Train Systems in the Philippines: The Ultimate Guide

Last Updated on February 28, 2022 by Lamudi

The Philippines built its first railway system in the 1890s, stretching 195 kilometers from Manila to Dagupan in Pangasinan. Officially known as the Ferrocarril de Manila-Dagupan, it served as a link between the capital and the towns north of Luzon. More than a century later, modernized train systems can be found all over the country, serving various key areas and making business and trade more convenient and efficient.

This article will go over the various railway stations in the Philippines, where they operate, how many stations each has, and everything else you need to know.

Light Rail Transit (LRT) System

The Light Rail Transit, known as LRT, has two operational railway stations, Line 1 and Line 2. Moreover, this station was the first metro system in Southeast Asia. Each day, both lines serve more than a hundred thousand passengers. 

LRT-1 Stations

The LRT Line 1 is a 15-kilometer elevated railway system that runs between Baclaran in Pasay City and the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan with 20 operating stations. Here’s a list of LRT 1 stations and their nearby landmarks.

Baclaran Station

Baclaran LRT Station is the closest station to the depot, where trains are stored and serviced. If you live in a house and lot for sale near Baclaran Station, you’ll be close to several essential landmarks like churches, markets, and malls.


  • Two Shopping Center
  • Baclaran Church
  • Baclaran Terminal Plaza
  • Baclaran SuperMall
  • Baclaran Market

EDSA Station

The EDSA Station is located near the intersection of Taft Avenue and EDSA. If you are looking for an apartment for rent near EDSA Station for an easy commute, it is linked to the MRT Taft Avenue Station via Metro Point Mall, allowing commuters to switch trains.


  • Metropoint Mall
  • Heritage Hotel
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • San Juan de Dios Hospital
  • MRT 3 Station

Libertad Station

Libertad Station, also known as Arnaiz Station, is located in Pasay City on the corner of Taft and Arnaiz Avenues. You can also find jeepneys traveling to Makati near condos for rent near Libertad Station.


  • HK Sun Plaza
  • Libertad Market
  • Victory Pasay Mall
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • US Embassy (Annex)
  • Japanese Embassy
  • Cuneta Astrodome

Gil Puyat Station

Gil Puyat Station is named after a former senator and is located near Buendia and Taft Avenue. People who live in properties for rent near Gil Puyat Station can enjoy easy access to several landmarks and places of interest.


  • Cartimar Shopping Center
  • Arellano University
  • Philippine Law School
  • CCP Complex
  • GSIS Complex
  • Philippine Senate

Vito Cruz Station

LRT Vito Cruz Station is located in Malate, close to several well-known colleges in the NCR. It is also close to Ocampo Street, providing convenient access to Roxas Boulevard. Since it’s near several schools, properties for rent near Vito Cruz Station can be turned into dorms and student lodgings.


  • De La Salle University
  • College of Saint Benilde
  • Scholastica’s College
  • Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
  • Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
  • Harrison Plaza

Quirino Station

The Quirino LRT Station is located above the junction of Taft and Quirino Avenues. It is one of the busiest stations due to its proximity to two main thoroughfares. As such, houses and lots for sale near Quirino Station are near various tourist attractions, places of worship, and other establishments.


  • Manila Yacht Club
  • Manila Zoo
  • Malate Church
  • Plaza Rajah Sulayman
  • Remedios Circle
  • Adriatico Street

Pedro Gil Station

The LRT Pedro Gil Station, surrounded by universities, is one of the busiest train stations in the Philippines. Those who live in an apartment for rent near Pedro Gil Station have easy access to hospitals, malls, and hotels.


  • University of the Philippines (Manila Campus)
  • Philippine Women’s University
  • Philippine Christian University
  • Saint Paul University – Manila
  • Philippine General Hospital
  • Robinsons Place Manila
  • Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila

United Nations Station

United Nations Station, which is located near government offices, is one of the country’s busiest railway stations. There are also several apartments for rent near United Nations Station for those who want easy access to these landmarks.


