One of the Philippine’s major transportation systems is the MRT or the Metro Manila Rail Transit System. It is one of the three rail systems but it is the most utilized because it is located along EDSA.
There are over 900,000 passengers that ride the MRT per day.
Metro Rail Transit Corporation is a private organization that operates the MRT.
A big number of commuters use the MRT everyday. So, it would be helpful if you have ideas about its system, especially if you are a newbie.
Here are things you should know about the MRT:
MRT Train Fare
The price of a single journey MRT ticket depends on your destination and the station where you’ll be coming from. It usually ranges from PHP 13.00 to PHP 28.00
Types of Tickets
The MRT offers different types of tickets for the commuters:
Single Journey Ticket: A single-ride ticket that is only available on the day of the sale.
- Single Journey Discount Ticket: A single-ride ticket for Senior and PWDs. It offers a 20% discount.
- Stored Value Ticket: A many ticket-ride that is valid for three months from the date of sale. It costs PHP100 and comes with a bonus.
- Stored Value Ticket Discount: A many ticket-ride for Senior and PWDs. It is the same with Stored Value Ticket but it is with a 20% discount.
- Beep Card: It is a stored-value smart card that is valid for four years from the date of sale. You can avail it by paying for the initial load. It has no least loan amount but its greatest loan amount is PHP 10,000.00
Note: Beep Cards can also be used in LRTs, BGC Bus, Citylink Coach Services, and P2P buses in the city. It can be loaded in beep loading Kiosks in LRT, MRT Stations, bus stops, and convenience stores.
MRT Train Schedule
Weekdays: There are fifteen trains that run every weekday.
- At the North Avenue Station, the first trip train leaves at 4:59 AM. The last trip leaves at 9:10 PM.
- At the Taft Avenue Station: The first trip is at 5:50 AM and the last trip is at 10:10 PM.
Weekend: There are twelve trains that operate during weekends.
- At the North Avenue Station: The first trip train leaves at 4:59 AM and the last trip is at 9:10 PM.
- At the Taft Avenue Station: The first trip leaves at 5:51 AM and the last trip leaves at 10:01 PM.
MRT Train Specs
MRT Trains can carry about 23,000 passengers per hour per direction. The trains can run at a speed of 65 kilometers per hour. From the first station to the last station it would take about 30 minutes.
MRT Train Stations
Taft Avenue Station
Taft Avenue is located in Pasay. It is the only transfer point for commuters who will be riding the LRT1 to Baclaran or Roosevelt Station. It is also near major provincial buses in the city like the Victory Liner, Five Star, and PhilTranco.
- Ninoy Aquino International Airport
- SM Mall of Asia
- SMX Convention
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Manila Tytana College
Magallanes is the station closest to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). If you are from the south of Metro Manila, you can take the Magallanes station.
- Asia Pacific College
- Assumption College
- Don Bosco Technical Institute
- Colegio San Agustin-Makati
- Alphaland Makati
- San Lorenzo Place
- San Lorenzo Village
- St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish Church
It is the busiest station because it is the closest station to the Makati Central Business District and Bonifacio Global Center. It has a walkway from SM Makati to other parts of Ayala Center.
- SM Makati
- Ayala Triangle Gardens
- The Philippine Stock Exchange
- BPI, Chinabank, RCBC, and Citibank Headquarters
- Makati Shangri-La Hotel
- Manila Peninsula
- The Mind Museum
- American Cemetery
- Asian Institute Management
- Ayala Museum
- Bonifacio Global City
- Makati Medical Center
- Manila Golf Club
It is an underground station. If you are going to Makati CBD, you can drop off at this station.
- Department of Energy
- Department of Trade and Industry
- MMDA Offices
- Makati Avenue
- Jupiter Street
- Century City Mall
- Metrobank and DBP Headquarters
This is one of the major access points in Metro Manila. It is close to the Guadalupe Bridge. You can ride a jeepney, bus or a ferry going to some major landmarks like eastern Makati, Fort Bonifacio, Pateros, and Mandaluyong.
- Rockwell Center
- PowerPlant Mall
- Makati City Hall
- University of Makati
- San Carlos Seminary
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila
- Guadalupe Church
Boni is a well-known drop-off station for commuters because it is near landmarks like the Rizal Technological University and SM Light Residences.
- Robinson’s Forum
- Robinsons Cybergate
- Victor Potenciano Medical Center
- GA Twin Towers
- SM Light Residences
- TV5 Media Center
- Paragon Plaza
- Rizal Technological University
Shaw Boulevard Station
Shaw Boulevard is considered the Central Terminal. It is the only station that has two tracks. It is the drop-off station for commuters who are heading to Ortigas Center and Greenfield District.
- Shangri-La Plaza
- Pavillion Mall
- Starmall Shaw
- Capitol Commons
- San Miguel Corporation
- Department of Education
- The University of Asia and the Pacific
- Lourdes School
- Paul College Pasig
- PhilSports Arena
- Wack Wack Golf and Country Club
- Ynares Sports Arena
Ortigas is the last station in Mandaluyong from the South of Metro Manila. It is near the Ortigas Business District.
