There are 3 ways to get from Semporna to Palawan by bus, car ferry, ferry, taxi 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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Bus, car ferry, ferry  •  3 days 7 h

  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 Port to Cebu
  4. Take the ferry from Cebu to Iloilo
  5. Take the ferry from Lapuz Wharf Iloilo to Puerto Princesa

$133 - $184

Cheapest option

Taxi, fly  •  11 h 55 min

  1. Take a taxi from Semporna to Tawau
  2. Fly from Tawau (TWU) to Puerto Princesa (PPS) TWU - PPS

$122 - $350

1 alternative option

Bus, car ferry, Local Banca  •  4 days 15 h

  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 Manila
  4. Take the car ferry from Manila to El Nido
  5. Take the Local Banca from El Nido, Palawan to Sabang Pier

$183 - $238

Questions & Answers

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 3 days 7 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 days 7 h 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 15 h 55 min and has two stopovers.

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Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia Philippines and two other airlines offer flights from Tawau 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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Map of how to get from Semporna to Palawan.
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  • Distance: 383.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 days 7 h

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 walk to Zamboanga Port, take the car ferry to Cebu, take the 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 a vehicle from Semporna to Palawan via Sandakan, Sandakan Harbour, Zamboanga, Manila, El Nido, El Nido, Palawan, and Sabang Pier in around 4 days 15 h.

Airlines
AirAsia Philippines
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Manila
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $500
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
15 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Guangzhou Baiyun, Manila
Ave. Duration
14 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Cebu Pacific
Website
cebupacificair.com
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Manila
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $300
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
12 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $410
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
14 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $410
Philippine Airlines
Website
philippineairlines.com
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
19 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Bus operators
Dyana Express
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Semporna to Sandakan Express Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
dyanaexpressblog.blogspot.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 - $180
Atienza Shipping Lines
Website
facebook.com
Car ferry from Manila to El Nido
Ave. Duration
36 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$32
Schedules at
facebook.com
Local Banca
Ferry from El Nido, Palawan to Sabang Pier
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26
Other operators
Taxi from Semporna to Tawau
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Estimated price
$28 - $35

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