Below you will find updated (January 2019) schedules that will get you directly to Port Barton. We have provided detailed info on the only reputable company, i.e.: SBE and listed some additional timings for your convenience.
Puerto Princesa (San Jose Bus Terminal) to Port Barton
The trip takes 2,5-3 hours in a van and 4 in a bus. Most services make a 10-15 minute stop halfway at a place where you can eat, buy water and use the restroom. The van price is P350 pp or P500 pp if the van picks you up in the airport or from your hotel. The bus ticket is P250 pp.
SBE vans: 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1;30 p.m., 4 p.m.
SBE bus: 9:00 a.m. (but be there at 8:30 as sometimes it leaves earlier).
Other services: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.,
Most of the services are available in the airport and they leave it around 30 minutes before the times listed above. Please go to the Unified Transport Stand in the Airport and check for the first available service.
El Nido to Port Barton
The trip takes 4,5 hours. Services make a stop in Taytay. The price is P600 pp. Six different companies agreed to coordinate the service. Passengers book with any of the companies but they will be put on the first free van. This arrangement was introduced to ensure that smaller operators have equal chances and that no company competes by offering lower price.
United transport service: 8:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 5 p.m.
Taytay to Port Barton
The trip takes 2,5 hours and is serviced by United Transport (see above).
United transport service: 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
To get from Sabang to Port Barton all you need to do is to get to the junction in Salvacion where you can stop any van going from Puerto to Port Barton. Vans reach Salvacion some 40 minutes after they depart from Puerto (San Jose terminal).
Port Barton to Puerto Princesa (San Jose bus terminal)
SBE vans: 6:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1;00 p.m., 4 p.m.
SBE bus: 2:00 p.m.
Other services: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Port Barton to El Nido and Taytay
United transport service (see above): 8:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 5 p.m.
With the onset of the lowest season (some time in July) vans tend to leave irregularly. It may happen that 7:30, 8:30 and 9:00 o’clock services are cancelled and only the 11:00 o’clock van leaves for Port Barton. Basically vans go when they are full. Same applies to all the van services on all the other routes. It makes a lot of sense to contact SBE and check which service is on. Be very specific.
Here are the contacts:
Puerto Princesa office: Smart: +639194455021, Globe: +639951629155,
Port Barton office: Smart:+639287652181, Globe: +639163691037
The service that is never cancelled is the SBE bus leaving Puerto Princesa at 9:00. It will go even if you are the only passenger.
It also makes sense to book the trip in advance (especially in low season or if you want the airport pickup). Use the contacts listed above.