- Asian Development Bank
- Robinsons Galleria
- SM Megamall
- SM Podium
- St. Francis Square
- Philippine Stock Exchange
- Meralco Theater
- EDSA Shrine
- The Medical City
- Holiday Inn
- Crowne Plaza
- The Department of Transportation and Communication
Santolan Annapolis Station
The Santolan-Annapolis station is located between Santolan road and Annapolis Street. The station is also near Katipunan and Eastwood. It is a landmark for the Philippine National Police Headquarters.
- Camp Aguinaldo
- Camp Crame
- Armed Forces of the Philippines
- Department of National Defense
- Philippine National Police
- Greenhills Shopping Center
It is the second busiest MRT Station. The station is the transfer point to LRT 2 and a stop for provincial buses from and to the North.
- Araneta Coliseum
- Farmer’s Plaza
- Gateway Mall
- Ali Mall
- Cubao Expo
- Kia Theater
Named after the barangay, this station is near Timog Avenue. It is a well-known entertainment district in Quezon City.
- GMA Network
- Land Transportation Office
- Department of Public Works and Highways
- Philippine Statistics Authority
- Philippine Heart Center
- Quezon Memorial Circle
- National Kidney and Transplant Institute
Quezon Avenue Station
This station is also known as one of the populous stations.
- Philippine Science High School
- The University of the Philippines – Diliman
- ABS-CBN Network
- PAG-ASA Complex
- Office of the Ombudsman
- Court of Tax Appeals
- Lung Center of the Philippines
- Eton Centris
- UP – Ayala Land Technohub
- Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center
- Quezon Memorial Circle
North Avenue Station
This is the last station which links to TriNoma. It is one of the largest malls in Quezon City. It is the drop-off area for people who are residing near Valenzuela and Bulacan.
- SM City North EDSA
- Quezon Memorial Circle
- Veterans Memorial Medical Center
- Department of Agriculture
- Quezon City Science High School
- Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife
- MTRC Office
MRT is the cheapest and fastest way to pass through EDSA. That is the reason why even if it is difficult for individuals due to a large number of daily commuters.
Tips in Riding MRT Trains in Metro Manila
As much as possible, avoid riding the MRT during rush hours. The lines are really long and the trains are unbelievably jammed.
It is better to take the MRT before six in the morning or after the morning rush hour, which is about 9:30 AM.
The rush hour in the afternoon starts at 4:00 PM. You can either ride the MRT before the rush hour or after which is at 9:00 PM.
The most crowded stations are Cubao and Ayala Stations. It would be helpful if you know the location of less crowded stations like GMA – Kamuning, Magallanes, and Ortigas. If possible, you can avoid riding in crowded stations.
Another thing you need to consider when you are inside the train is your location. Find a good one which is not too far from the door. And always make sure that there something that you can hold on to like the handrails.
There is a big possibility of standing while boarding the train, so make sure to keep your balance if there is nothing you can hold on to.
The first two trains are where females, pregnant mothers, children, and senior citizens should enter. If both of the first two wagons are full, you can then go to the remaining wagons. But, you need to be very careful especially if you are a female since you could be with other male passengers.
Wear Light Comfortable Clothing
Make sure to wear light, thin-breathable clothes. This would make you feel comfortable especially when the train gets too jammed with other commuters.
Also bring a handy pouch where you can put your keys, Beep card, cash, and ID, so you won’t have to go through your bag while you are entering the train.
Be Polite and Considerate
Being in a crowded area could be very stressful, but it still maintains politeness and consideration for other commuters who feel the same.
Always follow the rules. Don’t try to cut in the line as it could pose problems with other passengers. Also, try not to push people to avoid hurting them or yours. Let the other passengers get off the train first before going in.
If you commute daily using the MRT, one of the greatest ways to save your time is to buy and use a Beep Card. You won’t have to wait and fall in long lines to buy your tickets every day.
You can also use the Beep card in other transportation like LRT 1, LRT 2, P2P Buses, BGC Buses and more.
Memorize the MRT Stations
Try to memorize the MRT stations especially if you are a daily commuter. This would help you be ready before getting off. You can go near the door when you are near your drop-off station. This could be very helpful for you to avoid missing your station.
Secure your Belongings
The incident of thefts is one thing that could happen anytime while you are in MRT stations. So, always secure your belongings to prevent losing your valuables.
Put your bag in front of you and hold on to it. Also, try to always be alert and careful of the people around you.
Communiting Rules in MRT Trains
1. Eating and drinking are not allowed either in the station or on the train.
2. Smoking is not allowed.
3. Taking photos is not allowed either in the station or on the train.
4. Keep yourself away from the edge of the platform. It could be dangerous because you could get hit by approaching trains or you could fall to the tracks.
5. Do not bring sharp objects like a knife, weapons, inflammable other dangerous materials.
6. Let inspectors check on your bags for safety purposes.
7. Bringing animals to the station is not allowed.
8. People who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are not allowed to board the train.
9. All stations are surrounded by surveillance cameras.
10. You can only bring objects that have the greatest length and height of five feet.
Safety Guidelines When Riding MRT in Manila
Some liquids are not allowed in the MRT stations, so here are some that you can bring inside:
- Drinking water for children
- Baby formula and breastmilk in bottles
- Beverages for PWDs
- Medical and cosmetics
- Life-support and life-sustaining liquids
FACTS ABOUT THE MRT STATIONS
1. All trains are air-conditioned.
2. There are over 900,000 passengers that ride the MRT per day.
3. The pre-recorded voices on the train and stations use two languages which are Tagalog and English.