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Ceres Bus Fares- From Cebu City North Bus Terminal to Hagnaya Port

165 pesos – Air-con bus to Hagnaya Port

140 pesos – Non air-con bus to Hagnaya Port

*Same fares for the return trip to Cebu City

These buses leave every hour day and night. Just jump on board. No need to buy a ticket ahead of time. The assistant conductor will collect the fare once the bus is underway.

Ceres Direct Bus – Cebu City North Bus Terminal to Bantayan Town – RORO

215 pesos – Direct bus to Bantayan Island

Ceres runs several buses a day that drive onto the ferry (RORO – Roll-On Roll-Off) and come all the way here to Bantayan Island. The end stop is in Bantayan Municipality, but you can get off at the Santa Fe Port and take a bicycle taxi to your resort.

You will pay the 215 pesos fare on board the bus. According to the drivers there is no way to purchase an advance ticket.

The bus passes by downtown Santa Fe as well, so you can get off anywhere along the way if you’re staying in the town center area.

Just let the conductor know when you want to stop and they’ll accommodate you.

Updated schedule as of October 2017:

Cebu North Bus Station to Bantayan Town – Departs: Bantayan Town to Cebu North Bus Station – Departs:
11:45 pm 5:00 am
12:15 am 7:30 am
3:00 am 9:30 am
6:00 am 11:30 am
8:00 am 1:30 pm
10:00 am 3:30 pm
12:00 pm 5:00 pm


The benefit to the direct bus is that you don’t have to drag your bags onto the ferry by hand or negotiate with porters if you have a lot of luggage. It’s a bit more convenient to take the direct bus if you’re traveling with children or a larger group of people.

For backpackers and people traveling light, just jump on the next bus heading to Hagnaya.

If you’re returning to Cebu and are trying to get to the airport, the drivers recommend you get off at Pacific Mall. You can take a taxi to the airport from there. Just let the assistant conductor know that you’re going to the airport and he’ll make sure you get off at the right stop. The direct bus travels to the South Bus Terminal first, and then it goes to the North Bus Terminal.

Notes: ALL bus ticket prices listed above do not include the cost of the ferry ticket (170 pesos regular fare) or the port terminal fee (10 pesos).

Also, the buses sometimes advertise that they have free wi-fi on board, but in our experience it usually never works.

Contact Number for Valacar Transport (Ceres Buses): 032 345 8650

Please help us by posting any updated travel information in the comment section below. Feel free to reply to the questions of other travelers as well. Thanks! 🙂

77 comments… add one
  • cris May 21, 2017, 12:12 pm

    can we buy our ticket the day before our trip?

  • Lara Reyes May 24, 2017, 5:11 am

    Hi.. Until what time is the bus schedule from Cebu City to Hagnaya Fort?

  • Ray Geganto June 8, 2017, 6:14 am

    Is there a Ceres direct bus taking the new Ro-ro at Tabuelan to Sagay Port? What are the schedules departing Cebu North Bus Terminal?

    • Bantayan Island June 8, 2017, 6:20 am

      Hi Ray,

      We’re not sure about that as we only focus on Bantayan Island. Maybe one of our readers can comment and answer your question.


  • may2 June 8, 2017, 2:21 pm

    From Sta fe , where will we ride a bus going back to Cebu?

    • Bantayan Island June 9, 2017, 2:22 am

      Take the ferry from Santa Fe to Hagnaya Port. The buses will be waiting there at Hagnaya Port to take you back to Cebu City.

      • Jovelyn Baldomaro October 28, 2017, 3:08 am

        Sir, good day. Mag ask unta ko if you can recommend resorts who can accommodate 43 pax for our feb. 9-10, 3017. And a contact info who can facilitate a tour for us. Thanks.

      • jeffy January 2, 2018, 1:40 am

        Meron byahe pa Punta bantayan?

  • Lorele June 14, 2017, 4:48 pm


    Ask ko lang kung pwede mo bang malibot ang Bantayan Island plus Kalanggaman in a day?

    Thank you!

    • Erielle June 27, 2017, 1:57 am

      Hi, nakita ko na mas possible ang Malapascua-Kalanggaman tour in a day. Contact Kuya Yugi – 0935 996 9716 / 0936 522 6141. Siya yung nag-offer sa amin ng day tour for Kalanggaman. Affordable!

  • Nab June 16, 2017, 11:27 am

    How long time for going to Bantayan to Cebu city?

