A question that is frequently asked by travelers is how to get from El Nido to Coron?
In this guide, I’m going to tell you exactly how you can get to Coron from El Nido, the modes of transport available, and all the tips and tricks for making your transfer as easy and as fuss-free as possible.
I’m going to be focussing primarily on how to get to Coron from El Nido by ferry, how to get from Puerto Princesa to Coron, and my favorite pick of them all, a multi-day island-hopping expedition to Coron from El Nido!
We’re coving everything from the El Nido to Coron fast ferry, all the information you’ll need about the El Nido ferry terminal, and the many different ways you can travel from Puerto Princesa to Coron.
OVERVIEW – EL NIDO TO CORON
Here is a quick overview of all the ways you can get to Coron that you will find in this post:
- El Nido to Coron by ferry
- Getting to Coron by plane
- 3D 2N Island-hopping Expedition
- Puerto Princesa to Coron by ferry
EL NIDO TO CORON – BY FERRY
The main mode of transport is the El Nido to Coron ferry… So let’s get started.
There are 2 daily ferries leaving to Coron from El Nido. One ferry takes 6 hours and the El Nido to Coron fast ferry takes 3 to 4 hours. The slow ferry costs around 1300 pesos per person whilst the fast ferry costs around 1700 pesos per person.
You can book your ticket online for the ferry or pop into one of the tour desks along the main street in El Nido town the day before you plan to travel to secure your ticket.
The El Nido to Coron ferry route passes a few well-known islands such as Linapacan and San Miguel which are home to beautiful beaches and landscapes. Some companies offer tour packages of the three islands.
Along with the slow and fast ferries, you also have the option to take a cargo ferry to Coron. This takes around 8 hours with the budget ticket costing 1500 pesos.
The El Nido ferry terminal is at the west point of the main beach. All boats, cargo ships, and ferries leave from the El Nido Ferry Terminal. You also have the option to take a private boat from El Nido To Coron but if you’re wanting to do things on a budget, I’d stick with the public options.
As you can see, the ferry journey from to Coron is very straight forward. The return journey from Coron To El Nido is just the same.
El Nido Island Hopping
CORON TO EL NIDO
To get from Coron to El Nido, you can take the Montenegro Fast Ferry from the Coron Port back to El Nido Ferry Terminal.
The Coron to El Nido Fast ferry departs at 12:00 pm and get’s to back to El Nido Ferry Terminal at 3:30 pm. The fast ferry costs 1850 pesos per person.
Coron Island Hopping
EL NIDO TO CORON – BY PLANE
If you’re really not feeling that boating life then you can actually fly to Coron from El Nido. Ayala Group operates one flight on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Their schedules change so it’s best to check their website.
You’ll pay around 2600 pesos for a one-way ticket. The plane will depart El Nido Airport and land at the Francisco B. Reyes Airport in Coron. The flight time is around 40 minutes.
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EL NIDO TO CORON – 3D & 2N EXPEDITION
Are you looking for the ultimate adventure in Palawan?! Well, I can tell you now, Island Hopping to Coron is the definition of ultimate adventure!
The El Nido to Coron tour with Buhay Isla is a 3 Day’s and 2 Night’s expedition on a traditional ‘bangka’ boat stopping at a number of remote islands to explore deserted beaches, snorkel the colorful coral reefs, soak up the sun on the deck, and camp out in beachside bungalows under the stars.
The cost of a 3 day and 2 night’s island-hopping expedition will set you back 15,500 pesos. It’s worth every cent and I guarantee you will make memories to last a lifetime!
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Island Hopping Expedition
PUERTO PRINCESA TO CORON
Being located on two islands, travel from Puerto Princesa to Coron is never going to be the most straightforward unless you choose to fly.
However, in this guide, I aim to give you all the information you need to make your travel between the two islands as simple as possible.
To break it down there are 3 different ways to get from Puerto Princesa to Coron and they are Ferry, Bus and Ferry, or by Plane.
