How to Commute Through LRT: An Ultimate Guide to Manila’s LRT 1 & 2 Stations


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A lot of commuters prefer riding the LRT than getting on buses and jeeps. Together, both LRT 1 and LRT 2 Line Systems serve as many as 700,000 commuters every day. 

First time using the LRT? Looking for the nearest LRT station that will get you to your destination? Don’t fret.

Through this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to commute through Manila’s LRT with ease, whether you’re traveling via LRT 1 or LRT 2 stations.

Related: How to Commute Through MRT: An Ultimate Guide to Manila’s MRT Stations

 

LRT vs. MRT: What’s the Difference?

Manila Light Rail Transit System (LRT) and Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT) are both rail systems in the cities within Metro Manila. The only two differences between them are the routes that they follow and the companies that manage them.

LRT 1 & LRT 2 stations follow two routes: the Taft Avenue to Rizal Avenue route and the Ramon Magsaysay Blvd to Aurora Blvd route. MRT stations mainly follow the EDSA route.

While the LRT is run by the government, the MRT is currently managed by private companies.

The LRT is currently run by the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) which is associated with the Light Rail Manila Corporation and the Department of Transportation (DOTr). The MRT, on the other hand, is operated by the Metro Rail Transit Corporation (MRTC) which is a private organization composed of seven Filipino—owned companies, namely: Allante Realty and Development Inc, Anglo-Philippine Holdings Corporation, Ayala Land Inc, DBH Inc, Fil-Estate Management Inc, Greenfield Development Corporation of Unilab, and Fil-Estate Management Inc. 

 

LRT-1 and LRT-2: An Overview.

Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 1 (LRT 1) is the first metro line in the Philippines. It officially started its operations back in 1984. Meanwhile, the Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 2 (LRT 2) opened in 2003.

The LRT Line 1 is also called the Green Line while the LRT Line 2 is also known as the Purple Line.

The LRT 1 or the Green Line system services the Taft Avenue to Rizal Avenue route while the LRT 2 or the Purple Line system services the Ramon Magsaysay Blvd to Aurora Blvd route.

The LRT Line 2 was built much later than LRT Line 1 so the trains are more spacious and have other features like barrier-free access.

Related: HistoRiles: The Fascinating Origins of Popular LRT 2 Stations

 

LRT Fares, Schedules, and Other Things You Should Know.

lrt 1 and lrt 2 stations in manila philippines

1. Fares.

For the LRT Line 1 System, the regular fare ranges from Php 15 to Php 30 while the stored value fare ranges from Php 11 Php 29.

lrt 1 regular fare
Source: lrta.gov.ph
lrt 1 stored value fare
Source: lrta.gov.ph

 

For the LRT Line 2 System, the regular fare ranges from Php 15 to Php 25 while the stored value fare ranges from Php 11 to Php 24.

lrt 2 regular fare
Source: lrta.gov.ph
lrt 2 stored value fare
Source: lrta.gov.ph

 

2. Tickets and Cards.

There are two types of LRT tickets that passengers can purchase:

  • Single Journey Ticket (For Line 1 use only) – This type of ticket can only be used for the LRT 1 station where you intend to go and is only valid within the day it was bought. It is sold for Php 15, Php 20, and Php 30.
  • Single Journey Ticket (For Line 2 use only) – This type of ticket can only be used for the LRT 2 station where you intend to go and is only valid for one day. It is sold for Php 15, Php 20, and Php 25.

Passengers also have the option to buy Beep cards. Having a Beep card reduces the LRT travel time since you won’t have to wait in line to purchase single journey tickets.

It‘s a stored-value smart card which has a 4-year validity from the date of purchase. No need to fill out any forms to get one. All you have to do is pay for the initial load of the card and you can start using it right away for your next LRT ride.

It doesn’t have a minimum load amount but the set maximum load amount is P10,000.

The Beep card can also be used for other modes of transportation like the MRT, BGC Bus, Citylink Coach Services, and the majority of P2P buses in the city.