    • Bantayan Island June 20, 2017, 2:01 pm

      It takes about three and a half hours on the bus.

  • Carla June 21, 2017, 6:54 am

    5:20 talaga ung last trip ng bus?

  • Rage Abejuela June 21, 2017, 3:35 pm

    Hi! Tanong ko lang po sana kung may schedule po kayo sa aircon bus going to Hagnaya?

  • Erielle June 27, 2017, 1:58 am

    Hi, may schedule din ba kayo ng buses going to Maya Port? Nag-ooffer din ba ng student discount sa fares? Salamat.

  • Yahn July 2, 2017, 3:32 am

    2 questions for you?
    1. Can we and should we buy ticket in advance if we take the direct bus?
    Ceres Direct Bus – Cebu City North Bus Terminal to Bantayan Town
    2. Where should we get off the direct bus and where should we take the bus on the way back to Cebu city as we stay at Amihan Beach cabannas?
    Amihan Beach Cabanas, Bantayan Island

    • Bantayan Island July 13, 2017, 1:17 am

      No need to buy ticket in advance.

      Just tell the conductor where you are staying and he will direct you where to get off the bus. If you’re staying at Amihan, you’ll get off the bus when it makes a hard right because you need to continue straight. Once you see the Corner Inn on the left side of the road, you need to get off and walk a block or so.

  • Precious July 2, 2017, 7:22 am

    Ask ko lang po
    From sta fe to cebu wala na bang ibang last trip later than 5:30 pm thank you

  • Iskay July 2, 2017, 10:44 am

    Where to ride a bus in bantayan for direct Trip back to cebu city? Is there a bus terminal there? Thanks

  • Shine July 10, 2017, 2:36 am

    It was stated above that if we take the bus from Cebu North Terminal going straight to Bantayan we can also get off at Sta. Fe Port, can we also ride the bus at Sta. Fe port going back to Cebu North terminal instead of going to Bantayan Proper which is another 30mins from our resort? Thanks!

    • Bantayan Island July 13, 2017, 1:33 am

      Yes. If there are seats available. Just talk to the conductor. If not, just ride the ferry back to Hagnaya. There will be plenty of buses waiting at Hagnaya Port to take you back to Cebu City.

  • Krishtine July 12, 2017, 3:22 am

    Hi, what time po last trip from cebu to hagnaya? And may nakaabang naman po ba na ferry pagkababa ng bus?

  • Weng July 13, 2017, 6:07 am

    Hi, may I ask po how much yung fare from Cebu North bus station to Tabogon, Cebu. Highly appreciate your reply. Thanks

    • Bantayan Island July 17, 2017, 9:20 am

      Not sure on that fare as we only focus on Bantayan Island. Maybe one of our readers can answer that question.

  • Glemar July 16, 2017, 1:35 am

    Mga kabayan may alam ga kau na land trip galing cebu papuntang batangas port? Salamat

  • JM July 21, 2017, 9:39 pm

    Hello, do the regular buses going to Santa Fe Port that depart every 30 mins operate the whole day or is there only a specific time of operation?

  • yasu July 25, 2017, 10:53 pm

    How long time,north tarminal to bantayan?
    Can i comeback to cebu same day?

    • Bantayan Island July 28, 2017, 2:07 am

      3.5 hours.

      Yes, you can come back same day.

  • ilovebantayanisland July 28, 2017, 4:50 pm

    thank you for posting the updated schedules for 2017!!

    • Bantayan Island July 31, 2017, 9:17 am

      You’re welcome!

  • lani July 29, 2017, 5:27 am

    Hello.good pm ceres bus,operator.I accidentally left my black cloth bag in one of your bus from new road imus,cebu city to ayala yesterday at around 6:30 pm.Pls help me.bus no.is 837 or 873.Pls help me to retrieve the bag with 2 books n 1 red blouse inside.

  • Emily August 3, 2017, 5:53 am

    Hi : ) May I ask..
    How long does it take from Cebu north terminal to Bantayan?
    you wrote “3.5 hours” does it mean by a bus? (from cebu to Hagnaya port)

    • Bantayan Island August 3, 2017, 6:35 am

      Once the bus departs the station in Cebu City, it takes about three and a half hours to get to Hagnaya Port.

      When the ferry departs Hagnaya Port, it is about a one hour and fifteen minute boat ride to Bantayan Island.

