the great pnr train adventurePosted: October 3, 2011
every once in a while during random conversations within my circle of close friends, someone would say, ‘we should take the pnr to bicol and have a great train adventure!’ everyone would promptly agree. just as promptly, the plan would be set aside, to be carried out some time in the future.
different versions of this conversation would be replayed again and again for years.
one weekend, we finally did it. we set a date, spent a quick couple of weeks planning the trip, and just went.
unfortunately, because people’s lives and schedules were complicated, only rt, daniel, alvin and i were able to go.
the plan was to take the friday night train to bicol, spend saturday night at a hotel in naga (which was the last stop), then catch the train back to manila sunday night.
only all the naga hotels we called were full because of the month-long peñafrancia festival and we ended up driving two more hours farther south to legaspi instead.
we were all thrilled to see the mayon, and alvin was especially excited when he realized the cagsawa ruins we were trike-ing towards was the very same one that used to be on the ten-peso bill. our luck held when we got back to manila just when typhoon pedring reached albay. all in all, a good weekend. 🙂
*pnr train fare to naga: P548 for the recliner seats, P950 for the sleeper
*pnr train fare to manila: P548 for the recliner seats, P665 for the sleeper (we don’t understand either but you better believe we bought them tickets, haha!)
*travel time: roughly 10 hours each way
*van fare from naga to legaspi and back: P210 each way
*travel time: roughly 2 hours each way