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

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Bus, car ferry, ferry  •  3 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 Port to Cebu
  4. Take the ferry from Cebu to Iloilo
  5. Take the ferry from Lapuz Wharf Iloilo to Puerto Princesa

$131 - $183

Cheapest option

Fly  •  8 h 6 min

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

$127 - $971

1 alternative option

Bus, car ferry  •  4 days 3 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 Pier 4 to Puerto Princesa

$154 - $243

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kota Kinabalu to Palawan is to bus and car ferry and ferry which costs RM 500 - RM 800 and takes 3 days 7 h.

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The quickest way to get from Kota Kinabalu to Palawan is to fly which costs RM 500 - RM 4100 and takes 8 h 6 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 3 days 7 h and costs RM 500 - RM 800.

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It takes approximately 3 days 7 h 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 15 min and has one stopover.

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

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There are five+ 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: 3 days 7 h

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

Cebu Pacific, AirAsia Philippines and two other airlines fly from Kota Kinabalu to Palawan twice daily.

Airlines
Cebu Pacific
Website
cebupacificair.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Manila
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$70 - $280
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Manila, Cebu
Ave. Duration
13 h 15 min
When
Thursday
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, Friday 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
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
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
George and Peter Lines Inc.
Website
gplines.com
Car ferry from Zamboanga Port to Cebu
Ave. Duration
16 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
superferry2go.com
Cokaliong Shipping
Website
cokaliongshipping.com
Ferry from Cebu to Iloilo
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Schedules at
cokaliongshipping.com
Economy
$15
Tourist
$17
Cabin
$19
Suite Room
$45
Trans Asia Shipping
Website
transasiashipping.com
Ferry from Cebu City to Iloilo
Ave. Duration
14 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$14 - $45
Schedules at
transasiashipping.com
Private
$45
Cabin
$19
Tourist
$17
2nd Class
$15
Montenegro Shipping and Ferries
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
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 - $170
Car ferry from Manila Pier 4 to Puerto Princesa
Ave. Duration
31 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Schedules at
travel.2go.com.ph
Book at
travel.2go.com.ph
Super Value Class
$27 - $40
Tourist Class
$35 - $45
Cabin
$55 - $60
Stateroom for 3
$128

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