Manila Metro: General Information

The Manila Metro, is the metropolitan railway that serves the area of Greater Manila, the most populated area of the Philippines and one of the most densely populated in the world.

It consists of three lines: two of light rail circulating on surface (LRT), and a proper subway or MRT, Metrostar or popularly known as the Blue Line. The Blue Line is operated by the Metro Rail Transit Corporation together with the Department of Transportation and Communications. The only line of Metro (as the others are light rail) has 13 stations and runs 16.95 kilometers.

The Manila Metro system carries over 330 million passengers annually. Opened in 1984, with the LRT line 1, and the trip from Central Station to Baclaran Station

Manila Metro Lines

The three lines in the Manila Metro: the Blue Line, Yellow Line and the Purple Line, with 42 stations and 45.6 km of railways.

  •  Blue Line is the only metro line itself. The blue line is operated by the Metro Rail Transit Corporation together with the Department of Transportation and Communications. It has 13 stations and runs 16.95 miles, serving the cities through the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue: Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City and San Juan, beginning its journey through the stations of Taft Avenue to end in North Avenue.
  • The light train lines are two:
  • The LRT-1 or Yellow Line, runs north-south along over 17.2 kilometers in completely elevated tracks and has twenty stations. This line is used by 430,000 passengers a day and is built on a precast concrete structure 7 m above the street, designed to withstand earthquakes. The average distance between stations is 825 m . They are only accessible by stairs, no elevators or escalators. The LRT 1 extension to south will arrive to to Imus (11 kms) and subsequently Dasmariñas (11 kms)
  • The LRT-2 or Purple Line, popularly known as Megatren (also MRT-2) consists of eleven stations in an east-west route via Quezon City with more than 13.8 kilometers of mostly elevated roads and a metro station underground, the Katipunan station. This line is used by 175,000 passengers daily.

Major Stations

The stations of Taft Avenue and Araneta Center-Cubao combine the metro with light rail: Taft Avenue station is next to the yellow line EDSA and Araneta Center-Cubao station combines with the same name station of the purple line. These two stations are important because in addition to being able to change from one line to another, serve as transportation hubs, ie can be accessed from other modes of transport such as buses and minibuses here.


The issue of security is taken into account in the Blue Line, and therefore passengers are inspected by security guards with metal detector. People who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, carrying hazardous materials, animals, carrying large bags or cans can not get on the subway.

Opening Hours

For LRT Line 1 and LRT 2 the operating hours are : from 05:00 a.m to 22:00 p.m on weekdays and from 05:00 a.m to 21:30 p.m on holidays and weekends.

For the Blue Line: The blue line is open from 05.30 a.m to 22.30 p.m.

Frequency Step

Every 3 minutes in peak hours and every 5-7 minutes outside the rush hour.

Fares and Tickets

The Manila Metro is the most economical of Asia, and the ticket price is calculated based on the distance traveled starting at PHP12 to PHP 20. Each line has its rates, which are very similar. For example in the LRT2 passengers pay for every single ticket PHP12.00 for the first three stations, PHP 13.00 if traveling four to six stations, PHP 14.00 if traveling from seven to nine stations and PHP15.00 for ten stations. In the event that passengers have to change lines to get to their destination must pay again to enter the new line.

In lines LRT 1 and LRT 2 are in use plastic magnetic tickets replacing the old Tokens. There are also rechargeable cards.


The Manila International Airport Ninoy Aquino is about 7 kms south of the city center of Manila.

You can not access it by subway, but there are buses Metrobuses reaching the city center and a shuttle bus from the airport that carries passengers from the enclosure to the Manila Metro station.

On the other hand, the taxi ride to the urban area takes a time of about 30 minutes depending on traffic. The approximate cost is PHP 200 (€ 3.75). This is managed from the taxi desk inside the enclosure.

Manila MRT map

  • Also Known As: MRT
  • Passengers/Day 948000
  • Fares: 0.18
  • 24h operation: No
  • Air Conditioning: Yes
  • Walk between platforms: Yes
  • Driverless trains: No
  • Screen Doors Platforms: No
  • Average Speed: 60km/h
  • Operator: Department of Transportation and Communications Metro Rail Transit Corporation
  • 10 pesos
  • Manila Metro Official Website

Metro map of Manila

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