Having garnered international acclaim for being one of the cleanest and greenest cities, and being the hosting site of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Puerto Princesa has seen a rapid rise in the number of tourists visiting and exploring it. So if you want to visit it but have no clue on how you can get to Puerto Princesa, here is the antidote to your problems.
How to get to Puerto Princesa is a question that is often asked. You can reach Puerto Princesa by air, land, and sea. There are adequate modes of transport available for all three types of journeys. The airport of Puerto Princesa is situated in the province of Palawan. It has been categorized as an international airport by the Civil Aviation Authorities. There are plans of redeveloping and expanding the airport, which will lead to the construction of a passenger terminal and also a cargo terminal, as well as various other facilities. This will be your main gateway and an entrance to the beautiful city of Puerto Princesa. There are also certain times during the day when the airport remains closed. This happens to be from 2 pm to 3 pm, but can vary slightly. Outside the airport, you will be able to find small cafes and restaurants for local refreshments.
There are flights to destinations to and from Cebu and Manila. There are daily flights that you can book from Cebu to Puerto Princesa and from Manila to travel to Puerto Princesa if you intend to fly by Cebu Pacific. Apart from Cebu Pacific, there are other airlines, such as Tigerair, AirAsia Zest, and PAL that have multiple flights on a daily basis from Manila and all the way to Puerto Princesa. Flights from Manila take just over an hour to reach Puerto Princesa. If you intend to travel to Puerto Princesa from El Nido, you will have to book a flight with South East Asian Airlines. You could also use South East Asian Airlines to travel to and from Coron.
Travelling to Puerto Princesa by Sea
Alternatively, you could travel to Puerto Princesa by sea too. But how do you get to Puerto Princesa by sea? Well, by ferries and super ferries! Admittedly this is for those who have time on hand, or are in search for an adventure through sea or even for budget travels. All in all, it will cost you less money but more time. Regardless, here are the ways you can reach Puerto Princesa by sea.
If you travel by sea from Manila, it can take approximately 18 to 22 hours to get to Puerto Princesa; if you travel on board of the Superferry. There is also Negros Navigation, a company that provides the same mode of transport to the destinations mentioned. You can also use the Superferry and Negros navigation to travel from the city of Coron to Puerto Princesa. Coron happens to fall in between Manila and Puerto Princesa and there are rides following the route from Manila to Coron to Puerto Princesa and back by the same route. Coron to Puerto Princesa is a journey that takes 10 hours.
Travelling to Puerto Princesa by Road
The third answer to the question of how to travel to Puerto Princesa is travelling by land, of course. You can travel to and from El Nido to Puerto Princesa by bus. There are various bus and van services, and two among the popular ones are Roro Buses and Fort Wally Shuttle services. While the shuttle services charge you almost double to that of the bus services, it is the faster of the two. Of course, when you are paying more for the Roro buses you are not just paying for the journey, but also for the comfort. Roro buses happen to be the first air conditioned bus on the streets to and from Puerto Princesa.
Mix and match
Three different modes of transport and sometimes the solution to reaching Puerto Princesa, depending on where you are, are to mix and match them. For instance, flight tickets to Coron from Puerto Princesa happen to be very expensive. Instead, what you could do if you want to travel from Coron to Puerto Princesa is to travel on a boat from Coron to El Nido and then travel by bus, as mentioned above, from El Nido to Puerto Princesa.
Once you are in Puerto Princesa, to travel within the city, the most popular means are multi cabs and tricycles. It is essential that you know the name of your destination for your own ease and benefit. There are also jeeps and cars for hire, but it is best to take the help of your travel agent when choosing such a medium of transport. Also, when travelling within the city, do not be shy to bargain. Expect to be charged extra because you look foreign, but a little bargaining and a lot of smiles will bring in the discounts. There are also bus terminals that will take you within the city, so those can be of use too. Also, if you have a flight to catch or an event that you do not want to miss, it’s always better to travel with extra time in hand because the traffic can be unpredictable. Do not rely on the ‘time taken to travel’ shown on Google maps. You can also inquire at the tourist office present in the airport, if you want to bike around the green and clean areas of the downtown and capture the views on your own.
The different modes of transport all bring in their additional excitement and unpredictable surprises to your journey. That being said, always be on the vigil and take care of your safety and ensure all your belongings are within your vicinity. Keep your travel itinerary and stick to your journey plans, always leaving some time in hand for any last minute issues. Small things taken care of initially will ensure you have a smooth vacation without any rough incidents. Bon voyage!