  • Arkheus August 7, 2017, 7:18 am


    You mentioned here that there is a BUS from cebu city to Bantayan proper. Asking now if how much will be the fare and upon arrival namin sa hagnaya port are we obliged to get out of the bus? or what? Thank you for your reply

  • Chloe August 9, 2017, 3:58 pm


    Anyone here knows where to rent a multicab or any transpo in bantayan that can accomodate 6 not so slim people? heheh thnaks

  • Cluadia August 12, 2017, 4:05 pm

    Is it possible for a day tour from bantayan island to kalanggaman island?
    If so, how long would it take to.go there.

  • Zorica August 12, 2017, 9:57 pm

    Could you please send me bus and ferry schedules for Ceres to Bantayan for October

  • dona August 13, 2017, 12:44 pm

    how many hours from the terminal to hagnaya port and how many hours is the ferry ride?

  • jc August 14, 2017, 9:53 pm

    Hi’ since 12 30pm po yung last trip going to hagnaya port, meron pa po bang ibang option na public transpo papuntang bantayan island 1pm po ang dating namen sa mactan airport.?

  • Nanette Juntilla August 20, 2017, 11:48 am

    Hi, question lang. How do we get the ticket from hagnaya port to bantayan island? Kailangan pa ba namin bumaba sa bus para bumili? Or and kundoktor na ang bibili at sisingilin lang kami? Salamat

  • Leszek August 23, 2017, 11:25 am

    What’s the easiest way to get from Banatayan Island/Hagnaya Port to Maya Port and Malapascua??Are there any direct buses or taxis, what’s the prices??
    Thanks 😉

  • Joanne September 7, 2017, 8:04 am

    New Fare Rate: Cebu to Bantayan Php 215.00

    • Kiks September 12, 2017, 2:39 am

      Hi Joanne, are you referring to the Ceres Direct Bus (Cebu City North Bus Terminal to Bantayan Town)? Thanks!

  • Christian September 9, 2017, 12:53 pm

    From Cebu City to Sta. Fe (Anika Resort) how long is the travel time? 3.5 is only the travel time from Cebu City to Hagnaya, how bout all the way to Sta. Fe? So we don’t have to take the ferry. Thanks 🙂

  • Rich September 17, 2017, 5:24 pm

    Hi, guys. My ETA in Cebu is 12:05nn, considering the traffic, will I make it on the 12:30 trip to Hagnaya and last trip to Bantayan? Thanks.

    • Bantayan Island September 20, 2017, 10:56 am

      Hi Rich,

      If you jump on a bus at the North Bus Station by 1 PM, you should make it to Hagnaya Port in time for the last ferry. Obviously we can’t guarantee that because of traffic. If you miss the last ferry, just grab a room there at Hagnaya Port and catch the ferry the next morning.

      Check out this page as well:


  • yen September 19, 2017, 10:33 am

    Hi. We’re planning to go to bantayan island and stay in anika island beach resort may i ask where we should get off the bus?thank you

    • Bantayan Island September 20, 2017, 10:47 am

      After you arrive at Santa Fe Port on Bantayan Island and fill out the tourist registration, there will be bicycle taxis there. Just take a bicycle taxi to Anika Resort. It’s not far from the port. No need to get back on the bus after it leaves the ferry. Thanks and have a great time on the island.

  • Clara September 21, 2017, 10:09 am

    Hello! I arrive at Cebu’s airport at around 245pm. Would you recommend that I stay a night in cebu city and then take the bus to hagnaya port the next morning or should I take the bus to hagnaya port on the same day? Will I be able to catch the ferry to bantayan island on the same day?

    • Bantayan Island September 22, 2017, 8:05 am

      At that hour, I would stay in Cebu City for the night and take the bus early the next morning.

  • Paul October 2, 2017, 10:48 pm


    Planning to go to Bantayan this weekend, do we still have buses operating at 11:45 or 12:15am?


  • daiz October 9, 2017, 2:00 am

    Hi! we’re planning to visit bantayan island on nov2.
    our ETA on mactan airport is 02:30pm. We are planning to take the 1st trip 11:45pm of Ceres Direct Bus (Cebu City to Bantayan Proper). do you think is it a good idea? Any suggestions please.

    • Bantayan Island October 9, 2017, 9:32 am

      You could. You’ll obviously have some down time waiting until 11:45 PM. You don’t want to sit at the North Bus Station for hours. Go shopping at Ayala Mall and have dinner. Then head to the bus station. That’s one option.

