I have yet to experience riding a Ceres bus from Bacolod to Manila and Manila to Bacolod. I just think it’s more convenient and faster to ride a plane, even though I much prefer land travel to air travel. But understandably, I get why some would opt for the bus. It could be that the last-minute plane tickets are too expensive and they need to get to Bacolod or Manila as soon as possible. That’s why it’s really great that Ceres Bus Liner offers these kind of trips.
As I said, I have not personally experienced the trip but I’ve tried to gather as much information as possible which includes the bus schedules, the total bus fare, and the total travel time. I’ve actually seen the bus once at the Bacolod South Bus Terminal and I’ve seen some of their tarps before promoting the trip. If you are from Manila, the trip starts from the Ceres terminal in New York Cubao Avenue. If you are coming from Bacolod, the trip starts at the Bacolod South Bus Terminal.
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The total fare from Bacolod to Manila is ₱2,270 while from Manila to Bacolod is ₱2,300. The bus departs at 5 AM from Cubao and 5 PM from Bacolod. The total travel time is around 24-26 hours as long as there are no delays when it comes to the ferries.
CERES BUS SCHEDULES
BACOLOD TO MANILA
|BACOLOD SOUTH TERMINAL to CUBAO CERES TERMINAL
|TRAVEL TIME: 24-26 hours|
MANILA TO BACOLOD
|CUBAO CERES TERMINAL to BACOLOD SOUTH BUS TERMINAL
|TRAVEL TIME: 24-26 hours|
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Passengers can book their tickets at ticket outlets located at the respective terminals. At Bacolod, you can book tickets either at the South Bus Terminal or North Bus Terminal. At Manila, you can book the tickets at the Ceres Terminal in New York, Cubao Avenue.
Other Fare Rates
Anyone not planning to go all the way to Cubao, you can actually disembark at Batangas, Turbina, and Alabang. Here are the corresponding fare rates:
- Bacolod to Alabang – ₱2,270 (Regular) / ₱2,008 (Senior/Student/PWD)
- Bacolod to Turbina – ₱2,220 (Regular) / ₱1,968 (Senior/Student/PWD)
- Bacolod to Batangas – ₱2,170 (Regular) / ₱1,928 (Senior/Student/PWD)
Here are the contact numbers for anyone with questions regarding the bookings or general inquiries about the Bacolod-Manila trip. I would suggest to avoid calling at the middle of the night.
- Bacolod – 09472544973 / 09772852943
- Cubao, Manila– 09391865699
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Most of the gathered information in this article is from the Bacolod To Manila Ceres Transport Facebook page. Aside from posting pictures and schedules, they also occasionally run a live Q&A feed to answer any questions.