LRT Stations & Fare Guide for 2022

Last Updated – Nov 24, 2021 @ 1:40 pm

If you want to save money and time, traveling by train in Metro Manila is the way to go. The Manila Light Rail Transit System or LRT is one of the most utilized public transportation systems in the country.

Although it’s nowhere near perfect, it’s undeniably a convenient way to get around from one place to another, especially when the roads are congested. If you want to know more about LRT, here’s a handy guide for you.  

What is LRT?

The Manila Light Rail System or LRT is an urban rail transit system that serves Metro Manila. It is considered a light rail system because it initially used light rail vehicles. Currently, it has the characteristics of a rapid transit system such as an exclusive right of way, high passenger number, and many more. 

The LRT is operated by the Light Rail Transit Authority, a government corporation connected with the Department of Transportation or DOTr, as well as the Light Rail Manila Corporation or LRMC. It stretches 33.4 kilometers, and it is mostly elevated. It also consists of two lines.1 

To put things in perspective, the MRT line follows the EDSA route, while LRT follows the Taft Avenue to Rizal Route and Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard to Aurora Boulevard route. LRT is also run by the government, while MRT is not. 


What is LRT Line 1?

LRT Line 1, also known as LRT-1 or Purple Line, is a system line that consists of 20 various stations that run 19.65 kilometers of fully elevated route.

It covers a north-south direction that spans through Baclaran to Roosevelt, Quezon City.


What is LRT Line 2?

LRT Line 2, or LRT-2 or Green Line is previously known as MRT Line 2. This rapid transit line runs in an east-west (from Recto to Marikina-Pasig) direction along Radial Road 6.

This line was built at a later time compared to the TO LRT-1. Because of this, the trains are more spacious and offer other features like barrier-free access. 


LRT Map

The map below shows the stations that both LRT 1 (Yellow line) and LRT 2 (Purple line) are comprised of:

Image via Mapa-metro.com

LRT 1 Stations

Here are the different stations of LRT-1, together with its location and nearby landmarks.

Baclaran

Location: Sto. Niño, Pasay

This is the first station of LRT-1 and it is located in the center of Baclaran Market. This station is one of the busiest in the metro since it is also a transportation hub that serves people getting off buses from Muntinlupa, Paranaque, and Las Pinas.

Nearby establishments:

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

EDSA

Location: San Rafael, Pasay

This station is the main transfer point for people taking the MRT line. It is close to provincial bus lines including Philtranco and Victory Liner so expect a lot of people here.

Nearby establishments:

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

Libertad

Location: Santa Clara, Pasay

Also dubbed as the Arnaiz Station, this is the last LRT-1 station in Pasay City. People going to the US Embassy and Cuneta Astrodome get off this line.

Nearby establishments:

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

Gil Puyat

Location: San Isidro, Pasay

Those going to Makati City head to this station. It is located between Buendia and Taft Avenue. This station is also a major transport hub for people who are going to SM Mall of Asia, Lucena, Laguna, and Batangas.

Nearby establishments:

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

Vito Cruz

Location: Malate, Manila

This station is commonly used by students and staff of La Salle CSB because it is located in front of their campus. It is one of the busiest stations since it serves Malate residents. 

Nearby establishments:

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

Quirino

Location: Malate, Manila

Just like the previous station, Quirino also serves people from the Malate area. This above-ground terminal is also a meeting point for those heading to San Andres Street.

Nearby establishments:

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

Pedro Gil

Location: Ermita, Manila

Also called Herran station, Pedro Gil Station is located at the corner of Pedro Gil St. and Taft Avenue. Therefore, it is common to find employees and students in this station.

Nearby establishments:

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

United Nations

Location: Ermita, Manila

This location is close to the United Nations or UN Avenue, as well as many national landmarks and government offices. This is a popular station for professors and students. 

Nearby establishments:

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

Central Terminal

Location: Ermita, Manila

People who want to visit Old Manila must alight at this station. It is located in Ermita and is close to Manila’s University Belt.

Nearby establishments:

  • Central Post Office
  • Manila City Hall
  • Mehan Garden
  • Metropolitan Theater
  • National Museum of Fine Arts
  • Office of the Ombudsman
  • Department of Labor and Employment
  • Intramuros
  • Manila Cathedral
  • Philippine Veterans Affairs Office
  • SM City Manila
  • Pasig River

Carriedo

Location: Santa Cruz, Manila

For Quiapo church goers or those who love eating out at Escolta, this is a popular station. It is also the only LRT-1 terminal with a canopy roof.

