Includes step-by-step instruction on how to travel to Iloilo City from Bacolod City (and vice versa) and 2023 ferry schedules and fare.


The island of Panay, where Iloilo City is located, is separated from Negros Island, where Bacolod City is located, by Guimaras Strait. In between the two islands is the island province of Guimaras. The two islands, Panay and Guimaras, are part of Western Visayas Region while Negros Island is divded into two: Negros Occidental is part of Western Visayas while Negros Oriental is part of Central Visayas.

Traveling to Iloilo from Bacolod shouldn’t be too hard considering the number of transportation options available.

Detailed Travel Guide





Bacolod to Iloilo

  1. Make your way to the BREDCO Port or Banago Port in Bacolod City. Both seaports are located in Bacolod City.

  2. At the port, purchase a ferry ticket to Iloilo City. There are several ferry companies operating on this route, such as OceanJet, FastCat, and Weesam Express. Check the schedules below and choose a ferry that suits your preference.

    You can also purchase your ticket at the port ahead of time or book online.

  3. Arrive at the ferry terminal at least 30 minutes before the departure time to allow for ticketing and boarding procedures. You will need to pay the terminal fee before boarding.

  4. Once you arrive at the Lapuz Port or Dumangas Port, disembark from the ferry and proceed to the terminal building.

    If you are arriving in Lapuz Port, you can get around the city through jeepney, taxi or modernized bus. Dumangas Port, on the other hand, is located more than 30 kilometers away from the city. You will have to ride a bus or jeepney to get to the city or other towns in the province.

Iloilo to Bacolod

  1. Head to Lapuz Port located in Lapuz, La Paz. You can reach the port by taking a taxi, jeepney or private vehicle.

    If you are taking the FastCat, you will need to proceed to Dumangas Port since the ferry departs from there.
  1. From either ports, you can purchase your ticket bound for Bacolod City. There are several ferry companies operating on this route, such as OceanJet, FastCat, and Weesam Express. Check the schedules below and choose a ferry that suits your preference.

    You can also purchase your ticket at the port ahead of time or book online.
  1. Arrive at the ferry terminal at least 30 minutes before the departure time to allow for ticketing and boarding procedures. You will need to pay the terminal fee before boarding.

  2. Once you arrive at the BREDCO Port or Banago Port, disembark from the ferry and proceed to the terminal building.

  3. From the terminal, you can take a taxi, tricycle, or any other mode of transportation to your desired destination within Bacolod City.

OceanJet and Weesam depart/arrive in BREDCO Port in Bacolod City and Lapuz Port in Iloilo City. FastCat departs/arrives in Banago Port in Bacolod City and Dumangas Port, in the town of Dumangas.

Ferry Schedule





OceanJet

OceanJet has been operating the Bacolod-Iloilo (and vice versa) route for decades. Currently, this shipping company has four trips for this route from Monday to Saturday and only one trip during Sunday. See the schedule and fare below:

Bacolod to Iloilo Schedule
Iloilo to Bacolod Schedule
Monday to Saturday
05:45 AM
07:20 AM
08:50 AM
11:00 AM
01:00 PM
02:30 PM
04:00 PM
05:30 PM
Sunday
07:20 AM
08:50 AM
11:00 AM
01:00 AM
04:00 PM
05:30 PM
Fare
Tourist
P550
Open Air
P550
Business Class
P800

You can book direct through their website or third party booking sites such as Klook. Travel time from Bacolod to Iloilo (and vice versa) via OceanJet is approximately one hour.

For booking or inquiries, you may visit their offices or contact their numbers:

Bacolod Office
Simplicio Palanca Seaport Terminal
Bredco Port 2 Reclamation Area, Bacolod City
(034) 461 9224 loc 034
Smart: +63 923 089 4167
bacolod@oceanjet.net

Iloilo Office
PPA Fast Craft Terminal Progreso
Lapuz, Iloilo City
Sun: +63 923 708 8054
Sun: +63 923 086-3871
iloilo@oceanjet.net


Weesam Express

Weesam Express currently has seven trips from Bacolod to Iloilo (and vice versa) everyday.

Weesam Bacolod Iloilo
Bacolod to Iloilo Schedule
Iloilo to Bacolod Schedule
Monday to Saturday
06:30AM
06:30AM
08:10AM
09:45AM
11:30AM
01:10PM
02:50PM
04:25PM
Sunday
09:50AM
08:10AM
01:10PM
11:30AM
02:50PM
02:50PM
Fare
Tourist
P550
Economy (Non-aircon)
P525
First Class
P650

For booking or inquiries, you may visit their offices or contact their numbers:

Weesam Express Iloilo Pier
Mulle Loney Street, Lapuz, Iloilo City,
Contact Numbers:
+63 (033) 3373282
+63 922 866 0338

Weesam Express Bacolod Pier
Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Contact Numbers:
+63 (034) 709 0830
+63 (034) 433 9125
+63 922 820 0270


FastCat

FastCat departs and arrives Banago Port and in Dumangas Port in the Northern part of Iloilo. Travel time is approximately one hour and 15 minutes. See the schedule and fare below:

Banago to Dumangas Schedule
Dumangas to Banago Schedule
Monday to Sunday
06:00 AM
08:00 AM
10:00AM
12:00 NN
03:00 PM
05:00PM
Passenger Fare
Business ClassPremium EconomyEconomy
RegularP308P275P242
StudentsP246P220P194
Senior Citizen & PWD (with Valid ID)P220P196P173
Children 3-7 years oldP154P138P121
Children below 3 years oldFreeFreeFree
Freight Rates
Bicycle (5)P210
Bicycle with side car (1)P420
Motorcycle (2)P735
MC 400cc and aboveP1,000
Light cars, multicabs, ownerP1,575
Van, pickup, SUV, SedanP1,890
4W elf passengerP2,310
6W elfP2,625
Mini busP2,625
ForwardP3,045
Forward long chasisP3,360
8 wheelerP3,780
10 wheelerP4,200
BusP4,620
12 WheelerP5,040
14 WheelerP5,460
20 Footer (22M)P8,190
40 Footer (38M)P16,380
Heavy Equipment (Small 10-15 tons)P14,400
Heavy Equipment (15-20 tons)P17,600
Heavy Equipment (20-30 tona)P20,800

For booking or inquiries, you may contact their numbers below:

Bacolod Office
+63 998 845 3288

Iloilo Office
+63 917 651 5954

Where to Stay and Eat in Iloilo





If you are looking for a place to stay and eat in Iloilo, check out this list of Iloilo restaurants and Iloilo hotels or book below.

Published in June 2023



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