Weekend bus schedules from Cebu to Dumaguete are crowded.
There is no point to asking what time the bus leaves from Cebu. When you want to go to Dumaguete on a weekend you just show up as early as you want and start warming up your elbows for some serious shoving. It is semi organized confusion at the South Bus Terminal. Passengers do not respect lines, nor do they respect the rights of others who were there first. For those who still want to know the schedule, here is the link for that: cebu.gov.ph/cebu-south-bus-terminal-bus-schedules
There is usually an informal lineup waiting for the next bus to arrive, but as the crowd grows then others will push in front. If you get an opportunity to get on a bus then grab it quick. There are a couple of options you might choose. Air conditioned busses are a few pesos more than non-aircon busses but both fill up fast on weekends. You may choose the bus to Liloan, Santander fast craft terminal, and then transfer to a boat. The boat takes you to Sibulan where you can easily find a tricycle or jeepney that will take you to Dumaguete.
We are lucky this Sunday. We arrived at the South Bus Terminal in Cebu at 10 am and just managed to get on the last 2 seats of the Ceres, air-conditioned bus, going direct to Dumaguete. Unfortunately the seats were not together, but knowing the flaws in the system we were happy to be moving quickly. Sunday morning is a great time to travel. If you must use the bus system on weekends, at least you know the traffic will be light on Sunday morning. Today’s bus got us back to Dumaguete by 3 pm which is only a 5 hour travel day. By contrast, on previous Fridays we have been traveling as long as 8 hours to make that trip.
On this trip, the bus left almost immediately after we were seated, the road trip went fast so we arrived at the Maayo ferry at 2 pm. The boat was just preparing for departure but waited long enough for the bus to load and then we were underway. Today the bus driver left the bus motor idling and the air conditioner on so passengers could remain seated and watch the movie during the 45 minute crossing. On other days, the driver shuts off the motor and it is better to exit the bus during the crossing as it can get stifling inside. The arrival port is an area of Sibulan, just north of Tropico Scuba Diving and Beach Resort. From there it is a 45 minute drive to downtown Dumaguete. We are fortunate enough to get dropped off at our doorstep. Thank you Ceres Bus.
The bus cost 205 pesos per person. That is 180 for the Cebu Island portion and 25 for the Negros Island portion. The ferry cost 70 pesos per person which is collected by Maayo personnel during the ferry crossing. Total cost for 2 people was 550 pesos plus snacks. Good Deal!