  • Luneta Park
  • National Museum
  • National Library
  • Manila Ocean Park
  • Department of Tourism
  • National Bureau of Investigation
  • Department of Justice
  • Malacanang Park
  • Supreme Court of the Philippines
  • Philippine Normal University
  • Adamson University
  • Emilio Aguinaldo College
  • Technological University of the Philippines
  • US Embassy

Central Terminal Station

The LRT Central Terminal is near major establishments such as government offices, schools, and historical places in Manila. Due to their strategic location, lots for sale near Central Terminal Station are frequently used as commercial spaces for businesses.


  • City Hall of Manila
  • Liwasang Bonifacio
  • Manila Central Post Office
  • National Museum of Fine Arts
  • Manila Metropolitan Theater
  • Lyceum of the Philippines
  • Mapua Institute of Technology
  • Colegio de San Juan de Letrán

Carriedo Station

Carriedo LRT Station is one of the stations where commuters do not have to descend to the street level to change platforms without paying another price. Apartments for rent near Carriedo Station are close to places of worship, shopping centers, historic sites, and schools.


  • Quiapo Church
  • Escolta Street
  • Plaza Lacson
  • Arroceros Forest Park
  • Liwasang Bonifacio
  • SM Quiapo
  • Isetann Carriedo
  • Philippine Postal Corporation
  • FEU University
  • Universidad de Manila Henry Sy Campus

Doroteo Jose Station

The LRT Doroteo Jose Station is the tenth stop for southbound trains and the eleventh station for northbound trains. Properties for rent near Doroteo Jose Station are ideal for commercial use since they’re near bus stations.


  • Isetann Cinema Recto
  • Quiapo Bargain Center
  • Fabella Memorial Hospital
  • Manila City Jail
  • Genesis Transport Service (Bataan, Pampanga, Baguio)
  • Bataan Transit (Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Northern Luzon)
  • Philippine Rabbit Bus Lines (Tarlac, Baguio)
  • Solid North Transit (Pangasinan, Tarlac)

Bambang Station

Bambang LRT Station, like Doroteo Jose Station, is located in Santa Cruz, Manila, and is surrounded by hospitals and schools. Because of the relatively high cost of living in the area, students and employees prefer to live in apartments for rent near Bambang Station.


  • University of Santo Tomas
  • Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center
  • Metropolitan Medical Center
  • Hope Christian School

Tayuman Station

The LRT Tayuman Station serves Santa Cruz, Manila, and is named after Tayuman Street. Those who live in a condo for rent near Tayuman Station secure a place here due to easy access to essential establishments.


  • Department of Health
  • San Lazaro Hospital
  • Dangwa Flower Market
  • Espirito Santo Church
  • SM City San Lazaro

Blumentritt Station

LRT Blumentritt Station in Manila serves the districts of Tondo, Santa Cruz, and Sampaloc. A condo for rent near Blumentritt Station can give residents easy access to medical facilities, places of worship, malls to enjoy, etc.


  • SM City San Lazaro
  • San Roque de Manila Parish
  • Blumentritt Flea Market
  • Chinese General Hospital
  • Manila North Cemetery

Abad Santos Station

Abad Santos Station is located in Tondo, Manila, and serves Tondo and Santa Cruz. Tondo is home to many Manila residents. Houses and lots for sale near Abad Santos Station can give easy access to hospitals, cemetery, and other transportation options, such as buses and jeepneys, that can take you to other parts of Metro Manila.


  • Ospital ng Tondo
  • Manila Chinese Cemetery
  • Joseph School

R. Papa Station

R. Papa Station, like Abad Santos, is located in Tondo, Manila. There are apartments for rent near R. Papa Station that offer convenient access to schools, church, and other essential services.


  • Barrio Obrero Elementary School
  • Marulas Elementary School
  • La Loma Church
  • La Loma Cemetery

5th Avenue Station

Once you depart Manila, 5th Avenue Station will welcome you when you arrive in Caloocan. It is at Grace Park, Caloocan, near the Monumento LRT Station. Since it’s near educational institutions, most apartments for rent near 5th Avenue Station cater to students.


