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Puerto Princesa, Puerto Princesa City, Philippines

How much does it cost to travel to Puerto Princesa?

You should plan to spend around $74 (₱4,113) per day on your vacation in Puerto Princesa. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $20 (₱1,106) on meals
  • $52 (₱2,894) on local transportation
  • $49 (₱2,752) on hotels

A one week trip to Puerto Princesa for two people costs, on average, $1,030 (₱57,579). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Puerto Princesa cost?

A one week trip to Puerto Princesa usually costs around $515 (₱28,790) for one person and $1,030 (₱57,579) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Puerto Princesa on average costs around $1,030 (₱57,579) for one person and $2,060 (₱115,159) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Puerto Princesa will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Puerto Princesa on average costs around $2,207 (₱123,384) for one person and $4,415 (₱246,769) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Puerto Princesa has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Puerto Princesa expensive to visit?

Puerto Princesa is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in the Philippines, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It falls in the average range in the country for its prices. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Asia, Puerto Princesa is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Mount Kailash or Koh Phi Phi.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Puerto Princesa Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Puerto Princesa?

The average Puerto Princesa trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Puerto Princesa travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 2,752 ($49)
Local Transportation 1 2,894 ($52)
Food 2 1,106 ($20)
Entertainment 1 386 ($7)
Tips and Handouts 1 7 - 20 ($0 - 0)
Alcohol 2 393 - 1,180 ($7 - 21)
Accommodation Budget in Puerto Princesa
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Puerto Princesa is $25 (₱1,376). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Puerto Princesa is $49 (₱2,752). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Puerto Princesa

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Puerto Princesa based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $31. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Puerto Princesa
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Puerto Princesa is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $52 (₱2,894) per person, per day, on local transportation in Puerto Princesa.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Puerto Princesa
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Rental Cars in Puerto Princesa
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Food Budget in Puerto Princesa
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Puerto Princesa can vary, the average cost of food in Puerto Princesa is $20 (₱1,106) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Puerto Princesa should cost around $7.91 (₱442) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Puerto Princesa is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Puerto Princesa
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  • Entertainment and activities in Puerto Princesa typically cost an average of $6.90 (₱386) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Puerto Princesa
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Puerto Princesa is $0.24 (₱13) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Puerto Princesa is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Puerto Princesa
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  • The average person spends about $14 (₱787) on alcoholic beverages in Puerto Princesa per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Puerto Princesa
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  • On average, people spend $0.75 (₱42) on bottled water in Puerto Princesa per day. The public water in Puerto Princesa is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Puerto Princesa On a Budget
Puerto Princesa Dining on crab in Palawan, Philippines
The island of Palawan is known the Philippines' last frontier and its capital, Puerto Princesa, is considered the greenest city in the Philippines. With plenty of land that has yet to be explored and inundated with tourists, Puerto Princesa, also known as "The City of the Living God," is a nature buff's dream. Whether you want to swim with starfish, walk among the mangrove treetops, or visit the world's largest saltwater crocodile at the Palawan Nature Conservation Center, Puerto Princesa and its surrounding area offers plenty of opportunities to get into the great wide open.

Though green and clean, Puerto Princesa has fewer amenities and conveniences compared to larger cities. Be prepared ahead of time or withdraw enough cash to last you during your visit to Palawan in Puerto Princesa, as there aren't many ATMs or banks outside of large resorts throughout the island and even those available may charge you a pricey commission.
Most travelers don't visit Puerto Princesa for the city itself, as there's not much to do here. While Puerto Princesa does have White Beach (the only beach in town) to explore and a few good diving spots, it's more often used as a transit hub to get to other towns in Palawan. Still, if you have the time, Puerto Princesa may have enough to keep you busy for a day or two before you go on to other trips around Palawan.

Within the city, you can check out the main street, Rizal, which is the most bustling in the area. Most points of interest are local, including Robinson's Mall, and Immaculate Conception Cathedral, which was built in Romanesque style with twin towers. The Palawan Museum will give you a glimpse into the history and culture of the island through old tools and fossils. Next door is Plaza Cuartel, which is dedicated to the 143 soldiers burnt alive during by the Japanese Army in 1944.

Irawan Eco-Park offers forest canopy tours, the world's longest canopy zipline, and butterfly farm, not to mention the opportunity to check out many species of Palawan's endangered birds.

This region has it all: beautiful beaches, crystal clear lagoons, kayaking, jungles, wild animals, island hopping, and more.

One of the most popular activities is to visit the nearby Underground River, which is essentially a cave that has met the sea. Enough room is available for boats and kayaks to enter the cave to see the interesting rock formations, clear waters, and beautiful scenery. While many tours are available, and some can be expensive, it's quite possible to do this independently. Check out this great guide to how to do a DIY tour of the Puerto Princesa Underground River.

Of course, plenty of people come to this area to go scuba diving and snorkeling. And one of the best ways to do this is on a Liveaboard in the Philippines where you can eat and sleep on the boat for a few days while you dive. Other diving options can be found right off the shore. Naturally, this is also where you can easily go snorkeling, too.
Food and Dining
Within the city, there are numerous restaurants between the airport and the main street, Rizal Street. Head to the 4th District Tiangge for a cluster of stalls which sell inexpensive meals and beer including Vietnamese noodles.

KaLui serves fresh seafood on daily fixed fixed menus and lovely ambiance and is frequented by tourists and locals alike. Be sure to make a reservation, especially for dinner.

For a more local experience, head down to White Beach around the huts, where locals often buy and bring their own beers and cook fresh seafood right at the tables. Don't forget to pitch in for drinks.

If you're feeling saucy or just have an adventurous palate, you may want to try Tamilok, a local delicacy that is also a woodworm found in wood that is submerged seawater, such as Mangroves. Tamilok is prepared much like ceviche, marinated in lime or vinegar, onions and chopped chili peppers.

For a shop that caters to all palates, head to the famed Baker's Hill and try the local favorite, Hopia Ube, a pastry filled with purple yam, reminiscent of Chinese mooncakes, originally introduced by Fujianese immigrants.

Fly into Puerto Princesa's tiny airport via Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, Philippine Airlines, Zest Air, and Air Philippines, which fly in on the daily from Manila. From the airport, take a tricycle into the city center, which is very close.

If you're interested in an ocean voyage, take a 29-hour ferry by 2GO Travel from Manila into Puerto Princesa with one stop at the halfway point in Coron.

Within Puerto Princesa, take a tricycle or multicab to get around. Tricycles may not be able to go long distances, so be sure to ask the driver before boarding. Don't be shy to haggle with tricycle drivers. Jeepneys are also available for standard routes. If you are going to tour, arrange transportation with a jeepney or air-conditioned van as public transport may not be reliable.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.