The point-to-point (P2P) premium bus service that operated temporarily during the last holiday season is back in operation, offering an upscale though roadbound alternative for commuters taking the MRT line from North EDSA in Quezon City to Ayala Avenue in Makati City, or vice-versa. It’s an express service with no stops between Trinoma Mall in Quezon City and Glorietta 5 in Makati, at terminals within view of the MRT North EDSA and Ayala Avenue stations, respectively.South-bound buses to Makati City depart from the Trinoma terminal from 5:00AM to 11:15PM daily. North-bound buses to Quezon City depart from the Glorietta 5 terminal from 5:45AM to 1:00AM the next day. Intervals between departures from either terminal range from 5 to 30 minutes (at some point as much as 60 minutes), depending on the time of day.
Compared to the P24.00 fare for the North EDSA to Ayala Avenue stretch on the MRT, the P2P bus costs P55.00 each way on weekdays, P40.00 on Saturdays, and P35.00 on Sundays and holidays. And, compared to the 30 to 45 minutes on the MRT, the bus ride on surface roads could take from one to one and a half hours, depending on your route direction and the time of day. Expect a slower transit during morning and evening rush hours.
And yet, the upscale bus service could be worth it for folks seeking to avoid long queues on the MRT and who could use the longer bus ride to catch up on light work or get some recharging rest. The P2P bus service has shorter queues than on the MRT (even non-existent, for now) and offers tourist-grade reclining seats and climate control.
The Trinoma terminal is at the road between the mall and the MRT station, accessible through stairs going down from the MRT’s North EDSA terminal platform. The Glorietta 5 terminal is on the side opposite to the one facing Ayala Avenue.