  • Ung Siu Si Buddhist Temple
  • Thai To Taoist Temple Pagoda
  • Philippine Cultural College
  • Northern Rizal York in Chinese School

Monumento Station

Along with 5th Avenue, this station is surrounded by commercial establishments such as retail centers and monuments. It is well-known for the Bonifacio monument in the heart of Monumento Circle. Those who work in the north can choose to live in a house and lot for sale near Monumento Station.


  • Monumento Circle
  • Puregold Monumento
  • Victory Central Mall
  • Malabon Zoo
  • Araneta Square Mall
  • Parco Supermarket
  • Caloocan City Public Library
  • Our Lady of Grace Shrine

Balintawak Station

The LRT Balintawak Station serves Quezon City and is near the QC-Caloocan boundary. Similar to the LRT Monumento Station, an apartment for rent near Balintawak Station can provide a comfortable and convenient lifestyle for those who prioritize accessibility and convenience.


  • EDSA-Cloverleaf Interchange
  • Balintawak Market
  • Cry of Balintawak Monument
  • Ayala Mall Cloverleaf
  • Joseph the Worker Parish Church
  • The Cloverleaf Estate
  • Balintawak Home Depot
  • Wilcon Builders Depot

Roosevelt Station

The LRT Roosevelt Station is in Bago Bantay, Quezon City, and most properties for sale near Roosevelt Station are accessible to schools, hospitals, and churches.


  • Muñoz Market
  • S&R Congressional
  • STI College Munoz-EDSA
  • AMA Computer University
  • Iglesia ni Cristo Bago Bantay
  • Quezon City General Hospital
  • Congressional Arcade Building

LRT-1 Stations Interesting Facts

    • Baclaran LRT Station is the nearest station to the line’s depot, where the trains are stored and maintained.
    • EDSA Station is connected to the Taft Avenue station via Metro Point Mall, allowing commuters to transfer from one train line to another.
    • Carriedo Station is the only station on the entire LRT-1 line that has a canopy roof. The rest are fully-roofed. 
    • Central Terminal, Manila is one of the few stations in the train system that allows riders to board the train going in the opposite direction without paying a new fare, all thanks to the station’s layout. The other stations that permit this are Carriedo, Roosevelt, and Balintawak stations.
    • Bambang Station is the most popular jump-off point for the best ukay-ukay stores in Manila.

LRT-1 Extension

Following the initial 20-kilometer stretch, the train system will add 11.7 kilometers of the new elevated railway, increasing the number of areas covered by the LRT station list. According to the GMA News report last October 2022, it had 73% progress at the end of August, including the project extension for the additional railway stations, such as Redemptorist, MIA, PITX Asia World, Ninoy Aquino, and Dr. Santos. 

When completed, the LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project is planned to reduce travel time between Baclaran and Bacoor, Cavite, from 1 hour and 10 minutes to 25 minutes, while boosting the train line’s capacity from 500,000 to 800,000 people daily.

LRT-1 Operating Hours

The first trip for both Baclaran and Roosevelt is 4:30 A.M., the last for Baclaran is at 9:15 P.M., and Balintawak is 9:30 P.M. Furthermore, the LRT-1 hours change according to the season. 

The schedule is typically shorter during Holy Week and longer during the Christmas season, with the LRT closing as late as 11 P.M.

LRT-1 Fare Matrix

The regular fare in LRT-1 ranges from P15 to P30. The stored value, on the other hand, ranges from P11 to P29. Here’s the matrix for single journey and stored value fares:


LRT-1 Single Journey Fare Matrix
LRT-1 Single Journey Fare Matrix – Photo from Light Rail Manila Corporation

LRT-1 Stored Value Fare Matrix
LRT-1 Stored Value Fare Matrix – Photo from Light Rail Manila Corporation

LRT-2 Stations

This 15-kilometer elevated railway system connects the Metro Manila cities of Pasig and Manila, as well as key regional locations. It has a speed of 60 km/h and transports approximately 200,000 passengers daily. Currently, there are 13 LRT stations in line 2. Here are the lists of LRT stations:

Santolan Station

This station is situated on the Marikina–Infanta Highway in Calumpag, Marikina. For business owners, commercial spaces for rent near Santolan Station are accessible in the area and attract high foot traffic. 


