Looking at travelling between the city of Bacolod to Iloilo city on Iloilo during your time in the Philippines. The two locations are connected by water so you’ll have to travel either by boat or by air, however, there’s still a number of different ways you can travel between the two locations.
In this article, I’ll be covering the multiple ways you can get from Bacolod to Iloilo city so you can find the right one that suits your budget and travel style.
Taking The Ferry From Bacolod To Iloilo
Ferries can take you directly from Bacolod to Iloilo. There’s a number of ways you can get to the ferry port situated in Bacolod including; taxi, jeepney or by walking.
Getting A Taxi To Bacolod Port
Bacolod Port is located in the centre of the city, making it a relatively affordable journey in a taxi. We’ve found it to cost around 50PHP. As always, you should always aim to pick up an officially licenced taxi.
If you’re coming from Bacolod Airport to the ferry port, then you’ll be looking to pay around 400PHP – 500PHP and the journey will take between 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the traffic.
Getting A Jeepney To Bacolod Port
If you’re located outside of Bacolod city then getting to the port may prove expensive in a taxi. You could, therefore, look at cutting costs by travelling some or all of the way using a jeepney.
These are similar to buses that you may find elsewhere in the world. They are incredibly affordable and tend to hold around 20 passengers.
There are many, many jeepney routes travelling around Bacolod, most of which will begin and end in the Central Market. These jeepneys will be available across the entirety of the city.
I’ve found the majority of people in the Philippines speak basic English but if you’re unsure consider just pointing to the port on your phone or map and seeing if they nod to indicate that they are going there.
Walking To Bacolod Port
Depending on where you’re located within Bacolod city and the humidity you may choose to walk to Bacolod Port. In most cases from the city, it’s between 2km and 5km to the port however, depending on the time of day you may find that the city is extremely busy.
If you decide against walking then consider picking up either a taxi or a rickshaw to take you to the remainder of the journey.
Ferrys From Bacolod To Iloilo
There are currently four ferry companies that operate routes from Bacolod to Iloilo on a daily basis, these are; Supercat, OceanJet, Weesam Express and FastCat.
We have been customers with all of these companies on different routes except for Weesam Express and have only good things to say about each of them. There’s very little between any of the companies we’ve experienced and therefore advise you to just go with whichever ferry best suits your itinerary.
I always find the best place to compare availability and check the times ahead of travel is online using the 12Go.Asia website.
The times in which the ferry’s leave Bacolod are currently;
5.00am – FastCat
6.00am – SuperCat
6.05am – OceanJet
6.30am – Weesam
7.30am – OceanJet
8.10am – Weesam
9.00am – SuperCat & OceanJet
9.50am – Weesam
10.30am – OceanJet
11.00am – FastCat
11.30am – Weesam
12.20pm – SuperCat
12.30pm – OceanJet
1.10pm – Weesam
2.50pm – Weesam
2.15pm – OceanJet
3.30pm – SuperCat
3.45pm – OceanJet
4.45pm – Weesam
5.00pm – FastCat
5.15pm – OceanJet & Weesam
The journey takes around four hours and costs anything from 300PHP per person to 1,700PHP per person depending on the class of travel you choose. Upon arrival, the ferry will dock at Iloilo City Ferry Port which is situated 5km south of the heart of the city.
You’ll find there’s plenty of jeepneys and taxi drivers on hand to take you to your accommodation.
Flying From Bacolod To Iloilo
While you can take a flight from Bacolod to Iloilo these tend to be incredibly expensive in comparison to the ferry. At the time of writing, all flights from these two airports require you to transfer in the capital of Manila which takes the total travelling time to 4 hours or more.
Even flights from the major airport on the island of Negros, Dumaguete requires you to transfer in Manila. In fact, the only alternative is to take a ferry over to Cebu and then fly directly from Cebu to Iloilo – again, this is totally backwards and is likely to take you many more hours than it would going direct by ferry.
The only time you may want to consider this was if you wanted to (and hadn’t already) visited the island of Cebu during your visit before moving onto Iloilo.