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Things to know as the train route connecting Naga and Legazpi reopens

Dwight de Leon

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Things to know as the train route connecting Naga and Legazpi reopens

PNR. Commuters board a Philippine National Railways train on June 2, 2023.

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(1st UPDATE) After six years, two major commercial hubs in the Bicol region will again be connected by train

MANILA, Philippines – Train travel from Naga City to Legazpi City and vice versa will again be available after six years beginning Wednesday, December 27.

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) made the announcement on its Facebook page on Thursday, December 21.

Here are the things the public – especially residents in the Bicol region – needs to know.

How many trips are there per day?

PNR information officer Dethan Dario said there will be two trips from Naga City, Camarines Sur to Legazpi City in Albay per day, and two daily trips as well from Legazpi to Naga. Each train can accommodate about 250 passengers. 

The first trip from Naga departs at 5:45 am, while the first trip from Legazpi starts at 5:38 am. 

The route is at least 101 kilometers long, and would take around 3 hours to complete, the PNR added. 

What are the stations and flagstops?

The route covers the following stations and flag stops:

  • Naga City
  • Pili
  • Baao
  • Iriga
  • Lourdes
  • Bato
  • Matacon
  • Polangui
  • Oas
  • Ligao
  • Travesia
  • Daraga
  • Bagtang
  • Washington Drive
  • Capantawan
  • Legazpi
How much does the ride cost?

The fare varies, starting from as low as P15, to as high as P155, depending on the length of travel.

See the complete fare matrix below.

Train operators will honor the 20% discount for senior citizens, students, and persons with disabilities, as long as they present a valid ID.

Why was the service unavailable for six years?

PNR suspended operations that connected Naga City and Legazpi City back in 2017 after two years of service due to the lack of train coaches and locomotives.

Manila and the Bicol region used to be connected by train, until services stopped in 2006 due to aging rolling stock and the devastation caused by typhoons.

Things to know as the train route connecting Naga and Legazpi reopens

with a report from Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler.com

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Dwight de Leon

Dwight de Leon is a multimedia reporter who covers President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the Malacañang, and the Commission on Elections for Rappler.