  • Uratex Marikina Showroom
  • Dee Hwa Liong Academy
  • Marikina Doctors Hospital and Medical Center
  • River Bank Park
  • Kalumpang Elementary School
  • Marikina River
  • BFCT East Metro Manila Transport Terminal
  • SM City Marikina

Katipunan Station

Katipunan Station is the route’s first and only underground air-conditioned station. Most of the condos for rent near Katipunan Station are occupied by students from famous universities nearby.


  • Philippine School of Business Administration
  • St. Bridget School
  • Alpa Bus Terminal
  • Access Computer and Technical Colleges
  • Ateneo De Manila University
  • Miriam College

Anonas Station

Anonas Station is the 9th station in Metro Manila, close to Project 3, Quezon City. This station is convenient for getting to locations near Aurora Boulevard and Anonas Avenue. Being in one of the busiest areas of the north, a commercial space for rent near Anonas Station can attract many customers. 


  • Anson Supermarket Molave
  • Technological Institute of the Philippines Quezon City
  • San Miguel Brewery Inc. Cubao Sales Office
  • National College of Business and Arts
  • Quirino High School
  • Saint Joseph Parish
  • Saint Joseph Catholic School
  • World Citi Medical Center
  • Hi-Top Supermart

Araneta-Cubao Station

Araneta-Cubao Station is located in EDSA Cubao, and is named after Jesús Amado “Amading” Sitchon Araneta. The station is near BPO offices, schools, and other offices, so an apartment for rent near Araneta-Cubao Station is a popular residential option in the area.


  • Novotel Manila Araneta City
  • Gateway Mall
  • Farmers Plaza
  • STI College Cubao
  • Shopwise-Araneta City
  • Carlos P. Garcia High School

Betty Go-Belmonte Station

The Betty Go-Belmonte station is in Quezon City, initially called Boston station. Residents of a condo for rent near Betty Go-Belmonte Station in the area have easy access to schools, malls, and bus stations.


  • Robinsons Magnolia
  • Partas Terminal Bus
  • Ofix Cubao Showroom
  • Kalayaan College
  • Cubao Cathedral

J.Ruiz Station

J. Ruiz Station is in San Juan, Metro Manila, and is an excellent place to stop if you visit Santuario del Santo Cristo. It’s also the only station in San Juan close to the QC border before entering Manila. Surrounded by schools, places of worship, and commercial establishments, this is an ideal location for families looking for a house and lot for sale near J. Ruiz Station.


  • Salapan Elementary School
  • Hope Philippines Church, Inc.
  • San Juan City Hall
  • NHCP Museo El Depósito
  • Circle Transport Corporation

Gilmore Station

This station can be found on Gilmore Avenue in Quezon City. Many people recognize Gilmore as an IT hub since it is where you can buy various gadgets. Businesses seeking a commercial space for rent near Gilmore Station may profit from the area’s high foot traffic and strategic location.


  • St. Paul University Quezon City
  • Robinson Magnolia
  • Savemore Market Broadway
  • Jubilee Christian Academy
  • PC Gilmore Computer Center
  • SYKES Asia, Inc. 
  • Aurora Garden Plaza

V. Mapa Station

This station is located in Sta. Mesa, Manila, near the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Most apartments for rent near V. Mapa Station are convenient for students and their everyday living needs, as they are close to several important landmarks and establishments.


  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • SM City Sta. Mesa
  • Central Colleges of the Philippines
  • Isetann Supermarket
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary College
  • Mezza Residences
  • Hotel Sogo Santa Mesa
  • DormTel Santa Mesa

Pureza Station

Like V. Mapa Station, the LRT-2 Pureza Station is also located in Sta. Mesa Manila. An apartment for rent near Pureza Station is affordable and is thus ideal for students and employees on a budget.


