Dumaguete City, Oriental Negros can be reached by land from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. The travel time takes around half a day. Both cities are located in Negros Island, Bacolod is found at the northwestern corner while Dumaguete is at the southeastern corner. Wide plains at the coast and tall mountain systems at the central parts of Negros Island divide the two cities. The Ceres Bus Line is the most popular and cheapest means of transport to get from Bacolod to Dumaguete or Dumaguete to Bacolod.
Bacolod to Dumaguete via Mabinay – 5 to 7 hours / P250+
Travelers can ride a aircon or non-aircon Ceres Line Bus to Dumaguete at the Southbound Ceres Terminal in Libertad, Bacolod City. The bus crosses over to the Oriental Negros side via Kabankalan and Mabinay, which is a mountainous / high altitude area. The roads are laid out in a zig-zag pattern and there are sections which are unpaved, so it can get very dusty at most times. If you want to take advantage of the nice view in Mabinay, sit at right side of the bus. The whole ride lasts 6-8 hours and the fare is around P250.
Bacolod to Dumaguete via San Carlos
This route follows the coastal roads and takes more time than the Bacolod to Dumaguete via Mabinay route. Not recommended.