CEBU to BACOLOD via DON SALVADOR Complete Travel Guide 2018

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

Schedule

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.

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
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 ₱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.

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

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

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.

Don Salvador stop-over eatery

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.

Bacolod South Bus Terminal

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

Elmer Balbin

Full-stack developer from Bacolod, Google Local Guide, Agoda affiliate and casual DotA 2 player.

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Sahara
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Sahara

Hi! God bless your kindness… We’re planning going to Bacolod I would like to ask if what jeepney route should we take going to cebu north terminal if our location is here in Cebu pier 1? Thanks

Elaine
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Elaine

Hi! Planning to go to bacolod. What jeepney should I take going to cebu north terminal if I’m here near mango avenue or fuente osmeña?

Mau
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Mau

hi.. thanks for the infos.. i just want to ask if we will travel by private car, do they have Barge or Roro to transport the car from Toledo-San Carlos (vice Versa)? if there is.. what are the schedules and how much is the cost (SUV- Sportivo)? pls acknowledge. Thank you!

Phil
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Phil

Awesome 👍

Maria
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Maria

Hi thank u so much for this.very helpful!

MJ
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MJ

Hello Sir,

I would just like to ask if the bus will depart on 11:30PM Cebu-Bacolod, are there lots of passengers by that time? Do we need to be at the terminal 2 hours before it departs? Also, we plan to take our first tour in Mambukal, can the driver drop us off to Murcia? and what transpo should we ride going there? Thank you.

Sue
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Sue

Hello Sir, Good day,

I would just like to ask if are minors(17) allowed to travel without a guardian or parent(s) in this trip?
My niece needs to go and I wanted to know first if this is possible.
I really hope you have an answer, It would really be a great help to us.

Thanks.

em
Padawan
em

Hello Sir,

I would just like to ask you a question,
Are minors(17) allowed to travel alone without their guardians with them in this kind of transportation?My niece needs to go and I wanted to know if it is possible.
I really hope you could answer, it would really be a great help to us.

Stephanie Grino
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Stephanie Grino

This helps a lot. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

ririroo
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ririroo

Hello Sir,

What if we want to go to Murcia (Mambukal Falls)? When we arrive in San Carlos City, can we ask the driver/conductor to drop us off to Murcia?

MT
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MT

very informative 🙂

Kyat
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Kyat

Thank you so much!

Dang
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Dang

Hello Sir. I found your blog very helpful. Thanks. I just want to ask, from Bacolod South Bus Terminal, how far or what should I ride going to ports for Iloilo City?

Nanette
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Nanette

The ceres bus all are aircon bus?

Isabelle
Padawan
Isabelle

Hi po,

Thank you so much for updating this every now and then!
Read your blog about coming from CEBU to Bacolod, but for us, it’s vice versa. Same din po ba procedure? 2 HRS bus then magembark, transfer to Ferry, then bus again?
Wala po ba yung tuloy tuloy na di na magtransfer? We are planing kasi to take the last trip at 9PM.

Thank you for answering! 🙂