2019 CERES Schedules CEBU to BACOLOD and BACOLOD to CEBU

I only travel from Bacolod to Cebu and Cebu to Bacolod by bus because, among other personal reasons, it is cheaper than spending around ₱1500 for an airline ticket. I travel every month and to keep this as accurate and reliable as possible, this post will always be updated whenever I’m at the Bacolod or Cebu terminals. So feel free to bookmark this page for your future reference 🙂 If you want to know the full details of the trip, check out my travel guides. If you are only here for the schedule, then continue reading below.

Bacolod-Cebu Ceres bus (45-50 seats)
Bacolod-Cebu Ceres bus (47 seats)

There are five different bus routes that travel between Bacolod and Cebu but the Don Salvador route is the quickest one. The other routes are via Escalante-Tabuelan, via Escalante-Toledo, via Canlaon, and via Mabinay. Their corresponding schedules and fares are also listed in this article.

The total fare for Cebu to Bacolod via Don Salvador is ₱580.00 while Bacolod to Cebu is ₱585.00. The Ceres buses are air-conditioned and there are trips every day. Some of the bus units also have functional restrooms. They sell tickets or give out seat numbers ahead of time so it’s best to get to the terminal about 2 hours before the time of departure to secure a seat.

Are you only looking for the Cebu-Bacolod ferry schedules?

CERES LINER BUS SCHEDULES

BACOLOD TO CEBU

BACOLOD SOUTH TERMINAL to CEBU NORTH TERMINAL
via Don Salvador
TRAVEL TIME 7-8 hours
TOTAL FARE ₱585.00
DEPARTURE 1:30 AM
3:30 AM
6:45 AM
9:30 AM
12:00 NN
2:30 PM
8:00 PM
9:30 PM
BACOLOD SOUTH TERMINAL to CEBU NORTH TERMINAL
via Canlaon
TRAVEL TIME 9-10 hours
TOTAL FARE ~₱600.00
DEPARTURE 4:00 AM
BACOLOD NORTH TERMINAL to CEBU NORTH TERMINAL
via Escalante
TRAVEL TIME 9-10 hours
TOTAL FARE ₱550.00
DEPARTURE 5:00 AM*
7:00 AM*
8:00 AM
10:00 AM*
6:00 PM
9:00 PM
Trips with (*) are via Escalante-Toledo. The rest are via Escalante-Tabuelan
BACOLOD SOUTH TERMINAL to CEBU SOUTH TERMINAL
via Mabinay
TRAVEL TIME 11 hours
TOTAL FARE ₱650.00
DEPARTURE 2:00 AM

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CEBU TO BACOLOD

CEBU NORTH TERMINAL to BACOLOD SOUTH TERMINAL
via Don Salvador
TRAVEL TIME 7-8 hours
TOTAL FARE ₱580.00
DEPARTURE 11:30 PM*
2:00 AM
4:30 AM
7:00 AM
9:50 AM
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
6:00 PM
Trips with (*) will be on FastCat. Tickets will cost ₱5.00 more.
CEBU NORTH TERMINAL to BACOLOD SOUTH TERMINAL
via Canlaon
TRAVEL TIME 9-10 hours
TOTAL FARE ~₱600.00
DEPARTURE 4:40 AM
CEBU NORTH TERMINAL to BACOLOD NORTH TERMINAL
via Escalante
TRAVEL TIME 9-10 hours
TOTAL FARE ₱550.00
DEPARTURE 5:00 AM
8:00 AM
9:00 AM*
11:15 AM
5:30 PM
8:00 PM
10:30 PM
Trips with (*) are via Escalante-Toledo. The rest are via Escalante-Tabuelan
CEBU SOUTH TERMINAL to BACOLOD SOUTH TERMINAL
via Mabinay
TRAVEL TIME 11 hours
TOTAL FARE ₱650.00
DEPARTURE 1:45 AM
2:30 AM

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Fare Breakdown

Below is the breakdown of the different total fares for the different routes:

  • Bacolod to Cebu via Don Salvador – ₱375 (bus fare) + ₱190 (Lite ferry) + ₱20 (San Carlos ferry terminal fee) = ₱585.00
  • Cebu to Bacolod via Don Salvador – ₱375 (bus fare) + ₱190 (Lite ferry) + ₱15 (Toledo ferry terminal fee) = ₱580.00
  • Bacolod to Cebu via Mabinay – ₱580 (bus fare) + ₱70 (ferry) = ₱650.00

Map Routes

Bacolod-Cebu via Don Salvador-San Carlos-Toledo
Travel time: 7-8 hours
Ideal route for: Terraza Cafe (Don Salvador), Mambukal Resort (Murcia)
Bacolod-Cebu via Don Salvador Route Map

Bacolod-Cebu via Cadiz-Escalante-Tabuelan
Travel time: 9-10 hours
Ideal route for: Lakawon Island (Cadiz City)
Bacolod-Cebu via Escalante-Tabuelan Route Map

Bacolod-Cebu via Cadiz-Escalante-Toledo
Travel time: 9-10 hours
Ideal route for: Lakawon Island (Cadiz City)
Bacolod-Cebu via Escalante-Toledo Route Map

Bacolod-Cebu via Canlaon-San Carlos-Toledo
Travel time: 9-10 hours
Ideal route for: Mount Canlaon/Kanlaon (Canlaon City)
Bacolod-Cebu via Canlaon Route Map

Bacolod-Cebu via Mabinay-Tampi-Bato
Travel time: 10-11 hours
Ideal route for: Magaso Falls (Kabankalan City)
Bacolod-Cebu via Mabinay Route Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: For TOTAL FARE, does that include the ferry ticket and terminal fee?
A: Yes. But double-check with the bus conductor if the terminal fee is really included. Because on some occasions, they make you buy it yourself when you get to the pier.