You can load your Beep card by going to Coins.ph or through beep loading kiosks located in all MRT, LRT1, and LRT2 stations. The kiosks are also located in some bus stops and convenience stores.

On the other hand, there are Beep Concessionary Cards available for students, the elderly, and persons with disability (PWDs). The cards entitle holders to their fare discount.

 

3. Schedule.

For the LRT Line 1 System’s weekday schedule, the first train from the Baclaran Station bound for Roosevelt Station leaves at 5:00 AM. The last train from the Baclaran Station leaves at 9:30 PM while the last train from the Roosevelt Station leaves at 10:00 PM.

For the LRT Line 1 System’s weekend and holiday schedule, the first train from the Baclaran Station bound for Roosevelt Station leaves at 5:00 AM. The last train from the Baclaran Station leaves at 9:00 PM while the last train from the Roosevelt Station leaves at 9:30 PM.

For the LRT Line 2 System’s weekday schedule, the first trains from the Santolan Station and the Recto Station both leave at 5:00 AM. The last train from the Santolan Station leaves at 9:30 PM while the last train from the Recto Station leaves at 10:00 PM.

For the LRT Line 2 System’s weekend and holiday schedule, the first trains from the Santolan Station and the Recto Station both leave at 5:00 AM. The last train from the Recto Station leaves at 9:00 PM.

 

4. Routes.

LRT-1.

The LRT Line 1 System has 20 stations. It starts with Baclaran Station and ends with Roosevelt Station.

Here’s the complete route: Baclaran, EDSA, Libertad, Gil Puyat, Vito Cruz, Quirino Avenue, Pedro Gil, United Nations, Central Terminal, Carriedo, Doroteo Jose, Bambang, Tayuman, Blumentritt, Abad Santos, R. Papa, 5th Avenue, Monumento, Balintawak, and Roosevelt.

 

LRT-2.

The LRT Line 2 System has 11 stations. It starts with Recto Station and ends with Santolan Station.

Here’s the complete route: Recto, Legarda, Pureza, V. Mapa, J. Ruiz, Gilmore, Betty Go-Belmonte, Araneta Center Cubao, Anonas, Katipunan, and Santolan.

 

5. Train Specifications.

The maximum speed of LRT 1 and LRT 2 trains is 80 kilometers per hour.

LRT 1 Line has a 19.65 km service route. On the other hand, LRT 2 Line has a 13.8 km service route with its trains measuring 92.6 meters long. 

 

6. Safety Guidelines and Prohibitions.

It must be noted that eating, drinking, and smoking are not allowed inside the trains, stations, and terminals. Passengers are also not allowed to bring pets inside the trains.

The picture below summarizes other items that are prohibited in both LRT lines:

prohibited items in lrt
Photo Credit: Lrta Dotc Line II Official Facebook Page

 

The Complete List of LRT-1 Stations (with Landmarks and Nearby Establishments).

1. Baclaran.

Location: Sto. Niño, Pasay.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Baclaran Church
  • Coastal Mall
  • JB Line Bicol Express
  • LRTA Office
  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport
  • Our Mother of Perpetual Help
  • South Metroland Terminal
  • Terminal 2 Shopping Center 

 

2. EDSA.

Location: San Rafael, Pasay.

Must-know: This station links the LRT line to the MRT line.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Heritage Hotel
  • Macapagal Avenue
  • Mall of Asia Arena
  • Metropoint Mall
  • Pasay Rotonda
  • Philtranco Terminal
  • San Juan de Dios Hospital
  • Saulog and Aladdin Bus Terminal
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • SM Saver’s
  • SMX Convention Center

 

3. Libertad.

Location: Santa Clara, Pasay.

Must-know: This station is the nearest link to Pasay Roads and Ayala Malls.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Aglipayan Church
  • Cuneta Astrodome
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Holy Trinity Church
  • Libertad Market
  • Pasay City Hall
  • Philippine School for the Deaf
  • Pure Gold
  • Rizal Funeral
  • Spring Cinema
  • St. Mary’s Academy
  • Sta. Clara Parish

 

4. Gil Puyat.

Location: San Isidro, Pasay.

