How to get from Bacolod to Cebu
After you're done enjoying the food and culture in Bacolod and would like to jump over to Cebu, there are a couple of ways to do so. Cebu can easily be reached by air although if you're not pressed for time, you can also hop on a bus and travel by land and water. The distance between Bacolod and Cebu is around 110 kilometres if you fly but longer if you travel by bus and ferry – 250 km. This translates to about 45 minutes to 1 hour by air and around 6 to 8 hours by land and sea travel.
Flights from Bacolod to Cebu
There are two commercial airlines that fly daily from Bacolod to Cebu. The budget airline, Cebu Pacific, sells tickets for PHP2000-PHP5000 one way. They have several budget friendly tariffs with an option to fly without any checked in luggage except the standard 7-kilogram carry-on bags. If you have months ahead of you to plan your travel, you might also consider subscribing to their newsletters as well as following their social network accounts as they announce promotional seat sales quite frequently; sometimes offering PHP1 tickets, though you will have to pay airport surcharges. Of course, these seats are gone in an instant so you have to be quick about it. Most seat sales start around midnight on the eve of a national holiday.
Philippine Airlines can also bring you from Bacolod to Cebu for between PHP1400 and PHP5400.
From Bacolod to Cebu by bus and ferry
Travelling by bus from Bacolod to Cebu can take up to 8 hours, but it's not entirely uncomfortable if you're used to road trips. A popular transportation company, Ceres, have buses equipped with a/c, toilets, TV, and reclining seats. The best thing about travelling with them is that you don't need to buy separate ferry tickets since they take care of all that for you. You still do have to get off the bus when it's time to board the ferry. Remember there will be tons of similar looking buses on the ferry so make sure to take a note of your bus number.
There are two bus terminals in Bacolod. The first one is the Bacolod South Terminal located in Luzuriaga St. From there, you can board one of the Ceres buses for about PHP505-PHP700. They have scheduled departures bound for Cebu at 9.30 pm, 1.30 am, 4 am, 6.45 am, 9.30 pm, 12 noon, and 2.30 pm. Alternatively, you can make your way to the Bacolod North Terminal in Lacson Street. Ceres have trips bound for Cebu via Escalante and they leave the terminal at: 5 am, 7 am, 8 am, 10 am, 6 pm, 9 pm, and 11 pm.
Note: In Bacolod you can often here about Sambok bus terminal. Do not get confused: it is another name for Bacolod South Terminal.
Also, make sure to be at the terminal early to avoid the risk of your seats being sold to chance passengers.
It might also be wise to bring some blanket along especially if you are traveling at night. A/c on the bus is often too cold and you'll need a blanket it if you sit on the open deck on the ferry, too.