The Barge to Negros

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On Board Ceres Bus Lines.

Trip: Bacolod “via Mabinay-Kabankalan”. Bus (Non Aircon Only)

Schedule: Leaves at 7AM ETD daily. Arrival to Bacolod City: 3PM ETA. Barge Trip: 20minutes (cebu to Dumaguete Ports)

Fare: Totals: Php383.00.

Fare Breakdown: Php170.00, 1st Ticket: (South Bus Terminal to Bato, Cebu Port) ; Php143.00, 2nd ticket: Tampi, Dumaguete City Port to Bacolod City; PLUS, Php70.00 Barge fee (Maayo Shipping Lines).

South Bus Terminal, Cebu
South Bus Terminal (N.Bacalso St., Cebu)


Bacolod Via Mabinay-Kabankalan
Ceres Bus: Bacolod Via Mabinay-Kabankalan
Bato, Cebu Port (Maayo Shipping Lines)
Bato, Cebu Port (Maayo Shipping Lines)
Bato, Cebu to Tampi/Amlan, Dumaguete City
The Barge: Bato, Cebu to Tampi/Amlan, Dumaguete City
View from one of the "Carenderias" (eatery stalls)
View from one of the
Leaving Bato, Cebu Port (to Tampi)
Pick a Seat: Leaving Bato, Cebu Port (to Tampi)
Power Nap. Bato, Cebu at the background
Power Nap. Bato, Cebu at the background
Approaching Tampi/Amlan, Dumaguete City Port
Approaching Tampi/Amlan, Dumaguete City Port

36 thoughts on “The Barge to Negros

    christine said:
    November 28, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Where is the exact location of south bus terminal? Thanks.

    stilldrops says: 28Nov’08
    Hi! It’s at N.Bacalso St. Cebu City. Just a walk from E-mall (Elizabeth Mall). Happy Trip. Thanks!

    Note: Just in case you take a taxi and make him enter the south bus terminal, the driver will charge you the Php10.00 terminal fee.


    dtd said:
    December 22, 2008 at 1:46 AM

    How much is the fare for automobile from Bato to Dmgt or vv.? Thanks!

    stilldrops says:
    The last time I inquired, SUV cars are charged Php800 to Php1,000, including the driver (1pax free). You may call 032-4120280 or 035-4170280 for any update on applicable charges. Thanks.


    apple said:
    May 25, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    how much will it cost me to reach dumaguete from cebu if i bring my car with me using the barge???


      stilldrops responded:
      May 26, 2009 at 7:10 PM

      Ro-Ro (Roll on, roll off) or barge fee depends on the kind of vehicle. I went to bacolod via Tampi Port last 27 May’09. Rates for private vehicles are:

      For a car/L300 Van/SUV, it’s Php800.00-985.00.
      L300 passenger type is Php2,000.
      Driver’s barge/terminal fee is free for two (2) passengers. All “one way”.

      With the perennial rising fuel prices, you may call Maayo Shipping Lines at 035-4170280 or 035-419623 for the current rate and changes on trip schedules:

      Happy trip.


    Karen said:
    June 9, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    is it still the same schedule for cebu to bacolod via mabinay-kabankalan route? the 7am daily? until now? please reply because I want to know, if the schedule hasnt been changed yet. thnks s lot!

    Stilldrops says: 10 June’09
    Yes. It hasn’t changed. I had my recent trip last 29 May’09. Be there at least 6AM-6:30AM to be sure nonetheless (for a better seat and trip) … and that’s the only trip schedule they have for that route.

    Otherwise, you can take “cutting trips”, that is, take any bus to dumaguete; de-bus at Sibulan City; catch a ceres bus passing by the Sibulan hi-way from Dumaguete to kabankalan/Bacolod via Mabinay). Happy trip.


    odessa fairbanks said:
    November 4, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    ill be arriving cebu at 12 noon, is there any bus schedule and what time going to kabankalan?

    ill wait for you reply. thank you.


      stilldrops responded:
      November 4, 2009 at 7:03 PM

      The last time I checked, it’s practically the same schedules as that on “Travel Guide” page of the blog (
      You can either take:
      1. Cebu-Bacolod-kabankalan (Approx Php400-500 total fare): Next trips after 12nn: 3pm (via Toledo) and 9pm. Both 7-8hrs trip; OR,
      2. Cebu-dumaguete-kabankalan (Approx Php400-500 total fare): Next trips after 12nn:
      Cebu-dumaguete: 1pm, 3pm, 6pm (aircon: 3hrs trip via Santander/Liloan Cebu to AMLAN/Sibulan Ports)
      Dumaguete-Kabankalan: leaves every 30minutes: (4hrs trip via Mabinay Road)
      Best to be at the terminal earlier, afternoon trips at times leave earlier than schedule esp during low passenger-count season.
      Mabinay Road is zigzag (like bitukang-Manok in South Quezon Prov. in Luzon or up-road to Baguio City. Very very few lamp posts
      and many fears bus hold-ups at nighttime (had no experience in my years of travel).