Q: Are these daily trips?
A: Yes these are daily trips.

Q: Can I buy tickets days before our trip?
A: No.

Q: Can I book online?
A: No, there’s no online booking.

Q: Are toddlers/infants free of charge?
A: Yes if they’ll just sit on your lap.

Q: Are there student and senior citizen discounts?
A: Yes, students and senior citizens get a 20% discount.

Q: Are pets allowed?
A: Pets are generally not allowed.

Q: Is your content reliable?
A: I try to keep it as reliable as possible by taking note of any changes everytime I travel, which is every month.

Q: Your article says Cebu North Terminal but some sites say Cebu South Terminal for via Don Salvador. I’m confused?
A: It’s Cebu North Terminal. Cebu South Terminal to Bacolod is via Mabinay, which is a longer trip. There is no such thing as Cebu South Terminal to Bacolod via Don Salvador.

Q: Will the bus leave earlier than the expected departure time?
A: Sometimes. This usually happens at the Cebu North Terminal when there’s a bus available and all of the seats are already taken.

Q: How much are the jeepney fares for Bacolod and Cebu?
A: In Bacolod, the jeepney fare for regulars is ₱8.50 for the first 5 kilometers. While in Cebu, it’s ₱7.00.

Q: What time is the first/last trip? How long? How much is the fare?
A: Please take time to read the post ಠ‿ಠ Travel time, schedule, and fare are all listed above. If something’s unclear, then feel free to comment below or contact me 🙂

Travel Guides

Here are some travel guides that I’ve written for the different routes. I hope you find them useful and helpful for your journey. Make sure to choose the one where you’re coming from and the route which you want to take.

Raw Image Reference

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Bacolod to Cebu via Don Salvador Ceres Schedule
Bacolod to Cebu via Don Salvador Ceres Schedule
Cebu to Bacolod via Don Salvador Ceres Schedule
Cebu to Bacolod via Don Salvador Ceres Schedule
Bacolod-Cebu via Escalante Ceres Schedule
Bacolod-Cebu via Escalante Ceres Schedule
Bacolod-Cebu via Mabinay Ceres Schedule
Bacolod-Cebu via Mabinay Ceres Schedule

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Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the company. I am just a traveler taking up-to-date snapshots of schedules for the convenience of others. Check out my about page to know more about me. Also, if you have any information that can benefit the post, please let me know!

Elmer Balbin

Web developer from Bacolod, Steam Sale hunter, and casual DotA 2 player.

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Travelerbaby
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Travelerbaby

Great! For a newbee like me.. Thank you and more power to your blog’

Sanjer
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Sanjer

It really helping a lot, thank you so much for this

Phedz
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Phedz

Hi sir Elmer, Thank you so much. Really a BIG HELP. Im from Sipalay City Neg. Occ. Working in Bacolod. Planning to travel solo this month in leyte, salamat kay nkita ko post mo. Now i have a guide specially sa byahe ka ceres.

More blogs. God bless always!

Ruby
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Ruby

This has been very useful. Thank you!

Paddy
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Paddy

Salamat brad. Nakatulong sakin ito. Since galing pa akong culasi, antique. At na cancel yung barko na sasakyan ko sana . Naka tulong sakin to . Ngayon may guide na ako

Thelma
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Thelma

Thank you for your very valuable info

Lotlot Azada
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Lotlot Azada

Sir Do you have travel guide for Bac-Ceb/Ceb-Bac via Mabinay?… =)
I feel excited and motivated to try land travel because of your blogs…
You are such an inspiration to those wannabe travelers…
The Travel guides are 100% very very helpful… =)

Daniel Song
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Daniel Song

Mr. Elmer
It really help to me.
Thank you so much your effort and information.

Ellen
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Ellen

I am going to travel to Bacolod via Tabuelan-Escalante this February 5,2019. Are there evening trips? I’m from Southern Leyte.

May
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May

Thank you so much Sir Elmer. Our family are planning to visit Cebu next week. A great help for us about the schedule of Ceres bus trips plus the budget for bus fare… Very detailed ..plus the places we are going to visit in Cebu City.. thanks a lot for the information..God bless you more…

Cristine
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Cristine

Planning to visit this place by next month with my colleagues and we don’t know HOW . But, thank you so much Sir Elmer for these pieces of information that you made. SUCH A GREAT HELP 🙂
Looking forward for more blogs like this. GOD BLESS!

Em
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Em

I will be traveling Cebu to Bacolod, I’m here in Carmen Cebu can I just wait the Ceres bus that would pass here in my place? Or do I really have to go Cebu?

Ben
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Ben

I will be travelling in Cebu-Bacolod via Don Salvador. What time will the Ceres bus arriving in Toledo port in the early morning?

Efren
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Efren

Thank you for the info. This really helps us

Fred
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Fred

hi sir. ang cebu-bcd na trip via DSB, the 1130pm and 2am trips uses different fast cat/roro or the same? because I want to know if the arrival time to bcd of these two trips is different or the same

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