Must-know: This station is near MRT Buendia Station and Buendia PNR Station

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Cartimar
  • EGI Mall
  • Manila Adventist Medical Center
  • Pasay City Academy
  • Philippine Law School
  • Senate Building
  • Star City
  • World Trade Center 

 

5. Vito Cruz.

Location: Malate, Manila.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Arellano University
  • Bangko Sentral
  • CCP
  • De La Salle University
  • De La Salle – College of St. Benilde
  • Harrison Plaza
  • Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
  • St. Scholastica’s College
  • University Mall

 

6. Quirino Avenue.

Location: Malate, Manila

Must-know: This station is near the Paco PNR Station.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Adriatico Street
  • Malate Church
  • Manila Zoo
  • Ospital ng Maynila
  • Paco Park
  • Remedios Circle

 

7. Pedro Gil

Location: Ermita, Manila.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Nakpil Street
  • Philippine General Hospital
  • Robinsons Place Manila
  • University of the Philippines Manila

Related: Who is Pedro Gil of LRT-Pedro Gil Station?

 

8. United Nations.

Location: Ermita, Manila.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Adamson Univesity
  • Department of Tourism
  • Emilio Aguinaldo College
  • Manila Doctors Hospital
  • Manila Ocean Park
  • Manila Science High School
  • Medical Center Manila
  • National Museum of Anthropology
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Bureau of Investigation
  • National Library
  • Pearl Manila Hotel
  • Quirino Grandstand
  • Rizal Park
  • Supreme Court
  • Times Square Shopping Mall
  • World Health Organization
  • YWCA of Manila 

 

9. Central Terminal.

Location: Ermita, Manila.

Must-know: This station is the closest link to the University Belt.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

 

10. Carriedo.

Location: Santa Cruz, Manila.

Must-know: This station connects to the Pasig River Ferry Line via the Escolta Station.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Binondo Church
  • China Town
  • Escolta Street
  • Golden Mosque
  • Liwasang Bonifacio
  • Manila Mini-Forest Park
  • Plaza Lacson
  • Plaza Miranda
  • Quiapo Church
  • Santa Cruz Church  

 

11. Doroteo Jose.

Location: Santa Cruz, Manila.

Must-know: This station connects to the LRT-2 line through the Recto Station.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital
  • Far Eastern University
  • Isetann Cinerama Recto
  • Isetann Shopping Center
  • Manila City Jail
  • Saint Stephen’s Parish 

 

12. Bambang.

Location: Santa Cruz, Manila.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center
  • Metropolitan Medical Center
  • San Lazaro Hospital

 

13. Tayuman.

Location: Santa Cruz, Manila.

Must-know: This station is the closest station to the University of Sto. Tomas (UST).

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Department of Health
  • SM City San Lazaro
  • The University of Santo Tomas (UST)

 

14. Blumentritt.

Location: Santa Cruz, Manila.

Must-know: This station connects to the Blumentritt PNR Station.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Chinese General Hospital
  • North Cemetery

 

15. Abad Santos.

Location: Tondo, Manila.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Chinese Cemetery

 

16. R. Papa.

Location: Tondo, Manila.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • St. Pancratius Parish

 

17. 5th Avenue.

Location: Grace Park, Caloocan.

Must-know: This station can be found along the C-3 Road.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Caloocan City Hall
  • Hernandez Hospital
  • Jade Towers
  • La Loma Cemetery
  • Taoist Temple
  • Yorklin Chinese School

 

18. Monumento.

Location: Grace Park, Caloocan.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Bonifacio Monument
  • Caloocan Cathedral
  • Ever Gotesco
  • Grace Park
  • Manila Central University
  • Monumento Circle
  • Uniwide
  • University of the East Caloocan

 

19. Balintawak.

Location: Balintawak, Quezon City.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Ayala Malls Cloverleaf
  • Balintawak Interchange
  • North Luzon Expressway
  • Puregold Balintawak

 

20. Roosevelt.

Location: Bago Bantay, Quezon City.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • INC Muñoz Church
  • Muñoz Market
  • Quezon City General Hospital
  • Walter Mart Muñoz
map of mrt, lrt 1, and lrt 2 train stations
Map showing the interconnected train stations of MRT (yellow), LRT-1 (green), and LRT-2 (blue).

