North Luzon Expressway

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North Luzon Expressway
North Diversion Road
Marcelo H. del Pilar Superhighway
Manila North Expressway
Map of expressways in Luzon, with the North Luzon Expressway in orange
Route information
Part of AH26
Maintained by Tollways Management Corporation
Length84.0 km (52.2 mi)
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Major junctions
North end
South end N1 / AH26 (EDSA) / N160 (Bonifacio Avenue) in Balintawak Cloverleaf, Quezon City
Major citiesQuezon City, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Malolos, San Fernando, Angeles, Mabalacat
TownsMarilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, Plaridel, Pulilan, Calumpit, Apalit, San Simon, Santo Tomas, Mexico
Highway system
Roads in the Philippines

The North Luzon Expressway (NLE or NLEx), formerly known as the North Diversion Road and Manila North Expressway (MNEX), is a 4 to 8-lane limited-access toll expressway that connects Metro Manila to the provinces of the Central Luzon region in the Philippines. It is a component of Expressway 1 (E1) of the Philippine expressway network, Circumferential Road 5 (C-5) and Radial Road 8 (R-8) of Manila's arterial road network. It was built in the 1960s.

The expressway begins in Quezon City at the Balintawak Interchange with EDSA as a continuation of Andres Bonifacio Avenue. It then passes through Caloocan and Valenzuela in Metro Manila, and the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga in Central Luzon. It currently ends at Mabalacat and merges with the MacArthur Highway, which continues northward into the rest of Central and Northern Luzon. The segment between Santa Rita Exit in Guiguinto and the Balintawak Interchange in Quezon City is a part of the new alignment of the N1 (AH26).

The expressway, including Andres Bonifacio Avenue, has total length of 88 kilometers. The expressway segment has a length of 84 kilometres.

Originally controlled by the Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC), operation and maintenance of the NLEx was transferred in 2005 to NLEX Corporation, a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (a former subsidiary of the Lopez Group of Companies until 2008). A major upgrade and rehabilitation was completed in February 2005 with road now having similar qualities to a modern French tollway and other entities.

Route description[edit]

North Luzon Tollway/NLEX mainline[edit]

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North Luzon Tollway (NLT)
LocationQuezon City – Mabalacat
Length84 km (52 mi)
The Santa Ines-bound NLEX, just north of Paso de Blas, Valenzuela

The North Luzon Tollway (NLT) or the NLEX mainline cuts northwards from Manila to the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga. The expressway parallels MacArthur Highway from Quezon City to Mabalacat in Pampanga. It has 8 lanes from Balintawak Interchange to Balagtas Interchange, 6 lanes from Balagtas Interchange to San Fernando Exit, and 4 lanes from San Fernando to Sta. Ines Exit. The expressways has bridges that cross seven rivers. Some portions of the expressway are lined with billboards, including its viaduct portion. Various high voltage overhead power lines, most notably the Hermosa–Duhat–Balintawak transmission line of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) from Smart Connect Interchange to San Fernando Exit, utilize the significant portion of the expressway route as the densely populated areas hinder acquisition of dedicated right of way.


Southbound lane of NLEx through the barangays of Lawang Bato and Lingunan, Valenzuela.
Northbound lane of NLEx near Barangay Taal, Bocaue

The expressway starts at Balintawak Interchange as a physical continuation of Bonifacio Avenue. A few meters after the cloverleaf is Quirino Highway, with a northbound left exit ascending into a flyover to the northeast. Past this exit, Reparo Road parallels the expressway from Novaliches Exit to Eternal Gardens Memorial Park. The road approaches the Balintawak toll plaza, widening to 17 lanes only serving northbound traffic. The offices of NLEX Corporation is located near the toll plaza. A new toll plaza, opened in 2017, is built between the northbound and southbound lanes, servicing Class 1 vehicles (cars, jeepneys and other light vehicles),

The expressway reverts to four lanes, continues northward, crossing Tullahan River through the Tullahan Bridge, intersects with General T. De Leon Street, and passes the Smart Connect Interchange. It then passes through industrial areas and businesses within Valenzuela. The expressway's East Service Road starts paralleling the expressway before Paso de Blas exit. The road continues on a straight route, with a Caltex service area located near the Dulalia overpass, until it enters Bulacan.

