There are 4 ways to get from Kota Kinabalu to El Nido 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.

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Fly to El Nido  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) to El Nido (ENI) BKI - ENI

$56 - $228

3 alternative options

Fly to Puerto Princesa, Mini Van  •  14 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) to Puerto Princesa (PPS) BKI - PPS
  2. Take the Mini Van from Puerto Princesa to El Nido

$129 - $970

Bus, car ferry, ferry  •  3 days 11 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 Manila
  4. Take the car ferry from Manila to Coron
  5. Take the ferry from Coron to El Nido, Palawan

$158 - $252

Bus, car ferry  •  4 days 7 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 Manila
  4. Take the car ferry from Manila to El Nido

$146 - $199

Questions & Answers

The distance between Kota Kinabalu and El Nido is 684 km.

The best way to get from Kota Kinabalu to El Nido without a car is to bus and car ferry and ferry which takes 3 days 11 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 19 min to get from Kota Kinabalu to El Nido, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Kota Kinabalu Airport to El Nido Airport. The quickest flight takes 11 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Cebu Pacific and Island Transvoyager offer flights from Kota Kinabalu Airport to El Nido Airport.

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There are 223+ hotels available in El Nido. Prices start at $15 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 .

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Map of how to get from Kota Kinabalu to El Nido.
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  • Distance: 427.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 19 min

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

Cebu Pacific and Island Transvoyager fly from Kota Kinabalu to El Nido 6 times a week.

Airlines
Island Transvoyager
Website
air-swift.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to El Nido via Manila
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$50 - $220
Cebu Pacific
Website
cebupacificair.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Manila
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $280
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Manila, Cebu
Ave. Duration
13 h 15 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $300
Philippine Airlines
Website
philippineairlines.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
11 h 20 min
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
AirAsia Philippines
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Manila
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $440
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
12 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Bus operators
El Nido Van Transfer
Website
elnidotransfer.com
Bus from Puerto Princesa to El Nido
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16
Schedules at
elnidotransfer.com
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
aleson-shipping.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
$64
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 Manila
Ave. Duration
42 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Schedules at
travel.2go.com.ph
Super Value Class
$50 - $70
Mega Value Class
$50 - $70
Tourist Class
$50 - $75
Cabin for 4
$70 - $85
Stateroom for 2
$140 - $170
Suiteroom for 2
$150 - $180
Car ferry from Manila to Coron
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$22 - $50
Schedules at
travel.2go.com.ph
Super Value Class
$22 - $26
Tourist Class
$30 - $40
Cabin for 4
$35 - $50
Cabin for 6
$35 - $50
Stateroom for 3
$117
Atienza Shipping Lines
Website
facebook.com
Car ferry from Manila to Coron
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$26
Schedules at
facebook.com
Car ferry from Manila to El Nido
Ave. Duration
36 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$32
Schedules at
facebook.com
M/BCA Bunso Transport
Website
facebook.com
Ferry from Coron to El Nido, Palawan
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
facebook.com
Book at
biyaheroes.com
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