CEBU to BACOLOD via DON SALVADOR Complete Travel Guide 2019

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 a lot of people go to Bacolod just for their passport appointments since its much easier to book there than in Cebu.

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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

Schedule

CEBU NORTH BUS TERMINAL to BACOLOD SOUTH BUS TERMINAL
via Don Salvador
DEPARTURE 11:30 PM*
2:00 AM
4:30 AM
7:00 AM
9:50 AM
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
6:00 PM
TRAVEL TIME 7-8 hours
TOTAL FARE ₱580.00
FREQUENCY Daily
Trips with (*) will be on FastCat. Tickets will cost ₱5.00 more.

Before anything else, please check out the Ceres schedule and fare above 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. Also, I suggest you get to the terminal at least 2 hours before your scheduled departure time.

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.

Bacolod-bound buses
Bacolod-bound buses

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.

Bus ticket booth
Bus ticket booth
Ceres bus ticket

Total Fare

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 from ₱5.00 to ₱65.00 more depending on the accommodation.

Boarding the ferry in Toledo

When the bus leaves the terminal, it will travel for about 2 hours to Toledo City, where it 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.

Lite Ferry ticket
Port terminal fee ₱15.00

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.

Lite Ferry
Lite Ferry

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.

Lite Ferry double-deck beds
Lite Ferry double-deck beds

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.

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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.

5J's Cafe & Eatery in Don Salvador
5J’s Cafe & Eatery in Don Salvador

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. The jeepney fare in Bacolod for the first 5 kilometers is ₱8.50.

Bacolod South Bus Terminal
Bacolod South Bus Terminal

If you don’t have a hotel yet, check out this list of affordable hotels in Bacolod. I hope this guide has helped you in any way! Safe travels and maayong pag-abot sa Bacolod! 🙂

Traveling via Escalante instead? Check out Cebu to Bacolod via Escalante.

Accommodations in Bacolod

Click on the prices below to view the hotel and book. If there’s a problem with the map, click here instead to browse the different accommodations.

Elmer Balbin

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Ma.Vanissa Melicor
Padawan
Ma.Vanissa Melicor

Thank you so much sir for this travel guide..godbless po

Riggie bacina
Padawan
Riggie bacina

may byahe ba sa holyweek april 18&19? cebu to bacolod via escalante?

james
Padawan
james

Meron po bang byahi during the holy week? (Holy Thursday and Good friday)

mark
Padawan
mark

from bacolod south terminal ano pwdi sakyan pkdto bredco port ? maliban sa taxi thanks po

MARIA
Padawan
MARIA

From Bacolod south bus terminal, may jeepney ba derecho to GO HOTEL? My trip is this coming saturday feb. 23. Many thanx for the info.

yani
Padawan
yani

when you arrive at bacolod south bus how far ang campuestohan highland resort? and how much would it cost if mg jeep or taxi? thanks

Ruby
Padawan
Ruby

Hello. As we might be vising South Cebu prior going to Negros, would you recommend just taking the bus to Bacolod from Naga City, Cebu?

Joanna
Padawan
Joanna

Good to know. Do you have a facebook where I can follow on your other travels and read on some guides. Thank you.

Ayesha Margie Jm
Padawan
Ayesha Margie Jm

Hi! My family and I are right now travelling to Bacolod and i found your post very helpful and well informative. There were some changes like the rates but all of my questions, worries and needed infos are being answered!
Thank you.

Janeth Ronio
Padawan
Janeth Ronio

Hi Elmer, can I buy ticket online, in advance? I’m planning to visit Bacolod on April 18, 2019, which is Holy Thursday. I’m assuming na marami pasahero that time. huhu

julius o. rodriguez
Padawan
julius o. rodriguez

I will be leaving at 1:00 am via don salvador from cebu to bacolod what time will arrived in bacolod city?

Mary
Padawan
Mary

Thanks 👍

Vicky Flores
Padawan
Vicky Flores

Hi Elmer! This is a very helpful post. Il be travelling with kids to Bacolod. We will be taking the 950am sched. May I know if bus will stop at a restaurant/diner in Toledo before the crossing to Negros? Salamat

Claire
Padawan
Claire

Hi there Elmer! I found your blog very informative and useful. I was trying to check online about possible scenario I might encounter at the terminal this December. I plan to travel to Negros via Don Salvador sometime on the 19th-21st of December on an early morning. Is it already crowded at those days already for the coming holidays?

Johanna
Padawan
Johanna

Hi Elmer! Is it really necessary for us to leave our things in the bus? Or we can just bring it with us on the boat?

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