Getting there & away
The main bus company is Ceres Bus Liner. For destinations north of Bacolod (and Cebu) phone the north terminal(434 2387); for destinations south of Bacolod (including San Carlos) phone the south terminal (433 4993). The stations for other bus lines are opposite both Ceres terminals. Air-con buses are about 30% dearer.
The shortest trip between Bacolod and Dumaguete (P184, five to six hours) is via Mabinay - buses leave every 30 minutes all day. Ceres Bus Liner also runs trips to Cebu City, with a ferry leg between San Carlos and Toledo (P300, 11 hours).
A plethora of bus lines travel the coastal route between Bacolod and San Carlos (P150, four hours), stopping or terminating at towns along the way, including Cadiz (P45, 1½ hours) and Sagay (P60, two hours), which have boat services to Bantayan Island. South-bound bus stops include La Carlota (P32, one hour), Ilog (P65, 2½ hours) and Sipalay (P145, 4½ hours).
Many jeepneys service the short-haul routes. Jeepneys for La Carlota (P25, 1¼ hours) depart from the SDL Terminal in Libertad St. Jeepneys for Ma-ao (P20, 30 minutes) and Mambucal (P20, 45 minutes) are stationed behind the market between Libertad St and Lizares Ave.
The Reclamation Port is a P10 tricycle ride from the City Plaza and services nationwide operators SuperCat (434 2350/1; www.supercat.com.ph) and SuperFerry (435 4965; www.superferry.com.ph) and Negros-Panay specialists MV Weesam Express (433 9125), Jomaila Shipping(434 2542) and Millennium Shipping (433 9360).
For SuperFerry and SuperCat tickets, look out for Aboitiz (also called 2Go) ticketing offices, which are scattered around the city.
Banago Wharf is about 7km north of central Bacolod - P20 by jeepney or P120 by cab - and services Negros Navigation (441 0652/3; www.negrosnavigation.ph).
The most popular route from Negros to Panay is Bacolod-Iloilo. Smooth and efficient SuperCat fastcraft run four times daily to Iloilo (P240, one hour), from 6am to 3.30pm. Fastcraft MV Weesam sails four times daily (P250, one hour), Millennium Shipping sails twice daily (P110, three hours), and Jomalia Shipping sails twice daily to Dumangas (P80, 1½ hours), a little north of Iloilo. Negros Navigation has three weekly ferry services to Iloilo (P115, two hours).
SuperFerry has a weekly service to Dumaguete (P180, 10 to 12 hours).
From Bacolod to Mindanao, there are services to Ozamis, Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. Ozamis is served by Negros Navigation (P1465, 21 hours, one a week), as is Iligan (P1505, 16½ hours, one a week). Cagayan de Oro is served by SuperFerry (P1505, 16½ hours, four weekly).