List of roads in Metro Manila

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This list of roads in Metro Manila summarizes the major thoroughfares and the numbering system currently being implemented in Metro Manila, Philippines. Metro Manila's arterial road network consists of National Roads, the Circumferential Roads, and the Radial Roads, as well as the other major roads connecting the cities of Manila, Quezon, North and South Caloocan, Valenzuela, Malabon, Navotas, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Taguig, Muntinlupa, Marikina, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Makati, Pateros, and San Juan as well as the surrounding provinces.[1][2]

Numbered routes[edit]

Circumferential and Radial Roads[edit]

The first road numbering system in the Philippines was adapted in 1940 by the administration of President Manuel Quezon, and was very much similar to U.S. Highway numbering system. Portions of it are 70 roads labeled Highway 1 to Highway 60. Some parts of the numbering system are Admiral Dewey Boulevard (Highway 1), Calle Manila (Highway 50) and 19 de Junio (Highway 54).

In 1945, the Metropolitan Thoroughfare Plan was submitted by Quezon City planners Louis Croft and Antonio Kayanan which proposed the laying of 10 Radial Roads, which purposes in conveying traffic in and out of the City of Manila to the surrounding cities and provinces, and the completion of 6 Circumferential Roads, that will act as beltways of the city, forming altogether a web-like arterial road system.[3] The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is the government agency that deals with these projects.[1]

The flagpole in front of the Jose Rizal Memorial Monument in Rizal Park is the Kilometer Zero of all the roads in Luzon and the rest of the Philippines.

The road numbering for Radial Roads are R-1 up to R-10. The radial roads never intersect one another and they do not intersect circumferential roads twice; hence they continue straight routes leading out from the city of Manila to the provinces. The numbering is arranged in a counter-clockwise pattern, wherein the southernmost is R-1 and the northernmost is R-10. The Circumferential Roads are numbered C-1 to C-6. The innermost beltway in the city is C-1, while the outermost is C-6.

Radial roads[edit]

There are ten (10) radial roads that serves the purpose of conveying traffic in and out of the city of Manila to the surrounding cities of the metropolis and to the provinces, numbered in a counter clockwise pattern.[4] All radial roads starts at kilometre zero which is the flagpole fronting the Jose Rizal Memorial Monument in Rizal Park.[5][6]

