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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.

Recommended option

Bus, car ferry, ferry  •  2 days 15 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 Iloilo
  4. Take the ferry from Lapuz Wharf Iloilo to Puerto Princesa

$129 - $159

Cheapest option

Fly from Tawau  •  12 h 52 min

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

$105 - $330

1 alternative option

Bus to Kota Kinabalu, fly  •  19 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu
  2. Fly from Kota Kinabalu (BKI) to Puerto Princesa (PPS) BKI - PPS

$138 - $989

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Tawau to Palawan is to bus and car ferry and ferry which costs RM 500 - RM 700 and takes 2 days 15 h.

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The quickest way to get from Tawau to Palawan is to fly which costs RM 430 - RM 1400 and takes 12 h 52 min.

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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 and ferry which takes 2 days 15 h and costs RM 500 - RM 700.

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It takes approximately 2 days 15 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 17 h 40 min 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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The best way to get from Tawau to Tawau Airport is to taxi which takes 27 min and costs RM 45 - RM 55.

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Map of how to get from Tawau to Palawan.
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  • Distance: 404.3 miles
  • Duration: 2 days 15 h

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

AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and three other airlines fly from Tawau to Palawan hourly.

Airlines
Cebu Pacific
Website
cebupacificair.com
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Manila
Ave. Duration
11 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday 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 Kota Kinabalu, Manila, Iloilo
Ave. Duration
16 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $310
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu, Manila
Ave. Duration
16 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $310
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
16 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $410
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Senai, Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
16 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $410
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
AirAsia Philippines
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Manila
Ave. Duration
14 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $500
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
15 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,000
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kota Kinabalu, Guangzhou Baiyun, Manila
Ave. Duration
15 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $410
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
Philippine Airlines
Website
philippineairlines.com
Flights from Tawau to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
16 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Puerto Princesa via Kuala Lumpur, Manila
Ave. Duration
11 h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $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
Bintang Jaya Express
Website
bintangjayaexpress.com
Bus from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
bintangjayaexpress.com
Book at
easybook.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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