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2020 Ceres Schedule & Fare: Cebu to Bacolod / Bacolod to Cebu

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I occasionally travel between Bacolod and Cebu and most of the time, I just take the Ceres Liner bus. That’s because of two reasons—my fear of flight and expensive plane tickets. I can do a lot with the extra ₱1500 I save by choosing to travel by land and sea. Also, the cost of a bus ticket is fixed and it rarely changes, whereas an airline fare gets more expensive the sooner your travel date is. This is not ideal if ever I suddenly decide to take the trip the next day.

Every time I travel by Ceres Bus from Cebu City to Bacolod City or vice versa, I would always take pictures of the schedules and take note of possible fare changes. I do this to help other would-be travelers because I know it can be difficult to look for updated bus schedules as these can constantly change. There are trips every day and there are five different bus routes between Cebu and Bacolod.

  • Don Salvador-San Carlos-Toledo route
  • Escalante-Tabuelan route
  • Escalante-San Carlos-Toledo route
  • Canlaon-San Carlos-Toledo route
  • Mabinay-Tampi-Bato route
Lining up at the Bacolod South Bus Terminal for the ticket to Cebu
Lining up at the Bacolod South Bus Terminal for the ticket to Cebu
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ROUTE: Don Salvador-Toledo

Bus Schedule

Bacolod to Cebu
(via Don Salvador-San Carlos-Toledo)
Cebu to Bacolod
(via Toledo-San Carlos-Don Salvador)
1:30 AM2:00 AM
3:30 AM4:30 AM
6:45 AM7:00 AM
9:30 AM9:50 AM
12:00 NN1:00 PM
2:00 PM
(Wednesday only)
3:00 PM
2:30 PM
(Unavailable on Wednesday)
4:00 PM
(Wednesday only)
8:00 PM6:00 PM
(Unavailable on Wednesday)
9:30 PM11:00 PM

The Don Salvador route a.k.a. the San Carlos-Toledo route is the quickest route if you want to get to Bacolod City or Cebu City as fast as possible. The buses will be traveling through the ports of San Carlos City and Toledo City.

Bus Terminals

  • Bacolod City SOUTH Bus Terminal (depart/arrive)
  • Cebu City NORTH Bus Terminal (depart/arrive)

Travel Time

The total travel time is around 7 to 8 hours between Cebu and Bacolod for the Don Salvador-Toledo route of Ceres Liner.

Passenger Fare

  • Bus fare – ₱375.00
  • Boat fare (Lite Ferries) – ₱190.00
  • Terminal fee – ₱20.00 (San Carlos Port) or ₱15.00 (Toledo Port)

The total fare for each passenger is ₱585.00 if you are traveling from Bacolod and ₱580.00 if you are traveling from Cebu. This already includes the ferry boat fare. For students and senior citizens with valid IDs, you will only need to pay ₱480.00.

Travel Guides

Map Route

Don Salvador-San Carlos-Toledo map route
Don Salvador-San Carlos-Toledo map route
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ROUTE: Escalante-Tabuelan

Bus Schedule

Bacolod to Cebu
(via Escalante-Tabuelan)
Cebu to Bacolod
(via Tabuelan-Escalante)
8:00 AM5:00 AM
6:00 PM8:00 AM
9:00 PM11:15 AM
5:30 PM
7:30 PM
10:30 PM

Bus Terminals

  • Bacolod City NORTH Bus Terminal (depart/arrive)
  • Cebu City NORTH Bus Terminal (depart/arrive)

Travel Time

The total travel time is around 9 to 10 hours between Cebu and Bacolod for the Escalante-Tabuelan route of Ceres Liner.

Passenger Fare

The total fare for each passenger is ₱550.00. This is just an estimate as it has been a long time since I’ve taken this route. So please bring extra money just in case.

Travel Guide

Map Route

Escalante-Tabuelan map route
Escalante-Tabuelan map route
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ROUTE: Escalante-Toledo

Bus Schedule

Bacolod to Cebu
(via Escalante-San Carlos-Toledo)
Cebu to Bacolod
(via Toledo-San Carlos-Escalante)
5:00 AM9:00 AM
7:00 AM
10:00 AM

Bus Terminals

  • Bacolod City NORTH Bus Terminal (depart/arrive)
  • Cebu City NORTH Bus Terminal (depart/arrive)

Travel Time

The total travel time is around 9 to 10 hours between Cebu and Bacolod for the Escalante-Toledo route of Ceres Liner.

