Manila Light Rail Transit System

Attraction Manila, Luzon, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

3 hours
05:00 AM - 09:30 PM
06:00 AM
09:00 AM
Second-time visit
Must see
0.00 - 0.01 USD

Manila Light Rail Transit System is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Manila Light Rail Transit System, popularly known as the LRT, is a metropolitan rail system serving the Metro Manila area in the Philippines.

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Why Manila Light Rail Transit System is special ?

The Manila Light Rail Transit System, popularly known as the LRT, is a metropolitan rail system serving the Metro Manila area in the Philippines. Although referred to as a light rail system because it originally used light rail vehicles, it is more of a rapid transit (metro) system, such as high passenger throughput, exclusive right-of-way and later use of full metro rolling stock. The LRT is operated by the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), a government-owned and controlled corporation under the authority of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). Along with the Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT-3, also called the Blue Line), and the Philippine National Railways (PNR), the LRT is part of Metro Manila's rail transportation infrastructure known as the Strong Republic Transit System (SRTS).


What to explore at Manila Light Rail Transit System?

There are two lines to the LRT: LRT-1, called the Yellow Line, and MRT-2, called the Purple Line. Located in the concourse of all LRT stations is at least one stall that sells food and drinks. The stalls found usually depend on the station, but some stations have Dimsum 'n Dumplings, Waffle Time and other food stalls. Usually, stations would have a couple of stalls in the concourse area. Other services, such as stores where you can purchase mobile phone credits, ATMs and stores that sell other goods are usually found at street level outside the station.

Some stations, such as Central Terminal and Araneta Center-Cubao, are directly connected to or are near shopping malls and other large shopping areas, where passengers are offered more shopping varieties.

In cooperation with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, commuters are offered a copy of the Inquirer Libre, a free, tabloid-size, Tagalog version of the Inquirer, which is available from 6 am until supplies run out at the station. It is available in all Yellow Line stations except Bambang, Central Terminal, Quirino Avenue and Vito Cruz, and is also available at Santolan and Katipunan stations on the Purple Line.


How to get to Manila Light Rail Transit System?

The LRT line 1 runs in a general north-south direction from Baclaran to Monumento; then, it runs in an east-west direction from Monumento to North Avenue, linking the cities of Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila, Pasay, and Parañaque.

The LRT Line 2 runs in an east-west direction along the Radial Road 6 and a portion of the Circumferential Road 1.


Selling points

  • Beat The Traffic
  • MRT
  • Fast as you can
  • Sardines
  • Always Jam Packed
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Tips for you

  • You can get access to facebook because the wifi is free.
  • When riding in the LRT, one should take note that some things may not be brought inside the platform for security reasons, such as: inflated balloons, large luggages, any open bottles or cans, quantity of fluids such as chemicals, pesticides, and gasoline , as well as pointed objects.
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  • It's not allowed to get in if you're drunk.
  • Language barrier. As most of the users of the LRT are local Filippinos, most of the signage and announcements are in Tagalog. If in doubt, always ask the station staff or security guard for assistance
  • Be aware of the man, You can be harassment. Be careful with your belongings, particularly variables such as wallets and jewelry, as this is a public transportation.
  • Safety and security. The public concourse areas of some LRT stations are favourite places for beggars. If you want to give money to a beggar, always make sure that the beggar is alone, and there is no other beggars in the vicinity, as giving one beggar money will make other beggars surround you.
  • Some malls are located conveniently close to the LRT system. These include SM Megamall (largest in Southeast Asia) (Ortigas station), TriNoma Mall (North Avenue station), SM City Manila (Central station), Glorietta Shopping Center (Ayala station), as well as other big malls
  • If you are looking for a cheap and slightly convenient way of travelling, LRT is a good choice. At no more than 15 pesos per trip, the LRT is way cheaper than other modes of transport.
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Not really a "tourist attraction" but rather a survivor's vehicle for getting around Manila. Far better than the city's clunky taxis, reckless jeepneys, and stalled traffic. Fares are inexpensive and the trains are reasonably fast and clean. They are generally packed with commuters though, and you must carefully guard against pickpockets and bag slashers!

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My money bag was slashed and they cut my hand in Malate Manila Now i having all tests done as i dont know what was on what ever they used , have been told by a American who visits there regularly, he says they super glue a old type of razor blade to there finger, Ill never go Back there., they got no money as i had it in my pockets flat and not much on me , i listened to the staff at the hotel, im lucy they didnt cut it extra force as it would of opened up my stomach.

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Oh...Manila, manila, always and forever overcrowded, full of people...what to mentioned the LRT? I stayed at Kambayan Hotel, near EDSA Pasay. Every time I looked out from my hotel window I can see long queue and endless human-line to the station..I wouldn't dare to try at first but I told myself why shouldn't I? So I did..I follow the queue, I asked around, I asked the guards, they are very helpful. I thought it was dangerous, I could be pick pocket anytime, I might get loss, but all these concerns just proved I am so wrong.Though the line was long, but it's moving.. Don't know about the donation at the ticket counter, with these ladies waving their hand fan, begging for donation. But they are not disturbing, so I just donate one or two peso. They still said thank you,...doesn't matter, it's just few peso.The train arrived, since it's the first station, so they tried to put in as many commuters as packed, until our face are like almost stick to each other...But within few minutes, I arrived at SM Ayala Mall...Not bad for a experience for tourist like me.So the next day, I used the train again to Ermita, to Makati again...and I felt pretty safe, like I am one of the daily commuter. I wouldn't recommend for those that don't have the patience, but it's better than stuck yourself in the traffic jam, and end up paying more than what you bargain for.One more thing, the food stalls along station are fabulous....again, a great way to experience the daily life of Manila, cheers :)

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it's packed, everytime i try to use it, it's always packed! nothing beats it in terms of speed though. very convenient and not too expensive (roughly about the same fare as an fx, minimum). if you're like me, i always go to the first car, ladies only. it can be crowded, but at least there's less hassle.

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