Let’s discuss them all…
PUERTO PRINCESA TO CORON – BY PLANE
This by far is the fastest and most convenient way of traveling from Puerto Princesa to Coron.
You can get a direct flight from Puerto Princesa to Coron so if you’re looking to save time, then this is the option for you. The international airport in Puerto Princesa is just a short distance from the city.
The flight time is around 1 hour and 10 minutes with only 2 airlines providing the service between Puerto Princesa and Coron. Air Juan and AirSWIFT. Flight prices can change depending on the time of year.
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PUERTO PRINCESA TO CORON – BY FERRY
If you’re not okay with ferry crossings and long ones at that, then this one probably isn’t for you.
You can take the Puerto Princesa to Coron ferry, every Sunday using the travel company, 2GO.
This ferry crossing is direct and takes around 11 hours. Leaving Puerto Princesa at 7:00 am and getting to Coron at 6:00 pm that afternoon.
If you’re wanting to keep things simple on your travel from Puerto Princesa to Coron and you’re not afraid of a long ferry crossing, then this could be the one for you.
PUERTO PRINCESA TO CORON – BY BUS & FERRY
This next option is for those of you who don’t mind a full day of travel but would prefer if some of that travel was on something other than the Puerto Princesa to Coron ferry.
This one includes a bus. The way to reduce your time on the ferry is to first take the bus from Puerto Princesa to El Nido, then hop on the ferry to Coron.
Although this cuts out the time you’re on the ferry to Coron, it does however massively increase your travel time.
There are shared vans or private vans available daily to get from Puerto Princesa to El Nido and the journey time takes around 5 to 6 hours.
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This is where the massive downside comes in. Upon reaching the El Nido Ferry Terminal, you then have to wait until you can board the ferry to Coron…
The ferry departs at 6:00 am the next morning meaning you have to wait overnight before being able to board the ferry.
Although a more affordable option and it does cut down the time you’re on the ferry, this is by far the longest form of travel to get from Puerto Princesa to Coron.
So, how to get to Coron from Puerto Princesa? Simply the easiest route is to fly. The longest route is to catch the bus then hop on the ferry or if you want to strike a happy medium, then just jump on the ferry at Puerto Princesa and wait out the 11-hour crossing all the way to Coron.
Twin Lagoon in Coron
THINGS TO DO IN CORON
Now that you’ve got all the information on how to get to Coron, you may want to read my Coron travel guides listed below:
Mt Tapyas Viewpoint
WHERE TO STAY IN CORON
Coron has countless accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Coron to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Bacau Bay Resort Coron
Bacau Bay Resort is a 4-star accommodation close to the town. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, kids club, a relaxation spa, and free wifi throughout the property. Choose from a deluxe room or premier suite which are fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, seating area, wardrobe, kitchenette, private bathroom, spacious living, and large comfortable beds. Breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect place to stay in Coron for couples, families, and friends.
Mid Range: Vienna Hotel
One of the best mid-range accommodations in Coron is Vienna Hotel. Centrally located in Coron town, featuring a swimming pool, massage services, in-house restaurant, bar, free wifi, and a rooftop terrace overlooking Coron Bay. The rooms are fitted with a desk, flat-screen tv, fridge, seating area, private bathroom, outside balcony, and large comfortable beds. American, Asian, Continental, English, or buffet breakfast is included for all guests. Recommended for couples, families, and friends.
Budget: Hop Hostel
Hop Hostel is one of the best and most popular hostels in Coron. Perfect for couples, friends, and solo travelers on a budget. Centrally located in Coron town and walking distance to Mt Tapyas, cafes, restaurants, bars and public markets. Choose from either a Dorm room, Queen room, or Quadruple room with air conditioning and comfortable beds. The private rooms are fitted with a fridge, microwave, coffee machine, and wardrobe. There’s also free wifi, a shared kitchen, lounge area, and rooftop bar/terrace with incredible views of Coron Bay. Breakfast is also available for all guests.
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BEST CORON TOURS
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Another option for accommodation in Coron is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.
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