  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez 
  • Padre Burgos Elementary School
  • Pio Del Pilar Elementary School
  • San Miguel Corporation
  • AMA Computer College Manila Campus 
  • De Ocampo Memorial College

Legarda Station

The Legarda Station is situated in Sampaloc, Manila. It is one of the most popular among students because it is close to academic institutions such as the University of the East, San Sebastian College, San Beda University, and Centro Escolar University. As such, an apartment for rent near Legarda Station is an ideal residential option.


  • University of Manila
  • University of the East
  • Minor Basilica of San Sebastian
  • National Teachers College
  • Arellano University

Recto Station

It is the first and last stop for commuters heading to and from Antipolo. With the number of commuters taking the train, a commercial space for rent near Recto Station is a good investment for businesses.


  • Far Eastern University
  • San Sebastian College- Recoletos
  • Philippines College of Criminology 
  • Lucky ChinaTown
  • Tutuban Center
  • Nice Hotel
  • Manila Grand Opera Hotel
  • Fabella Memorial Hospital
  • Manila City Jail 

LRT-2 Stations Interesting Facts

    • Katipunan Station is the first and only underground air-conditioned station along the LRT-2 route
    • Legarda Station is the most popular station among students since it’s close to academic institutions like the University of the East, San Sebastian College, San Beda University, and Centro Escolar University.
    • Recto LRT Station is the first and the last station for commuters headed to and from Antipolo, respectively.

LRT-2 Extensions

LRT-2 stations, like LRT-1 stations, had been extended. The Marikina-Pasig and Antipolo stations are part of the east extension project to the existing line between Santolan in Pasig and Recto in Manila. Marikina-Pasig station is near Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue in Marikina City, opposite Robinsons Metro East. On the other hand, the Antipolo station is located in front of SM Masinag, adjacent to the Masinag junction near Sumulong Highway in Antipolo City, Rizal.

LRT-2 Operating Hours

The first trip starts at 5:00 A.M., the last at 8:30 P.M. at Santolan, and 9:00 P.M. for Recto station. Similarly to LRT-1 Station, the operating hours may vary during Holy Week and extend during Christmas.

LRT-2 Fare Matrix

Regular LRT-2 fares range from P15 to P30, depending on the distance between LRT-2 stations. In contrast, the stored value ranges from P11 to P28.

LRT-2 Stored Value and Single Journey Fare Matrix
LRT-2 Stored Value and Single Journey Fare Matrix – Photo via Light Rail Transit Authority

Metro Rail Transit (MRT) System

Popularly called the MRT, the transport infrastructure has one line currently in operation, another under construction, and another that will be built soon. The one that’s presently running, called the MRT-3, opened in 1999. Over the last years, the government has procured MRT new trains to accommodate the growing demands of the riding public.g public.

MRT-3 Stations

As the MRT route connects the capital region’s north and south, this train system primarily serves Metro Manila’s key cities.

North Avenue Station

The North Avenue station is an elevated Manila Metro Rail Transit (MRT) station situated on Line 3. Commercial spaces for rent near North Avenue Station are perfect for businesses looking for a place that can attract various customers.


  • Trinoma
  • The Millenium Tower
  • Ayala Malls Vertis North
  • SM North Edsa
  • Philam Park

Quezon Avenue Station

The Quezon Avenue station is one of many elevated stations on the line. It is a busy station with multiple access to different prominent establishments, ideal if you’re planning to relocate your business to a commercial space for rent near Quezon Avenue Station


  • Eton Centris
  • Netflix Seoul Vibe Gas station
  • Centris Station Mall
  • National Transmission Corporation
  • Quezon City Post Office
  • World Vision Philippines
  • Phoenix Publishing House
  • Halili-Cruz School of Ballet

GMA Kamuning Station

The GMA-Kamuning Station is named after the television station located near the area and then the barangay where it resides. Since it’s near various essential establishments, this is a great place to look for an apartment for rent near GMA-Kamuning Station.


