El Nido To Coron Ferry: How To Use The Fast Ferry In Palawan

Coron, Palawan is a scenic island destination located just north of the more famous El Nido, and a lot of tourists nowadays like to visit both places on the same trip.

In the old days, there was no easy way to travel from El Nido to Coron or vice versa. They weren’t linked to each other by flights or fast ferries, so you had to fly out to Manila or Cebu and then fly back in, which was an expensive hassle.

Thankfully, that’s all changed now! There are new flights and fast ferries linking the two places in the Philippines, and this mini guide will explain how you can use them!


Palm trees in El Nido Coron Palawan
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El Nido To Coron Ferry – How To Book

There are now two companies running a fast ferry route between Coron and El Nido — Phimal Fast Ferry and Montenegro Shipping Lines — and you can book them online.

Phimal departs once daily, leaving at 8:20 AM from El Nido or 1 PM from Coron. Montenegro has two departure times daily, leaving at 6 AM and 12 PM from either place.

We booked Montenegro on Biyaheroes.com and everything went smoothly. Our experience with the ferry was great. Very comfortable and safe, although the A/C was too cold.

The price with either company is about 1,800 Pesos ($35 USD) and you get 2 free pieces of luggage per person. You can pay by credit/debit card or Paypal, along with some other options.

The journey from/to Coron takes 3-4 hours. Occasionally there’s some potential for the ferry to be canceled if there are storms or big waves, in which case you may want to consider flying instead.
 

El Nido Miniloc island in Palawan Philippines
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Beach hammock in Coron, Palawan, Philippines
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Travel guy relaxing on a beach in Coron, Palawan, Philippines
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Direct Flights From El Nido To Coron

In 2019, AirSWIFT started doing direct flights from El Nido airport to Coron and vice versa. You can book it on their website.

The flight from El Nido (ENI) to Coron Busuanga (USU) is 40 minutes and costs about 4,000 Pesos ($75 USD).

This is the most reliable option for going between the two places. Flights are way less likely to be canceled than the ferries.

Book Now: https://www.airswift.com

Plane at the Lio airport in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
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Coron Palawan drone picture cliffs
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More Palawan Travel Tips

I hope this guide was helpful for planning your El Nido trip. Looking for more information on Palawan island in the Philippines?

Don’t forget to check out my full El Nido Travel Guide with free tips, photos, and more!

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