Passenger Fare

The total fare for each passenger is ₱550.00. This is just an estimate as it has been some time since I’ve taken this route. Always bring extra money.

Map Route

Escalante-San Carlos-Toledo map route
Escalante-San Carlos-Toledo map route
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ROUTE: Canlaon-Toledo

Bus Schedule

Bacolod to Cebu
(via Canlaon-San Carlos-Toledo)
Cebu to Bacolod
(via Toledo-San Carlos-Canlaon)
4:00 AM4:30 AM

Bus Terminals

  • Bacolod City SOUTH Bus Terminal (depart/arrive)
  • Cebu City NORTH Bus Terminal (depart/arrive)

Travel Time

The total travel time is 8 hours between Cebu and Bacolod for the Canlaon-Toledo route of Ceres Liner.

Passenger Fare

  • Bus fare – ₱380.00
  • Boat fare (Lite Ferries) – ₱190.00
  • Terminal fee – ₱20.00 (San Carlos Port) or ₱15.00 (Toledo Port)

The total fare for each passenger is ₱590.00 if you are traveling from Bacolod and ₱585.00 if you are traveling from Cebu. For students and senior citizens with valid IDs, the bus fare is only ₱305.00 instead of ₱380.00.

Map route

Canlaon-San Carlos-Toledo map route
Canlaon-San Carlos-Toledo map route
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ROUTE: Tampi-Bato

Bus Schedule

Bacolod to Cebu
(via Mabinay-Tampi-Bato)
Cebu to Bacolod
(via Bato-Tampi-Mabinay)
2:00 AM1:00 AM

Bus Terminals

  • Bacolod City SOUTH Bus Terminal (depart/arrive)
  • Cebu City SOUTH Bus Terminal (depart/arrive)

Travel Time

The total travel time is 10 hours between Cebu and Bacolod for the Mabinay-Tampi-Bato route of Ceres Liner.

Passenger Fare

  • Bus fare – ₱580.00
  • Boat/Barge fare (Maayo Shipping) – ₱70.00

The total fare for each passenger is ₱650.00. This already includes the fare for the barge. For students and senior citizens with valid IDs, the bus fare is only ₱465.00 instead of ₱580.00.

Map Route

Mabinay-Tampi-Bato map route
Mabinay-Tampi-Bato map route
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Frequency Asked Questions

Do you work for Ceres Liner?

No, I do not work for Ceres Liner. I am just a traveler taking photos and notes wherever I go, hoping that my content will be of benefit to others.

How do I know which bus terminal will the bus depart or arrive?

On each route, I’ve added a section called “Bus Terminals”. The terminals listed there are the ones where the buses will depart from and arrive at.

Where and when do we pay for the fare?

The fare is usually paid outside the bus. You will be paying for the TOTAL FARE of the trip, which includes the bus fare, ferry boat fare, and the terminal fee. However, there are times when the passengers are made to pay for the terminal fee themselves at the port.

Do the buses have comfort rooms inside?

Based on my experience, only the buses that will travel via Don Salvador have comfort rooms.

Can we purchase tickets ahead of time or days before?

No.

Can we book online?

No, there is no online booking.

Are there discounts for students, senior citizens, and PWDs?

Yes. But you must provide a valid student ID, senior citizen ID, or PWD ID to avail of the discounted fare.

Are infants or small children free of charge?

Yes. As long as they sit on your lap.

Can I bring pets along?

No, you can’t.

What time is the first/last trip? How long? How much is the fare?

Please take the time to read the article ಠ‿ಠ The bus schedule, travel time, and total fare are all listed above. If something’s unclear, then feel free to comment below 🙂

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References

Below are some of the photos I took or sent to me by other people of the different bus schedules, fare rates, and travel times. These are the basis for my content, along with a bit of research and personal inquiries. Whenever I have a new photo where the information is different, I upload it here and remove the outdated ones.

