MANILA, Philippines – (2nd UPDATE) Here’s a guide for all Metro Manila commuters who plan to take train rides during the holiday season in December.
This page will be updated as transit companies release additional schedules.
Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1)
In an advisory on Friday, December 23, Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) announced that the first trips for December 24, 25, 31, and January 1 will leave at 5 am.
On December 24, the last trips leave at 8 pm. Meanwhile, on December 25, last trips from Baclaran will leave at 9:30 pm and from Roosevelt at 9:50 pm.
On December 31, the last trip is at 7 pm. Meanwhile, on January 1, last trips from Baclaran will leave at 9:30 pm and from Roosevelt at 9:50 pm.
The regular weekday schedule (4:30 am to 10:15 pm) resumes December 27, while the regular weekend schedule (5 am to 9:50 pm) resumes January 7.
From December 3 to 23, the LRMC has added more late-night trips, extending the operating hours of LRT1 to 11 pm daily.
Northbound trains from Baclaran in Parañaque City will leave at 9:30 pm, 9:40 pm, 9:50 pm, 10 pm, 10:15 pm, 10:30 pm, 10:45 pm, and 11 pm from Monday to Friday. Up to 15 minutes of headway until 11 pm will be observed during the weekends.
Southbound trains from Roosevelt in Quezon City will leave at 10 pm, 10:10 pm, 10:20 pm, 10:30 pm, 10:45 pm, and 11 pm from Monday to Friday. Up to 15 minutes of headway until 11 pm will also be observed during the weekends.
Updates can be found at LRT1’s Twitter page.
Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT2)
The LRT2, which links Recto in Manila to Santolan in Quezon City, follows the same schedule of operations it has had since July 19. Operations start at 5 am until 10 pm for the last train to Recto, and 10:30 pm for the last train to Santolan.
However, a unique schedule will be observed on Decembre 24 and 31.
For December 24, Santolan-Recto (westbound) will operate from 5 am to 8 pm. Recto-Santolan (eastbound) train will be at 5 am to 8:30 pm.
For December 31, Santolan-Recto (westbound) will operate at 5 am to 7 pm. Recto-Santolan (eastbound) starts at 5 am to 7:30 pm.
Commuters may follow LRT2’s Twitter page for daily updates.
Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3)
MRT3 runs its operations beginning at 4:30 am. The last southbound trip leaves North Avenue in Quezon City at 10 pm, and the last northbound trip leaves Taft Avenue at 10:30 pm.
In November, Sakay.ph launched its new online service called Traincheck that informs MRT3 commuters of the current congestion level at the chosen station, the best time to leave, and a summary of congestion for the day.
Philippine National Railways (PNR)
PNR observes the regular schedule for the Metro South Commuter Line, which runs from Tutuban in Manila to either Alabang in Muntinlupa City or Mamatid in Laguna.
Southbound trains from Tutuban to Alabang start running at 5:05 am until the last trip at 7:35 pm daily. Northbound trains from Alabang to Tutuban start at 5:34 am until the last trip at 7:34 pm daily.
Due to unavailability of trains, PNR has reduced its operations from 42 to 30 trains.
It would take an interval of 30 minutes to one hour.
Southbound trains from Tutuban to Mamatid operate one trip every day with the estimated departure time at 7:05 pm and arrival time at 9:42 pm.
For northbound trains from Mamatid to Tutuban, the estimated departure time is at 4:42 am and arrival time at 7:20 am daily.