After years of renovation. PNR was able to successfully open again the Bicol route. A pilot run was held last June 30, 2011, a new and improved Bicol Express Train was inaugurated by PNR. If your on a budget and want to enjoy the experience of riding a train. This train ride will be good for you.
In many asian countries like singapore and malaysia, japan and china, the train are one of the main and convenient way of transportation. Here in our country, many passengers have been using the train for two primary reason ;
- no traffic
The train usually leaves at the evening and will be at it’s destination in the morning which travel times varies depends on the allocated time spent on each station but nonetheless, the expected time of arrival will be not too far from what they have scheduled.
Here are the PNR train rates for 2012;
Manila to Edsa P10.00
Manila to Bicutan P15.00
Manila to Sucat P20.00
Manila to Alabang P20.00
Manila to Naga and Naga to Manila Trip categories:
Reclining seats P548.00
Sleeper train P950 (P665:00 for the promo)
Executive sleepers P1,425 (P997.50 for the promo)
Because I am just travelling alone, i thought riding the reclining seat would just be enough. But sleeper would be great if your riding with a family or group of friends or relatives.
The Naga City Terminal had been renovated to accommodate more consumer.
Bicol Express Schedules:
Departure at Tutuban: 6:15 PM
Pasay Road: 6:43 – 6:44 PM
Alabang: 7:09 PM
Departure at Naga: 7:00 PM
But I believe time schedules can be changed. So, it is still best to inquire at the nearest PNR station or you can also call these numbers to reserve a seat.
Manila -(02) 319-0048
Lucena – (042) 661-2990
Naga – (054) 698-2132
You have the options to ride three trains going to Bicol. The Bicol Express (which is up to Naga ) and The Mayon Express Train Limited Delux and Limited Ordinary (To Ligao) which will be near to the famous Mayon Volcano.
If security is your main concern on riding the Bicol Express, you don’t need to worry because PNR police wearing a police t-shirt are roving and securing the safety of every one.
You have three options to choose on what you would like to sit/stay, there were the reclining chair or what I called a bus type because it just look like you were riding on a bus. The seats were divided by two big reclining chairs. A wifi television will entertain you through the night until you doze in.
If your travelling with family, relative or friends, the sleeper will be a nice alternative. You can have some privacy and a great time to bond during the travel.
For those travelling alone and just want to have a peaceful me time , away from the crowd. The executive sleeper would be perfect for having privacy.
These three options were all air conditioned and I tell you, you have to wear something that can make you warm because my body was chilling the entire trip even I was wearing a jacket and a socks. ( I told myself that I should have brought my mittens and a blanket. I used my towel, to serve as a blanket for me)
The Mayon Express Limited De Luxe on the other hand has a capacity of 83 seaters (passengers) with only one seating option.
Mayon Limited Ordinary Stopping Stations and Fare Tariff
|San Pablo||Php 69|
|Minimum Fare:||Php 69|
Mayon Limited De Luxe Stopping Stations and Fare Tariff
|Minimum Fare||Php 214|
Although, it is not my first time to ride a commuter train, considering the fact that my grand mother always ride the train while going to Cupang in my younger days, the excitement and thrill keeps on rushing to my veins and just upon hearing the sound , memories keeps on coming back and i couldn’t help but cry.
If you would ask a suggestion on what i would prefer to ride. I would prefer the Bicol Express train because it’s more comfortable but nonetheless my experience in both trains are so far good and satisfying.
For reservations and ticket sales, you may contact PNR thru Telephone Numbers:+63.2.319.0041 ext. 122