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Whether you fly from Manila to El Nido or Puerto Princesa, you will need to take a boat, jeepney, minivan or hitch-hike to get to Port Barton.  This amazing beach town is located a bit off the beaten path, which makes getting here all the more exciting.

Coming From Puerto Princesa:

To get to Port Barton from Puerto Princesa, many people hire a minivan for about 4500p, which takes about 2.5 hours. We opted for the once daily jeepney that departs at 9:00am from Puerto Princesa. The cost of this was 250p/person and took about 3.5 hours. The minivans and jeepney depart from the San Jose Terminal (New Market) 7kms outside of Puerto Princesa town. The cost of a tricycle to the terminal is between 50p and 80p depending on how many people (60p for 2).

the once daily jeepney from Puerto Princesa to Port Barton, Philippines
the once daily jeepney from Puerto Princesa to Port Barton, Philippines
inside the jeepney from Puerto Princesa to Port Barton, Philippines
inside the jeepney from Puerto Princesa to Port Barton, Philippines

Port Barton is such a small village that the jeepney will drop you off right outside of your guesthouse.  Just tell the driver where you want to go.  We recommend El Busero Inn.

Going To El Nido:

From Port Barton, many people choose to hire a boat to take them to El Nido or San Vicente. The cost is about 1200p/person.

For El Nido, we chose to take the once daily jeepney at 8:00am to Roxas (150p, taking 1.5 hours). At Roxas, you will need to switch to a bus/minivan coming from Puerto Princesa bound for El Nido. We ended up taking a minivan rather than waiting for a bus to come by from Puerto Princesa. The cost of the second leg (for us) was 350p and takes 4-5 hours.

inside the jeepney from Puerto Princesa to Port Barton, Philippines
the jeepney from Port Barton to Roxas, Philippines

At the time of writing (April, 2012), reservations for the jeepney or the bus weren’t available.  None of the phone numbers posted around town worked! Even the numbers given to us by the tourist office were incorrect. You will have to show up at the terminal an hour or so in advance in order to secure a seat, or a space on the floor.

12 thoughts on “Port Barton: Going To & Coming From

  1. I rode a motorcycle solo from Puerto to Port Barton. Awesome 2 hours through the jungle. Monkeys were running across the dirt path. Most fun I ever had.
    The national road is very good though. Beautiful scenery through the mountains.

  2. That sounds awesome Phil. I want to start doing more bike rentals/rides. We used to do it a lot in S.E.A and we want to get back into it. Philippines must be a great place for it! Beware of monkeys though.

  3. Hi There , I’m trying to decide where to stay if Puerto Princesa or Sabang Beach, since I like to see the subterranean river. The question is , I like to go to Port Barton after, and not sure if this would be more complicated from Sabang than from PP
    What’s your opinion? Is it more convenien to stay in PP and from there to P Barton or to see the river better to stay at Sabang? Thanks

  4. Hello everybody, we plan a trip to el Nido and Port Barton. Is there a Bus Connection between these villages ? How long does it take ?

  5. We’re heading to the Philippines this weekend for a couple of weeks. Really looking forward to it. Thanks for the tips on getting around. I’m leaning towards the Jeepney just for the experience.

  6. You said people hired a boat to take them from Port Barton to El Nido. How does one do that? Is is something you book in advance, or do you just show up on the port and hire someone?

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