Public transport in Manila

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"Manila Metro" redirects here. For the metropolitan area of the Philippines, see Metro Manila.

Public transport in Metro Manila is provided by light rail, rapid transit, commuter rail, bus, jeepney and taxi.

Rail services[edit]

As of 2008, there are two different rapid transit systems in Metro Manila: the Manila Light Rail Transit System, or the LRTA System, and the Manila Metro Rail Transit System, or the MRTC System. The Yellow Line (LRT-1) and the Purple Line (LRT-2) form the LRTA network, while the Blue Line (MRT-3) forms the MRTC network, with 29 stations on the LRTA and 13 stations on the MRTC . Four more lines are proposed and would connect Metro Manila to the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal upon their completion.

The various lines are being coordinated in the Strong Republic Transit System under the following line names:

Current line name New line name
LRT Line 1 (LRT-1) Yellow Line
LRT Line 2 (LRT-2) Purple Line
MRT Line 3 (MRT-3) Blue Line
PNR Northrail Green Line
PNR Southrail Orange Line

LRTA system[edit]

A third generation Yellow Line train heading to EDSA Station
LRT-2 Train approaching Katipunan Station.
see main article: Manila Light Rail Transit System (Yellow and Purple)
Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 1 (Yellow Line/LRT-1)
Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 2 (Purple Line/LRT-2)

Manila Light Rail Transit System has two lines, the Yellow Line that runs along the length of Taft Avenue (R-2) and Rizal Avenue (R-9), and the Purple Line that runs along Ramon Magsaysay Blvd (R-6) from Santa Cruz, through Quezon City, up to Santolan in Marikina City and Pasig City.

MRTC system[edit]

MRT-3 Train approaching Ayala Station.
see main article: Manila Metro Rail Transit System (Blue Line/MRT-3)

The Manila Metro Rail Transit System has a single line, MRT-3 or the Blue Line.

Commuter rail[edit]

Philippine National Railways operates two main-line railway lines within Metro Manila, all part of the once-flourishing Luzon railway system. The northern line, known as Northrail and connecting Manila to Caloocan City, is currently closed. Line extensions are proposed to Valenzuela City and further on to Bulacan and Pampanga. The trans-Metro Manila portion of the still-open southern line, known as Southrail, commences at Tutuban station in Tondo, Manila, passes through the cities of Manila, Makati, Taguig, Parañaque and Las Piñas, and ends in Barangay Buli, Muntinlupa City, before entering the province of Laguna.

PNR commuter services connect Vito Cruz, Herran (Pedro Gil), Pandacan, Sta. Mesa, España, Laong Laan, Blumentritt and Tutuban.

The Commex and Metrotren services serve as the backbone of Metro Manila's regional rail services, serving Metro Manila's various train stations, as well as areas as far south as Calamba City in Laguna. Trains have various frequencies and can be seen (and heard) running throughout the day. Blue and orange-painted General Electric locomotives attached with Commex or Metrotren cars of the same colors can be seen especially by those driving on the South Luzon Expressway. Some of these trains have a white band with "NORTHRAIL" written on the bottom, which indicates that it is a northbound rail service, rather than the more common southbound rail service.


Manila has many metrobus companies such as Erjohn & Almark, Baclaran Metro Link and AC Trans. These use Japanese buses (especially Isuzu or Nissan Diesel) converted to Left-hand drive. As such, the rear and emergency doors are swapped.


A Jeepney in Manila.
see main article: Jeepney

Manila's distinctive local style of shared taxi.