Commuting from QC in the Time of Christmas Traffic

Commuting from QC in the Time of Christmas Traffic

Even if you’ve found a great apartment close to work or school, it is inevitable that this Christmas season that you might have to cross the great divide commuting from Quezon City to Makati. ‘Tis the season for crazy traffic and surge fares!

Photo by Flicker user Roy Patrick Tan.

But we discovered a new option to get to Makati from Quezon City: the new P2P buses from UP Town Center! The fare is just 80 pesos which may be a step up from the regular buses or even the MRT, and you get to ride in clean new air-conditioned buses. The fact that people aren’t allowed to stand inside the buses means that it isn’t crowded even when it’s full.

It leaves from the UP Town entrance close to H&M hourly and during rush hour, the buses come every 30 minutes. The stops in Makati are Glorietta 3, Rustan’s, Robinsons Summit Center, Columns Buendia and even Circuit Makati. The trip back only leaves from Glorietta 3.

We recommend allotting around two hours for the trip, and we also recommend thinking of it in terms of shows you can catch on Netflix or iFlix or podcasts episodes and playlists you can listen to.

There are also P2P buses which leave from SM North Edsa to SM Megamall and to Glorietta 5, Trinoma to Glorietta 5. You can also leave from Robinsons Galleria to Glorietta 3. The ride-sharing apps are also finding ways to get people to carpool to help ease the inevitable onslaught of holiday traffic.

This feels like a preview to a future Manila where there are many safe, comfortable, and reliable public transport options for commuting. 

But what is clear is that it is possible to go commute from Quezon City to Makati, it is all just a matter of planning and patience. Though we still do encourage you to telecommute if you can! If you’re looking for your next home or office in Quezon City, why don’t you begin your search with our Swoop PH app for your iPhone or for your Android phones? Or even on the website, click here to begin searching!


Featured image is by Elaine Ross Bylon


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