There are 3 ways to get from Tawau 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.

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Bus, car ferry  •  3 days 19 h

  1. Take the bus from Tawau Terminal Bus Sri Indah 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

$156 - $241

Cheapest option

Fly  •  11 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Tawau (TWU) to Puerto Princesa (PPS) TWU - PPS

$105 - $330

1 alternative option

Bus, car ferry, Local Banca  •  4 days 14 h

  1. Take the bus from Tawau Terminal Bus Sri Indah 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 El Nido
  5. Take the Local Banca from El Nido, Palawan to Sabang Pier

$183 - $236

Questions & Answers

The distance between Tawau and Palawan is 647 km.

The best way to get from Tawau to Palawan without a car is to bus and car ferry which takes 3 days 19 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 days 19 h to get from Tawau 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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The best way to get from Tawau to Tawau Airport is to taxi which takes 27 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Tawau to Palawan.
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  • Distance: 404.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 days 19 h

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

Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia Philippines and four other airlines fly from Tawau to Palawan hourly.

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
Sairah Express
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Tawau Terminal Bus Sri Indah to Sandakan
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
easybook.com
Book at
easybook.com
TransTedar Express
Website
transtedar.com
Bus from Tawau Terminal Bus Sri Indah to Sandakan
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
transtedar.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
$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 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
Car ferry from Manila Pier 4 to Puerto Princesa
Ave. Duration
24 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Schedules at
travel.2go.com.ph
Book at
travel.2go.com.ph
Super Value Class
$28 - $40
Tourist Class
$35 - $45
Cabin
$55 - $60
Stateroom for 3
$129
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
$27

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