Nearby establishments:

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

Doroteo Jose

Location: Santa Cruz, Manila

Named after local hero Doroteo Jose, this station is located in Sta. Cruz, Manila and it is close to different provincial bus lines that serve Tarlac, Benguet, Pangasinan, Pampanga, and Bataan.

Nearby establishments:

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

Bambang

Location: Santa Cruz, Manila

Those heading to the University of Santo Tomas need to alight this station. It is also close to different private hospitals and other schools.

Nearby establishments:

  • Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center
  • San Lazaro Hospital
  • Teodora Alonzo High School
  • Hope Christian School
  • University of Santo Tomas
  • Metropolitan Medical Center
  • Saint Stephen’s High School

Tayuman

Location: Santa Cruz, Manila

This station is frequented by many people because it is close to Dangwa, a major wholesale flower market in Sampaloc.

Nearby establishments:

  • San Lazaro Hospital
  • Department of Health
  • Dangwa Flower Market
  • Espiritu Santo Church

Blumentritt

Location: Santa Cruz, Manila

This station serves most of Sampaloc, Manila. A lot of taxis and jeepneys stop at this station as well so expect it to be busy during rush hour.

Nearby establishments:

  • Chinese General Hospital
  • Manila North Cemetery
  • SM San Lazaro
  • Blumentritt Flea Market
  • San Roque de Manila Paris

Abad Santos

Location: Tondo, Manila

This station is mostly used by people who are going to Tondo or Caloocan. There are also jeepneys and tricycles below this terminal. 

Nearby establishments:

  • Manila Chinese Cemetery
  • Ospital ng Tondo
  • Joseph School

R. Papa

Location: Tondo, Manila

This is the last LRT-1 Station in Manila and it is commonly used by people going to La Loma Cemetery. 

Nearby establishments:

  • Barrio Obrero Elementary School
  • Marulas Elementary School
  • La Loma Cemetery
  • La Loma Church

5th Avenue

Location: Grace Park, Caloocan

This is the first LRT-1 station in Caloocan City, and it is beside C-3 road or 5th avenue, its namesake, a century-old Taoist temple.

Nearby establishments:

  • Thai To Taoist Temple Pagoda
  • Northern Rizal Yorklin Chinese School
  • Ung Siu Si Buddhist Temple
  • Philippine Cultural College
  • Caloocan City Hall
  • Hernandez Hospital
  • Jade Towers
  • Yorklin Chinese School

Monumento

Location: Grace Park, Caloocan

This station is found in south Caloocan and it is one of the most commonly used stations by people who are going to Quezon City. 

Nearby establishments:

  • Monumento Circle
  • Parco Supermarket
  • Malabon Zoo
  • Victory Central Mall
  • Araneta Square Mall
  • Our Lady of Grace Shrine
  • Caloocan City Public Library
  • Puregold Monumento

Balintawak

Location: Balintawak, Quezon City

This station is one of the latest additions in LRT-1 and it serves people going to and from North Luzon, in Caloocan and Quezon City. 

Nearby establishments:

  • Cry of Balintawak Monument
  • Ayala Mall Cloverleaf
  • The Cloverleaf Estate
  • Joseph the Worker Parish Church
  • Wilcon Builders Depot
  • Balintawak Market
  • EDSA-Cloverleaf Interchange
  • Balintawak Home Depot

Roosevelt

Location: Bago Bantay, Quezon City

This is the last LRT-1 terminal, and it is also known as Munoz Station. Launched only in 2010, this station links to Waltermart North EDSA. 

Nearby establishments:

  • Munoz Market
  • AMA Computer University
  • Iglesia ni Cristo Bago Bantay
  • Congressional Arcade Building
  • STI College Munoz-EDSA
  • S&R Congressional
  • Quezon City General Hospital

Cavite Extensions

This soon-to-open extension will stretch the current LRT-1 to 32.4 km. It will connect the existing line south of the Baclaran Station and continue southward to traverse through Paranaque, Las Pinas, and Bacoor.

The new stack will consist of elevated guideways. Its 8 stations include:

  • Redemptorist
  • MIA
  • Asiaworld
  • Ninoy Aquino
  • Dr. Santos
  • Las Piñas
  • Zapote 
  • Niog

The first five stations will be built during the first phase. It will be partially operational by the first quarter of 2024. Meanwhile, the remaining stations are set to be fully operational by the second quarter of 2027. 


