DUMAGUETE to BACOLOD Complete Travel Guide 2018

For those traveling from Dumaguete to Bacolod via bus for the first time, here is the Dumaguete to Bacolod complete travel guide. I will be sharing everything from getting to the Dumaguete Ceres bus terminal, the different stops you’ll be having along the way, and arriving at the Bacolod South Bus Terminal, which is the final destination.

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I want you to know that this travel guide is for the Mabinay route only. There is a Dumaguete to Bacolod via San Carlos but I’ve decided not to include that here because the via Mabinay route is the most common and also the fastest way to get to Bacolod by bus land travel. There are trips every day and there will be two types of buses, the air-conditioned bus and the non-airconditioned bus. Obviously, the aircon bus will be more expensive but will be a lot more convenient.

DUMAGUETE TO BACOLOD TRAVEL GUIDE

Schedule

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

Before we start, please see the Dumaguete to Bacolod 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. Personally and when I used to work in Dumaguete, I would choose to travel on the morning aircon trips because I prefer to arrive in Bacolod around noon time.

Getting to the Dumaguete Ceres Bus Terminal

If you do not know where the Dumaguete bus terminal is, it’s actually just walking distance from the Robinsons Mall. If you are nowhere near the mall, then you can ride a pedicab which is their primary mode of public transportation in the city. All pedicab drivers know where the Dumaguete Ceres bus terminal is. The minimum pedicab fare in Dumaguete is ₱8.00.

The Dumaguete Ceres Bus Terminal
The Dumaguete Ceres Bus Terminal

When you’ve arrived at the bus terminal, go inside and look for the buses that are bound for Bacolod. Depending on your chosen departure time, it could either be a non-aircon or aircon bus. Please note that sudden changes can happen and you might not get the bus you were hoping for. There is an information desk at the terminal so feel free to approach the staff for any questions.

Dumaguete-Bacolod bound buses
Dumaguete-Bacolod bound buses

Total Fare

The total fare from Dumaguete to Bacolod is ₱380.00 for aircon and ₱295.00 for non-aircon. Most of the time, the tickets are paid inside the bus when it leaves the terminal. If you plan to disembark at cities or towns before Bacolod, then your fare will be lesser since the rates are based on distance.

Mabinay Bus Terminal

After your bus leaves the Dumaguete Ceres bus terminal, it will now head to your first major stop which is the bus terminal at the municipality of Mabinay. You will be passing cities and towns such as Sibulan, Amlan, Tanjay, and Bais along the way. The total travel time from Dumaguete to Mabinay is more than 2 hours.

You will lose your phone signal occasionally heading to Mabinay and there will be a lot of turns in the mountains. If you are the type of person who easily gets car sick, make sure to bring a paper or plastic bag with you just in case.

You will be stopping for around 10-15 minutes so if you’re hungry feel free to get something to eat. Don’t stray too far from your Ceres bus as you might get left behind. There are eateries or kainans all around the terminal.

Kabankalan Bus Terminal

From Mabinay, you will now head to Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. The total travel time from Mabinay to Kabankalan is about one hour. At the Kabankalan bus terminal, there is a Ceres mart if ever you need to buy something. Keep in mind that it could be closed as it’s not a 24-hour convenience store. You will be stopping for about 10 minutes before heading out and continuing your trip to Bacolod City.

The total travel time from Kabankalan to Bacolod is another 3 hours.

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

Minor stops

Along the way, you will also make stops at the Binalbagan and Hinigaran Ceres bus terminals. But if no passengers are disembarking at the said terminals, sometimes the bus will not make a stop.

Arriving at Bacolod City

Bacolod South Bus Terminal
Bacolod South Bus Terminal

And that’s it! You have now arrived at the Bacolod South Bus Terminal and from there, you can either choose to ride a jeepney or taxi and go to where it is you need to go. The regular fare rate for jeepneys is ₱8.50 for the first 5 kilometers. If you are looking for cheap accommodations, check out my list of affordable hotels in Bacolod.

I know it’s just a short guide but I hope that you have found it helpful enough for your future trips. Enjoy your stay in Bacolod!


Disclaimer: Some of the images provided on this post are from my good friend, Patrick Dizon. He was also the one who was able to obtain a copy of the Ceres bus schedules. So this article wouldn’t have come to light without his help. If you wish to use any of the pictures, please refer to the copyright.

Patrick inside the aircon bus
Patrick inside the aircon bus
Elmer Balbin

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Joyce

Do you have the route in reverse – Bacolod to Dumaguete? Also, how safe is the night trip from Bacolod to Dumaguete? I was hoping to take the airconditioned bus from Bacolod at 7pm when I get there next week. Thank you.

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