Flights from Manila to Puerto Princesa in Palawan.
Puerto Princesa is slightly more than 1hr away by plane from Manila, Cebu, and Davao.
There are presently around 35 daily flights into Puerto Princesa Airport, of which most originating from Manila Airports terminals 1- 4.
Tiger Airways, Cebu Pacific Air, AirAsia, Zestair,
Philippine Airlines, Air Phil Express, being the main carriers! There are occasionally chartered international flights arriving from Korea.
Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific Air also operate flights into Puerto Princesa from Cebu and Davao.
Sea Air, affiliated with Tiger Airways, has flights from Busuanga on Tuesday, friday, Sunday and from El Nido on Tuesday and Friday.
The best, cheaper, prices for internal flights inside the Philippines are found when you book at least a week in advance.
If you are certain of your departure dates the very cheapest promotions can be found 3 months in advance!
Prices for flight tickets rise steeply within the week prior to the departure date!
Air Asia has recently taken over the running of Zest Air. If you log onto the Zest Air website you will be re directed to the Air Asia booking web site. There are no longer direct flights from Clarke Airport
to Puerto Princesa Airport.
Puerto Princesa Airport has an information desk in the arrivals area which has basic information of available accommodations in the City, maps etc. Local transportation, tricycles, can be found a few meters
in front of the arrivals exit door within the grounds of the
Airport perimeter. BEWARE!! There is an extra levy of 50 pesos if you board a tricycle within the Airport perimeter! If you don't have heavy luggage then it's best to walk outside the Airport perimeter,
gates, and hail a passing tricycle to avoid paying the 50 pesos surcharge!
Departing Puerto Princesa Airport
There is very little to do inside the Airport departure lounge. There is a small cafeteria - smoking lounge, a snack bar serving bites and hot and cold beverages and a massage area with blind masseuse's.
The departure lounge is small and during the afternoon - early evening departures can be difficult to find a seat.
Don't plan to spend long periods of time at the Airport! There is really very little to do there!
Puerto Princesa Airport departure entrance
Puerto Princesa Airport check in counters
From Puerto Princesa to Roxas
The nearest coastal town is Roxas 149 km north of Puerto Princesa, the capitol City of Palawan.
Private Van or car hire from the Airport or your Hotel - Puerto Princesa - Roxas, can be arranged through the Modessa Island Resort.
It will take between 2 - 2½ hrs traveling by road to Roxas from Puerto Princesa with private Van hire, Van and driver - up to 14 passengers.
Traveling to Roxas from Puerto Princesa by Public transportation ( Public Bus or Mini Van ) can take between 2½ - 4 hrs. Public transport departs from the Bus terminal in San Jose, new Market, which is on the National Highway in the north of Puerto Princesa City.
To get to the Bus Terminal from the City centre it will take around 20 minutes by tricycle ( can transport 2 persons and luggage ) for 100 p.
Tricycle fares should be agreed upon with the driver before departure to avoid being overcharged. There is a fixed extra charge of 50 pesos for departing or arriving inside the airport terminal gates.
Multi Cabs ( small van style taxi's ) also travel from the City to the bus terminal and is a very inexpensive way to travel - 15 p per pers. However - Multi Cabs stop often to pick up and drop off passengers so the journey can take longer. Because of the confined seating space with little leg room it will be difficult to board and disembark with more than 1 x luggage, bag per pers.
Multi cabs have set routes to various destinations in and around Puerto Princesa and will pick up and drop off passengers anywhere along the route.
Typical fare from Puerto Princesa center to New Market bus terminal in San Jose is 15 peso.
From the Bus Terminal
Traveling by MiniVan - 1st trip - 5am. Second trip - 7am and every hr thereafter until 5pm ( Although times are scheduled the van will not leave until all seats are taken ) 2.5 - 3 hrs for 150 p per person. Reservations can be made by telephone and for an extra 100 pesos they will pick you up from the Airport or your Hotel.
Mini Van departs from 2 separate terminals :
Fort Wally station - close to the main Bus Terminal Tel 09172762875
Norda - within the main Bus Terminal
It is also possible to charter or hire your own van from the terminal, you can negotiate the price - Php 2,000 - Php 2,500 one way.
Traveling by Bus - 1st trip leaves at 5am. Second trip - 7am and every hr thereafter until 5pm.
Bus services depart on time but can take up to 4hrs to arrive in Roxas due to all the stops along the way to pick up and drop off passengers. There is also a scheduled stop at a roadside canteen, restaurant for 30 minutes.
Sweety Transport : Puerto Princesa Tel 09266998700 / El Nido Tel 09197162210
Euleen Joy : Puerto Princesa Tel 09186534017 / El Nido Tel 09197162210 or 0926699870
Ro Ro Bus by the Montenegro Shipping Line
Ro Ro Bus
Montenegro Shipping Line are now running the Ro Ro bus service from Puerto Princesa to Roxas - El Nido. Departing from the same bus terminal in San Jose it takes approximately 2hrs to Roxas and 6 hrs to El Nido. The service runs daily every 2hrs from Puerto Princesa - Roxas - Elnido - Roxas - Puerto Princesa from 4am - 6am AIR CON - 8am - 10am AIR CON - 12pm - 2pm AIR CON - 4pm - 6pm AIR CON - 8pm - 10pm AIR CON. Ticket price from Puerto Princesa to Roxas, ordinary bus 120 pesos, AIR CON BUS 236 pesos. Puerto Princesa to Elnido with AIR CON BUS 560 pesos.
The air conditioned buses (pictured here) depart at 6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm and 10pm mostly on time of arrival and departure.
RORO BUS Telephone Number (Landline) : 433-0076
Cherry Bus (Air Con)
The Cherry bus is a new edition to transportation in Palawan, although very similar to the RORO Bus.
Departing from Puerto Princesa to Roxas and onto Elnido - visa versa! From the same bus terminal in San Jose
Departure times from Puerto Princesa :
ORDINARY BUS 5am 9am 11am 3pm 9pm
Puerto Princesa to Roxas 100 pesos, Puerto Princesa to El Nido 280 pesos
AIR CON BUS 7AM 9AM 1PM5PM 9PM
Puerto Princesa to Roxas 200 pesos, Puerto Princesa to El Nido 465 pesos
CHERRY BUS Telephone Number (Mobile) : 09303514540
Transportation to Modessa Island
The Modessa Island service boat departs from the main pier in Roxas town, A short, 5 minute, tricycle ride from the van or bus terminal - (8 pesos per person).
Located on the right side of the road at the entrance gate to the main pier is "Ethels"
Seaside Canteen. This is the meeting point and waiting place for the boat transfer to
Modessa Island Resort.
Bus and Mini Van depot, close to the Market, in Roxas town.
Main Pier in Roxas
Transfers to and from the Modessa Island Resort are approximately 45 + minutes.
The Modessa Island Resort service boat departs to Modessa Island from the main pier in Roxas town at the scheduled time of 14.00 hrs and departs Modessa Island at 8am and 1pm.
Scheduled boat departures are free to all guests staying at the Resort.
It is possible to arrange boat transfers at different times with the Modessa Island Resort at an extra charge of 1500 pesos ( Price may change depending on fluctuating fuel prices! )