It crosses Meycauayan River and after a few meters is the Meycauayan Exit to serve its town proper. Another service road named St. Francis Service Road runs beside the expressway's southbound lanes. It passes through residential areas and institutions within the municipality, intersects with Lias Road, and continues on a straight alignment. On Marilao, there is a Petron service area and after it are the Marilao River crossing and Marilao exit. It enters Bocaue after Marilao Exit, where Ciudad de Victoria and the Philippine Arena lies to the east. The road turns eastward to serve Bocaue toll plaza, where the southbound lanes widens to 22 lanes with 4 from a parallel road making a grand total of 26 lanes, and on the middle of it is a newly built toll plaza and road. It turns westward, passes through Bocaue Exit, Santa Maria River, and Taal Bridge, and continues on a straight alignment until Balagtas Interchange. Before it are the Petron for southbound and Shell for northbound traffic. Past the Shell service area is the Tabang Spur Road and Balagtas Interchange which was opened on March 20, 2012. This is the former terminus of the original segment of the expressway from 1967 to 1976 before it is extended to Dau.

Balagtas-San Fernando[edit]

The expressway narrows to three lanes per direction past Tabang Spur Road. It continues on a straight route, traversing paddy fields on the outskirts of Guiguinto, Malolos, and Pulilan. AH26 leaves NLEX at Santa Rita Exit, where it follows Cagayan Valley Road to Baliuag and Cabanatuan.

A few meters after Pulilan Exit is the Candaba Viaduct (officially known as Pulilan-Apalit Bridge). The bridge traverses rice paddies and swampland in the municipalities of Pulilan, Calumpit, Bulacan and Apalit, Pampanga, and crosses Pampanga River before the viaduct ends. The expressway continues again on a straight alignment, passing through Apalit, San Simon, Santo Tomas, and San Fernando, and crosses Abacan and San Fernando rivers. At the vicinity of San Fernando Exit are two major malls, SM City Pampanga and Robinsons Starmills Pampanga.

San Fernando-Sta.Ines[edit]

The 4-lane segment of NLEX in Pampanga
An overpass at the SCTEX Exit, before the 2016 expansion

After San Fernando Exit, the expressway narrows into two lanes, both northbound and southbound. It continues as a straight roadway, passing through the rural areas of Mexico, crossing Abacan and Quitangil rivers, and traversing the eastern parts of Angeles and Mabalacat. NLEX connects with Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway via Clark Spur Road before the main line terminates at Santa Ines Interchange, with a toll plaza serving the exit. The segment between SCTEX and Santa Ines Exit used to be a two-lane road but has since widened into four lanes with a grass median.

Tabang Spur Road[edit]

Tabang Spur Road
Length3.36 km[1] (2.09 mi)
Tabang Spur Road

Tabang Spur Road branches off the NLEX mainline at Tabang Exit and terminates at a partial cloverleaf interchange with MacArthur Highway and Cagayan Valley Road at Guiguinto Exit. The entire spur is located in Guiguinto, and carried the final leg of NLEX (then the North Diversion Road) until the present route is extended to Angeles. It spurs off the main line at Tabang Exit, crosses the abandoned Philippine National Railways line to Cabanatuan, and ends at the interchange with MacArthur Highway and Cagayan Valley Road, with a toll plaza hosting operations and management offices of Tollways Management Corporation.

NLEX Connect[edit]

Segment 8.1 (Mindanao Avenue Link) of the NLEx looking west towards Smart Connect Interchange.

Segments 8.1 and 9[edit]

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NLEX Mindanao Avenue Link
(NLEX Segment 8.1)
Length2.7 km[2] (1.7 mi)

Segment 8.1 (Mindanao Avenue Link) is a four-lane, 2.34 kilometres (1.45 mi) spur road that runs from Mindanao Avenue to the Smart Connect Interchange in Valenzuela City. It starts at the Smart Connect Interchange with the NLEX mainline, picking-up from where Segment 9 (Karuhatan Link) left off.