  • GMA Network Center
  • Victoria Sports Tower
  • LTO Quezon City Licensing Center
  • National Irrigation Administration
  • Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)

Araneta Center-Cubao Station

The station is located in Cubao, Quezon City, and is named near the iconic Araneta Center, one of the Philippines’ most well-known retail malls. The station is the fourth stop for trains heading to Taft Avenue and the tenth station for trains heading to North Avenue. A commercial space for rent near Cubao Station – Araneta Center can provide businesses with a strategic location that offers high visibility and accessibility to a diverse market.


  • Novotel Manila Araneta City
  • San Martin de Porres Barangay Hall
  • Cubao Police Station
  • STI College Cubao
  • Gateway Mall

Santolan Annapolis Station

The station is named after Santolan Road, which is officially known as Bonny Serrano Avenue. It stretches from Quezon City to San Juan. Its location near Camp Aguinaldo and Camp Crame makes most apartments for rent near Santolan Annapolis Station a safe option.


  • Camp Aguinaldo Golf and Country Club
  • PNP Museum
  • Camp Crame Elementary School
  • Camp Crame High School
  • HPG Camp Crame

Ortigas Station

Ortigas Station is on Line 3 of the Manila Metro Rail Transit System. It is located in the Mandaluyong area of Ortigas Center (under Barangay Wack Wack Greenhills East). With its location at the heart of Mandaluyong, a commercial space for rent near Ortigas Station is near commercial banks, malls, and even local corporations.


  • Filinvest Building Edsa
  • SM Megamall 
  • Asian Development Bank
  • The Podium
  • Robinsons Galleria
  • St. Francis Square Mall
  • Meralco
  • UnionBank
  • Robinsons Bank

Shaw Boulevard Station

Shaw Boulevard station is the only station on the line with 3 tracks; with 1 reserve track used for temporary parking of disabled trains and as a termination track when regular train service is disrupted. Just like the Ortigas Center, you can find plenty of commercial spaces for rent near Shaw Boulevard Station.


  • Greenfield District Pavillion
  • Shangri-La Plaza
  • Cityland Shaw Tower
  • Sto. Domingo Diagnostic and Medical Center
  • Bermuda Hotel and Restaurant
  • Schools Lourdes School of Mandaluyong
  • José Rizal University 
  • SM Cherry 
  • The Marketplace 

Boni Station

Boni MRT Station is the eighth stop for trains bound for Taft Avenue and the sixth for trains bound for North Avenue. It features various restaurants and stores surrounding the train station and a public market across the street. You can find apartments for rent near Boni Station at different price points and are perfect for employees, families, and other property seekers. 


  • SMDC Light Mall
  • Philippine Red Cross
  • VRP Medical Center
  • Malamig Barangay Hall
  • Globe Telecom Plaza
  • Rizal Technological University
  • Robinsons Cybergate
  • Dansalan Gardens
  • Maysilo Circle

Guadalupe Station

Guadalupe Station is a gateway to several Metro Manila landmarks. You can use a jeepney, bus, or boat to go to eastern Makati, Fort Bonifacio, Pateros, and Mandaluyong areas. Because of its community-like atmosphere, houses and lots for sale near Guadalupe Station are perfect for families.


  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary
  • Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish Church 
  • San Jose Elementary School
  • San Carlos Seminary
  • Polymedic General Hospital Incorporated

Buendia Station

Buendia Station serves the Makati Central Business District and is the nearest station to the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Energy (Philippines). An apartment for rent near Buendia Station is an ideal option for employees because of its proximity to the Makati CBD and BGC.


  • North Forbes Park Pavillion
  • SM Cyber Two
  • Urdaneta Park
  • MedAsia Philippines
  • Forbes Park

Ayala Station

The Ayala Station is at the heart of the Makati Central Business District. It is connected to SM Makati through an overhead walkway. As a result, condos for rent near Ayala Station can provide a comfortable and convenient lifestyle for individuals or families who prioritize accessibility and an upscale lifestyle.


