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

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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Car ferry, ferry  •  2 days 9 h

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

$123 - $149

Cheapest option

Fly from Sandakan  •  15 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Sandakan (SDK) to Puerto Princesa (PPS) SDK - PPS

$89 - $307

1 alternative option

Bus to Kota Kinabalu, fly  •  15 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam
  2. Fly from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) to Puerto Princesa (PPS) BKI - PPS

$139 - $984

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sandakan to Palawan is to car ferry and ferry which costs RM 500 - RM 650 and takes 2 days 9 h.

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The quickest way to get from Sandakan to Palawan is to bus and fly which costs RM 550 - RM 4100 and takes 15 h 9 min.

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The distance between Sandakan and Palawan is 468 km.

The best way to get from Sandakan to Palawan without a car is to car ferry and ferry which takes 2 days 9 h and costs RM 500 - RM 650.

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It takes approximately 2 days 9 h to get from Sandakan 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 Sandakan to Sandakan Airport is to Minibus which takes 20 min and costs RM 2.

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Map of how to get from Sandakan to Palawan.
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  • Distance: 292.3 miles
  • Duration: 2 days 9 h

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

Malaysia Airlines, Cebu Pacific and three other airlines fly from Sandakan to Palawan hourly.

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 Sandakan to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Manila
Ave. Duration
12 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Flights from Sandakan to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Flights from Sandakan to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
15 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $390
Flights from Sandakan to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Singapore Changi, Mactan–Cebu
Ave. Duration
16 h
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $400
Flights from Sandakan to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Manila
Ave. Duration
16 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $450
Flights from Sandakan to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Manila, Iloilo
Ave. Duration
16 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $300
Flights from Sandakan to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Iloilo
Ave. Duration
17 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $400
Flights from Sandakan to Puerto Princesa via Tawau, Kota Kinabalu, Manila
Ave. Duration
17 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $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
Flights from Sandakan to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
14 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Sandakan to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Manila
Ave. Duration
16 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $470
Flights from Sandakan to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Guangzhou Baiyun, Manila
Ave. Duration
14 h 50 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
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
Flights from Sandakan to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Singapore Changi, Manila
Ave. Duration
13 h 40 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Sandakan to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
16 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Sandakan to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
15 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $430
Bus operators
Tung Ma Express
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
beautifulkk.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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