The Complete List of LRT-2 Stations (with Landmarks and Nearby Establishments).

1. Recto.

Location: Sta. Cruz, Manila

Must-know: This station connects to the LRT 1 Yellow Line through the Doroteo Jose Station.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Central Market
  • Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital
  • Far Eastern University
  • Isetann Cinerama Recto
  • Manila Grand Opera
  • Saint Stephen’s Parish

 

2. Legarda.

Location: San Miguel, Manila.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Centro Escolar University
  • La Consolacion College
  • Malacañan Palace
  • National Teachers College
  • National University
  • Sampaloc Public Market
  • San Beda College
  • San Miguel Church
  • San Sebastian Church
  • Technological Institute of the Philippines
  • University of Santo Tomas
  • University of the East

 

3. Pureza.

Location: Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • De Ocampo Memorial College
  • Mabini Shrine
  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • Puregold
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • SM Sta. Mesa

 

4. V. Mapa.

Location: Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Arlington Memorial Chapels
  • Central Colleges of the Philippines
  • SM City Santa Mesa
  • SM Mezza Residences
  • UE Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center

 

5. J. Ruiz.

Location: Salapan, San Juan.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Filoil Flying V Arena
  • Pinaglabanan Shrine
  • Regina Shipping Lines (RSL) Bus Transport
  • Santuario del Santo Cristo
  • Tabernacle of Faith Academy

 

6. Gilmore.

Location: New Manila, Quezon City.

Must-know: This station serves as the central station of the LRT 2 Purple Line.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Carmelite Missionary Sisters
  • GMA Broadway Centrum
  • Greenhills Shopping Center
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
  • Robinsons Magnolia
  • St. Joseph’s College
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • St. Paul University – QC

 

7. Betty Go-Belmonte.

Location: Cubao, Quezon City.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Cubao Cathedral
  • Trinity University of Asia

 

8. Araneta Center-Cubao.

Location: Cubao, Quezon City.

Must-know: This station links the LRT 2 Purple Line to the MRT Line.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Ali Mall
  • Gateway Mall
  • Farmers Plaza
  • Smart Araneta Coliseum

 

9. Anonas.

Location: Project 3, Quezon City.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • Ansons Supermart
  • Hi-Top Supermart
  • St. Joseph Parish and Catholic School
  • Technological Institute of the Philippines Quezon City
  • World Citi Medical Center 

 

10. Katipunan.

Location: Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

Related: 10 Little-Known Facts About The Katipunan

 

11. Santolan.

Location: Calumpang, Marikina.

Nearby Establishments & Other Landmarks:

  • LRTA Office
  • MetroEast Mall
  • Riverbanks Center
  • SM City Marikina

 

Tips and Warnings.

1. Pack your essentials.

Make sure to bring all the things that can help you be a little bit more comfortable during your commute.

These are some of the best things to prepare before leaving the house:

  • A portable electric fan to cool you off when the heat’s too much
  • An umbrella just in case it rains
  • A face towel to keep yourself fresh and dry
  • A wireless headset so you can listen to music without worrying about messing up your cords
  • An extra shirt so you’ll be able to change if the weather’s too hot

 

2. Make sure to wear something comfortable.

If you’re riding a type of public transportation like the LRT on a daily basis, it’s important to prioritize comfort over everything else. Make sure to wear a comfortable and breezy shirt during your daily commute. Always buy clothes made with breathable material so you’ll stay cool and fresh even if it’s scorching hot.