Radial roads of Metro Manila
Name Image Route City(s) Road(s) Length Description Refs
Radial Road 1 Roxas BoulevardManila–Cavite Expressway City of ManilaCavite Pasay
Las Piñas
Bacoor, Cavite
Kawit, Cavite
Rosario, Cavite
Tanza, Cavite
Naic, Cavite
41.5 kilometers or 25.8 miles Radial Road 1 connects the City of Manila to the province of Cavite, officially starting at Bonifacio Drive, just south of Pasig River. The road skirts the coastline of Manila Bay entering Roxas Boulevard and later, after crossing NAIA Road, as the Manila-Cavite Expressway. The road will keep skirting the coastline until it ends in a junction with the Governor's Drive in Naic, Cavite, spanning 41.5 kilometres (25.8 mi) from Rizal Park to Cavite. [3]
Radial Road 2 Taft Avenue in ManilaAguinaldo Highway in Dasmariñas City of ManilaBatangas Pasay
Las Piñas
Bacoor, Cavite
Imus, Cavite
Dasmariñas, Cavite
Silang, Cavite
Tagaytay, Cavite
64.2 kilometers or 39.9 miles The road lies parallel to Radial Road 1, connecting the City of Manila to Cavite and Batangas. The road starts from the Lagusnilad Underpass in front of the National Museum in Ermita. The road, as Taft Avenue, will follow a straight route, and after crossing EDSA in Pasay, becomes Elpidio Quirino Avenue. E. Quirino Avenue serves as the main road in the suburb of Parañaque, until it becomes Diego Cera Avenue upon entering Las Piñas. The road then becomes the Aguinaldo Highway after crossing the Alabang–Zapote Road. Aguinaldo Highway serves as the main thoroughfare in the Province of Cavite, ending in the Tagaytay Rotunda, and becoming the Tagaytay-Talisay Road, which ends in front of the Taal Lake. The Manila LRT Line 1 follows the route of R-2 from Padre Burgos Avenue to EDSA. [7]
Radial Road 3 South Luzon Expressway in MuntinlupaSTAR Tollway, Tanauan City, Batangas. City of ManilaBatangas Pasay
Las Piñas
San Pedro, Laguna
Calamba, Laguna
Tanauan, Batangas
Carmona, Cavite
Santo Tomas, Batangas
Batangas City, Batangas
96 kilometers or 60 miles The entire road is an expressway, except for its northern end starting from its junction with C5. It is jointly operated by the Skyway Operation and Management Corporation (SomCo) and the Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corporation (CMMTC). Although the kilometer zero of the road is at Rizal Park, the road officially starts from the junction of South Luzon Expressway and Quirino Avenue. The road will follow a straight route from Paco, Manila to Santo Tomas, Batangas, wherein it becomes the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road or the STAR Tollway. The STAR Tollway connects Sto. Tomas to the Batangas Port in Batangas City. [8]
Radial Road 4 Kalayaan Avenue in Olympia, MakatiKalayaan Avenue in Fort Bonifacio, Makati City of ManilaRizal Makati
Taytay, Rizal
  • Pasig Line Street
  • Kalayaan Avenue
  • M. Concepcion Avenue
  • Elisco Road
  • Highway 2000 Phase 1
23.5 kilometers or 14.6 miles The road itself is incomplete. It starts from the junction of Pedro Gil Street and Quirino Avenue in Santa Ana, Manila, and it will enter Makati before ending in a junction with Zodiac Street. A logical continuation of the road starts from the junction of EDSA and Gil Puyat Avenue. The road again ends in a dead end in Kalawaan, Pateros. The continuation of the road starts from the east bank of the Manggahan Floodway, as Highway 2000. Highway 2000 becomes the Taytay Diversion Road after crossing Road 1 in Taytay, Rizal. The proposed Pasig River Expressway is also labeled R-4. The road currently spans 23.5 kilometres (14.6 mi). [9]
Radial Road 5 Shaw BoulevardOrtigas Avenue Extension in Cainta City of ManilaLaguna Mandaluyong
Cainta, Rizal
Taytay, Rizal
Pililla, Rizal
Famy, Laguna
86.1 kilometers or 53.5 miles Radial Road 5 starts from the upper banks of the Pasig River, parallel to Radial Road 4 on the lower banks. The road will enter Mandaluyong and will become an important thoroughfare in the industrial downtown of Pasig and the Ortigas Center. The road will eventually become the Manila East Road, the main transportation corridor of the Province of Rizal. [10]