  • SM City Makati
  • Ayala Malls
  • Greenbelt
  • The Landmark
  • Urdaneta Marketplace
  • Glorietta
  • Rustan’s
  • One Ayala

Magallanes Station

The station is named after the adjacent Magallanes neighborhood of Makati. The Magallanes Station is also home to the different establishments needed. As such, an apartment for rent near Magallanes Station can offer a pleasant and easy living to individuals or families that value accessibility and a relaxed lifestyle.


  • Wilcon Depot
  • Southgate Mall
  • Liwayway Publishing
  • Assumption College
  • Embassy of India

Taft Avenue Station

The MRT-3 Taft Station is connected to Metropoint Mall and Saver’s Square, both of which are popular with commuters, and acts as a transfer point for passengers using the LRT Line 1 to either Baclaran or Roosevelt through a crossway to EDSA. You can find properties for sale near Taft Avenue Station for residential or commercial purposes.


  • Two Shopping Center
  • One Metropolitan Place
  • San Roque de Pasay Parish
  • Victory Liner (Pasay Terminal)
  • Jollibee EDSA Revilla Pasay

MRT-3 Stations Interesting Facts

  • North Avenue Station is the closest station to the MRT-3’s underground depot, where the trains are kept and maintained.
  • Quezon Avenue Station is one of the few train stops in Metro Manila that is directly linked to a shopping mall. It’s connected to Centris Station and Centris Walk shopping centers within the integrated township of Eton Centris.
  • Araneta Center-Cubao Station is named after Araneta City, a mixed-use estate that hosts popular shopping malls, namely Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and Farmers Plaza.
  • Taft Avenue Station provides access to the LRT-1 train system, allowing commuters to conveniently reach Roosevelt and Baclaran LRT stations. 

MRT-3 Operating Hours

MRT-3 operates Monday to Sunday. The first trip from North Avenue leaves at 4:36 AM., followed by a trip from Taft Avenue at 5:18 AM. On the other hand, the last trip from the North departs at 9:30 PM, while the last trip from Taft departs at 10:11 PM.

MRT-3 Fare Matrix

The MRT-3 regular fare ranges from Php 13 to Php 28, depending on your target station or between MRT stations. You may refer to the MRT-3 website to calculate your single journey ticket.

MRT Construction Update

MRT-7 connects Quezon City’s North Avenue to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan. In its first year of operation, it hopes to accommodate up to 300,000 passengers. According to a DoTr official, as of Jan 25, 2023, the MRT-7 project is 60.35% complete, with stations in Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, and Manggahan in Quezon City expected to be completed by June of 2023.  Here is the list of 14 MRT-7 train stations:

  • North Avenue
  • Quezon Memorial Circle
  • University Avenue 
  • Tandang Sora
  • Don Antonio
  • Batasan
  • Manggahan
  • Doña Carmen
  • Regalado
  • Mindanao Avenue 
  • Quirino
  • Sacred Heart
  • Tala
  • San Jose del Monte

Meanwhile, the MRT-4 will be built in 2023. It is expected to serve 220,000 passengers per day. The 15-kilometer MRT-4 line connects Rizal province to the capital region. It includes the following 11 stations:

  • Bonny Serrano
  • Greenhills
  • Edsa
  • Meralco 
  • Tiendesitas
  • Rosario
  • St. Joseph
  • Cainta
  • San Juan
  • Tikling
  • Manila East Road

PNR Metro Commuter Line

PNR Metro Commuter Line is operated by Philippine National Railways, with two metro commuter lines, namely Metro North Commuter and Metro South Commuter, and shuttle services catering to key cities in the capital region. 

Metro North Commuter Line Stations

Tutuban and Malabon are linked by the Metro-North Commuter Line via Governor Pascual. If the project is completed, the government intends to extend the railway line to Valenzuela, increasing the daily passenger capacity to 120,000 people.

