METRO MANILA TRANSPORTATION
- The Manila Light Rail Transit System or the LRT
There are two LRT lines:
Line 1 serves the Manila or Old Manila area, while Line 2 serves Manila to Quezon City.
- The Manila Metro Rail Transit System or the MRT Line 3, which is popularly known as MRT
This is the train that runs along the main road called EDSA and serves passengers from North to South.
The train lines of Metro Manila:
Blue is the LRT 1
Pink is the LRT 2
Yellow is the MRT 3
*Colors used here are for information purposes only
North Avenue (yellow line) is where Quezon City is (north area).
Taft (yellow line) is where Pasay is (south area)
Central Terminal (blue line) is where Old Manila is (west area)
To understand how this reflects on the city map of Manila, please click this.
- Public Metro Bus
There are two types of public metro buses: the air-conditioned and the non-air conditioned. Read here to know more.
- Airport Loop Bus
The Airport Loob Bus is stationed in an area called Pasay Rotonda. It’s parked right inside the Genesis Terminal. These buses will take you all the way to NAIA Terminal 3. They leave as early as 5am and end their services around 11pm. The price is 20 pesos per ride. You can ride this bus if you have all the time in the world because it leaves depending on the number of passengers on board.
- Airport Premium Bus / UBE Express
These first-class buses take passengers from the airport to different locations in Metro Manila and vice versa. To know more, please click here.
The jeepney or jeep is an iconic symbol in Philippine public transportation. A jeepney can accommodate 14-20 people, depending on its size. Fare starts at 8 Pesos per person and can go as high as 12 Pesos.
Payment is done once you sit and paying the driver means passing the money from one passenger to another until it reaches the driver. A passenger would usually say “BAYAD PO” (“bayad” means pay, while “po” is a term to indicate respect), hands the money to the nearest passenger who hands it to the next passenger who then gives it to the driver.
Jeepneys have designated pick up and drop off areas, but in general, they stop anywhere when a passenger says “PARA” (which means stop in English).
To know where a jeepney is headed to, you can look at the signboard on the windshield (see above photo) or the written text on its side body.
A tricycle is a three-wheeled vehicle powered by a motorcycle attached to a sidecar. They are usually found in the inner areas of the Metro. A regular tricycle can accommodate three people, with two riding the sidecar and one at the back of the driver.
The Pedicab or the bicycle rickshaw is a three-wheeled vehicle that comprises of a bicycle attached to a hooded cab. It is built to accommodate two people. But if you’re carrying a huge backpack, it may just be good for one person. A ride usually starts at 10 Pesos, but it can go as high as 50 Pesos depending on the destination.