Radial Road 6 Magsaysay BoulevardMarikina–Infanta Highway in Marikina City of ManilaQuezon San Juan
Quezon City
Antipolo, Rizal
Tanay, Rizal
Sta Maria, Laguna
Infanta, Quezon
121.6 kilometers or 75.6 miles Radial road 6 starts from the junction of Mendiola Street and Ayala Boulevard. The road will serve as an important thoroughfare in Santa Mesa, Manila, and will enter the New Manila District of Quezon City after crossing G. Araneta Avenue and becomes Aurora Boulevard. The boulevard will enter the District of Cubao in Quezon City and will serve as the main thoroughfare in Araneta Center. The road becomes Marikina–Infanta Highway (Marcos Highway) after crossing Katipunan Avenue. The highway will then pass through the cities of Marikina then in Pasig and transverse the province of Rizal. The road would continue further and will end in a dead end in Infanta, Quezon. The MRT Line 2 follows the route of R-6 from Legarda Street in San Miguel, Manila to Marcos Highway in between the boundaries of Santolan, Pasig and Calumpang, Marikina. The road spans 88.6 kilometres (55.1 mi) long. [11]
Radial Road 7 España BoulevardCommonwealth Avenue City of ManilaBulacan Quezon City
San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
Norzagaray, Bulacan
53.6 kilometers or 33.3 miles Radial Road 7 starts from Quiapo, Manila. The road will follow a direct route to Quezon City. After crossing the Quezon City Memorial Circle, it becomes Commonwealth Avenue, the widest road in the Philippines. The route then follows Regalado Highway in Fairview, Quezon City, and it ends in a junction with Quirino Highway in the Neopolitan Business Park in Lagro. The road drives north to Bulacan, until it ends with a junction with Fortunato Halili Avenue. The currently under construction North Luzon East Expressway or the R-7 Expressway is a continuation of this road. [12][13]
Radial Road 8 Dimasalang StreetNorth Luzon Expressway in Balintawak, Quezon City. City of ManilaLa Union Quezon City
Bocaue, Bulacan
Balagtas, Bulacan
Santa Rita, Pampanga
San Fernando, Pampanga
Angeles, Pampanga
Tarlac City, Tarlac
Urdaneta City, Pangasinan
Rosario, La Union, La Union
210.0 kilometers or 130.5 miles Radial Road 8 starts from Quezon Bridge in Quiapo, Manila. The road will follow a direct route northwards, becoming the North Luzon Expressway after crossing EDSA. The road becomes SCTEX after crossing MacArthur Highway in the Paradise Ranch in Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles, Pamapanga. [14][15]
Radial Road 9 Rizal AvenueMacArthur Highway in Pampanga City of ManilaLa Union 24 Town and Cities, between the City of Manila and Pugo, La Union. For the complete list, see Maharlika Highway. 228.0 kilometers or 141.7 miles The Radial Road 9 consists of the northern portion of the Pan-Philippine Highway or AH-26.(R-2 takes the southern portion) The LRT-1 follows the route of R-9 from Manila to Gracepark, Caloocan. R-9 starts as the Rizal Bridge from Padre Burgos Avenue. It follows a straight northward route parallel to R-8. The road becomes MacArthur Highway after crossing the Monumento Roundabout in Gracepark, Caloocan. The road officially ends in the road diversion in Baguio where it diverges into Kennon Road, Marcos Highway/Aspiras-Palispis Highway and the Pan-Philippine Highway [16]
Radial Road 10 Mel Lopez Boulevard City of ManilaBataan Malabon
Obando, Bulacan
Malolos, Bulacan
Macabebe, Pampanga
Lubao, Pampanga
Bagac, Bataan
Balanga, Bataan
105.0 kilometers or 65.2 miles The Radial Road 10 is currently a 9.7-kilometre-long (6.0 mi) highway from Tondo, Manila to C-4 Road. There was a proposed project of extending it to Bataan, as the Manila-Bataan Coastal Road. The project has long since died, but the top local government chiefs of Central Luzon led by RDC Chair and San Fernando City Mayor Oscar Rodriquez, and Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr. revived the project and approved the CLIP for 2011 to 2016 in the recent 6th RDC meeting in Balanga. [17]