      The other option is to go straight to the bus station, take the next bus leaving, and spend the night at a guest house in Hagnaya Port.


      If I arrive into Cebu past 12 noon (after a long flight) I always spend the night in Cebu City. The next morning I get up and take the bus to Hagnaya at around 8 AM. It just helps break up the travel.

      Hope that helps.

  • May L. Pamilaran October 11, 2017, 8:41 am

    Hi Sir, I would like to know how much is your fare from Bacolod City to Cebu City? Also would be happy if you could give me the schedule of trip from Bac to Cebu and Cebu to Bac

    Thanks Much.

  • Anne October 12, 2017, 9:52 am

    Hi ., our ETA at mactan airport is 11am ., will I be able to catch the ferry going to Kota beach?? How many hours from Cebu City to Hagnaya??

  • carla October 17, 2017, 5:24 pm

    my flight back to manila is at 12.20pm, if i leave bantayan island at 5am, kaya po?

  • Brent October 26, 2017, 12:44 pm

    Hi, what is the last trip of bus from hagnaya port to cebu north terminal or cebu city? Thank you.

  • Luke October 30, 2017, 7:26 pm

    Do buses run from Hagnaya to Cebu all the time? If we get the 5am boat will there be a bus to Cebu?

    • Bantayan Island November 1, 2017, 1:19 am

      Yes. The buses run day and night. If you take the 5 A.M. boat there will be buses waiting at Hagnaya Port to take you to Cebu City.

  • Chris November 9, 2017, 4:20 am

    Hi how much travel time will us be spending if we choose Ceres direct bus to bantayan island? from North bus station, is 3am scheduled depart or there’s always available bus to hop on? thanks

    • Bantayan Island November 10, 2017, 3:20 am

      The buses to Hagnaya Port leave every hour. So yes, there’s always a bus you can jump on.

      The schedule above is for the direct bus to Bantayan Town.

      It takes about three and a half hours to get to Hagnaya Port from the Cebu North Bus Terminal.

      • Chris November 10, 2017, 3:18 pm

        Thanks! and how many hours if we take the direct bus to bantayan? is that more convenient than taking a boat to hagnaya? tia

  • Mike November 13, 2017, 5:43 am

    Good afternoon. Ask unta ku if magkarga meg kinarton or box tag pila pud?plss..reply

  • Mike November 13, 2017, 5:45 am

    Good afternoon …ask unta ku if magkarga mi ug kinaton or box from city to bantayan pila pud?pls..reply

  • nel November 14, 2017, 8:46 am

    how come the contact number given above just keeps on ringing and no one answers

    • Bantayan Island November 14, 2017, 9:48 am

      We can only post the numbers provided by the bus company. Not sure why they are not answering. Thanks.

  • Che November 15, 2017, 5:10 am

    would you know the bus schedule going to bantayan on good friday 2018? Thank you

  • abbey November 20, 2017, 3:35 pm

    Hello! May ibang pages na nagpopost na hanggang 5pm lang bus to hagnaya port. Can you please confirm? thanks.

  • Claire Yarcia November 22, 2017, 3:54 am

    Hi! This info is very helpful. Probably you can add the travel time so they can adjust their schedules. For example me. I though the travel will last for 3hrs if I will take the ceres ac bus. I was at the north terminal 30 minutes before 10AM, the bus left 3 mins pass 10AM I arrive at sta. fe aroud pass 3PM.

  • Catherine Joyce Agapito Lintag November 30, 2017, 12:55 pm


    Will there be bus schedule from Bantayan to Cebu on December 24 or 25?


    • Janine December 2, 2017, 7:52 am

      I’d like to know too if there is a bus scheduled to go from North Bus Terminal to Bantayan Island on Dec 25 and 26.

  • jimmy December 8, 2017, 8:30 am

    pwedi po ba manghingi nang contact number sa ceres liners office?

  • Molly December 16, 2017, 7:15 am

    Meron po bang deretchong byahe na land transportation going cebu na hindi mag ferry?
    Thank you

  • Teresa Koykka December 28, 2017, 3:36 am

    Are the bus trips daily?

    • Bantayan Island December 30, 2017, 12:37 am

      Yes. The buses run day and night.

  • glen alagdon January 2, 2018, 4:03 pm

    How much is the fare of the children below 12 yrs.old?

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