Cebu to Bacolod via Don Salvador Bus Schedule
Cebu to Bacolod via Don Salvador Bus Schedule (Credits to Aling Dawnesia for the photo)
Bacolod to Cebu via Don Salvador Bus Schedule
Bacolod to Cebu via Don Salvador Bus Schedule (Credits to Aling Dawnesia for the photo)
Bacolod-Cebu via Don Salvador Total Fare
Bacolod-Cebu via Don Salvador Total Fare
Escalante-Tabuelan and Escalante-Toledo Bus Schedule
Escalante-Tabuelan and Escalante-Toledo Bus Schedule
Canlaon-Toledo and Tampi-Bato Bus Schedule
Canlaon-Toledo and Tampi-Bato Bus Schedule
Canlaon-Toledo and Tampi-Bato Bus Fares
Canlaon-Toledo and Tampi-Bato Bus Fares

Final Reminders

  • Get to the bus terminal at least 2 hours before your planned departure time especially during long weekends (4 hours if holidays)
  • Always bring extra money in case the fares suddenly change
  • The arrival times can vary (e.g. assigned ferry is unavailable)
  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve are the busiest days to travel. There will be so many people at the bus terminals lining up for hours. If you don’t want the hassle, I’d suggest booking a flight instead.
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926 Comments

  1. Rond Rond

    This blog is very informative and updated. Kudos!

  2. Kevin Rexil Kevin Rexil

    Sir, thanks sa sa info.. I just want to ask,
    1. if pag nag ferry ba, lumilipat pa ng boat or sa bus lng?
    2. Makakatulog naman kaya ng straight if 8.30pm from cebu via don salvador to bacolod? Thank you!

  3. Jonna Lee Jonna Lee

    Hi 🙂 we are planning to go to Cebu from Bacolod on holy week, what should we expect specially it is a peak season? Looking forward to hear from you. Thanks

    • Elmer Balbin Elmer Balbin

      No problem. Safe travels!

    • Hi there. Just expect more people traveling. So it’s advisable to be early at the terminal 🙂

  4. rea rea

    Hello sir. Bali yung 7-8hrs included na byahe sa ferry?

  5. KarlaCatt KarlaCatt

    From bacolod bus terminal po malayo po ba sa The Ruins? Ano po dapat sakyan?

    • Yup malayo po. Are you referring to the Bacolod North Bus Terminal or Bacolod South Bus Terminal? Pag North bus terminal, then it’s nearer. You can ride a tricycle to the ruins from the Bacolod north bus terminal po.

  6. Jade Jade

    Sir, good day po…
    *Meron bang toilet and ceres bus?
    *Meron ba stop over and ceres na via DSB at kung meron saan po?
    *Lahat po ba ng bus merong A/C?

    • Hi Jade.
      – Yup meron toilet ung bus
      – Mag stop over yung bus sa isang kainan near Toreno Resort sa Don Salvador.
      – Yup all buses are air-conditioned

      • Jade Jade

        Thanks po Sir Elmir…
        Okay kaya mag Ceres Bus kahit may dalang bata? 7 years old tska 1 year old.

        • Hmm depende po. Okay lang ba yung 1 year old niyo pag mataas ung byahe? 5 hours land travel 2 hours sa ferry 1 hour hintay2x sa pier plus stops.

          • Jade Jade

            tingin ko magiging okay nman dahil my toilet naman sa loob ng bus so pag palit ng diaper at pag cr ng mga bata ay hindi magiging problema…

  7. Joshua N. Pancubila Joshua N. Pancubila

    pag dating sa bacolod bus terminal anu po sasakyan pa punta seaport of bacolod to iloilo po

  8. Love sindol Love sindol

    Good day! Myroon po ba bus na dumadaan sa pier ng cebu gling bacolod ..and thank for the very helpful tips ..this is the fist time I travel to Leyte ..

  9. Bena Bena

    This blog is very helpful! Thank you for taking time to update these information from time to time! You are appreciated ❤️

  10. jebunie sanglitan jebunie sanglitan

    Sir good morning sa po banda sa Bacolod yung terminal if via Don Salvador po to Cebu?

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