Circumferential roads[edit]

There are six (6) circumferential roads around the City of Manila that acts as beltways for the city. The first two (2) runs inside the City of Manila Proper, while the next three (3) runs outside the City of Manila. Another circumferential road, the C-6, will run outside Metro Manila and is under construction.

Circumferential roads of Metro Manila
Name Image Route City(s) Road(s) Length Description Refs
Circumferential Road 1 C.M. Recto AvenuePadre Burgos Avenue City of Manila 5.9 kilometers or 3.7 miles Circumferential Road 1 or C-1 is a route that runs inside the City of Manila proper, passing through the Tondo, Binondo, Quiapo and Ermita districts. It starts from the North Port as Recto Avenue and becomes P. Casal Street after crossing R-6. The road crosses the Pasig River as Ayala Boulevard, which ends in Taft Avenue and enters Rizal Park as Finance Drive, which merges into the southern part of Padre Burgos Avenue, which ends in a junction with Roxas Boulevard.
Circumferential Road 2 Lacson AvenueQuirino Avenue City of Manila 10.0 kilometers or 6.2 miles The C-2 Road starts from Tondo, Manila, passing through Binondo, Sampaloc, Pandacan and Paco Districts. It starts from R-10, becomes Tayuman Street in the Sampaloc district, then continues on as Arsenio H. Lacson Avenue after passing A. Mendoza Street. It crosses the Pasig River, then becomes President Quirino Avenue, which continues on until it reaches R-1 (Roxas Boulevard), passing through the Paco and Malate districts. [18]
Circumferential Road 3 Gregorio Araneta AvenueSouth Avenue, Makati NavotasPasay Navotas
Quezon City
San Juan
21.7 kilometers or 13.5 miles The C-3 Road is a route that lies outside the City of Manila. It starts as the C-3 Road in Navotas, and becomes 5th Avenue after entering Caloocan. It becomes Sergeant E. Rivera Avenue after crossing A. Bonifacio Street, and becomes G. Araneta Avenue after crossing the Kaingin Road in Quezon City. The road ends shortly after entering San Juan, only resuming at the junction of J.P. Rizal Avenue and South Avenue. South Avenue becomes Ayala Avenue after crossing Chino Roces Avenue. The route is rerouted to Gil Puyat Avenue after Ayala Avenue enters the Ayala Triangle, an important industrial landmark in Makati. The proposed Metro Manila Skybridge will bridge the missing segment of the road. [19]
Circumferential Road 4 C-4 Road in NavotasEDSA in Diliman area MalabonPasay Malabon
Quezon City
28.1 kilometers or 17.5 miles The C-4 Road starts from Malabon. It becomes Paterio Aquino Avenue, then becomes Samson Road after entering Caloocan. After crossing the Monumento Roundabout, the C-4 Road becomes EDSA, the most important thoroughfare in the metropolis. With 2.34 million vehicles and almost 314,354 cars passing through it and its segments everyday, the road is also the most congested and busiest highway in the metropolis. The road ends Mall of Asia roundabout in Pasay. The MRT-3 follows the route of C-4, from North Avenue to Taft Avenue. [20][21]
Circumferential Road 5 C-5 Road (as Katipunan Avenue) in Quezon CityC-5 Road (as Carlos P. Garcia Avenue) near Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Malabon-Parañaque Malabon
Quezon City
55.0 kilometers or 34.2 miles Several arising controversies regarding an expressway MCTEP, properties of Sen. Manny Villar, and the constant squatter demolishing issues in Quezon City causes the C-5 Road, although complete, have less than half of the length, only 32.5 kilometres (20.2 mi), be functional. The road officially starts from Paterio Aquino Avenue, but it only starts from the NLEX Segment that crosses the North Luzon Expressway and becomes Mindanao Avenue. The road will follow the route of Congressional Avenue and Luzon Avenue, crossing Commonwealth Avenue and becoming Tandang Sora Avenue, which becomes Katipunan Avenue after crossing C.P. Garcia Avenue in the University of the Philippines campus. The road will follow the route of Col. Bonny Serrano Avenue, which becomes C.P. Garcia Avenue after entering Pasig. The road ends in South Luzon Expressway. A continuation of the road currently provides no access, which starts from Merville, Parañaque to Coastal Road in Las Piñas. [22]
Circumferential Road 6 C-6 Road in Taguig at night Marilao, Bulacan-Bacoor, Cavite Marilao, Bulacan
Meycauayan, Bulacan
San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
Cainta, Rizal
Antipolo, Rizal
Taytay, Rizal
San Pedro, Laguna
Biñan, Laguna
Dasmariñas, Cavite
Bacoor, Cavite
49.1 kilometers or 30.5 miles The Southeast Metro Manila Expressway is a superhighway currently under construction. It will act as a beltway of Metro Manila, so that buses and other transportation vehicles coming from the southern provinces going to the northern provinces would not need to pass through Metro Manila, thus lessening traffic in the metropolis. Its northern terminus is MacArthur Highway and the southern terminus is in Kawit, Cavite. [23]

Highway Network[edit]

The Radial and Circumferential Road numbers are being supplanted by a new highway number system, which the Department of Public Works and Highways have laid out in 2014. The new system classifies the national roads or highways as national primary roads, national secondary roads, and national tertiary roads. Primary national roads are numbered with one to two-digit numbers. Secondary national roads are assigned three-digit numbers, with the first digit being the number of the principal national road of the region. Secondary national roads around Manila mostly connect to N1 and are numbered with 100-series numbers.