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NLEX Karuhatan Link
(NLEX Segment 9)
Length2.4 km[2] (1.5 mi)

On the other hand, Segment 9 starts after Segment 10 crosses MacArthur Highway on Valenzuela. Segment 8.1 returns to ground level past the interchange. It would then pass Barangay Que Grande in Valenzuela, and terminates at the Mindanao Avenue toll plaza, where it physically ends at Mindanao Avenue near the city boundary with Quezon City.

Both Segments 8.1 and 9 are components of Circumferential Road 5 (C-5).

Segment 10 (Harbor Link)[edit]

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NLEX Harbor Link
(NLEX Segment 10)
LocationValenzuela – Navotas
Length8.25 km[2] (5.13 mi)
Under-construction NLEX Segment 10 in Sangandaan, Caloocan

NLEX Harbor Link, also named NLEX Segment 10, is a four-lane, 5.65 kilometres (3.51 mi) fully elevated expressway which connects with the Karuhatan Link (Segment 9) at Valenzuela to C-3 Road in Caloocan, where it veers right for another 2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi) and ends at Radial Road 10 in Navotas. It is designated to provide access between Port of Manila and northern Luzon. Most of the road utilizes the existing railway right of way through Caloocan, Malabon, and Valenzuela, with the road rising as high as 19 meters (62 ft) to provide necessary clearance for the elevated Manila–Clark Railway of the Philippine National Railways (PNR).

NLEX Harbor Link begins at Karuhatan Exit with Segment 9. The section near the northern terminus traverses an industrial and residential area, which necessitated the demolition of numerous houses, buildings, and warehouses. It soon follows the railway right-of-way where it rises up to provide necessary ground clearance for the viaduct carrying the future Manila–Clark Railway. Past Samson Road and the PNR rolling stock shops in Caloocan, NLEX Harbor Link shifts to the right of the railway right of way, which also required demolition of numerous houses and buildings, including a local wet market. The expressway ends at an interchange with C-3 Road, with completed stubs to connect with the C3–R10 spur alignment which is under construction, and the future NLEX-SLEX Connector Road.

Its original stretch from Karuhatan to C-3 Road was first opened to traffic on February 28, 2019.[3] Its C3–R10 Section was then partially opened on February 21, 2020 up to Malabon (Dagat-dagatan) exit ramp.[4] It is expected to be completed on June 15, 2020.[5]


The original stretch of the expressway, from Balintawak Interchange up to Guiguinto Exit in Bulacan, was completed on August 4, 1968. It is a fully fenced limited-access highway that consisted of a four-lane rural divided roadway, nine twin bridges, one railroad overpass, seven underpasses and three interchanges.

Originally a project of the Department of Public Works and Highways, the completion of the major portion of the job fell on the Construction Development Corporation of the Philippines (CDCP, the precursor to PNCC) to pioneer the toll concept of funding infrastructure.[6] It was carried out under the private financing scheme provided by Republic Act 3741.

Additional work required by the government included the construction of the Balintawak – Novaliches Interchange Complex, the Tabang Interchange, and the approach road of the underpasses.

In 1976, the NLT extension, consisting of 50.9 kilometres (31.6 mi) of concrete road, was built as part of a highways program of the International Bank for Reconstruction Development (World Bank) linking major urban centers to the production centers in the north. The project features a 4-lane limited-access highway with a five-kilometer Candaba Viaduct, a construction innovation utilizing precast beam system, 6 interchanges, 12 bridges, and overpass/underpass structures.[7]

In 1989, under the Corazon Aquino administration, the expressway was extended by another 5 km from its terminus at Dau Exit to Sta. Ines Exit in Mabalacat, Pampanga.

Logo used from 2005–2017. Still used alternatively.

From 2003 to February 2005, the expressway underwent a major rehabilitation. Works included the widening of the Balintawak – Tabang segment from 6 to 8 lanes and the Tabang – Sta. Rita segment from 4 to 6 lanes, asphalt overlay, and the demolition of old tollbooths. The main contractor of the rehabilitation work was Leighton Contractors (Australia) with Egis Projects, a company belonging to the French Groupe Egis as the main subcontractor for the toll, telecommunication and traffic management systems. To help maintain the safety and quality of the expressway, various rules are in effect, such as restricting the left lane to passing vehicles only and banning overloaded trucks.

