Traveling to Bacolod City is not that hard as you may think. Whether you like to travel in groups or solo, you can make your travel successful with this helpful information.
TRAVELING FROM LUZON
If you are from Manila and want to visit Bacolod, you can travel by air with Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines. These airlines flies five times a day and only have 1 hour travel time.
The Port of Manila is located at Tondo, Manila and offers facilities that allow one to travel by sea. The travel time from the Port of Manila to Bacolod’s Banago Wharf and BREDCO Port is 18-23 hours. 2GO Travel is one of the largest sea-travel providers in the country. It has 3 ferry boats (namely St Francis Xavier, St Therese of Child Jesus, and St Michael the Archangel) that sail from Manila to Bacolod and vice-versa.
TRAVELING FROM VISAYAS
From Cebu City
If you’re traveling from Cebu going to Bacolod, you can take a 50-minute flight via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines and you’ll not surely miss your appointment! Cebu Pacific has 2 Bacolod flights everyday while Philippine Airlines flies 2 to 3 times daily.
Another travel option is a combination of a sea and a land trip. You can take a direct trip from Cebu to Bacolod or vice-versa via buses. From Cebu’s North Bus Terminal, the bus will go to the port and will board on a ferry. A ferry ticket is provided for every passenger.
There are 4 routes that a passenger can choose from in going to Bacolod:
- Via Escalante that travels twice a day (5AM-3PM and 9:10AM-7:10PM)
- Via Tabuelan that has 2 trips per day, too (5AM-3PM and 6PM-4AM)
- Via Canlaon City that departs Cebu City at 5AM and arrives Bacolod City at 1PM (with 1 trip daily)
- Via Don Salvador. It has 4 trips with a trip schedule that follows: 4:30AM-12NN; 7AM-3PM; 9:50AM-5:40PM; 1PM-9PM.
Most Cebuanos want to take the cutting trip in going to Bacolod because it’s faster and more economical compared to a direct land/sea trip. One can just ride a bus from Cebu’s South Bus Terminal going to Toledo. You can then take a pedicab going to the sea port and get your Fastcraft or Lite Ferry ticket. Once you arrive at San Carlos’ port, just ride a pedicab going to the bus terminal. At the bus terminal, you can choose to take a bus or a V-hire going to Bacolod. Although this trip has lesser expenses compared to others, it is also more exhausting compared to them.
Fastcraft Schedule – 45 minutes travel
Departure (San Carlos) Departure (Toledo)
6:30 AM 7:30 AM
9:30 AM 9:30 AM
12:30 PM 11:30 AM
2:30 PM 3:30 PM
LITE Ferry Schedule – 1.5 hours travel
San Carlos – Toledo
5:00 AM LITE FERRY 2
7:30 AM LITE FERRY 3
10:00 AM LITE FERRY 2
1:00 PM LITE FERRY 3
3:30 PM LITE FERRY 2
From Iloilo City
People from Iloilo usually travel by ferries when they go to Bacolod. The Bacolod Terminal is found in the Iloilo River Wharf sea port. This port is known as one of the busiest ferry routes in the Philippines. Travelling from Iloilo City to Bacolod takes 1 to 1.5 hours if via fast craft. There are also RORO ferries that operate from Dumangas Port. The travel time via RORO is 2 to 3 hours. Below is the trip schedule for more information.
Fastcraft Schedule – 1-1.5 hrs travel time
- Iloilo River Wharf to BREDCO Pier via 2GO Travel, Weesam Express, Oceanjet – At least one every hour from 6AM to 5PM
RORO Schedule – 2-3 hrs
- Dumangas Port to BREDCO pier via Montenegro, Millenium, Tri-Star MegaLink – At least once every 2 hours at 24 hrs service
Ship Schedule – 4 hrs travel time
- Iloilo to BREDCO Pier via 2GO Travel – Once a week
TRAVELING FROM MINDANAO
From Davao City
One of the easiest ways to travel is by plane. It consumes a little amount of time, giving you more time to rest and enjoy. The Cebu Pacific Airlines has 3 Davao to Bacolod flights per week with a schedule of 7:25 AM – 8:35AM. It flies only every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday with the Cebu Pacific 2590 aircraft. The total travel time is 1 hour and 10 minutes. If you wish to stop and shop, you can also take a connecting flight from Davao to Bacolod via Manila with a total travel time of 4 hours and 15 minutes.
From Cagayan De Oro
The 2Go Travel’s St Therese of Child Jesus ship has approximately 3 CDO to Bacolod trips each month.
TRAVELING FROM SILAY AIRPORT
Upon arriving at Silay Airport, one can take a taxi, a van, or simply a public utility vehicle. If you take a taxi or a van, the travel time will only last 37 minutes passing the Circumferential Road. If you are on a strict budget and opt to ride a public transportation vehicle, the travel time will be around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
TRAVELING FROM WITHIN NEGROS ISLAND
From Northern and Southern Cities
The cities in the Northern part of Negros include Talisay, Silay, Victorias, Escalante, Manapla, La Castellana and San Carlos City. On the other hand, some of the southern cities are Bago, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Hinigaran, Himamaylan, Kabankalan, Ilog, and Sipalay City.
Travelling from these cities has never been easy! Buses, v-hires and public utility jeepneys are available almost all throughout the day and serve as the primary means of transportation.