All the info you need to know about getting to El Nido.
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The most convenient mode of transport for short-term visitors to El Nido is by air, with El Nido Lio Airport being the primary and only airport in the area, located a 15-minute drive from the town center.
Air Swift, which is owned by the El Nido Resorts group, operates mainly from Lio and offers discounted fares to travelers staying at their properties. They have direct flights to El Nido from Manila, Cebu, Caticlan-Boracay, Cebu, Coron and Bohol.
Check their website for updated routes and schedules: https://air-swift.com
El Nido town is situated on the northwest coast of Palawan Island, accessible via a well-paved two-lane highway from Puerto Princesa.
The journey takes approximately 5 hours, offering a scenic and comfortable drive with several dining options available in Roxas or Taytay.
Private vans are available but costly, while shared vans and buses (Cherry Bus) offer more affordable options and depart several times daily from Puerto Princesa airport and San Jose Terminal.
Montenegro Fastcraft and Atienza Ferry provide daily service between El Nido and Coron, with the trip taking around 4-5 hours.
Advance ferry tickets can be booked online for your convenience. Click here to secure your booking.
Get around El Nido
Tricycles are the most convenient mode of transportation for short distances within El Nido, with fixed fares that can be negotiated. These vehicles can carry up to 4 passengers, with trips from El Nido town to Nacpan Beach costing around PHP 1,000, and from Lio airport to town costing PHP 300. For trips to Las Cabanas and Corong Corong, expect to pay PHP 150.
Exploring the islands of Bacuit Bay by boat is a must, with private boats or group tours readily available.
Motorcycles can also be rented from various rental shops in town, with prices ranging from PHP 300 to PHP 800 depending on the model.