Expressway network[edit]

Expressways are assigned numbers with the E prefix, to avoid confusion with numbered national roads. Expressways are limited-access roads, with crossing traffic limited to overpasses, underpasses, and interchanges. Some existing expressways serving Metro Manila also form part of the Radial Road system (see list above).

Image Route From To Length Toll roads Areas served Notes
View From NLEX Overpass, Bulacan, Philippines - panoramio.jpg E1 (Philippines).svg E1 Quezon City Rosario North Luzon Expressway
Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway
Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway
Northern Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union Part of R-8
Pic geo photos - ph=mm=muntinlupa=slex - view from bilibid overpass -philippines--2015-0428--ls-.jpg E2 (Philippines).svg E2 Makati Batangas City Skyway
South Luzon Expressway
Southern Tagalog Arterial Road
Southern Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas Part of R-3
Muntinlupa–Cavite Expwy2.jpg Muntinlupa Bacoor 4 km (2.5 mi) Muntinlupa–Cavite Expressway Southern Metro Manila, Cavite Spur of E2
Manila–Cavite Expressway.jpg E3 (Philippines).svg E3 Parañaque Kawit 14 km (8.7 mi) Manila–Cavite Expressway Southern Metro Manila, Cavite Part of R-1
Sctex zambales philippines.jpg E4 (Philippines).svg E4 Olongapo Mabalacat Subic–Tipo Expressway
Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway
Bataan, Pampanga, Zambales
NLEX Segment 8.1jwilz.jpg E5 (Philippines).svg E5 Quezon City Caloocan North Luzon Expressway Mindanao Avenue-Caloocan Link (partly operational) Northern Metro Manila including Manila North Harbor Part of C-5
NAIA Expressway southbound.jpg E6 (Philippines).svg E6 Parañaque Pasay 11.6 km (7.2 mi) NAIA Expressway Southern Metro Manila including Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Other major roads[edit]

Many other streets in the metropolis are considered major roads. Only Dr. A. Santos Ave (Sucat Road or N63) is designated a primary national road that is not part of the arterial road system. Roads with 3-number designations are secondary national roads.

Capital District[edit]

Eastern Manila District[edit]



  • Amang Rodriguez Avenue
  • Andres Bonifacio Avenue (Aurora Boulevard - Sumulong Highway)
  • Bagong Farmers Avenue
  • Bayanbayanan Avenue (Concepción Uno)
  • Gen. Ordonez Avenue
  • Gil Fernando Avenue (known as A. Tuazon Avenue)
  • Marikina–Infanta Highway (also known as Marcos Highway) -R-6
  • J. P. Rizal Avenue (Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal to Calumpang district, Marcos Highway of Marikina; known as Gen. A. Luna Avenue in San Mateo Rizal)
  • Sumulong Highway (Marikina to the highlands of Antipolo)


Quezon City[edit]

San Juan[edit]

  • Annapolis Street (EDSA to Greenhills neighborhood)
  • Blumentritt Avenue (N. Domingo to Shaw Boulevard in Kalentong, Mandaluyong)
  • N. Domingo (V. Mapa Boulevard to Gregorio Araneta Avenue)
  • Pinaglabanan Street

CAMANAVA District[edit]


South Caloocan
North Caloocan
  • Bagumbong Road
  • Camarin Road
  • Deparo Road
  • Susano Road (Quezon City Boundary to Zabarte Road)
  • Zabarte Road




  • Karuhatan Road
  • Maysan Road (NLEX to MacArthur Highway) - N118

Southern Manila District[edit]

Las Piñas[edit]






  • B. Morcilla Street (Pateros town proper)
  • J.P. Rizal Avenue Extension (also Guadalupe-Pateros Road, going to Guadalupe, Makati City)
  • M. Almeda Street (from Gen. Luna Street, Taguig to R. Jabson Street, Pasig City)
  • P. Rosales Street (going to Tipas area, Taguig)


See also[edit]


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