Fastest and Cheapest Cebu to Bacolod Travel Guide

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For many, October is a month full of ghouls and ghosts. But for this Bacolodnon, it means one thing: Masskara season is here!

When I was in college, I eagerly looked forward to Bacolod’s festival; planning each weekend with my friends. Since Bacolod was such a small town, the festival was a great way to meet new people and party with strangers.

Now that the partying mode has long been out of my system (adulting, ehem), there’s still other of things to look forward to in this year’s Masskara festival. But that’s for another blog post.

If you’re like the many who are making plans to visit Bacolod for the Masskara festivities, here’s a 2017 guide on how to travel to Bacolod City:

When you want to travel to Bacolod, it will actually depend on where you are coming from. Since there are flights coming in and out of Bacolod every day, you can easily find yourself in the city in just a short while. Your options include:

  1. By Plane – This is my preferred way to travel to Bacolod from Manila or from Cebu since it’s comfortable and quick. If you’re coming from Manila or Davao, the flight would take around 1 hour and 15 minutes. But if you’re flying from Cebu, the flight would take around 45 minutes or even less (sometimes).
  2. By Boat – You can also opt for riding a boat to Bacolod if you’re traveling from Manila. It’s been years since I did this but as far as I can remember, the trip would take overnight. You can check out the trip schedules from 2GO Travel here.
  3. By Land – If you’re traveling from Cebu City, you can also opt for this travel option; especially if you’re not in a hurry and you’re on a budget. Since there are a few options for this travel type (and this post is about how to travel from Cebu City to Bacolod City), I will concentrate on this option.

How to Travel from Cebu City to Bacolod City:

If you plan on traveling to Bacolod from Cebu via land, you can opt for two things: a Ceres bus or a V-hire. The two options are generally the same, except that when you ride a bus, it will go straight to Bacolod. With a V-hire, you will have to stop over at terminals and choose another option.

You can check out the Ceres bus schedules here or read this detailed blog post by Ready, Set, Go, and Share.

Again, this blog post will concentrate on traveling to Bacolod via V-Hire; which is the option we’ve been using since last year. We prefer the V-hire option since it’s cheaper and faster than the bus.


Cebu City to Toledo V-Hire

vhire cebu to toledo brgy kamagayan

Photo by Arni C. Aclao

The first part of your journey starts in Cebu City. You will need to make your way to the V-hire terminal in Junquera St., Brgy. Kamagayan. Most people know where this is so you won’t get lost.

Once you get there, you will have to wait for a V-hire shuttle that’s accepting passengers. Each van usually takes a total of 18 passengers, depending on how big the van is. After you find a seat in the van, prepare P100 for your fee. The barker will collect the fee before the van leaves for Toledo.

The travel time from Cebu City to Toledo will usually take 1 hour and 30 minutes, depending on how bad traffic is in Talisay and Minglanilla.

I’ve read somewhere that the first trip is 5 am and the last trip is at 12 am but this will depend on the number of passengers and vans available.


Toledo to San Carlos Ferry Schedules

Back when I was younger, the only option to get to San Carlos is to ride a RORO (Roll On/Roll Off). On our last trip to Bacolod a week ago, I was so happy that there’s a fourth option available.

In a nutshell, your options to get to San Carlos from Toledo include the following:

Cebu to Bacolod Ferry Schedule GoodFoodTrip


This is a large vessel that accommodates a number of buses, trucks, and privately-owned vehicles. The trip can last anywhere between 2.5-3 hours, depending on how still the water is. I think this is also the cheapest option.

Toledo to San Carlos RORO Schedule 2017 (Montenegro Lines)

Toledo to San Carlos Trip Schedule
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
2:00 PM
4:00 PM

San Carlos to Toledo Trip Schedule
5:00 AM
7:00 AM
9:00 AM
11:00 AM
1:00 PM
3:30 PM


For rates for vehicles, click here.

Lite Ferries

lite ferries Toledo to San Carlos RORO Schedule 2017

Photo by Lite Ferries Facebook page

Just like the RORO, this vessel can also accommodate vehicles but not too many buses and trucks. Or if I’m mistaken, they may not be for buses and large trucks. I’m not 100% sure with this. This trip lasts 2-2.5 hours.

