How to get to Bacolod - Philippines
Bacolod City in Negros Occidental has long been considered one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Philippines. The growth of the eco tourism sector is not just due to the popularity of the area, but also because the means of transportation in and around the country have improved, especially Negros.
Getting to Bacolod from Manila and Angeles City
The easiest way to travel to Bacolod City in Negros from Manila is by plane. The major airlines, such as Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific, all have daily flights that will take you to Bacolod. From the National Capital Region it is about a 45 minute flight.
Your destination will be the Bacolod-Silay International Airport, which had just been recently completed. Upon arrival at this world class facility, you can call any of the buses or taxis in the vicinity to take you to the city.
If you prefer to travel by sea, there are several ferries that will take you from Bacolod City to Manila. There are several large shipping companies in the metropolis, including WG&A Philippines Inc, Sulpicio Lines and Negros Navigation.
Regardless of which ferry service you choose, the vessels will be stationed in at Manila North Harbor. While the trip will cost less, the journey will last anywhere from 22 to 24 hours. To avoid delays, it is best to get to the harbor four hours before departure.
If you are in Angeles City in Pampanga, the best option is to go to Clark airport, and board a flight to Cebu. From there you can catch another flight from Cebu to Bacolod, which is available daily, from Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific.
How to Get to Bacolod by Land
Bacolod is only accessible by land if you are coming from neighboring cities and ttowns around Negros Occidental. It has two major highways – the Lacson Street up north and Araneta down south. Traveling by bus or by jeep or by taxi or by car or by rental vehicles should not be a problem because Bacolod highways are almost always free from congestion. A good traffic plan is credited for making it quite easy to get to Bacolod City by land.
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How to Get to Bacolod by Sea
How to get to Bacolod by sea comes in two forms – traveling through ferries or using the RoRo service.
In the first option, you will book for a ship or small fast craft if you are coming from either the port of Manila or Iloilo. The port of Bacolod is always busy with several ferries traveling to and from. Travel time from Iloilo to Bacolod and vice versa is about 45 minutes; travel time from Manila to Bacolod and vice versa is 18 hours. If you are booking from a far destination as far as the port of Manila, you might want to choose the large shipping lines such as WG&A Superferry.
Using the RoRo service is similar to using the ferry service. Only in this case, you will board a bus that will roll on and roll off the ports.
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How to Get to Bacolod by Plane
Getting to Bacolod by boarding a plane is the easiest and nowadays, the most practical choice. If you consider the amount of time that you will have to spend for your travel, airfare will no longer be an issue.
By plane, Bacolod is only 45 minutes away from Manila. Major airline companies such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, and ZestAir have daily commercial trips to Bacolod. Whether you are coming from nearby Cebu or Manila or farther north from Pampanga, using the airport service is most ideal, especially now that the Bacolod-Silay Airport just went through a makeover.
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Bacolod-Silay City International Airport
Bacolod-Silay City International Airport is a newly installed facility located right at the heart of the city. It is modernized to be capable of handling all landing operations and all weather conditions. The major airline companies serve connections to and from nearby Cebu as well as Manila, the country’s capital. Expansion is definitely in the pipeline with the first international flight landing from Kazakhstan in early 2009.
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Getting to Bacolod from Cebu City
A lot of travelers prefer to take the Cebu to Bacolod route, as not only is it cheaper, but the view, and travel is generally more pleasant. From the international airport in Cebu you can choose from Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific. The Cebu Pacific flights are usually the least expensive. Always be on the lookout for special promos by these airlines, which can make traveling even less costly.
For those on a tighter budget, or prefer to take the more scenic route, there are some ferry transport routes from Cebu to Bacolod you can use. If you are in Cebu City, you go to nearby Toledo City and take the ferry to San Carlos in Negros Occidental. If you do not have a car you can take a cab or rent one to take you to the ferry site. Or you can catch a bus to take you to Toledo City.
When you get to Negros Occidental via San Carlos, head to nearby Canlaon, which is only half an hour away from Bacolod City. Alternatively, after leaving the port in San Carlos, go past the bus terminal and ask where Don Salvador Benedicto is. Rather than inquire where Bacolod City, which could lead to confusion, the road to Don Salvador Benedicto, a small town, will take you directly to the city.
Finally, upon leaving the San Carlos port, you head to the main road, going right. You will end up near Sagay City and from there only a few minutes away from the capital.
Another option would be to travel to Tabuelan City, Cebu, and board a ferry headed to Escalante in Negros. Usually it is less crowded here than in other ports, but you still should get there early.
Transportation in Bacolod City
As with any first class city, there are numerous modes of transport in and around the capital. From the airport or seaport it is only a short distance from the bus terminal which can take you to Bacolod and the neighboring area. If you are only going to travel short distances, a jeepney or taxi will do just fine.
Today the question of how to get to Bacolod is no longer a question of how but rather which one. The large numbers of airline and shipping companies have been driving down expenses, enabling travelers to save on costs and enjoy the journey even more.
How to Get Around in Bacolod
How to get around in Bacolod is not much of a problem. Bacolod traffic is traveler-friendly. It is not congested and jammed anytime of the day. The Bacolod government was able to design a good traffic plan, which makes it easier for tourists and locals alike to get around the city. Transport options vary from jeepneys to taxis to buses to rental cars. If you are traveling short distances, you may use tricycles, which peg a more affordable fare rate.
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