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There are 3 ways to get from Kota Kinabalu to Palawan by plane, bus, car ferry or ferry

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Puerto Princesa  •  7 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) to Puerto Princesa (PPS) BKI - PPS

$115 - $958

Cheapest option

Fly to San Jose  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) to San Jose (SJI) BKI - SJI

$54 - $236

1 alternative option

Bus, car ferry, ferry  •  2 days 15 h

  1. Take the bus from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan
  2. Take the car ferry from Sandakan Harbour to Zamboanga
  3. Take the car ferry from Zamboanga to Iloilo
  4. Take the ferry from Lapuz Wharf Iloilo to Puerto Princesa

$115 - $145

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kota Kinabalu to Palawan is to fly which costs RM 220 - RM 1000 and takes 5 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kota Kinabalu to Palawan is to fly which costs RM 220 - RM 1000 and takes 5 h 40 min.

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The distance between Kota Kinabalu and Palawan is 536 km.

The best way to get from Kota Kinabalu to Palawan without a car is to bus and car ferry and ferry which takes 2 days 15 h and costs RM 470 - RM 650.

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It takes approximately 7 h 20 min to get from Kota Kinabalu to Palawan, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Puerto Princesa Airport. The quickest flight takes 7 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia Philippines, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific offer flights from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Puerto Princesa Airport.

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There are seven+ hotels available in Palawan. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Kota Kinabalu to Kota Kinabalu Airport is to taxi which takes 7 min and costs RM 14 - RM 17.

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Map of how to get from Kota Kinabalu to Palawan.
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  • Distance: 335 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 20 min

What companies run services between Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and Palawan, Philippines?

Cebu Pacific, AirAsia Philippines and two other airlines fly from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa every 4 hours.

Airlines
Cebu Pacific
Website
cebupacificair.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Manila
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $280
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Manila, Iloilo
Ave. Duration
11 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Manila, Mactan–Cebu
Ave. Duration
13 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $300
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to San Jose via Manila
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$50 - $230
AirAsia Philippines
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Manila
Ave. Duration
12 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $440
Philippine Airlines
Website
philippineairlines.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
11 h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Bus operators
Bintang Jaya Express
Website
bintangjayaexpress.com
Bus from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
bintangjayaexpress.com
Book at
easybook.com
Ferry operators
Aleson Shipping
Phone
63 (062) 992-0970
Website
facebook.com
Car ferry from Sandakan Harbour to Zamboanga
Ave. Duration
16 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $70
Schedules at
aleson-shipping.com
Economy
$59
Aircon
$65
Cabin
$70
2 GO Travel
Phone
(+63 2) 528.7209
Email
info@2go.com.ph
Website
travel.2go.com.ph
Car ferry from Zamboanga to Iloilo
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
travel.2go.com.ph
Mega Value
$29
Tourist Class
$35
Cabin for 4
$41
Montenegro Shipping and Ferries
Email
operations.msli@gmail.com
Website
facebook.com
Ferry from Lapuz Wharf Iloilo to Puerto Princesa
Ave. Duration
24 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
facebook.com

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