Toledo to San Carlos RORO Schedule 2017 (Lite Shipping Corporation)

Toledo to San Carlos Trip Schedule
4:30 AM
6:00 AM
7:30 AM
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
9:00 PM

San Carlos to Toledo Trip Schedule
1:30 AM
3:00 AM
5:00 AM
7:30 AM
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
1:00 PM
3:30 PM
6:00 PM

P100 Economy
P110 Standard
P120 Tourist/Aircon

For inquiries, you may call Lite Shipping Corporation at 09778225483 / 09989995483 / 09253475483 or visit their website.



fast craft Toledo to San Carlos RORO Schedule 2017

Photo from E.B. Aznar Shipping Corp. Facebook page

For travelers who are not bringing cars, this is an option that’s most convenient for you. Through the Fastcraft, you can get to San Carlos in just 1 hour.

Toledo to San Carlos RORO Schedule 2017 (E.B. Aznar Shipping Corp.)

Toledo to San Carlos Trip Schedule
5:45 AM
6:30 AM
9:30 AM
10:30 AM
1:30 PM
2:30 PM

San Carlos to Toledo Trip Schedule
4:45 AM
7:30 AM
8:30 AM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
3:30 PM

P180 Regular
P150 Student
P125 Senior Citizen
P90 Half (Children 3 to 11 years old)

For inquiries, you may send them a message on Facebook or call 09776213166 (Toledo) or 0322344624 to 29 (Cebu main).


Fast Cat

toledo to san carlos fast cat goodfoodtrip

Not to be confused with Fastcraft, this is the newest option to travel to San Carlos.

What I loved about this option is that they use a new Catamaran vessel that reminds me of the boats we used to have for Bacolod to Iloilo trips. Since the boat is new, the restroom is also clean and stocked with toilet paper.

I loved this option since the ride does not tend to become too bumpy thanks to the way the vessel is built. Travel time also takes one hour but it can accommodate vehicles.

Toledo to San Carlos RORO Schedule 2017 (Fast Cat)

Toledo to San Carlos Trip Schedule
3:00 AM
7:00 AM
11:00 AM
3:00 PM
7:00 PM

San Carlos to Toledo Trip Schedule
1:00 AM
5:00 AM
9:00 AM
1:00 PM
5:00 PM

P250 Business Class
P200 Premium Economy
P150 Economy

Student/Senior Citizen
P200 Business Class
P160 Premium Economy
P120 Economy

Children 3-7 years old
P125 Business Class
P100 Premium Economy
P75 Economy

Children below 3 years old: Free

For information, you may call 09985930967 (San Carlos) or 09985930966 (Toledo). You may also visit their website for trip schedule changes.


San Carlos to Bacolod City V-Hire

Once you get to San Carlos City, you will have to ride a tricycle to their bus terminal. You can then opt to ride a bus or another V-hire to get to Bacolod via Don Salvador Benedicto. There’s another route but it takes longer and is not as scenic as DSB. Check out some of the photos I took from our recent journey through DSB.

cebu to bacolod goodfoodtrip don salvador benedicto

cebu to bacolod goodfoodtrip dsb

One thing about the V-hires traveling from San Carlos to Bacolod City: the last trip is at 5 PM. There was one time we had to spend the night in San Carlos since we were unable to ride the bus or V-hire when we arrived around 6:30 PM and it was already close to the last trip, 9 PM.

Travel time takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes. The V-hire and the Ceres bus stops at the South Bus Terminal. The fare is P150.

cebu to bacolod goodfoodtrip


Total Cebu City to Bacolod Transportation Expenses:

V-Hire from Cebu City to Toledo: P100 per person
Fast Cat Economy Toledo to San Carlos: P150 per person
San Carlos to Bacolod City: P150 per person

Total transportation expenses: P400 per person


If you’re visiting Bacolod and you’re not pressed for time, I suggest this is the travel option you take. The scenery in Toledo and (especially in) Don Salvador Benedicto will make the trip worthwhile! Don’t forget to look for playful dolphins from behind your boat! They like to show off, particularly in the morning!


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    • Tammy
    • December 17, 2017

    Hello, If I can apply your above advice for my trip from Bacolod to Cebu.
    Hop to hear your information. Thanks

  1. Reply

    hihi Ga party ka gid ya gle sang una? I dunno, I kinda shy away from crowds. LOL But indeed, the MassKara Festival is one event to visit here in the Philippines. 😀

      • Trixie Torralba
      • October 1, 2017

      Huo! North days, Cafe Breizh, kag MO2 haha 😉

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