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Manila Light Rail Transit System

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Address: Manila, Luzon, Philippines

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Fast, efficient and packed

This is probably the fastest way to travel through Manila, however, the trains are packed. I found that I was squashed in the centre of one carriage. It became apparent that If I... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 February 2017
Stephen S
Gloucester, United Kingdom

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San Diego, California
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67 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I finally took the MRT for the first time from Shaw Blvd Station to Ayala Avenue (4th stop). Fortunately for us, there was an elevator and escalators in these stations and we only took the stairs once. We came from Shang Plaza and it was directly connected to the station. The SM Mall in Makati was our... More 

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Beijing, China
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107 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

After a 45 min cab ride from Makati to Mega Mall my husband and I decided to take the subway back to the hotel. The stairway up to the station was steep. We didn't see any escalator or elevator. I'm not sure how the elderly or people with disabilities cope. Our child is still in a stroller so that would... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is probably the fastest way to travel through Manila, however, the trains are packed. I found that I was squashed in the centre of one carriage. It became apparent that If I didn't make moves towards the door, when I came to my stop I would be able to get off. I do like how the station platforms are... More 

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Brampton, Canada
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832 reviews
297 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 512 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

This is just my second time to ride the MRT. Its the best way to travel from different parts of the huge Metro Manila area without encountering traffic. However it needs a lot of improvement . These are just some of the problems they have to solve: 1) No working escalators or elevators in most stations that can be used... More 

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Crown Point, Indiana
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427 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

I could be wrong, but Carriedo is probably one of the biggest MRT stations, and probably the busiest considering its location in Manila. This station is practically one of the biggest hubs for commuters in the Metro. It’s a bit of a troublesome spot to be in during rush hours. Getting on a train will get you to your destination... More 

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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

As a commuter who rides the metro light rail trains almost everyday, I can say that the MRT-3 is indeed the worst among the three light rail systems in the National Capital Region. MRT-3 (Route: North Avenue to Taft Avenue) This is probably the most crowded during the peak hours. With its small train cars, short trains and long waiting... More 

3 Thank Jayne A
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

This is the worst train ive seen. So disgusting. Extremely long queue and trains arrive once in 15 minutes. So overcrowded and people are squeezed inside. This is trash compared to SG and KL subways.

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Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

As a big fan of public transportation systems, I always excited to check a new one out. In addition, subways or trains make sightseeing convenient and easy. Places like Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur can attest to this. Manila's light rail is woefully slow, dirty, sometimes dangerous and too small a network to be effective. The stations and cars reminded... More 

1 Thank aview2akill
Manila, Manila, Philippines
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177 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

I take the LRT going home everyday. It's supposed to be fast efficient and reliable except when there are "technical problems" aka malfunctions of the train which prevent its smooth operation. This happens quite regularly so anyone riding it can't totally rely on it. Some trains are old and some air conditioners are not functioning ,too. In 2015, the Management... More 

1 Thank 126Susie
Taguig City, Philippines
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31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

Crowded even at 5 am on weekends. Not efficient, poorly managed. You need to wait for 20-30 minutes on a platform. Overcrowded, so you need to wait for the second or third train to get in. On rush hours they have lines like 1 km long, starting from far far away from an entrance. Think twice before your ride. It's... More 

2 Thank NomadSakha

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