      Just in case: you may also call: Ceres South terminal (Cebu): 032-2610485 or Ceres (Dumaguete): 035-4222134

      Happy Trip!


    Roy said:
    December 14, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    hello, may I just ask how much is the barge fee of a car from bato to amlan, schedules and how long. thank you.


      stilldrops responded:
      December 14, 2009 at 2:08 PM

      Last time I checked with MAAYO Shipping, barge fee for SUV and L300 van is Php850 (inclusive of 2 persons). Not sure for a car. 30minutes trip from Bato to AMLAN. Cebu Coty proper to Bato takes about 3 hrs trip. You may call (035) 4170280 or (035) 4196023 to verify current fare. It’s a first come, first ride service. Priority is the Ceres Bus units. See


    lance said:
    December 31, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Bai, meron bang biyahe sa tagbilaran ang Maayo shipping lines. Magkano kaya ang multicab sa kanilang barge?


      stilldrops responded:
      January 2, 2010 at 1:47 PM

      Wala e. Mas usual na choice for budget trip (passenger, ro-ro, o common cargoes) for tagbilaran ay Melrivick at LiteShipping (Tel# 032-2551721 to 26) … ayos din sa kanila mura lang fees and charges. No idea sa current fees nila pero 100% malaki ang menos kesa Oceanjet, Supercat at Weesam. Six (6) hrs trip from Cebu (Pier 1) to Tagbilaran Port.


    lemwil said:
    January 21, 2010 at 10:40 PM


    wer planning with my friends na pumunta ng bohol in a road trip and we will bring a auto and a carry van can u give me da lists po nang fare mula sa sasakyan pati sa tao mga 5 to 7 person kami from bacolod to bohol



      stilldrops responded:
      January 22, 2010 at 11:51 PM

      I haven’t gotten the latest rates for the Ro-Ro rates. The most popular and recommended is Lite Shipping ( Safe and budget-saver. You may either take the Cebu-Bohol via Tubigon Port or Cebu-Bohol via Tagbilaran Port (Main port of Bohol). Happy trip!


    asia said:
    February 12, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    hi will ask what time is the first trip of ferries or barge from bato port to dumaguete?


      stilldrops responded:
      February 15, 2010 at 10:56 PM

      Hi! You may check posted schedule (Maayo Shippines Lines) in the Negros Oriental page or verify through their published phone number for any unannounced update. Happy trip!


    lyn said:
    February 27, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    how much s the fare going to Aklan f were going to bring L300.were can we buy tickets and can we purchase it now f we are going home May 28 pa?


      stilldrops responded:
      March 1, 2010 at 3:32 PM

      Hi! where are you coming from? If from Cebu, you can take Cokaliong or TransAsia Shipping Lines to Iloilo or Roxas City; then by land to Aklan. Shipping companies usually base their car charges from the weight of the vehicle plus terminal fee. Only the driver is usually free aboard. If with pets, you need to have them vaccinated first and get a veterinary permit. Other passengers pay the usual accomodation rate of the shipping lines. Bon voyage!


    dl said:
    March 2, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    hi! i just want to ask if Maayo shipping have ym or email account. or any mobile no. coz i am from makati and the call from here is long distance. thank you very much!


      stilldrops responded:
      March 6, 2010 at 8:36 PM

      Unfortunately, it’s just their landline. You may check the page on Travel Guide for Negros Oriental. Happy trip.


    John said:
    July 19, 2010 at 5:15 AM

    Good day!
    Can ask about the historical background of Bato Cebu port, is it port or wharf?
    Do you have a contact number(s) with them or e-mail address/ official website (If possible).
    -This for our research purposes.
    I hope for your kind respond.
    Thank you very much!


