Trainspotting in Manila: How to Ride the PNR in 2018 (with Updated PNR Fare Matrix)
Are you looking to ride the Philippine National Railway (PNR)? Eager to try one of Asia’s oldest railway systems? Here’s a handy guide that will help you get to your destination without having to brave the horrendous Manila traffic.
Note that this is an updated version of my previous post about the PNR.
PNR Train Schedule
The entire PNR stretches from central to southern Luzon. As of writing, the Manila-Bicol services are still suspended and there is still no word when the Bicol Express will resume its operations. Originally slated in December 2016, the resumption of these services was canceled following an inspection in November, in which PNR officials discovered rotting train tracks and informal settlers that obstruct the railroad in Laguna and Bicol.
At present, there are two PNR lines operating in Luzon according to their website:
1. Metro South Commuter Train (Tutuban – Calamba)
As of December 2, 2014, only Tutuban – Calamba is operational.
2. Bicol Commuter Train (Tagkawayan – Legazpi)
As of January 2014, only Naga – Sipocot is operational.
Below are the timetables for the Metro South Commuter Train:
PNR Fare Matrix
Use this guide to find out how much a train ticket costs. Note that this is only for the Metro South Commuter train line, which traverses the cities of Manila, Makati, Pasay, Taguig, Parañaque, and Muntinlupa. (I know this can be confusing to read, so for easy reference, jump to the PNR Fares and Tickets page.)
How to Ride the PNR
The PNR website outlined the steps to riding the PNR as follows:
Step 1: Buy your ticket from the Ticket Booth.
Step 2: Show your ticket to the gate inspector/conductor.
Step 3: Ride the train. The first coach is reserved for the elderly, PWDs, and passengers with children, while the second coach is only for females.
Estimated travel time from Tutuban to Calamba is 2 hours, while the Naga to Sipocot route in Bicol takes 45 minutes.
Step 4: Exit train and show your ticket to the inspector at the train station.
Remember to always keep your ticket with you while you’re on the train and at the train station. Before you can leave the station, an inspector will ask for your ticket. If you’re not able to show a ticket, you will be asked to pay the amount of the fare for the whole route.
Have you tried riding the PNR? What other tips do you have for folks commuting in Manila? Let us know in the comments section!
As of December 3, PNR launched a new line of service when it opened the Gov. Pascual station in Malabon. According to PNR, there are now 8 trips running from Gov. Pascual to FTI, and 4 trips daily for Gov. Pascual to Tutuban route.
The fare from Gov. Pascual to FTI is P25 for airconditioned coaches and P20 for non-airconditioned trains. Travel is estimated to take 58 minutes.
This post was written in April 2018 and updated on December 27, 2018. Note that the information here may not be up-to-date; for the latest news, please refer to the PNR Website.