After the rehabilitation, the operation and maintenance of the expressway was transferred from the state-owned Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC) to the Manila North Tollways Corporation (now NLEX Corporation).

On June 5, 2010, the NLEx Segment 8.1 or the NLEX Mindanao Avenue Link was opened. The spur road is a part of the C-5 Road North Extension and is built to provide another entry point to the expressway from Metro Manila and decongest Balintawak Interchange.

On March 18, 2015, NLEX Segment 9 or the NLEX Karuhatan Link was opened, providing continuation to Segment 8.1 that runs from the other side of the Smart Connect Interchange to MacArthur Highway.

On February 28, 2019, the main stretch of NLEX Segment 10 or the NLEX Harbor Link, from NLEX Karuhatan Link to C-3 Road, was opened to traffic.[3] On February 21, 2010, its C3–R10 section was partially opened up to its Malabon exit ramp, pending the completion of the spur section.[4]


Segment 8.2[edit]

NLEX Segment 8.2
LocationValenzuela – Quezon City
Length7.85 km (4.88 mi)

The NLEx Segment 8.2 will be a 7.85 kilometres (4.88 mi) segment that will connect NLEx segment 8.1 to C-5 Road and Commonwealth Avenue. The planned segment will at first run parallel to Republic Avenue before making a southward turn to Luzon Avenue after which it will then connect to Commonwealth Avenue. The segment will include two interchanges in Mindanao and Regalado Avenues, a roundabout connection at Congressional Avenue, and three local road crossings at Quirino Highway, Sauyo Road, and Chestnut Avenue.[8]

Segment 11/NLEX-SLEX Connector[edit]

NLEX–SLEX Connector Road
LocationCaloocan – Manila
Length8.0 km[9] (5.0 mi)

Plans for a construction of an elevated road to connect North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) has been bared long before the construction of Segment 10.1.

The government has reportedly accepted an unsolicited proposal from Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation (MPTDC) to build the 13.24 kilometres (8.23 mi) road. MPTDC is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), which runs NLEX.

Known as the Connector Road project, the elevated expressway will have run over the Philippine National Railways tracks until terminating to the Skyway Stage 3 Interchange.

It will be connected in the north to the existing Segment 10 towards Valenzuela. In the south, it will be linked to the Skyway Stage 3 near PUP in Santa Mesa, Manila. Once completed, the Connector Road will have four entry and exit points: C-3 Road in Caloocan, España in Sampaloc, Manila, and terminating through the Paco-Sta. Mesa Road in Santa Mesa, Manila. This project is targeted open to traffic on February 2022.

Construction of the project is estimated to cost ₱17 billion, but as an "all-elevated" or completely grade-separated structure, right-of-way acquisition shall be reduced to an estimated cost of only ₱2.41 billion. It broke ground on February 28, at the same time Segment 10.1 was inaugurated and opened to traffic, officially indicating that the NLEX Karuhatan Link and Segment 10 are mostly complete.[3]

NLEX Phase 3[edit]

This will be a 40 kilometres (25 mi) extension with three segments from NLEX Main, originally in San Simon, Pampanga, to Dinalupihan, Bataan, connecting to Subic–Tipo Expressway (NLEx Segment 7). However, the plan did not push through. It would instead start somewhere between Apalit and San Fernando in Pampanga, then will cut across Guagua and end at Dinalupihan. [10] Though the project will start tentatively from Apalit based on the concession, the new alignment has yet to be finalized.[11]

Technical specifications[edit]

  • Name: North Luzon Expressway
  • Concession holder: NLEX Corporation
  • Operator: Tollways Management Corporation
  • Length: 84 km
  • Concession starting date: February 10, 2005
  • Concession ending date: December 31, 2037
  • Highway exits: 15
  • Lanes: 8 lanes (4 lanes), 6 lanes (3 lanes), and 4 lanes (2 lanes)
  • Toll plazas: 6
  • Rest and Service Areas: 8
  • Minimum Height Clearance on Underpasses: 4.27 m (14')


