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There are 4 ways to get from Semporna to Palawan by bus, car ferry, ferry 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.

Recommended option

Bus, car ferry, ferry  •  2 days 16h

  1. Take the bus from Semporna to Sandakan Express Bus Terminal
  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

$130 - $162

Cheapest option

Minibus to Tawau, fly to Puerto Princesa  •  14h 38m

  1. Take the Minibus from Semporna to Tawau Airport
  2. Fly from Tawau (TWU) to Puerto Princesa (PPS) TWU - PPS

$118 - $341

2 alternative options

Bus to Kota Kinabalu, fly to Puerto Princesa  •  17h 43m

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

$140 - $992

Minibus to Tawau, fly to El Nido, Local Banca  •  21h 20m

  1. Take the Minibus from Semporna to Tawau Airport
  2. Fly from Tawau (TWU) to El Nido (ENI) TWU - ENI
  3. Take the Local Banca from El Nido, Palawan to Sabang Pier

$173 - $285

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Semporna to Palawan is to bus and car ferry and ferry which costs RM 500 - RM 700 and takes 2 days 16h.

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The quickest way to get from Semporna to Palawan is to Minibus and fly which costs RM 490 - RM 1500 and takes 14h 38m.

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The distance between Semporna and Palawan is 614 km.

The best way to get from Semporna to Palawan without a car is to bus and car ferry and ferry which takes 2 days 16h and costs RM 500 - RM 700.

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It takes approximately 2 days 16h to get from Semporna to Palawan, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Tawau Airport to Puerto Princesa Airport. The quickest flight takes 16h 15m and has two stopovers.

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Philippine Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia Philippines and two other airlines offer flights from Tawau 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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Map of how to get from Semporna to Palawan.
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  • Distance: 383.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 days 16h

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

There is no direct connection from Semporna to Palawan. However, you can take the bus to Sandakan, take the taxi to Sandakan Harbour, take the car ferry to Zamboanga, take the car ferry to Iloilo, take the walk to Lapuz Wharf Iloilo, take the ferry to Puerto Princesa, then take the taxi to Palawan. Alternatively, you can take the Minibus to Tawau Airport, take the walk to Tawau airport, fly to Puerto Princesa, then take the taxi to Palawan.

Airlines
Cebu Pacific
Website
cebupacificair.com
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Manila
Ave. Duration
10h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $300
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
12h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $430
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Guangzhou Baiyun, Manila
Ave. Duration
14h 45m
When
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Manila
Ave. Duration
7h 26m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $280
Island Transvoyager
Website
air-swift.com
Flights from Tawau to El Nido via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
14h 6m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Tawau to El Nido via Kota Kinabalu, Manila
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $370
Flights from Tawau to El Nido via Kuala Lumpur, Mactan–Cebu
Ave. Duration
10h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Tawau to El Nido via Kota Kinabalu, Bandar Seri Begawan, Manila
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $230
Flights from Tawau to El Nido via Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Manila
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
AirAsia Philippines
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Macau, Manila
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Manila
Ave. Duration
17h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $500
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Manila
Ave. Duration
12h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $440
Philippine Airlines
Website
philippineairlines.com
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
19h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
11h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
11h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $800
Bus operators
Dyana Express
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Semporna to Sandakan Express Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
dyanaexpressblog.blogspot.com
Bus from Semporna to Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
dyanaexpressblog.blogspot.my
Syarikat Uddang
Website
12go.asia
Bus from Semporna to Tawau Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$24
Schedules at
easybook.com
Sentosa Express
Website
sentosa.com.sg
Bus from Semporna to Kota Kinabalu North Bus Terminal Inanam
Ave. Duration
11h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
easybook.com
Ferry operators
Aleson Shipping
Phone
63 (062) 992-0970
Website
facebook.com
Car ferry from Sandakan Harbour to Zamboanga
Ave. Duration
16h
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
14h
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
24h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
facebook.com
Local Banca
Ferry from El Nido, Palawan to Sabang Pier
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26

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