Traveling by High Speed Train is the fastest way to move around Europe. When we had a chance to explore Europe by DIY (Do-IT-Yourself), it looked difficult and a bit scary at first but once you had your first attempt, traveling by train should be as easy as ABC. Europe as a whole has very efficient Train systems.
Germany is known for its High Speed Rail. They have the so called InterCity Express (ICE) which is the high-speed train operated by Deutsche Bahn. These trains operate across and beyond Germany, connecting cities like Berlin, Cologne and Munich. The modern ICE trains are one of the fastest ways to get around in Germany and its surrounding countries like Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Switzerland.
Our very first experience of DB Bahn ICE High Speed Train was when we visited our friend in Belgium. Since we were coming from Norheim, a small but beautiful village in Bad Munster, Germany, we had like our 5 train transfers on our way to Brussels, Belgium. We basically traveled by utilizing all types of German trains, and so the possibility of getting lost was there. It was our first time, Getting LOST was part of our anticipations due to train transfer time intervals which was as short as 3 mins. Speed and Time accuracy were the real name of the game!
How was the train experience?
DB ICE High Speed Train by far was the best long distance train experience I had, the series of train transfers were the best train adventures
How many hours did it take to travel from Germany to Brussels, Belgium?
Approximately 4 Hours
How much was the train fare from Germany to Belgium?
EU 230 Round Trip
How was the stability of Train?
German Precision Engineering is at its best, you could put your coffee on the table without spilling over; some were drinking beers inside the trains ,while others were working with their laptops..
Very minimal noise inside the train
What is the speed of German DB High Speed Train?
Average speed of 320 kmh
What is the distance from Bad Kreuznach, Germant to Brussels, Belgium?
Believe it or not! I was inside the PNR (Philippine National Railways) Bicol Express Train. It was my first long distance travel by train in my own country with a distance of 400 kms from Manila to Naga City in Bicol. The legendary PNR train of the Philippines was relaunched back in September of 2011.
For a long period of time, I only heard from my grandparents that PNR train was a popular transport in the hay days for the Southern Luzon folks who traveled long distance to Manila. PNR railways however have been neglected after the World War II. Neglect made the train networks looked battered and so its cars. The train of the past became unpopular as the government shifted to building expressways and highways.
In 2011, the government relaunched its operations with refurbished imported cars from Korea. It was a new look for me. An adapted second hand or “ukay-ukay” trains from foreign countries was a good try. Though it was not my first time to travel long distance by train, my very first long distance travel was from Malaysia to Singapore back in 2010.
What was the speed of PNR Bicol Express on its launching in 2011?
It had an average speed of 40 kph
How much time did it take from Manila to Naga?
How much was the Train fare from Manila to Naga?
P 647 for cabin 1st class
P 380 for economy
Was the train stability smooth?
The car/train was shaky due to poor railways. The car/train was running on locomotive engine and so the noise and unwanted car/train imbalances were prevalent.
Is the PNR Bicol Express still operational this Year (2019)?
The train service that was running from Tutuban in Manila to Legaspi City in Albay, stopped operations in 2012
The Philippine National Railway’s Commuter Train that travels from Tutuban to Alabang is a must-try for ALL TOURISTS. You simply have not visited the Philippines if you did not try to ride the PNR Train this 2019. 🙂
If you want to experience the true-to-life daily commute of the ordinary Filipinos, then PNR Train is of the best commuting experience you can have in visiting our country. The bumpy and shaky feel as you traverse the metropolitan from North to South is the selling point of this train ride experience. You do not have to go to theme park for a roller coaster and pay a hefty price. For only P15, train experience of a lifetime is waiting for you.
If I am going to sugarcoat of what you can expect, then I must be fooling myself to blog about the train experience. This is not a sarcasm. Filipinos, in general, are friendly and so no matter how jam-packed the train is, there are abundance of smiling faces all over. 🙂 It is always “More Fun in the Philippines”! Nevertheless, we cannot underestimate its historical significance because Philippines was once the leading country in Southeast Asia that had the most advanced train network in the early 1900.
So take a ride now as it might change in the coming years. PNR administration has already ordered brand new Trains from Indonesia and is expected to be delivered in the Philippines by 2020. The PNR as we know today might completely change in the years to come. 🙂