2019 CERES SCHEDULES & FARE Cebu to Bacolod / 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/roro schedules?

CERES LINER BUS SCHEDULES

BACOLOD TO CEBU

BACOLOD SOUTH BUS TERMINAL to CEBU NORTH BUS TERMINAL
via Don Salvador
DEPARTURE 1:30 AM
6:45 AM
9:30 AM
12:00 NN
2:30 PM
5:20 PM
8:00 PM
9:30 PM
TRAVEL TIME 7-8 hours
TOTAL FARE ₱585.00
FREQUENCY Daily
BACOLOD SOUTH BUS TERMINAL to CEBU NORTH BUS TERMINAL
via Canlaon
DEPARTURE 4:00 AM
TRAVEL TIME 9-10 hours
TOTAL FARE ~₱600.00
FREQUENCY Daily
BACOLOD NORTH BUS TERMINAL to CEBU NORTH BUS TERMINAL
via Escalante
DEPARTURE 5:00 AM*
7:00 AM*
8:00 AM
10:00 AM*
6:00 PM
9:00 PM
TRAVEL TIME 9-10 hours
TOTAL FARE ₱550.00
FREQUENCY Daily
Trips with (*) are via Escalante-Toledo. The rest are via Escalante-Tabuelan
BACOLOD SOUTH BUS TERMINAL to CEBU SOUTH BUS TERMINAL
via Mabinay
DEPARTURE 2:00 AM
TRAVEL TIME 11 hours
TOTAL FARE ₱650.00
FREQUENCY Daily

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CEBU TO BACOLOD

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

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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 every time 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 ₱8.00.

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 taken by my friend, Jan Vincent Marohombsar. If you wish to post it on your blog or website, please provide credit.

Bacolod - Cebu via Don Salvador Ceres Schedule
Bacolod – Cebu via Don Salvador Ceres Schedule
Bacolod to Cebu via Don Salvador CERES Daily Bus Schedule
Bus Departure Ferry/Roro Ferry Departure Ferry Route
1:30 AM LITE FERRY 5:00 AM San Carlos-Toledo
6:45 AM LITE FERRY 10:00 AM San Carlos-Toledo
9:30 AM LITE FERRY 1:00 PM San Carlos-Toledo
12:00 NN LITE FERRY 3:00 PM San Carlos-Toledo
2:30 PM LITE FERRY 6:00 PM San Carlos-Toledo
5:20 PM LITE FERRY 8:30 PM San Carlos-Toledo
8:00 PM LITE FERRY 1:30 AM San Carlos-Toledo
9:30 PM LITE FERRY 1:30 AM San Carlos-Toledo
Cebu to Bacolod via Don Salvador CERES Daily Bus Schedule
Bus Departure Ferry/Roro Ferry Departure Ferry Route
4:30 AM LITE FERRY 7:00 AM Toledo-San Carlos
7:00 AM LITE FERRY 10:00 AM Toledo-San Carlos
9:50 AM LITE FERRY 1:00 PM Toledo-San Carlos
1:00 PM LITE FERRY 4:00 PM Toledo-San Carlos
3:00 PM LITE FERRY 6:00 PM Toledo-San Carlos
6:00 PM LITE FERRY 9:00 PM Toledo-San Carlos
8:30 PM LITE FERRY 11:00 PM Toledo-San Carlos
11:30 PM FASTCAT 3:00 AM Toledo-San Carlos
Cebu-Bacolod via Escalante Ceres Schedule
Cebu-Bacolod via Escalante Ceres Schedule
Bacolod-Cebu via Mabinay Ceres Schedule
Bacolod-Cebu via Mabinay Ceres Schedule
Jan Vincent Marohombsar
Credits to Jan Vincent Marohombsar

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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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jebunie sanglitan
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jebunie sanglitan

Sir good morning sa po banda sa Bacolod yung terminal if via Don Salvador po to Cebu?

Lei
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Lei

Thank you for constantly updating. Very helpful.

suzette
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suzette

This really helps. Thank you.

Aggravayne
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Aggravayne

I’ll definitely bookmark this! Thank you very much for this info! It’s very helpful. 🙂

Mark Clayton
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Mark Clayton

Thank you Elmer. Though my wife and I have never been to the Philippines, after much research we are considering living in Bacolod for up to 5 months each year. We currently live in Ventura, California. We will make our first trip to Bacolod in January for 3 weeks. Your blog will be very helpful to us. Thank you.

grace
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grace

good day! ano po ang pwedeng sakyan na jeep from north to south terminal?
Thank you in advance po!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Thanks. Indeed a big help.
May i know if the ferry fee is for the aircon lounge?

Louie
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Louie

In the FAQ: Jeepney fare in Cebu is now ₱8

Arnold Balairos
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Arnold Balairos

Thank you so much Sir Elmer for the exhaustive and fully comprehensive information in your blog.

rose
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rose

Thank you so much for the info. God bless

Eun kyung
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Eun kyung

Kailangan ba mag pakita ng valid ID mo?

Lanie
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Lanie

Thank you very much for your blog sir Elmer laki ng tulong sa kin. Will be going to cebu this coming May 4-6 with family Punta kami ng semala. God bless you sir.

Cherry
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Cherry

Thank you so much about this Sr.
This is really very helpful. I hope you will continue to give information and updates going to another places also. God bless you!

Pearl
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Pearl

Thanks for this. 🙂
*very helpful.

Matt
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Matt

This is very helpful, thank you and more power to your blog.

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