Before making our way to the City of Gentle People, we scoured through different blogs for tips on the best way to travel. We later realized that most of the information we found online wasn’t exactly accurate. One article we followed for our trip to Dumaguete stated that the bus would take us 3-4 hours. In reality, the bus ride took 4-5 hours.
How to Travel from Cebu City to Dumaguete:
There are actually a number of transportation options for those traveling to Dumaguete from Cebu City:
- Airplane – By far, this is the fastest way you can get to Dumaguete from Cebu. But it is also the most expensive option.
- Ferry – There are several ferry operators you can check out to help you get to Dumaguete without much hassle. This, however, takes quite a few hours of travel as it moves in a slow pace.
- Bus (RORO) – If you want a smooth bus ride to Dumaguete, you can head to the South Bus Terminal and board a bus bound for Dumaguete. It will follow the usual south national road route to Bato, Santander; where it will ride the roll on, roll off (RORO). The RORO may take between 1-3 hours.
- Bus (Fastcraft) – This is the option we took, which turned out to be the second fastest way to get to Dumaguete City.
Riding the Bus to Dumaguete City
We had a long weekend last February and we wanted to go on a much deserved rest. Considering my husband has never been to Dumaguete, we decided to make this our next destination.
We left after work on a Saturday (yes, we work on Saturdays) and made our way to the South Bus Terminal. From there, we boarded a Ceres bus heading to Liloan, Santander. This is not the same Liloan town after Consolacion, as it is just a few minutes away from Cebu City. Liloan, Santander is actually in the southernmost tip of the island of Cebu.
The aircon bus ride took us around 4 hours in total. We paid P200 per person for the ticket.
Since it was our first time to travel from Cebu City to Dumaguete by bus, we asked the conductor to take us to the fastcraft port. We were surprised that the bus stopped right outside the gate of the port.
Ferry from Liloan Port to Dumaguete City
Since it was already late, we missed the fastcraft to Dumaguete City. The only other option we had was to board the smaller RORO that was transporting private vehicles to Sibulan. Passengers had to pay P70 for a ticket to the neighboring island.
Here is the Maayo Shipping Schedule I found on their Facebook page.
The entire boat ride took around 30 minutes. Ironically, it was the slowest boat ride we’ve ever taken.
Pedicab from Sibulan to Dumaguete City
Once the boat docked at Negros Oriental, it was not yet our destination. We still had to ride a pedicab to Dumaguete. The pedicab rate would usually be around P10 (if you ride with other people) but since it was already around 9:30 pm, we had no choice but to pay for the entire pedicab price (P120). The ride took us a total of 30 minutes.
We spent a total of 3 days and 2 nights in Dumaguete City. Heading back home was difficult since we wanted to extend our stay. But since we still had work the next day, we had to say goodbye to the city. We opted to follow the same route to travel back to Cebu City.
Jeep from Dumaguete City to Sibulan
Before heading to Sibulan, we decided to have our lunch early. We made our way to Scooby’s behind Silliman University and had a light lunch. We then rode a pedicab to the jeep terminal where we rode to Sibulan for around 20-30 minutes. The fare was P 11 per person since it was a long ride.
Fastcraft from Sibulan to Liloan
Since we decided to leave Dumaguete around lunch time, we were able to ride the fastcraft to Liloan.
Fastcraft Schedule Sibulan to Liloan / Liloan to Sibulan
From there, I learned that they also had pumpboats as a cheaper option to get to the island of Cebu. But since the waves were rough, we decided to go with the safer alternative.
Pumpboat Schedule Sibulan to Liloan/ Liloan to Sibulan
The fastcraft took around 30-45 minutes because it was raining. You can also follow the schedule when you want to travel from Cebu City to Dumaguete.
Bus from Liloan to Cebu City
When we docked at Liloan, there was an empty Ceres aircon bus waiting for the passengers. The bus ride took around 4 hours.
Total Cebu City to Dumaguete Transportation Expenses:
Aircon Bus from Cebu City to Liloan: P 200 per person
Ferry Liloan to Sibulan: P 70 per person
Pedicab to Dumaguete City: P 120
Jeep from Dumaguete City to Sibulan: P 11 per person
Fastcraft Sibulan to Liloan: P 62 per person
Aircon Bus from Liloan to Cebu City: P 200 per person
Total transportation expenses: P 603 per person