    Mark Corton said:
    December 11, 2010 at 6:56 AM


    how what is actual distance of Bato from Cebu City?
    have searched but couldn’t find. salamat kaayo!


      stilldrops responded:
      January 15, 2011 at 4:03 PM

      Sorry, i have not considered that exact detail. A GPS gadget would have helped me though (don’t have one). Have you tried ?

      If it’s the Bato Wharf to Cebu City proper, i got 121 kilometers estimate via the website. (From: Cebu City, Philippines and a little forward from the tip of the corner area after Santander). It’s a 3 hour-Ceres bus trip (fast-to-little reckless driving) though.


    bobby Castillon said:
    December 11, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    dear sir / ma’am
    i would like to ask the schedule of ceres from cebu to bacolod on december 20,2010, because i will arrived in cebu 6:40pm, please send me the schedule of toledo at the same date and how much the fare from cebu to bacolod,thank’s a lot you’re a big help to us, have a good day and god bless you…..


    bernard said:
    March 9, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    gud p.m. can i ask if how much is the fare for a motorcycle boarding from bato to dumaguete? and what is the requirements for allowing to board the motorcycle in the barge cebu bato to dumaguete?……………………thanks! hope for ur reply!!!!!!!!!! god bless!!!!!!!!


      stilldrops responded:
      March 10, 2011 at 2:44 PM

      Sorry, I’m not familiar with the rate for motorcycle. But as a gauge, it’s Php800 for a car. Two (2) passengers free of charge.


    asha said:
    April 12, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    good day! just want to ask if u have an idea how much wud it cost us to go to dumaguete if we bring a pick up and how much for the passengers, btw, we are from cebu..tnx so much


      stilldrops responded:
      April 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM

      Hi! With Maayo Shipping Lines (Barge for Dumaguete) at Liloan-Santander, Cebu its Php850/trip for a car. That’s the last time I heard (unless they increased the passage rate. I assume, It won’t be more than a thousand). The driver and 1 passenger are free of charge. Happy trip!


    Diane said:
    November 13, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    anu po sched Bacolod-Cebu via mabinay now? And total fare po??..thanks…


      stilldrops responded:
      December 17, 2011 at 9:02 PM

      Not sure sa December 2011 schedule nila (before 3am). Fare is P450-500 (included na ang Bato-Tampi Barge fee na P70/person). If you can’t take the direct trip Bacolod-Cebu, may option ka pa rin: Take any trip to Dumaguete (P250 siguro ngayon); baba ka sa Bato Port or Sibulan Port; take fast craft (P65?) o pump boat (P35). May mga Ceres bus na naka terminal pagbaba nyo sa Liloan Port. I prefer to reach Tampi/Sibulan at most for 5pm trip to be sure makaabot sa earlier trip just in case. Happy trip.

      You may also call Ceres Bacolod @ 034 4334993.


    jenny said:
    November 30, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    I will be driving from bato port to cebu proper. What roads are fastest to take. Please guide me through, it is my first time. How long will it take to drive there?




      stilldrops responded:
      December 17, 2011 at 8:49 PM

      Hi! From Bato Port, take the Barge (20 minutes) which will bring you to Santander, Cebu. Take the Road going to the right which leads you straight on to Carcar City all the way to Cebu City Proper (3-4hrs).


    kent said:
    September 3, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    hi do you have any idea am from dumaguete and want to go cebu this weekend, is there any short-cut trip other than bato goin to cebu proper? thanx


      stilldrops responded:
      September 5, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      Via Sibulan wharf (on fastcraft) is the shortest way from Dumaguete.
      The fastcraft leaves every 30 minutes until 9PM? A Ceres bus awaits at the Liloan wharf.
      Avoid peak traffic time so you will not be caught by traffic entering cebu city proper.

      Although, it take 6 hours trip time, I also take the GP or Cokaliong night trip at the Dumaguete or Cebu port once in a while.
      At least, I get a good sleep and arrive earliest in Cebu or vice versa with enough rest for the night caps 🙂


    Bing Hile said:
    December 29, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    hello there,,,i just wanna ask if what time yung last trip ng barge from bato-tampi staka nung ceres bus from dumaguete to kabankalan ?,,byahe ako for tommorow ehh baka gabihin ako ,,ask ko lang what time yung last trip nila,,,thank you so much,,,wait ko reply mo…:),


    eva said:
    March 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    hello good noon.How much is the fare for Fighter 6 wheelers truck for dumaguete?


      stilldrops responded:
      March 8, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Not sure of the updated rate. They usually base the rate on the gross weight of the vehicle.


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