This article is a complete travel guide for those planning to travel from Cebu to Bacolod via Don Salvador. Bacolod is the capital of Negros Occidental, the top part of the island that looks like a “sock” in the map, left of Cebu. It is best known for its MassKara and Panaad festivals which occur in October and the summer months respectively. There are also some good tourist spots near or within Bacolod like Campuestuhan, the Ruins, and Mambukal Mountain Resort. I also know that alot of people go to Bacolod just for their passport appointments since its much easier to book there than in Cebu.
So for those who are planning to visit Bacolod, I wrote this guide for you so that you know where you should go and what will happen during the trip 🙂
CEBU TO BACOLOD TRAVEL GUIDE
Before anything else, please check out the Ceres schedule and fare to know which time you’d like to travel and how much it cost. The trip will take around 7-8 hours so make sure to bring water or a small pillow.
Getting to the Cebu North Bus Terminal
If you’re from Cebu, you are probably already familiar where the terminal is. From Colon, you can take a taxi cab or just ride a 01K jeepney which will take you all the way to the North Bus Terminal. Because of the distance from Colon, jeepney fare is ₱9.00 as of posting time. If you are coming from Mactan Airport, then read my post here.
When you arrive at the terminal, the Ceres buses bound for Bacolod are at the far right end. Look only for a bus that says ‘via Don Salvador’ as there could be another one that says ‘via Escalante’ which is another route to Bacolod but travel time would be much longer. There is usually a woman outside the bus who will give out the seat numbers. Payment for tickets is done inside the bus after it leaves the bus terminal.
If there is no woman or no seat numbers given out, check the ticket booth nearby if there is a conductor already selling the tickets.
Ticket cost ₱580.00 which includes the bus fare, the ferry boat ticket (Lite Ferry), and the port terminal fee in Toledo. If the ferry boat is FastCat, then it will cost ₱70.00 more since it is faster.
Boarding the ferry in Toledo
When the bus leaves the terminal, it will travel for about 2 hours to Toledo City, where you will ride the ferry boat to San Carlos City of Negros Occidental. At the port terminal, the conductor will buy the ferry tickets. You just have to wait in the bus until he comes back and gives it out to everyone.
After you receive your ferry ticket, take your important belongings like your wallet and phone and disembark the bus. You cannot be on the bus when it enters the boat. Enter the port gate and proceed to the ferry boat. Upon getting on the ferry, write your name in the passenger manifest and show your ticket to the crew. They will show you where your assigned bed/seat is.
The beds are double decks so check your ticket if what bed number is listed. When the ferry leaves the port, it will take less than 2 hours (Lite Ferry) or 1 hour (FastCat) to get to the port of San Carlos.
Arriving at San Carlos City
When the ferry arrives in San Carlos, disembark and wait for your Ceres bus outside the boat. This is the same bus you rode from Cebu. Just stick with your group as there can be multiple buses that will travel at the same time. After getting in your bus, go back to your seat and check if your belongings are still there.
Looking to stay the night in San Carlos? Book a room at the Whispering Palms Island Resort.
The bus will now travel to Bacolod City via Don Salvador which will take more than 2 hours. It will make a 10-15 minute stop at a diner in Don Salvador so that passengers can have something to eat or go to the bathroom. After that, the bus will continue to Bacolod City.
Arriving in Bacolod City
And that’s it! The bus will arrive at the Bacolod South Bus Terminal. From there, you can take a taxi cab, jeepney, or even a tricycle to where you want to go. The tricycles tend to have different rates so I just ride a jeepney instead.
If you are looking for affordable hotels in Bacolod, check out my post here.
I hope this guide has helped you in any way! Safe travels and maayong pag-abot sa Bacolod! 🙂
Traveling via Escalante instead? READ: Cebu to Bacolod via Escalante