Update October 26, 2014: They are now operating again here in Palawan.
I’ve been seeing the new RORO Bus here in Palawan lately. It got the craze of the people because this was the first time they saw an aircon bus that passes by the National Road. I’ve been wanting to try it out and after our trip to Sabang in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan I was finally able to ride one of these buses.
I could not help but compare the new buses to the shuttle services available from Puerto Princesa to El Nido such as Lexus Shuttle Service and Eulen Joy. The following list are my comparisons to the bus versus the van transport service.
If you ask me why I love Lexus Shuttle Service it’s because of their fixed schedule. Whether they are full or not, their van will leave on schedule. Plus, they have a target travel time. Fortunately, the new RORO Bus also does that but it only has 2 trips everyday to El Nido, 6AM and 2PM. Unlike Lexus who now has 5 trips a day to El Nido.
Buses have a travel time from Puerto Princesa to El Nido of around 6-7 hours.
But according to the conductors that I’ve been talking too, there will be more buses that will arrive at the end of this month (February 2012) and their target is to have a trip every hour from 4AM to 8PM to El Nido. Not only is this good news to travellers but also to locals as the latest bus that passes on the National Road is only about 3 to 4PM, with the full implementation of the RORO Bus the locals will now have the convenience of the transportation even in the evening.
Personally, I’m excited to see the developments of the RORO Bus as this will push the quality of service and lower prices around Palawan. I think I’ll make another post on their schedules when all their buses are here.
North Palawan: From Puerto Princesa to El Nido or vice versa.
South Palawan: From Puerto Princesa to Rio Tuba or vice versa.
Yahoo! Night trips!!!!
Vans from Puerto Princesa to El Nido costs 500 Pesos/person but the RORO Bus only costs
483 Pesos/person. The downside of the RORO Bus though is that it is expensive when you’re only going to ride short distances like from Puerto Princesa to Roxas, vans only cost 150-180 Pesos/person while the RORO Bus costs 220 Pesos/person.
Update January 14, 2014: The current rate is 380 Pesos/person (one-way)Â from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. Southern Palawan trips are still the same.
One of the things I hate about the transportation in the Philippines is that it does not have good leg room for someone as tall as me but for the RORO Bus I give it a thumbs up as I could comfortably sit on the seat without hitting my knees on the front seat.
4. View Outside
Ever got a sit in the middle of van and you want to see the view outside? It’s one of the hardest feelings but with the RORO Bus I think that problem is no longer a problem.
5. Centrifugal Force
There are a lot of zigzag parts on the road when I rode the RORO Bus, I never felt the centrifugal force that pushes me to the window whenever we made a turn like in the vans. Therefore, this ads to more comfort.
6. Night Trips
Starting March 8, 2012 the RORO Bus going to El Nido from Puerto Princesa now has a night trip everyday. Their bus leaves at 10PM and will be arriving around 3 to 4 AM. This is good as you would have more time to go around and enjoy the attraction of El Nido and Puerto Princesa than having to travel during daytime. Hooray! 🙂
Would I prefer the RORO Bus to the Shuttle Vans?
In terms of comfort the RORO Bus exceeds the Shuttle Vans but due to the lack of schedule I still prefer the shuttle vans as my priority is to have more flexibility with my time. But it’s still too early to make a conclusion, I’ll be waiting for the advancement of the RORO Buses here in Palawan.
Update: They now have more schedules than the Shuttle Vans. I now prefer RORO Bus. 😀
For more information/reservation on the RORO Buses in Palawan you may contact them at the following numbers
San Jose Terminal in Puerto Princesa – Globe 0917-597-1189, Sun 0922-890-1044, Smart 0908-920-2568
El Nido Terminal – Mang Benson or Ate Susan 0921-255-2765
If you’re looking for Island Hopping Tours in El Nido, I recommend booking with Northern Hope Tours.
Northern Hope Tours Details
- 0939-902-2216 (Smart)
- 0927-735-3221 (Globe)
Reserve your tours ahead of time by calling Northern Hope Tours so you could reserve a slot. They do get fully booked.
|January 3, 2012||Update on their contact numbers.|
|December 08, 2012||Update on the schedule for Northern and Southern Palawan|
|March 23, 2012||Updated the schedule for Southern Palawan and its tariff|
|March 14, 2012||Updated the schedule for Northern Palawan|
|November 28, 2013||Updated schedule and fare.|
|January 14, 2014||Updated schedule and fare.|
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