Heads up holiday commuters, the three main train lines in Metro Manila (MRT-3, LRT-1, and LRT-2) will adjust their operations this holiday season. So if you’re saving your Christmas shopping till the very last minute, be sure to check out this guide to know the LRT schedule and MRT Schedule 2019 this holiday season!

Here are the 2019 Christmas schedules for the Metro’s train lines:

MRT-3


December 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 26, and 27

North Avenue Station

First train – 4:40 AM

Last train – 9:10 PM

Taft Avenue Station

First train – 5:41 AM

Last train – 10:11 PM


December 24 and 31

North Avenue Station

First train – 4:40 AM

Last train – 7:45 PM

Taft Avenue Station

First train – 5:37 AM

Last train – 8:42 PM


December 25

North Avenue Station

First train – 6:30 AM

Last train – 9:10 PM

Taft Avenue Station

First train – 6:30 AM

Last train – 10:11 PM


December 21, 22, 28, 29, and 30

North Avenue Station

First train – 4:40 AM

Last train – 9:10 PM

Taft Avenue Station

First train – 5:37 AM

Last train – 10:11 PM


Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1)


December 24

Baclaran Station

First train – 4:30 AM

Last train – 8 PM

Roosevelt Station

First train – 4:30 AM

Last train – 8 PM


December 31

Baclaran Station

First train – 4:30 AM

Last train –  7 PM

Roosevelt Station

First train – 4:30 AM

Last train – 7 PM


Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2)

Photo source: https://tl.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talaksan:MRT-2_Train_Santolan_1.jpg

December 24

Cubao Station

First train – 5 AM

Last train – 8 PM

Recto Station

First train – 5 AM

Last train – 8 PM


December 31

Cubao Station

First train – 5 AM

Last train – 7:30 PM

Recto Station

First train – 5 AM

Last train – 7:30 PM


HOW TO SURVIVE THE HOLIDAY RUSH IN MRT TRAIN

When it comes to Metro Manila traffic, there’s no such thing as holiday rush hour anymore. May it be in the morning, afternoon, or late evening, there’s traffic! Even when riding the MRT train that’s supposed to be easier and faster, it has become worse. What more if it’s the holiday season already? So to help you, we’re giving you tips on how to survive the holiday rush in Metro Manila’s train lines!

1. Research

During the holidays, most train lines in the metro adjust their operating schedules. To avoid the hassle in commuting, find out the LRT schedule and MRT schedule 2019 this holiday season!

2. Dress appropriately

Dressing up is fun but not when you ride the LRT or MRT. Once inside, you will sweat. You will get stepped on and no matter how much perfume you use, you will not smell so good when you alight from the train. Therefore, wear the right clothes.

As much as possible, wear closed shoes. Wearing heels or slippers is a terrible idea! Also, bring a small towel to wipe off the communal sweat.

3. Buy BEEP Cards

Knowing the LRT schedule and MRT schedule 2019 isn’t enough to survive the holiday commute rush. Using Stored Value Cards (BEEP Card) means you don’t have to line up and buy a ticket for every train trip. That’s one less line you have to endure each trip. Trust us, that BEEP Card is a life-saver.

4. Don’t stand by the door

Unless you want to be pushed in and out on every train stop. Stand in the middle or at the opposite door that won’t open to the next stations.

5. Don’t bring too many things

If you’re in a rush, don’t bring too many things, especially those that are packed in boxes and sealed with tapes. Take note that the security guards in every train station will check your things. They will even unpack your fully-sealed boxes. This alone takes a lot of time so, avoid this to save yours and others’ times.

If you’re thinking of spending your holiday season in the Metro, check out ZEN Rooms for affordable hotels and make the most out of your stay! 

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In 2018, there were many big international singers came to Indonesia, from Celine Dion to Gun n Roses. In 2019, there will be a bigger and more lively musician. Check out 10 concerts and music festivals happening from February to March 2019. Don’t miss out & mark your calendar #ZENtraveler!