Bocaue Toll Plaza in Bulacan

The tollway has two sections: an open section and a closed section.[12] The open section (within Metro Manila) charges a flat toll based on vehicle class and is employed to reduce the number of toll barriers (and associated bottlenecks) within the metropolis. The closed section is distance-based, charging based on the class of vehicle and distance traveled. When the expressway was modernized, an electronic toll collection system was set up for Class 1 vehicles while prepaid magnetic cards were assigned to Class 2 and 3 vehicles to speed up transactions at toll booths. These have since been replaced by a unified ETC system operated by Easytrip. Also, with the government's thrust towards toll road interoperability, Autosweep of the SMC Corporation which operates SLEX, Skyway, STAR, NAIAX, and TPLEX has been accepted as a mode of payment in NLEX since March 2018. As of October 1, 2011, all tolls (as shown below) include the 12% Value-Added Tax (VAT). With the movement of the northernmost toll gate to Sta. Ines, the NLEX and SCTEX toll systems have been merged into one combined system, with tolls for all enclosed destinations listed.

Class Open system
Closed system
Class 1
(cars, motorcycles, SUVs, jeepneys)
54 ₱2.66/km
Class 2
(buses, light trucks)
₱136 ₱6.66/km
Class 3
(heavy trucks)
₱164 ₱8.00/km


NLEX rumble strips approaching Balintawak Toll Barrier
Steet lights at the middle of NLEX near the Santa Rita interchange in Guiguinto.
  • Street lights (Balintawak-San Fernando)
  • Variable message signs
  • Rumble strips
  • Emergency telephones (every 2 km in the Balintawak-Burol segment, every 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) in the Burol-Sta. Ines segment)
  • Runaway truck ramp
  • Rest and service areas (privately owned and operated)
  • Closed-circuit television
  • Guard rails
  • Impact attenuators
  • Solid wall fence
  • Lighting arrestors
  • Car density sensors underneath road surface
  • Hidden speed guns
  • Electronic toll payment (class 1), prepaid account cards (class 2/3)
  • Much of the expressway has been built to U.S. Interstate highway standards, featuring eight lanes through Metro Manila. As it enters the more rural area north of Manila, the expressway narrows to 6 and then 4 lanes with a grass median to separate the two carriageways.
    • All signage is in English, and are nearly identical to the "big green signs" (BGS) on American expressway, including white lettering on a green background, with the exit tab in the upper-right corner (distance signs even employ a font similar—if not identical—to the Caltrans font; all other signs employ a different font).
    • Like expressways in most American states, the NLEx uses a distance-based sequencing for numbering interchanges. Being a metric country, though, the system is kilometer-log rather than mile-log—exits numbered according to the distance (in kilometers) from Rizal Park in Manila, which is designated as "Kilometer Zero" in Luzon.

Technical information[edit]


NLEX in San Simon, after the 2016 expansion project

The NLEX has 8 lanes, 4 lanes in both directions from the Balintawak to Burol segment, 6 lanes with 3 lanes for both directions on the Burol to San Fernando segment and 4 lanes with 2 lanes for both directions on the Tabang Spur and San Fernando to Santa Ines segment. Before the lane expansion project of 2016, there was even a part of the NLEX which consists of only 2 lanes, one for each direction. This segment is located after passing through the SCTEx Exit (Northbound)[13] but has since been expanded into four lanes.

Speed limit[edit]

100 km/h for cars and jeepneys, 80 km/h for trucks and buses, and 60 km/h is the minimum for all classes of vehicles. Speed limits are strictly enforced via CCTV cameras and speed guns, and speeders are usually identified as soon as they hit the tollbooth.

Major upgrade[edit]

San Fernando Toll Plaza in Pampanga, before the 2005 rehabilitation

The upgrade consisted of rebuilding of roads and building new toll plazas. Launched in the beginning of 2003 and completed in February 2005, the roadway now has modern features explained above.

Drainage enhancement program[edit]

The entire stretch of the expressway underwent another rehabilitation regarding its drainage systems. The expressway is known to be flooded during the rainy season and the goal of the project is to fix the drainage systems within the road to prevent flooding. Within this period, certain lanes of the road were closed to the traffic. This in turn caused massive traffic jams along the road and the speed limit on the construction sites were reduced from 80/100 km/h to 60 km/h.

