El Nido: Transportation Guide

The town of El Nido in Northern Palawan can be accessed by buses and vans at an estimated travel time of six hours from Puerto Princesa City. They are stationed at San Jose Terminal which is approximately five kilometers away from the city proper.


RORO Bus has the most number of trips among the transport services traversing the Puerto Princesa – El Nido route. Seat reservation is advisable for air-conditioned buses, while first-come, first-served policy applies to ordinary buses as per the dispatcher at San Jose Terminal. Fare: Php350 ordinary, Php485 air-conditioned Contact Nos.:  +639153077133, +639089202568, +639228897013 Puerto Princesa to El Nido and vice versa: 4:00 AM, 6:00 AM*, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM*, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM*, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM*, 10:00 PM* *air-conditioned

Lexus Shuttle Service

The shuttle van of Lexus can only accommodate a limited number of passengers. Seat reservation is strongly recommended. The van leaves on schedule even if the seats are not fully occupied.

Fare: Php500 Contact Nos.:

  • Puerto Princesa +639121002651, +639175859602
  • El Nido +639121002653, +639175859612

Puerto Princesa to El Nido: 5:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 2:30PM El Nido to Puerto Princesa: 5:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30PM

Eulen Joy Bus and Shuttle Express

Eulen Joy offers both bus and shuttle van services. Unlike RORO Bus, it has only non air-conditioned buses. Also, there are no late afternoon schedules. Fare: Php500 for shuttle van, Php250 for bus Contact Nos.:

  • Booking Office +639494498858
  • Operator +639283469713
  • Puerto Princesa Dispatcher +639186534017, +639266998700
  • El Nido Dispatcher +639197162210

Van from Puerto Princesa to El Nido: 5:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM Van from El Nido to Puerto Princesa: 5:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM Bus from Puerto Princesa to El Nido and vice versa: 5:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM

  • Stopovers of the abovementioned vehicles are usually at Roxas and Taytay
  • The road between Taytay and El Nido is not yet completely paved and is still dusty.


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  • arlie miguel

    This is very helpful. Thank you.

    • http://www.kurtzky.com Mark

      You’re welcome, Arlie.

  • Sousanine


    This is very helphful. Great job !

    But i still have one question, from Roxas to Puerto Princesa. I planned to stay at the Modessa Island for 1 or 2 nights and would like to come back the same day of my flight which is at 11.55am at Puerto Princesa.
    Departure from the Island is at 8am so i should be at the Roxas bus station around 9am.
    So will be there any buses or vans around 9am to take ? I guess that should be the 5.30am Lexus shuttle van from El Nido right ?
    If you have a complete schedule from Roxas to Puerto Princesa, it would be great.


    • http://www.kurtzky.com Mark

      Hi Sousanine,

      I don’t have the Roxas-Puerto schedule of Lexus as of the moment. You may try to call their numbers in Roxas for further info: +639121002650 and +639175859617.