BACOLOD to DUMAGUETE Complete Travel Guide 2019

Back in 2013, I used to work as a full-stack developer in Dumaguete and I would always ride the bus from the Bacolod South Bus terminal to the Dumaguete Ceres Bus terminal. Though it has been a couple of years since then, the bus route is pretty much still the same. For first-time travelers, this is the Bacolod to Dumaguete complete travel guide. I will be sharing everything from getting on the bus terminal at Bacolod City, the numerous stops you’ll be making along the way, to stopping at the Dumaguete City Ceres terminal.

The Dumaguete Ceres Bus Terminal
The Dumaguete Ceres Bus Terminal

The bus will be traveling south through municipalities such as Bago, Pulupandan, Hinigaran, Binalbagan, Kabankalan, Mabinay, Bais, Amlan, and Sibulan. You will only be riding one bus and that’s the same bus you will be riding from Bacolod City. There are two types of buses, the non-airconditioned bus and the air-conditioned bus, and both have trips every day. The availability of the buses depend on the time slot you choose to travel on.

BACOLOD TO DUMAGUETE TRAVEL GUIDE

Schedule

BACOLOD SOUTH TERMINAL to DUMAGUETE TERMINAL
via Mabinay
TRAVEL TIME: 6 hours
TOTAL FARE:
₱380 Aircon / ₱295 Non-aircon
DEPARTURE BUS TYPE
1:00 AM
2:40 AM
3:20 AM
4:00 AM
4:30 AM
5:15 AM
5:40 AM
6:00 AM
6:30 AM
7:00 AM
7:15 AM
7:45 AM
8:15 AM
8:30 AM
9:00 AM
9:30 AM
9:50 AM
10:15 AM
10:40 AM
11:00 AM
11:30 AM
11:50 AM
12:15 PM
12:45 PM
1:10 PM
1:30 PM
2:00 PM
2:25 PM
2:50 PM
3:15 PM
3:45 PM
4:30 PM
5:00 PM
5:30 PM
6:00 PM
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
8:30 PM
Aircon
Non aircon
Non aircon
Non aircon
Non aircon
Aircon
Non aircon
Non aircon
Aircon
Non aircon
Non aircon
Aircon
Non aircon
Non aircon
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Non aircon
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Non aircon
Non aircon
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Aircon

Before we begin, please see the Bacolod to Dumaguete Ceres schedule and fare above so that you can choose your preferred departure time. The trip will take around 6 hours for both the aircon and non-aircon buses though I would usually opt for the air-conditioned bus as the seats could be pulled back, allowing for a better sleeping position. If you go for the aircon bus, they usually sell the tickets a bit earlier so make sure to be at the terminal at least an hour before your trip. This is to ensure you don’t run out of seats.

Getting to the Bacolod South Bus Terminal

To get to the Bacolod South Bus Terminal, you could either ride a jeepney or a taxi. For those who want to take the jeepney, look for the ones with the ‘La Salle’ or ‘San Agustin’ label. The South bus terminal is part of their route. The regular jeepney fare is ₱8.00 while the taxi flag-down rates start at ₱40.00.

Bacolod South Bus Terminal
Bacolod South Bus Terminal

Once you are at the terminal, head to the left side where the Ceres Mart is located. There will be a small table there where the conductor for the Dumaguete bus will be issuing the tickets for the aircon trips. If you are taking a non-aircon bus, however, the tickets are usually issued inside the bus. So if there is a non-aircon bus bound for Dumaguete already waiting, just get in and take a seat. If you are still unsure, feel free to ask help from the security guards or the Ceres employees.

Ceres conductors near the Ceres Mart
Ceres conductors near the Ceres Mart

Total Fare

The total fare from Bacolod to Dumaguete is ₱380.00 for aircon bus and ₱295.00 for the non-aircon bus. The fare will be lesser if you plan to disembark at cities or towns before Dumaguete City. There is no terminal fee.

BUS STOPS

Hinigaran Bus Terminal

When the bus leaves the Bacolod South Bus Terminal, it will travel for about an hour or so before stopping at the Hinigaran Ceres bus terminal which is the first stop. At the terminal, there is a Ceres Mart where you can buy snacks or go to the restroom. It will stay there for about 10 minutes before heading out again.

The Hinigaran Ceres Terminal. Image from Google Maps.
The Hinigaran Ceres Terminal. Image from Google Maps.

Binalbagan Bus Terminal

From Hinigaran the bus will now head to its next stop which is the Binalbagan Bus Terminal. The stop here will just be very quick as the Ceres bus will only drop and pick up passengers.

Kabankalan Ceres Terminal

The Kabankalan Ceres Bus Terminal
The Kabankalan Ceres Bus Terminal

After the bus leaves Binalbagan, it will now travel to Kabankalan City – the last city before you get to the province of Negros Oriental. For those who don’t know this, Negros island is composed of two provinces: Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. In Negros Occidental, the majority speak Hiligaynon while in Negros Oriental, they speak Bisaya.

Ceres Mart at the Kabankalan bus terminal
Ceres Mart at the Kabankalan bus terminal

At the Kabankalan Ceres Terminal, there is another Ceres Mart which is much bigger than the ones in Bacolod and Hinigaran. It comes with a diner so if ever you feel like having a meal, feel free to eat inside. It isn’t that expensive and there are different ulams to choose from. Also, the bus will not be leaving for about 15 minutes so it’s just ample time for a quick bite. But to be sure, it’s good practice to always ask your bus conductor how long will you be stopping so that you don’t get left behind.

Mabinay Bus Terminal

The next stop from Kabankalan City is the town of Mabinay. You have just arrived in the province of Negros Oriental. This is also where the longest stop will take place – about 15-20 minutes. If you are traveling on the night trip and weren’t able to eat dinner back at the Kabankalan Terminal, there are a few eateries or kainans near the Mabinay bus terminal.

From my experience from riding the night and morning trips, this is where most of the passengers, the driver, and the bus conductor will have their late-night or early-morning meals.

Onward to Dumaguete

The Ceres bus will now travel from Mabinay to Dumaguete City. The travel time is around 2-3 hours. As Mabinay is situated on a mountain, you will experience intermittent drops in your cell phone’s signal on the way down. It’ll take almost an hour before you’ll arrive at the base of the mountain.

Towards Dumaguete, you will be passing through the municipalities of Bais, Tanjay, Amlan, San Jose, and Sibulan.

Tampi-Bato Sea Port

Maayo Shipping Port in Tampi, Image from Google Maps.
Maayo Shipping Port in Tampi, Image from Google Maps.

For those planning to get to Cebu, between the towns of Amlan and San Jose is the Maayo Shipping Port in Tampi. This is the nearest point of the island of Negros to the island of Cebu. It only takes about 30-40 minutes for the ferry/barge to get to the port of Bato, south of Cebu.

Touring Cebu island? Why not check out the 12 beautiful falls in Cebu you should definitely visit!

Arriving at Dumaguete City

The Dumaguete Ceres Bus Terminal
The Dumaguete Ceres Bus Terminal

After 6 hours of land travel, you have now arrived at the Dumaguete Ceres Bus Terminal, which is obviously your last stop 🙂 There is a McDonald’s beside the terminal and if you want to do some shopping, the Robinsons Mall is just nearby. The most common mode of public transportation in Dumaguete City is the pedicab or tricycle. The fare starts at ₱8.00 for each person but this can increase when you’re going somewhere a bit far.

And that’s it for my travel guide! I tried to be as detailed as possible so I hope you find the information beneficial for your travel. Enjoy your stay at the City of Gentle People!

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Elmer Balbin

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thanks for this very detailed updated travel guide!

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