1. Jakarta Folk Festival

Date: 4 Februari 2019

Location: SCBD, Jakarta Selatan

Website: https://www.loket.com/event/jakartafolkfestival

2. Love Festival

Date: 8 Februari 2019

Location: JCC, Jakarta

Website: http://berlianentertainment.com/event/concert/love-is-live

3. Indonesia National Piano Festival

Date: 10, 17, 24 Februari 2019

Location: Bali, Pontianak, Makassar

Website: https://www.loket.com/event/inpf-bali-dbo

4. Futurepublic

Date: 23 Februari 2019

Location: Ecopark, Jakarta

Website: https://futurepublic.id/

5. Lalalafest

Date: 23 Februari 2019

Location: Bandung

Website: https://lalalafest.com/

6. Java Jazz Festival

Date: 1-3 Maret 2019

Location: Kemayoran, Jakarta

Website: https://www.javajazzfestival.com/

7. Kodaline Politics of Living Tour 2019

Date: 1 Maret 2019

Location: Senayan, Jakarta

Website: https://www.kodaline.com/

8. The Club 90s

Date: 2-3 Maret 2019

Location: Surabaya

Website: http://www.theclub90s.com/

9. The 9th Music Gallery

Date: 9 Maret 2019

Location: Senayan, Jakarta

Website: https://the-musicgallery.com/

10. The Sound Project Vol. 4

Date: 22-23 Maret 2019

Location: Kuningan, Jakarta

Website: http://thesoundsproject.com/

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Getting caught up by the holiday rush could be one of the worst days of our lives. So to keep the holidays stress-free and more fun, the best thing to do is to avoid the holiday rush. It’s better to be prepared than be sorry and stressed later so, we’ll give you some helpful holiday travel tips to guide you.

Here are some Christmas travel tips and New Year travel tips for you to plan out your vacation right during the holiday rush and get the most out of it.

1. Finalize your travel dates first

Before deciding your destination, pick out the dates! It’s essential that you pick either to take a leave on the week of Christmas or the week of New Year. You can ask for a 4-day leave and get 9 days’ worth of holidays. You can also get 16 days’ worth of holidays with an 8-day leave! This can totally work if you’re going abroad. However, if you’re a college student, you don’t have to worry much because you will usually have a 2-week semester break.

2. Pick the right destination

This is the most crucial of all! You don’t want to ruin your holidays because the place you decide to go to is too crowded or too empty. Social media is usually the first resort to find places to go on holidays because we can visualize what it looks like. Wherever you decide to go, know your budget, do your research and write down the day-to-day itinerary.

3. Book your transportation now, not tomorrow

Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or boat, book your transportation now! This is one of the most important Christmas travel tips you should remember. Don’t book tomorrow, book now! If you’re going with your friends, set up a time for a conference call so that everyone can book tickets at the same time. If you’re traveling with your family, gather all their information, and take charge to book their tickets. Beware, postponing to book your transportation will cause you some money because the prices will go up within hours.

4. Budget hotel for the go

We must be smart about picking where to stay when traveling during the holiday rush. One of the best New Year travel tips is to book budget hotels. Do more research on what local attractions/sites you’re going to and what the distances are from the hotel. Compare hotel prices with other websites, and find out about hotel discounts or flash sales, too!

5. Travel simple and smart

In Southeast Asia, we get a lot of rain in December, so we must travel simple and smart. A camera is essential and so are jackets and umbrella in your carry-on bag. Pack smart and minimize your luggage so you have extra space for gifts and souvenirs on the way back. Place your cash and important documents like passport and ID card in a safe pocket too.

Don’t forget to print out all of your itineraries for transportation and hotels. If you prefer paperless, have all of the itineraries in one folder on your phone. So, now that you’ve read these holiday travel tips and planned your vacations right, it’s time to sit back, relax, and wait until the days come.

Disclaimer: ZEN Rooms claims no credit for images featured on our blog site unless otherwise noted. All visual content is copyrighted to its respectful owners. We try to link back to original sources whenever possible. If you own the rights to any of the images, and do not wish them to appear on ZEN Rooms, please contact us and they will be promptly removed. We believe in providing proper attribution to the original author, artist or photographer.