Last updated: Sep 17, 2019


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How To Get From Puerto Princesa to Port Barton?

Port Barton is a small coastal village in the Philippines, in the region of San Vicente on Palawan island. Though not as famous as El Nido, Port Barton is worth a visit. Its calm vibe and uncrowded beaches and resorts make it a great place to unwind and reconnect with nature. If you can’t’ get enough of island hopping adventures, be sure to include Port Barton in your plans.

The journey from Puerto Princesa to Port Barton takes between 3.5-4 hours. The cheapest way to travel to Port Barton is by bus (300 PHP), but we recommend to pay 50 PHP more and take a van instead.

The last option is to go on the adventure path and rent a motorbike to explore the north of Palawan. When you go by motorbike, it will likely take a bit longer as you don’t want to compete with the fast driving vans.

Transport modeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus4h250 PHP ($4.70)Online tickets not available
Van3.5h350 PHP ($7)Check tickets
Motorbike5h350 PHP – 800 PHP ($7-$15.50) per dayOnline tickets not available


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Puerto Princesa to Port Barton by Bus

Duration: 4 hours
Costs: 300 PHP ($5.70)

From Puerto Princesa, you can take the bus from the San Jose Terminal. Unfortunately, there is only 1 trip per day, so plan ahead.

The bus leaves at 9:00 from the terminal and is not air-conditioned.

The bus fare is 300 PHP ($5.70), and the trip takes 4 hours. The bus drops passengers off at the bus terminal in the town center.


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Puerto Princesa to Port Barton by Van

Duration: 3.5 hours
Costs: 350 PHP ($7)

As there are not many bus trips, taking a van from Puerto Princesa to Port Barton gives you more choice.

There are vans available at the same San Jose Terminal, and operate from 07:00 to 16:00. The van fare from the terminal is 350 PHP ($7), but you can also buy your ticket in advance on Klook for the same fare.

The big advantage of booking online is that it includes a pick up service at your hotel. The van of Klook departs 4 times a day: At 9:30, 11:30, 14,30 and the last one at 17:30

It’s also possible to go directly from the airport. However, van operators usually charge 500 PHP ($9.50) per person for the trip. Port Barton is quite a small municipality, so vans may drop you off right in front of your hotel or guesthouse.

Tip: The van is the most preferred mode of transport in Palawan. The seats can fill up quickly, so always try to book a van at least 1 day in advance!

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Puerto Princesa to Port Barton by Motorbike

Duration: 3.5 hours
Costs: 350 PHP – 800 PHP ($7-$15.50) per day

Motorbikes are also available for rent in Puerto Princesa. This is a good option if you prefer a more independent way of travelling.

Most of the bike rental shops are located along Rizal Street, between Junction No. 1 and the Old Airport. The shops charge a rental fee of 350 PHP – 800 PHP ($7-$15.50) , depending on the type of motorbike you rent. They usually give discounts for long-term rentals.

The downside with renting a motorbike is that the shop often takes your passport until you return the motorbike. Also, most of the motorbikes are not insured. Basically, you have to rent a motorbike at your own risk.

Raod conditions

Always read the terms and conditions of the contract before you sign. Also, it’s a good idea to inspect the bike and list any scratches or minor damages. Be sure to provide one copy of the list to the shop.

Vans at the San Jose Terminal are willing to bring your luggage for you for 50 PHP ($0.90) per bag. You can arrange the luggage pick-up with the dispatchers or drivers. The usual pick-up place is at Ballesteros Street in Port Barton.

Have money to spare? Why not rent a car? You can expect to pay 3,000 PHP to 5,000 PHP ($57 – $97) per day. As a precautionary measure, also make sure you read the contract and understand it fully.

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