The program started on February 12, 2007 and finished on October 7, 2007.

Shareholder companies[edit]


Emergency phones and parking bays[edit]

Emergency telephone boxes are located throughout the whole length of the expressway. Parking bays (lay-bys) are also placed on regular intervals on the expressway, for use in emergency situations.

Service areas[edit]

North Luzon Expressway has 7 service areas, mostly located on the closed toll section north of Bocaue. Each service station hosts a gas station, restaurants and a convenience store, as well as ATMs and restrooms, car repair, and lubrication services.


A toll barrier of the Santa Rita Exit.

Exit numbers are based on kilometer post. Exits begin at 9 because the NLEx is a logical continuation of Andres Bonifacio Avenue. Rizal Park is designated as Kilometer Zero.

North Luzon Tollway/NLEX Main[edit]

Metro ManilaQuezon City95.6Balintawak Cloverleaf N1 / AH26 (EDSA) – Cubao, Monumento, ManilaSouth end of AH26 concurrency. Southern terminus. Continues south as N160 (Andres Bonifacio Avenue).
95.6Novaliches N127 (Quirino Highway) – NovalichesNorthbound exit and southbound entrance.
Caloocan106.2SkywayNorthbound entrance and southbound exit. Future northern terminus of Skyway Stage 3 under construction.
106.2Libis BaesaLibis Baesa, DLSAUSouthbound exit only
106.2Manila North Expressway: Balintawak toll plaza (1968–2005. Demolished.)
106.2Balintawak toll plaza A (electronic toll collection, cash payments. Northbound only)
106.2Balintawak toll plaza B (electronic toll collection, cash payments. Northbound only.)
Valenzuela116.811Smart Connect Interchange E5 (NLEX Connect) – Mindanao Avenue, Port of ManilaCloverleaf interchange
148.7Mapulang LupaMapulang Lupa, Paso de Blas, ParadaNorthbound exit only. Demolished.
159.315Paso de Blas (Valenzuela) N118 (Paso de Blas Road) – Paso de Blas, Maysan, Novaliches, VGCDiamond interchange.
169.9Caltex (Valenzuela NLEX southbound) service area
171117Lawang BatoLawang Bato, PunturinNorthbound entry and exit only
Future for Canumay Exit.
171117LingunanLingunan, Canumay, Lawang BatoSouthbound exit only
Central LuzonBulacanMeycauayan191219LibtongLibtongNorthbound exit only
201220Meycauayan N117 (Malhacan Road, Iba Road) – MeycauayanFolded diamond interchange
211321PandayanPandayanSouthbound exit only
Marilao231423Marilao (closed)MarilaoNorthbound Exit only. Replaced by a new exit with the same name a few meters north.
231423MarilaoMarilao, San Jose del MonteFolded diamond / Four-ramp parclo interchange. Future link to the proposed toll road to New Manila International Airport.[14]
2415NLEX-C6 InterchangeLinks to the proposed C6 expressway. Interchange type not yet known.
Bocaue261626Ciudad de VictoriaBocaue, Santa MariaPartially opened. Links to the Ciudad de Victoria and alternate route to Bocaue and Sta. Maria. Additional roads leading to interchange under construction.
2616Ciudad de VictoriaNorthbound exit only. Replaced by a proper northbound-southbound exit.
Bocaue BypassSouthbound entry only. Under construction.
