerto Princessa and explore some of the local attraction while other just want to get to El Nido right away.
From Puerto Princessa, you still have to cover about 220 kilometers of highway to get to El Nido. To do so you have different options:
Van is the most common transportation, either shared or you rent the whole van. The trip from Puerto Princessa to El Nido usually takes 5 to 6 hours including a break. There are a lot of companies that leave daily from the Puerto Princessa airport or your hotel can organize for you.
Car or motorbike rental. If you want to travel at your own pace. Taking a road trip is a fantastic way
to discover the Northern part of Palawan. All around the Puerto Princessa are shops that offer
weekly or monthly rental. You can stop over at villages and enjoy the rustic view of the countryside. Why not visiting Tay-Tay and the Spanish fortress ruins, have lunch at Pho Hoa Vietnamese Noodle House in Roxas or chill out in Port Barton.
Be prepared though. This can be a long trip (more than 280km) and full of hassles (cows, dogs, water buffalos, potholes, etc.). Do not travel at night and be extremely careful!
Thereʼs no parking in El Nido! Make sure your accommodation has a parking lot or youʼll spend a lot of time looking for a space!!!
If the previous options donʼt suit you, you might like taking a bus. It is a good way to share your trip with locals and get good tips. Two companies do the Puerto Princesa – El Nido route every day. We highly recommend Cherry Bus. This company is more comfortable than regular vans and the price is lower. It takes about 6-8 hours, depending on how many stopovers the bus will take on the way. Try to catch those equipped with Air-con and more spacious seats (lazyboy). Notice that in Puerto Princesa the bus terminal is located 4 km away from the airport. You will have to deal with tricycle drivers to get there. The bravest can try to get there with a jeepney. It might take…we donʼt know.
Boat, from Coron – El Nido or El Nido – Coron is operated daily by fast crafts
companies Montenegro Shipping Lines and Phimal Fast Ferry.
The Montenegro Fast Ferry leaves El Nido daily at 6am. The boat leaves Coron at 12c00. The fare is around Php 1760 one way.
The Phimal Fast Ferry leaves El Nido and Coron at 8c20am. The fare is around Php 1850 one way. The trip takes between 3 hrs 30 mins and 4 hrs 30 mins.