Starting March 16, 2012, in addition to the regular 6:30 pm Bicol Express which runs from Manila to Naga City (and vice versa), another train will leave at 8:30 PM. The Mayon Limited- De Luxe will run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while the Mayon Limited-Ordinary will run every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The additional trip is expected to arrive 6:50 AM in Polangui, and 7:00 AM in Ligao, Albay, the next day.
The one-way promo trial for the Mayon Limited- De Luxe is Php 717.00 for Albay destinations, while that for the Mayon Limited-Ordinary is Php344.00.
The additional trains will have different configurations: the Mayon De Luxe will have three air-conditioned coaches all of which are fitted with executive reclining seats, while the Mayon Ordinary will have three cars fitted with electric fan-ventilated coaches and fixed (non-reclining) seats.
PNR decided to field the additional trip because of the increasing clamor for Albay rail destinations and also in anticipation of the heavy influx of travelers during the Holy Week.
The trains to be fielded by PNR are part of the batch of 50 donated coaches from the East Japan Railway Co. (JR-East) which arrived in the country late last year. Already, some of these coaches are being used by PNR for its commuter operation in Metro Manila, while the others are still being refurbished and re-fitted for further use in its commuter and provincial operations.
The recent revival mid last year of operation of the Bicol Express would give the riding public an alternative means to reach provincial destinations in southern Luzon (and vice-versa) and enjoy the famous Mt. Mayon scenery in comfort.
Further inquiries may be made through the PNR hotlines at 319-0044 or via its trunk line at 319-0050 to 51 local 104.