How to Get to Palawan from Manila

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Puerto Princesa Palawan

Manila to Palawan flights take about 65 minutes and are plentiful and mostly affordable. There are a number of airlines that will help you get from Manila to Palawan and the prices will vary depending on where you want to land in Palawan.

You can also take a ferry from Manila to various destinations in Palawan. Scroll down for details.

Remember that Puerto Princesa is the main gateway to and from Palawan island, so the majority of available flights fly in and out of Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS). From Puerto Princesa, you can find on-ground transportation to the rest of Palawan’s popular destinations.

Flights from Manila to Puerto Princesa (PPS)

The airport here has a longer runway and so the major airline’s can service this route with larger aircraft. As a result, the flights are much cheaper than flying directly to El Nido or Coron.

Philippines AirAsia at the time of writing this was currently the cheapest option.

PAL Express (operates under Philippine Airlines)  has direct flights to Puerto Princesa from Manila but is more expensive.

Cebu Pacific Air has direct flights from Manila to Puerto Princesa. They often have promotional flights and the total cost of this airfare can be as low as $45USD round trip.

Zest Airways has direct flights to Puerto Princesa from to get to palawan from manila

Once you are here there are bus and van services that will get you to other locations. It will take longer but this is the cheapest option if you want to travel to El Nido. There are plenty of choices for tour companies that service tourist out of Puerto Princesa.

Flights from Manila to Busuanga Airport – Coron (USU)

Philippine Airlines (PAL express) have flights from Manila to Coron via Puerto Princesa.


Cebu Pacific Air has direct flights to Coron from Manila.

SkyJet and CebGo also have direct flights to Coron. They are low carriers and at the time of writing, this was the cheapest option.

Flights from Manila to El Nido (ENI)

AirSwift  Previously known as Island Transvoyager is an air taxi/air charter service that offers 2 daily direct flights from Manila to El Nido. It is more pricey than Seair, with one-way fares at almost 7,000PHP. The flights should be booked 5 days in advance and keep in mind that there’s a 10kg weight restriction.

Ferry from Manila to Palawan

Please keep in mind that the Manila to Puerto Princesa route is one of the most dangerous in the Philippines and it is highly recommended you take the trip with a reputable company. There are many ferries that service this route, but we recommend sticking with the ones listed below:

2Go Travel Is a new company formed by a merger of SuperFerry, Negros Navigation and others. They sail weekly from Manila to Puerto Princesa via Coron for a little less than 2,000PHP including meals. The trip takes 28 hours, departing Manila on Friday, stopping in Coron on Saturday, then arriving in Puerto Princesa later the same day. The ferry leaves Puerto Princesa on Sunday, again stopped in Coron on the same day, then arriving back in Manila on Monday.

  • Economy 1,717.07PHP per person
  • Tourist 2,208.42PHP per person
  • Cabin 2,759.68PHP per person
  • Stateroom 6,681.81PHP per two persons

Negros Navigation sails weekly from Manila to Puerto Princesa. The trip takes 23 hours and it departs Manila on Thursday and arrives in Puerto Princesa on Friday. From Puerto Princesa, you can board the ferry back to Manila on Saturday. It arrives on Manila on Sunday.

  • Economy 1,702.21PHP
  • Tourist 2,193.41PHP
  • Admiral 2,744.68PHP
  • Suite 3,325.95PHP

Note: SuperFerry and Negros Navigation are our preferred choices. The rest are listed more for informational accuracy and breadth of choice. For up to routes, schedules and delays please check the 2Go Travel website.

San Nicolas Shipping offers three trips per week between Manila and Coron for 800PHP, including meals. All trips leave Manila at 4 PM on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arrive in Coron at 5 PM the next day. From Coron back to Manila, you can catch the ferry at 4 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The ferry arrives in Manila at 5 PM the next day.

Atienza Shipping Lines leaves Manila at 6 PM on Wednesday and stops at Coron and El Nido before arriving at its final destination at Liminancong.  The fare is 940PHP, with meals included.

Please keep in mind that flight schedules and ferry schedules are subject to change, as well as delays. Check with the airline or shipping company you decide to travel with for expected delays.

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