Friday, October 21, 2011

Travel Options: How to Get to Dumaguete from Cebu

Dumaguete, the capital city of Negros Oriental, is a very quaint little town known for its schools, universities and not to forget, its bustling night life culture. It's a wonderful mix that has drawn hundreds of foreign tourists to its shores. To many Cebuanos, Dumaguete has also become a wonderful (and cheap) weekend getaway destination. So if you are planning to visit this beautiful city over the weekend, here are the different travel options that you can choose from. 


Cebu Pacific flies from Dumaguete to Cebu and vice versa, daily. Regular seat sales can go as low as 388 Pesos. Add in surcharges, taxes, that will probably total to 800+ pesos, one way. But before you go booking, make sure that you consider the terminal fee damage as well. That's 200 Php from Cebu Domestic Airport and 30 PhP from Sibulan Airport. Its quite expensive I know, but travel time is only 30-45 minutes - a great option if you hate long bus rides.

Cost: 800++ - above (one way, excluding terminal fees)
Travel time: 45 minutes


This is by far, the cheapest and the most time-consuming option. There is a CERES bus that services the Cebu to Dumaguete route. You hop on the bus at the South Bus Terminal and cross over the Tanon Strait via barge. The bus will take you directly to the Dumaguete CERES terminal where you can take a tricycle to get to your hotel / destination within the city.

However, I do think that you have to pay separately for the bus and the barge. Barge tickets can be bought in the pier (around 70 PhP). If you do not mind long bus rides, the air-conditioned buses are fairly comfortable. A great option for backpackers on a budget.

Cost: 350+ PhP (including barge fair)
Travel Time: 4 - 5 hours


Oceanjet services the Cebu to Dumaguete route everyday, travel time takes around 4 hours. There are also several slow boats that will require overnight travel.
Oceanjet Schedule as of Ocotber 2011
Cost: 900-1200 PhP
Travel Time: 4 hours


The cheapest option, if you compare all these by their regular fares. You hop on a CERES bus from the South Bus Terminal bound for Santander - Lilo-an Port (168 PhP); get on a fastcraft (62 PhP) and dock on Sibulan Pier. After this, you get on a multicab/ EasyRide or a tricycle to take you to Dumaguete City. The muticab will cost you 15 PhP.

Total Cost: 243 PhP
Travel time: 3.5 - 4 hours


  1. Your blog post about Dumaguete is very helpful since I will be going to Dumaguete next month or early December. ^^

    Thanks for sharing :D

  2. Hi Jenny. Glad to have helped. Thanks for dropping by. Good luck on your Dumaguete trip! =))

  3. Nice. Thank you soooo much. :)

    1. Hi Ybiang. Thanks for reading and you're very welcome. =)

  4. Thanks for the information. It really help a lot. By the way, I haven't been to Dumaguete, I would like to ask if Sibulan Airport is near to the pier.. Hope to hear from you soon.

  5. May I know the new fare from Cebu to Dumaguete via CERES Bus?

    Thank you. Hope for your soonest response.