2018 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 (45-50 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 Regular
DEPARTURE EST. ARRIVAL
1:30 AM
3:30 AM
6:45 AM
9:30 AM
12:00 NN
2:30 PM
8:00 PM
9:30 PM
9:00 AM
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
5:00 PM
7:00 PM
10:00 PM
5:00 AM
5:00 AM
BACOLOD SOUTH TERMINAL to CEBU NORTH TERMINAL
via Canlaon
TRAVEL TIME: 9-10 hours
TOTAL FARE:
~₱600.00 Regular
DEPARTURE
4:00 AM
BACOLOD NORTH TERMINAL to CEBU NORTH TERMINAL
via Escalante
TRAVEL TIME: 9-10 hours
TOTAL FARE:
₱550.00 Regular
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:
Suggest fare
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 Regular
DEPARTURE EST. ARRIVAL
11:30 PM*
2:00 AM
4:30 AM
7:00 AM
9:50 AM
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
6:00 PM
7:00 AM
8:30 AM
11:30 AM
2:30 PM
5:30 PM
8:30 PM
10:30 PM
1:30 AM
Trips with (*) will be on FastCat so it may cost from ₱5 to ₱70 more.
CEBU NORTH TERMINAL to BACOLOD SOUTH TERMINAL
via Canlaon
TRAVEL TIME: 9-10 hours
TOTAL FARE:
~₱600.00 Regular
DEPARTURE
4:40 AM
CEBU NORTH TERMINAL to BACOLOD NORTH TERMINAL
via Escalante
TRAVEL TIME: 9-10 hours
TOTAL FARE:
₱550.00 Regular
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:
Suggest fare
DEPARTURE
1:45 AM
2:30 AM

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Map Routes

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

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

Bacolod-Cebu via Mabinay
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 book tickets ahead of time?
A: No you can’t. Unless you personally know the conductor 😛

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

The images below are pictures I personally took with my phone. If you wish to post it on your blog or website, please provide credit as per my copyright.

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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, Google Local Guide, and casual DotA 2 player.

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John Loot
Padawan
John Loot

Thank you so much

Rai-rai
Padawan
Rai-rai

hi. i would like to ask if what route should i get if i will go to Robinsons bacolod (for DFA/passport processing)? and how many hours is travel time from cebu north terminal to robinsons, including the jeepney ride or other transportaions to get there? your reply will appreciated. thanks

mia
Padawan
mia

Hi boss parang di updated ata yung sched.. From shopping terminal akala namin may 2:30 pm pero walang lumabas na ceres, kaya ng cutting trip nalang si bf.. pagdating sa San carlos 1 AM pa pala ang next na roro kaya pala walang lumabas na ceres sa terminal.. Tanong kame ng tanong dun sa terminal eh puro hintayin lang daw na magbenta ng ticket, di rin nila alam… Nagpost sila ng schedule dun, same nung sayo pero di naman nasunod, pang 3rd to the last trip sana ung samin .. kawawang bf 7+ hrs na naghintay sa San carlos.. I dont know if because of Undas to.. but still nakaka hassle na hindi man lang nag.inform sa terminal palang na walang byahe..

Gian
Padawan
Gian

Hi! Nagsasakay po ba ng passenger from oslob yung bus na cebu to bacolod via mabinay? Or is there any bus stop in oslob kung saan pwede sumakay going to bacolod? Thanks in advance!

Anne
Padawan
Anne

Elmer, any idea on how much is the ferry fare going to Cebu ?

Pauline Marie
Padawan
Pauline Marie

Hi, I have another question. I heard from some friends that it’s better to go by plane intead of a landtrip to Bacolod because it really (emphasis on REALLY) tires you out and isn’t worth the cheaper fare. However, I honestly don’t want to spend on airfare and want to know if what I heard was true? Hoping to hear from you soon. Thanks

Mathias Dans
Padawan
Mathias Dans

Thanks for the informative post. Is it advisable to ride from Canlaon to Cebu? You think there will be enough sitting room to accommodate 2 people or will we be standing for 10 hours? Or is it just better to go to Bacolod and ride from there? I’m coming from La Carlota. Thank you so much.

Peenut Valentine
Padawan
Peenut Valentine

Do you have any idea if they are going to add more buses this weekend for MassKara? Let me know, thanks!

Pauline Marie
Padawan
Pauline Marie

Hi! How many hours before a scheduled trip would you recommend I be at the Cebu North Bus Terminal? Since I know you can’t buy tickets ahead of time, I just want to avoid tickets being sold out before I get to buy one. Thanks!

faith estrada
Padawan
faith estrada

were planning to go to escalante city dis coming all souls day po kc.7-9 pm ferry schedule yong siguradong maabutan namin..ano po kaya last trip ng bus papuntang escalante.

faith estrada
Padawan
faith estrada

hi sir!tanong ko lng po kung ang byahe from toledo-san carlos by 9pm.so possible by 11pm arrival.meron po ba kayang bus papuntang escalante city?sana po masagot nyo ako..salamat po

Yanna
Padawan
Yanna

Is this an updated schedule ?

jhoycy ayks
Padawan
jhoycy ayks

Hello! Sir tanong lang po saang route na may CR talaga yung bus na sasakyan since matagal ang biahe 8-9 hours. may kasama kasi ako ma senior citizen and worry ko yung needed gumamit ng CR. thanks!

Elnora
Padawan
Elnora

Hi. How much ang pamasahe pag bata nasa age 5-10 years old? Any idea? Thanks

Mernie Estelita
Padawan
Mernie Estelita

How much fare bacolod to cebu via mabinay?

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