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
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.

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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.

For those who are only looking for the ferry schedule, please click this link.

ALL 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
6:50 AM
9:30 AM*
12:20 PM
2:30 PM
8:00 PM
9:30 PM
9:00 AM
2:30 PM
4:00 PM
7:30 PM
10:00 PM
5:00 AM
5:00 AM
Trips with (*) will cost ₱70 more since the ferries the buses will ride in will be much faster
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:
TBA
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*
4:30 AM
7:00 AM
9:40 AM
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
6:00 PM
7:00 AM
11:30 AM
2:30 PM
5:00 PM
8:00 PM
10:00 PM
1:00 AM
Trips with (*) will cost ₱70 more since the ferries the buses will ride in will be much faster
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
8:30 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:
TBA
DEPARTURE
1:45 AM
2:30 AM

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Route Maps

Bacolod-Cebu via Don Salvador
Travel time: 7-8 hours
Bacolod-Cebu via Don Salvador Route Map

Bacolod-Cebu via Escalante-Tabuelan
Travel time: 9-10 hours
Bacolod-Cebu via Escalante-Tabuelan Route Map

Bacolod-Cebu via Escalante-Toledo
Travel time: 9-10 hours
Bacolod-Cebu via Escalante-Toledo Route Map

Bacolod-Cebu via Canlaon
Travel time: 9-10 hours
Bacolod-Cebu via Canlaon Route Map

Bacolod-Cebu via Mabinay
Travel time: 10-11 hours
Bacolod-Cebu via Mabinay Route Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: For TOTAL FARE, does that include the ferry ticket and terminal fee?
A: Yes.

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 have a 20% discount.

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: 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

For those traveling from Cebu to Bacolod, I’ve written some travel guides for the different routes. I hope you find them useful and helpful for your journey.

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.

Not sure how to get to the DFA office in Bacolod? READ: How to get to the DFA office in Bacolod


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

Full-stack developer from Bacolod, Google Local Guide, Agoda affiliate and casual DotA 2 player.

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Tin
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Tin

Hello guys pareho rba ug time schedule bskan sunday?

Kudos
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Kudos

Hi. Wanna ask base on ur experience, since u said dt ceres bus wont allow reservation of ticket, would dt still apply during Maskara festival highlight date? Ds year dt would be ds 26. Plan sna nmin m travel d 7am trip. Tnx 4 d reply

Gigi
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Gigi

Hi i see other blogs saying first trip to bacolod via don salvador is at 2am.. is that true?

bobby
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bobby

hiii! Are there many passengers during the last trip of cebu to bacolod via don salvador? for example.. during thursday.

Hannah Fojas
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Hannah Fojas

Hi Sir! Thank you so much for a very informarive blog. Btw, di po ba sila nag aaccepr ng reservation ng ticket ng byahe from Bacolod North Terminal to Cebu City? Thank you!

Fritz
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Fritz

Sir anong oras po dumadaan sa bago city ung bus papuntang cebu? Via mabinay po at magkanu po fare ?

Yeyeng sison
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Yeyeng sison

So much helpful po tong ginawa nyo 😊

Yeyeng sison
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Yeyeng sison

Sir ask lang pag pa puntang cebu galing bacolod san po mas maganda at mas malapit sa mactan airport south po or north?

Maria loreine
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Maria loreine

Ilang oras po ang byahe bago makarating ng mandalangan galing ng don salvador?

Sharon Jereza Sanagustin
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Sharon Jereza Sanagustin

Can we buy tickets a day before our departure. Cebu to bacolod via don salvador leaving from cebu north terminal?

Almera
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Almera

Thanks for this!

Kristina
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Kristina

Do u have the contact number for the north bus terminal? And also, will they allow us to ride the bus from cebu to san carlos city only? Im hesitant to go to north bus and they will just deny us. Im just choosing to ride ceres to san carlos because of convenience. Vhires are too crowded. thanks for your response

Gie
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Gie

Naay byahe tonight from bacolod north term bac-cebu via don sal-toledo?

Ronald sobusa
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Ronald sobusa

Gd Ev..ask ko Lang po?uwi po kami ng bacolod july 27 pwede po ba na dito nalang kami maghintay ng bus sa rose pharmacy sa harap ng mitsumi sa danao po.yong5:30pm ang departure via tabuelan? /escalante

christian
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christian

hi guys.. wla bang bus bacolod to cebu via toledo via escalante mamayang gabi?.. planning to go to cebu tonight para early morning ako makarating ng cebu.. via tabuelan lang ksi mayrun..