 

3. Get yourself a cute and trusty pouch for the commute.

The pouch should have enough space for you to store your Beep card, ID, spare change, and keys. This way, it will be easier for you to find your coins and card when you’re about to board the train. It saves a lot of time and effort during the commute.

 

4. Be respectful and considerate to the people around you.

Don’t leave your manners at home. Make sure to follow all the rules and don’t try get ahead of everyone. Wait for your turn because it will definitely come.

Don’t shove and push people while trying to get into trains. Don’t be rude to other passengers because they just want to get to their destination like you. While inside the train, make some space for the other passengers if you can.

 

5. Avoid riding the LRT during rush hour.

Riding the LRT during rush hour is definitely an experience that you won’t easily forget. Passengers completely fill out the trains like sardines in a can and the lines to the ticket booths and security check are unbelievably long.

Luckily for you, you can avoid the rush hour if you take the trips before 6 AM or after 9:30 AM. In the afternoon, it’s best to ride the LRT at around 4-5 PM and if you won’t make it, just wait it out and take the trips after 8:30 PM.

 

6. Get yourself a Beep card.

Getting a Beep card is definitely a smart choice. It will save you a lot of time during commute because you won’t have to wait in line just to buy single journey tickets.

The card can be used for a lot of other things too. You can also use them to ride the MRT, BGC Bus, P2P Buses, and a lot more.

 

7. Think about your location.

There are LRT stations that are less crowded when compared to other stations. Take the time to research and find out which stations are less of a hassle to ride the LRT from. This piece of information is important, especially for stations that are close to each other.

Once you’re inside the train, you also have to look for the best spot. It should not be too far from the door so you wouldn’t have a hard time getting off at your destination. However, it shouldn’t be too close to the door because you might get pushed a lot. If possible, look for a spot where you have something to hold on to.

 

8. Protect your belongings.

Always make sure to keep your valuables safe and secure. Thieves take advantage of crowded places since they can easily steal things without getting noticed.

The best way to avoid these incidents is to tightly hold your bag, make sure that the zippers face your body, and be alert all the time. There are hidden pouches that you can buy to secure important stuff like money, cash cards, IDs, and Beep card inside your clothing.

 

9. Memorize all LRT 1 and LRT 2 stations.

If you’ll be riding the LRT on a daily basis, memorizing all the stations can be a lifesaver. You wouldn’t miss getting off at your destination if you know when you’re getting near your stop. Maps and signs are available but it’s not guaranteed that you’ll have the chance to take a look at them during the trip.

 

Frequently Asked Questions.

1. Is it more affordable, faster, and more convenient to ride the LRT regularly than the other modes of transportation?

Riding the LRT is definitely more affordable than riding buses, jeeps, and Grabcar.

A trip from Baclaran all the way to Roosevelt only costs Php 30. On the other hand, a trip from Recto to Santolan only costs Php 25.

Riding the LRT is also significantly faster than riding other modes of transportation since it won’t get affected by the heavy traffic in Metro Manila.

When it comes to convenience, the LRT may not be the best choice since you have to wait in line to get a ticket, then fall in line to go through the security check, and fall in line again as you wait for the trains to arrive.

 

2. Do LRT trains leave on time?

Trains generally leave on time. However, due to unforeseen circumstances like malfunctioning trains and the lack of available ones, the trips are sometimes delayed.

 

3. Are small kids allowed to ride the LRT?

Yes, small children are allowed to ride the LRT. Parents or guardians are advised to keep an eye on them to ensure their safety and to prevent accidents.

 

4. How safe is this mode of transportation?

LRT trains are safe, especially the LRT Line 2 trains since they were built recently and with modern designs and features.

 

5. Is it PWD-friendly?

Yes, the LRT trains are PWD-friendly, especially the LRT Line 2.

The LRT 2 terminals have elevators which are engraved in Braille for the visually-impaired. The platform levels and station concourses are installed with pathfinding tactile to serve as a guide for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

 

 

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