2817Bocaue toll plaza B (electronic toll collection, cash payments. Southbound only). North end of barrier toll system. Start of closed road toll system.
2817Bocaue toll plaza A (electronic toll collection, cash payments. Southbound only). North end of barrier toll system. Start of closed road toll system.
281727BocaueBocaue, Santa MariaFolded diamond interchange
271727TambubongTaal, Tambubong (Bocaue), Santa MariaNo southbound exit ramp. Opened as of March 13, 2020.
3019Petron (Bocaue NLEX southbound)
Balagtas3019Balagtas-NFEx InterchangeUnopened Interchange. Construction temporarily stopped in 2011 due to the delays in developing the site of the project.
3119Shell (Balagtas NLEX northbound)
322032Tabang N1 / N2 (MacArthur Highway) – Tabang, Guiguinto, MalolosHalf-Y interchange. Northbound exit and southbound entrance.
332134BalagtasPlaridel Bypass Road — Balagtas, Bustos, San RafaelHalf-Y interchange. Northbound entry/exit and southbound entrance. Southbound exit ramp under construction.
Guiguinto3622NLEx-NLEEx InterchangeLinks to the proposed provincial spur road of North Luzon East Expressway. Interchange type not yet known
3723Shell of Asia (southbound) service area
382438Santa Rita N1 / AH26 (Cagayan Valley Road) – Plaridel, Baliuag, CabanatuanFolded diamond interchange. North end of AH26 concurrency.
MalolosNo major junctions
Plaridel, BulacanNo major junctions
Pulilan452845Pulilan N115 (Pulilan Regional Road) – Pulilan, Calumpit, Baliuag, MalolosDiamond interchange. Serves as access point for southbound motorists to Baliuag and Malolos.
BulacanPampanga boundaryPulilanApalit boundaryCandaba Viaduct
PampangaApalit5534Total (Apalit NLEX northbound) service area
San Simon563556San SimonSan Simon, Santo TomasDiamond interchange
Santo TomasNo major junctions
San Fernando6239Caltex (San Fernando NLEX southbound) service area.
654065San Fernando N3 (Jose Abad Santos Avenue) – San Fernando, Olongapo, Mexico, Gapan, BataanHalf-partial cloverleaf and half-diamond interchange. Access to SM City Pampanga and Sky Ranch Pampanga.
Mexico7144Petron (Mexico NLEX northbound) service area.
724572MexicoMexico, Dalisdis (Mexico), Panipuan (San Fernando)Trumpet interchange.
Angeles815081Angeles (closed)Angeles, MagalangParclo interchange (1984–2005) demolished. Replaced by a current exit few meters north.
815081AngelesAngeles, MagalangTrumpet interchange. Access to Marquee Mall.
Mabalacat8251Dau toll plaza (demolished)
835283Dau N215 (Dau Access Road) – Dau, MabalacatTrumpet interchange
855385SCTEX E1 – Clark Airport, Tarlac City, Baguio, SubicHalf T/Half Trumpet/Half Y interchange. Route transition from E1 to E1 (spur). Northbound exit and southbound entrance. Future for Trumpet Interchange.
8754Santa Ines toll plaza (electronic toll collection, cash payments. From March 18, 2016.)
885588Santa Ines N213 (Mabalacat—Magalang Road) – Clark Airport, Baguio (via Concepcion), LuisitaTrumpet interchange. Northern end of expressway.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Tabang Spur Road[edit]