Here are six stations in the Metro North Commuter Line:

  • Tutuban 
  • Solis 
  • C-3
  • Asistio Avenue 
  • Caloocan/Sangandaan 
  • Governor Pascual

The Governor Pascual-Bicutan Shuttle Service has the following stations, which also serve the northern areas:

  • Governor Pascual
  • Sangandaan 
  • Asistio Avenue 
  • 5th Avenue
  • Solis
  • Blumentritt 
  • Laong Laan 
  • España 
  • Santa Mesa 
  • Pandacan 
  • Paco 
  • San Andres 
  • Vito Cruz 
  • Dela Rosa 
  • Pasay Road 
  • EDSA 
  • Nichols 
  • FTI
  • Bicutan

Metro North Commuter Line Fare Matrix

For a complete list of fares for the Metro North Commuter Line, check the Philippine National Railways website for the updated Fares and Tickets.

Metro South Commuter Line Stations

This Commuter line connects Tutuban with the IRRI in Los Baños, Laguna. A shuttle service also runs throughout the south area, serving various provinces.

  • Tutuban
  • Blumentritt
  • Laon Laan
  • España
  • Sta. Mesa
  • Pandacan
  • Paco
  • San Andres
  • Vito Cruz
  • Buendia
  • Pasay Road
  • EDSA
  • Nichols
  • FTI
  • Bicutan
  • Sucat
  • Alabang
  • Muntinlupa
  • San Pedro
  • Pacita MG
  • Golden City 
  • Biñan
  • Sta. Rosa
  • Cabuyao
  • Mamatid
  • Calamba

In the south, there is also an Alabang-IRRI Shuttle service with the following stations:

  • Alabang 
  • Muntinlupa
  • San Pedro
  • Biñan
  • Sta. Rosa
  • Cabuyao
  • Mamatid
  • Calamba
  • Pansol
  • Masili
  • Los Baños
  • College
  • IRRI

Metro South Commuter Line Fare Matrix

Metro South Commuter Line regular fares range from P15 to P60. For a complete guide, see this fare matrix table:

Metro South Commuter Line Fare Matrix
Metro South Commuter Line Fare Matrix – Photo via PNR

You can also check the Philippine National Railways website for the updated Fares and Tickets for the Metro South Commuter Line.

Metro Commuter Line Operating Hours

Operating hours for the Metro North Commuter Line are posted on the Philippine National Railways Facebook Page. Morning schedules are posted at midnight, while afternoon and evening schedules are posted at noontime.

Metro Commuter Line Construction Updates

The PNR railway system will be expanded further with the addition of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), popularly known as the Clark-Calamba Railway. Consisting of stations traversing three provinces, the 148-kilometer line stretches from New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac to Calamba, Laguna, passing through Bulacan and Metro Manila.

The North-South Commuter Railway project has three construction phases: Phase 1 is from Malolos to Tutuban, Phase 2 covers Malolos to Clark, and finally, Phase 3 extends from Manila to Calamba.

Metro Manila Subway

Dubbed as the “project of the century,” this is the first underground railway system in the country. The excavation work will begin in the fourth quarter of 2021, with the first phase of the project expected to be completed in 2023 or 2024.

This 36-kilometer underground train system will include 17 stations strategically located throughout Metro Manila. The proposed North-South Commuter Railway will connect two of these stations.

  • East Valenzuela
  • Quirino Highway
  • Tandang Sora
  • North Avenue
  • Quezon Avenue
  • East Avenue
  • Anonas
  • Katipunan
  • Ortigas (previously called Ortigas North)
  • Shaw (previously called Ortigas South)
  • Kalayaan Avenue
  • Bonifacio Global City
  • FTI
  • Lawton
  • Senate
  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3
  • Bicutan

Makati Subway

The country’s main business district will also have its underground train system. The 8-kilometer transportation infrastructure is scheduled to be completed in 2025. The Makati subway will have stations in the following locations:

  • Mile Long
  • Makati Fire Station
  • Circuit Makati
  • Makati City Hall
  • Makati Bliss
  • Intersection of Ortigas-Makati-BGC Bridge
  • University of Makati
  • Ospital ng Makati

The railway stations have expanded and embraced modernization. Not only that, but it will also help to boost economic growth and development.

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