How to get to Puerto Princesa
Flights coming into Palawan are usually handled at Puerto Princesa Airport. Flights leave for Manila and Cebu City everyday. Likewise, there are minimal regular routes from Manila to other destinations in Palawan like El Nido and Coron. However, there are no international flights arriving in Palawan.
Puerto Princesa Airport is an airport that caters to the general area of Puerto Princesa City. The Air Transportation Office classifies it as a trunkline airport, or a principal commercial domestic airport. The ATO is responsible for overseeing the functions of all airports in the entire country.
Seair and Air Philippines are the main carriers regularly seen at the Puerto Princesa Airport although it is unlikely to see other airlines making their landings here. ITI Airlines have regular trips to and from El Nido.
It would be helpful to always reconfirm bookings a day prior to departure.
During the rainy season, it is not unusual for airports to close their operations for two or three days especially if there is a typhoon approaching.
All the airports in the region are classified as provincial airports particularly El Nido and Coron. Online facilities provide the basic needs such as telephones and a simple information counter. From the airport, the mode of transportation is through tricycle and at times by taxi.
It is possible to reach Puerto Princesa via boat from adjacent islands in the country. Travel times are lengthy, with trips from Manila estimated at 26 hours to arrive in Puerto Princesa. During holidays, passengers are worried about their personal safety which prompts them to choose inter-island flights instead. When you are island hopping within the province, the only viable means of transportation are chartered boats.
The islands greatest attraction is the true feeling of being on the edge of the frontier. However, this likewise means that one cannot find as many transportation options as in other more advanced regions in the country.
The bus terminal located at San Jose Market serves as Palawans center for public transport with buses heading for several cities throughout the north of Palawan. Transportation to Southern Palawan is more restricted.
The jeepney has remained a permanent fixture of public transport throughout the country, and Palawan is not an exception. This mode of transportation plies all of Puerto Princesas main highways, picking up commuters along the way.
Larger jeepneys usually take commuters from small towns directly to Puerto Princesa. Jeepneys leave every day during the morning.
The tricycles of Puerto Princesa are becoming tourists attractions by themselves similar to the tuk-tuks of Thailand. Its one-of-a-kind design is aimed at moving people and cargo as well. It has sidecars that come with front and back shelves to accommodate agricultural crops. Aside from that, it has a wide windshield and has a roomy spacing to load cargo or passengers.
In addition, another mode of public transportation in Puerto Princesa is tricycle rickshaws and motorcycle taxis. The former are likewise available for hire while the latter can be easily hailed in the principal and secondary portions of the city.
Although not common in Puerto Princesa and other parts of Palawan, it is possible to hire cars particularly in the airport. This is a comfortable and reliable means of transportation. To take advantage of their sightseeing tours, many tourists opt for hiring drivers.
Another viable option is to hire a van so it would be possible to go anywhere that you please. There are travel agencies that charge P500 per person for a tour around the city. The cost for renting a van may range from P1, 000 to P2, 500 which is based on the destination and duration of rental.
The cheaper option is to hire a multicab, which costs about P16 to P20 per person from end to end.