The west end of Tabang Spur Road at Guiguinto Exit

The entire route is located in Guiguinto, Bulacan

362236Guiguinto N1 / N2 (MacArthur Highway) – Plaridel, Bulacan, Guiguinto, BalagtasWestern terminus & end of expressway. Continues west as N2 (MacArthur Highway).
3622St. Francis StreetT-Intersection.
3622Shell service station (eastbound only)
3622Tabang toll plaza (electronic toll collection, cash payments. westbound and eastbound)
3421TabeC. Mercado – TabeAccessible to westbound motorists only
322032 E1 / AH26 (NLEX Main) – ManilaEastern terminus.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

NLEX Connect[edit]

The entire route is located in Metro Manila. This route consists of the NLEX Mindanao Avenue Link, NLEX Karuhatan Link, and NLEX Harbor Link (including its C3–R10 segment). 

ValenzuelaMindanao Avenue N128 (Mindanao Avenue)Eastern end of expressway. Link to the future NLEX Segment 8.2.
Mindanao Avenue toll plaza (electronic toll collection, cash payments. westbound only)
Smart Connect Interchange E1 / AH26 (NLEX Main) – Manila, BaguioCloverleaf interchange with collector lanes
ParadaParada, MaysanWestbound exit only
Gen. T. De LeonGen. T. de LeonEastbound exit only
Karuhatan toll plaza (electronic toll collection, cash payments. eastbound only)
Karuhatan N1 (MacArthur Highway) – Karuhatan
MalabonNo major junctions
CaloocanC-3 Road N130 (C-3 Road)Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Caloocan InterchangeNLEX–SLEX Connector RoadUnder construction. Southbound exit only; opened as of February 21, 2020. Shifts west to its C3–R10 Section. Connects with the future NLEX–SLEX Connector Road.
MalabonDagat-Dagatan AvenueCurrent west end of expressway. Westbound exit only. Opened as of February 21, 2020.
NavotasNavotas N120 / AH26 (Radial Road 10) – NavotasWestbound exit and eastbound entrance.
Radial Road 10 toll plaza
Manila North Harbor N120 / AH26 (Radial Road 10) – Manila North HarborWestern terminus. Link to the proposed NLEX–CAVITEX Port Expressway Link or Harbor Link Port Access Mobility Facility.[15][16]
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

NLEX-SLEX Connector Road[edit]

The entire route is located in Metro Manila. It is still under construction.[17] 

CaloocanCaloocan Interchange E5 (NLEX Harbor Link)Northern terminus. Continues north as E5 (NLEX Harbor Link). Also connects with the C3–R10 section of Harbor Link.
C-3 Road N130 (C-3 Road)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
ManilaEspaña toll plaza
España N170 (España Boulevard)
SkywaySouthern terminus. Future connection with Skyway.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Unopened

NLEx Segment 8.2[edit]

The entire route is located in Metro Manila. The construction of this route is still pending. 

ValenzuelaMindanao Avenue N128 (Mindanao Avenue)Western terminus. Continues west as E5 (NLEX Mindanao Avenue Link).
Quezon CityRegalado toll plaza
Congressional/Luzon Avenue N129 (Congressional Avenue, Luzon Avenue)Eastern terminus. Access to N170 (Commonwealth Avenue).
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Unopened

In popular culture[edit]

  • The expressway was featured in the music video to the song "Toll Gate" by the band Hale.
  • It was also featured in the movie Sa North Diversion Road in 2005, based on Tony Perez's stage play of the same name. It was created by Dennis Marasigan.
  • From 6–17 June 2007, On North Diversion Road, the play written by Tony Perez, was performed at The Arts House, Singapore, by young & W!LD, an actor training division of Singapore's W!LD RICE Theatre. [18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tabang Spur Road, Province of Bulacan". Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  2. ^ a b c "Concessions". NLEX Corporation. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  3. ^ a b c Unite, Betheena (2020-02-28). "Harbor Link Segment 10 finally opens". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  4. ^ a b Rey, Aika (2020-02-22). "NLEX Harbor Link Malabon Exit open to motorists". Rappler. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  5. ^ "Work at the NLEX Harbor Link Project has already resumed today. Construction workers have all tested negative of COVID-19 prior to deployment. They will remain on site until the project is completed this June 15". Facebook. May 19, 2020.
  6. ^ Rama, Michelle (2016-02-23). "A history of forgetting". Rappler. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "MNTC | Projects". Manila North Tollways Corporation. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  9. ^ Camus, Miguel R. (2019-10-28). "2nd NLEx-SLEx link set for construction". Inquirer Business. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  10. ^ Mercurio, Richmond (2019-05-14). "NLEX revives plan to extend expressway to Bataan". Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  11. ^ Mercurio, Richmond (2020-02-10). "NLEX pushes P20 billion Phase 3 plan". Retrieved 2020-05-22.
  12. ^ "Toll Table". Manila North Tollways Corporation. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  13. ^ "MNTC to start P2.6-B NLEX road-widening project this month". Manila North Tollways Corporation. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  14. ^ "Proposed canal system with ring road along its banks will serves as a flood mitigation to channel run-off water to the Manila Bay". Facebook. May 23, 2020.
  15. ^ Mercurio, Richmond (2020-03-02). "NLEX keen on Port Expressway Link project". Philstar. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  16. ^ Mercurio, Richmond (2020-02-14). "Construction to start soon on Harbor Link extension". Philstar. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  17. ^ Lopez, Melissa Luz (2019-11-05). "Work begins for NLEX-SLEX Connector road". CNN Philippines. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-02-16. Retrieved 2006-03-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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