How to Travel from Manila to El Nido (Philippines)

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Manila to El Nido is a journey from chaos to idyllic seashore tranquility. Leave the metropolis behind you, beaches and relaxation await. It’s a trip that is so very worthwhile.

However, before you schedule the flights to Manilla and your island social activities during your stay, decide how you will get from the city to your remote destination.

Do you prefer to travel to El Nido by car, plane or boat? Consider these tips by experienced travelers and travel agents.


All flights to the country land at Manilla Ninoy Aquino International Airport. With a small degree of planning and scheduling you can board a direct flight to Puerto Princessa International Airport, Palawan Island, the starting point for most El Nido visitors.

Allow 3 to 4 hours of time to accommodate your flights for this same day option. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines can accommodate your travels.

Van Services

Rides last about five or six hours from Manila airport to the El Nido Bus Terminal. The cost for this transport ranges from $8 to $18. Remember to request an air-conditioned seat class. Companies may offer shared or private service rides.

Ferry Transport

Ferries are the least expensive transport from Manila to El Nido. The fare is around $25 to $35 Boats are also the slowest or the most leisurely, depending on your outlook. Trips take 15 to 24 hours.

High-speed ferries are another consideration, they are able to make the trip in about four hours. That will give you more time on the beach.

The first ferry will take you from Manila to Coron. In Coron you will board a second ferry to reach El Nido. Depending on your choices, the entire journey can be as long as two days.

Some guests prefer to combine road travel (bus or private transportation), with ferry and air travel. This choice may involve a flight from Manila to Puerto Princessa International Airport, followed by a boat ride to El Nido.

Other factors to consider before your getaway are the Philippine entry conditions. Browse the web to view specific requirements that apply to you.

Enjoy your stay.

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