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There are 5 ways to get from Sabah to El Nido by plane, bus, ferry or car 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 El Nido  •  4 h 31 min

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

$116 - $208

Cheapest option

Fly to Francisco B. Reyes, ferry  •  10 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) to Francisco B. Reyes (USU) BKI - USU
  2. Take the ferry from Coron to El Nido, Palawan

$113 - $346

3 alternative options

Fly to Puerto Princesa, Mini Van  •  14 h 19 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  •  2 days 23 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
  5. Take the bus from Puerto Princesa City to El Nido

$125 - $155

Bus, car ferry, ferry via Manila  •  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

$167 - $250

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sabah to El Nido is to bus and car ferry and ferry which costs RM 500 - RM 650 and takes 2 days 23 h.

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The quickest way to get from Sabah to El Nido is to fly which costs RM 480 - RM 900 and takes 4 h 31 min.

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The distance between Sabah and El Nido is 674 km.

The best way to get from Sabah to El Nido without a car is to bus and car ferry and ferry which takes 2 days 23 h and costs RM 500 - RM 650.

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It takes approximately 4 h 31 min to get from Sabah 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 10 h 15 min and has one stopover.

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AirAsia Philippines, Island Transvoyager and Royal Brunei Airlines offer flights from Kota Kinabalu Airport to El Nido Airport.

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There are 240+ hotels available in El Nido. Prices start at $18 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sabah to Kota Kinabalu Airport is to taxi which takes 9 min and costs RM 14 - RM 18.

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Map of how to get from Sabah to El Nido.
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  • Distance: 421.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 31 min

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

AirAsia Philippines, Island Transvoyager and Royal Brunei Airlines fly from Penampang to El Nido once daily.

Airlines
Island Transvoyager
Website
air-swift.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to El Nido via Manila
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to El Nido via Bandar Seri Begawan, Manila
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $200
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
12 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Cebgo
Website
cebupacificair.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Francisco B. Reyes via Manila
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $300
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
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
11 h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
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
SkyJet
Website
flyskyjetair.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Francisco B. Reyes via Manila
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $300
Bus operators
El Nido Van Transfer
Email
tickets@elnidotransfer.com
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
Cherry Bus Palawan
Phone
+63 48 434 0752
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Puerto Princesa City to El Nido
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
facebook.com
Book at
pinoytravel.com.ph
Ferry operators
Montenegro Shipping and Ferries
Email
operations.msli@gmail.com
Website
facebook.com
Ferry from Coron to El Nido, Palawan
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$33
Schedules at
biyaheroes.com
Book at
12go.asia
Ferry from Lapuz Wharf Iloilo to Puerto Princesa
Ave. Duration
24 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
facebook.com
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
Car ferry from Zamboanga to Manila
Ave. Duration
37 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice 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
Phone
+639998817266
Website
facebook.com
Car ferry from Manila to Coron
Ave. Duration
16 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
facebook.com

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