A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons El Nido vs. Penang

Should you visit El Nido or Penang?

Should I visit El Nido or Penang? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

El Nido

El Nido is a coastal destination on the Philippine island of Palawan. It consists of about 45 islands and islets all with beautiful beachfront scenery and plenty of opportunities for experiencing nature above and below the water. Some of the island's best features include limestone karst cliffs, coral reefs, lagoons, coves, and waterfalls.

Penang

Just off the northwestern coast of Malaysia is the charming and diverse island state of Penang. As the link between the ancient kingdoms of Asia and Europe's colonial empire, this area is enriched with Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences. This exciting culture is centered in George Town, the main city of the state.

Which city is cheaper, Penang or El Nido?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in El Nido is $37, while the average daily cost in Penang is $94. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for El Nido and Penang in more detail.




Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $26 in El Nido For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $86 for a double occupancy room in Penang.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    El Nido $13
    Penang $43
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    El Nido $26
    Penang $86


Food

In El Nido travelers spend around $11 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

In Penang travelers spend around $31 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    El Nido $11
    Penang $31

Typical Food prices in Penang

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Penang:


  • Snack
    $1.94
  • Dinner at The Suffolk House (for 2)
    $83
  • Lunch at Sakae Sushi (for 2)
    $70
  • Lassy Juice
    $1.69
  • Dinner for 2
    $3.63
  • Street Stall Food
    $0.68
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    $4.60
  • Italian Lunch (for Two)
    $12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Penang

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Penang.

  • Dinner at Penang Hill: $91
  • Private Dinner at THE TOP with Skywalk Experience from Penang: $103
  • Private Malaysian Cooking Tour with Lunch from Penang: $119


Local Transportation

El Nido's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $18 per person, per day on transportation in El Nido.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $11 per day to get around in Penang.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    El Nido $18
    Penang $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in El Nido

Also for El Nido, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • El Nido to Puerto Princesa - Private Transfer: $115
  • El Nido to Sabang Private Transfer: $140
  • One Way Sharing Van Transfer El Nido to Puerto Princesa: $10
  • Palawan Transfers between El Nido and Puerto Princesa: $30
  • Private Van Transfer: One way El Nido to Puerto Princesa: $103

Typical Local Transportation prices in Penang

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Penang:


  • Local Bus
    $1.45
  • Island Ferry
    $0.58
  • Bus From Airport to George Town
    $0.65
  • Taxi From Airport to George Town
    $11
  • Motorbike Rental (One Day)
    $7.26
  • Bicycle Rental (One Day)
    $2.42

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Penang

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Penang:

  • Shared Transfer: Penang Airport to Penang Beach and City Hotels: $11
  • Private Transfer: Penang International Airport to Penang Beach or City Hotels: $22
  • Private Penang Arrival transfer to Hotel: $12
  • Private Economy Penang Airport Transfer-Departure: $25
  • Private Airport Transfer: Penang Island to Penang International Airport (PEN): $17
  • Penang to Kuala Lumpur transfer with sightseeing(optional): $206
  • Penang City to Kuala Lumpur International Airport One-way Transfer: $103
  • Penang City to Kuala Lumpur City One-way Transfer: $103
  • Penang City Hotels to Kuala Lumpur Airport One-way Transfer: $103
  • Penang Arrival Transfer: $11
  • Penang Airport Transfer to any Georgetown City Hotel or vice versa: $19
  • Escape Theme Park with One-Way Transfer from Penang: $60


Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in El Nido can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $5.10 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $45 per person, per day in Penang. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    El Nido $5.10
    Penang $45

Tours and Activities in El Nido

For El Nido, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Snorkeling/Island Hopping Tour A: $24
  • El Nido Island Hopping Tours(A-D): $25
  • EL Nido Tour A: $26
  • El Nido Island Hopping (Tour A) – Full Day: $28
  • Island Hopping Tour's,private Tours,packages Tours,transportation's: $30
  • El Nido Island Hopping Tour B: $32
  • EL Nido Tour D: $33
  • EL Nido Tour B: $35
  • El Nido Tour A With Big Or Small Lagoon: $39
  • EL Nido Tour C: $40
  • El Nido to Puerto Princesa via Underground River Tour: $49
  • Nacpan El Nido Tour: $50

Typical Entertainment prices in Penang

Here are a few typical costs in Penang for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Butterfly Gardens
    $7.50
  • Trishaw Tour (One Hour)
    $7.26
  • Fort Cornwallis Entrance
    $0.48
  • Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi Entrance
    $2.42

Tours and Activities in Penang

Here are a few actual costs in Penang for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 10 days Non-stop Excitement Peninsular Malaysia Private Tour: $2,031
  • A Fabulous Day in Penang (Private Tour with Lunch): $109
  • Full Day Kedah and Mount Jerai Tour with Lunch from Penang: $106
  • Full Day Lost World of Tambun Tour from Penang: $115
  • Group Tour : Full Day Pulau Penang Exploration with English Speaking Guide: $81
  • Group Tour : Half Day Penang Guided Trip: $61
  • Orangutan & Charcoal Factory Tour: $154
  • Penang Day Tour and Sightseeing: $62
  • Penang Day Tour and Sightseeing: $62
  • Penang Full-Day Private Customizable Tour with Pick Up: $70
  • Penang Heritage Tour: $90
  • Penang Hill and Temple Tour: $36


Alcohol

Typically, people visiting El Nido spend on average $7.93 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Penang may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $14 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    El Nido $7.93
    Penang $14

Typical Alcohol prices in Penang

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Penang:


  • Beer
    $1.94



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between El Nido and Penang, we can see that Penang is more expensive. And not only is El Nido much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to El Nido would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in El Nido and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Penang would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Penang than you might in El Nido.

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