LRT 2 Stations

Here are the different stations of LRT-2.

Recto

Location: Sta. Cruz, Manila

This is the first station of LRT-2. It is connected to LRT-1 via the Doroteo Jose line. 

Nearby establishments:

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

Legarda

Location: San Miguel, Manila

Those who are working around the surrounding vicinity of the Malacanang area, or students of San Beda and Centro Escolar usually get off at this station. 

Nearby establishments:

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

Pureza

Location: Sta. Mesa, Manila

For people heading to Sta. Mesa in Manila, Pureza station is a popular drop-off point.

Nearby establishments:

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

V. Mapa

Location: Sta. Mesa, Manila

This station was named after Chief Justice Victorino Mapa and is a popular drop-off point for students.

Nearby establishments:

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

J. Ruiz

Location: Salapan, San Juan

The fifth LRT-2 station is the preferred drop-off point for people visiting various religious landmarks.

Nearby establishments:

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

Gilmore

Location: New Manila, Quezon City

This LRT-2 station is the access point for employees who work around Greenhills Shopping center. It is also close to GMA Broadway Centrum.

Nearby establishments:

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

Betty Go-Belmonte

Location: Cubao, Quezon City

Named after the wife of former House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, this station is close to different schools so it’s popular among students and professors.

Nearby establishments:

  • Trinity University of Asia
  • Cubao Cathedral

Araneta-Cubao

Location: Cubao, Quezon City

This station is one of the busiest in the Metro because it is near private bus lines going to the province. It is the drop-off choice for people who work or reside in the Araneta Center or those who want to get fresh produce from Farmers Market. This station also links LRT-2 to the MRT line.

Nearby establishments:

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

Anonas

Location: Project 3, Quezon City

The Anonas station is close to St. Joseph Parish, as well as different hospitals and schools. It is also the best drop-off spot for people going to Anonas Avenue and Aurora Boulevard.

Nearby establishments:

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

Katipunan

Location: Loyola Heights, Quezon City

This 10th LRT-2 station is popular among students of the University of the Philippines – Diliman, and Ateneo de Manila.

Nearby establishments:

  • Miriam College
  • Philippine School of Business Administration
  • Ateneo de Manila University
  • University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Camp Atienza

Santolan

Location: Calumpang, Marikina

This station is close to the Marikina Riverbank and SM City Marikina. 

Nearby establishments:

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

Antipolo

Location: Marcos Highway, Antipolo, Rizal

This station was constructed as part of the LRT Line 2 East Extension, a 4 km. extension eastward from the Santolan Station. It finally opened in July 2021. 

Nearby establishments:

  • SM City Masinag 

Marikina-Pasig

Location: San Roque, Marikina

Just like the Antipolo station, this station is also part of the newly-opened LRT Line 2 East Extension.

Nearby establishments:

  • APT Studios
  • Marikina Sports Complex
  • Blue Wave Mall
  • S&R Marikina
  • Sienna Tower Residences
  • Tropicana Garden City
  • Marquinton
  • Robinsons Metro East
  • Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall
  • Ayala Mall Feliz

LRT Fare Matrix

To help you plan for your LRT trip, take a look at the fare matrix for LRT 1 and LRT 2 below. 

LRT 1 Fare Matrix

For Single Journey Fares:

Image via LRMC.ph

For Store Valued Fares:

Image via LRMC.ph

LRT 2 Fare Matrix

For Single Journey Fares & Store Valued Fares:

Image via LRTA.gov.ph

LRT Train Schedule

The schedule of the LRT Lines 1 and 2 is fairly consistent, except when there are unforeseen malfunctions that can cause delays. 

LRT 1 Train Schedule

DayOperating Hours
Monday5:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Tuesday5:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Wednesday5:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Thursday5:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Friday5:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Saturday5:00 AM – 9:10 PM
Sunday5:00 AM – 9:10 PM

On weekdays, the first LRT-1 train from Baclaran station leaves for Roosevelt station at 5:00 am, and the last train following the same route leaves at 9:30 pm. The last train from Roosevelt station leaves at 10:00 pm.

On weekends and holidays, it follows a different schedule. The first train leaves Baclaran station for Roosevelt station at 5:00 am, and the last train leaves Baclaran station at 9:00 pm. Meanwhile, the last train from the Roosevelt station departs at 9:30 pm. 

LRT 2 Train Schedule

DayOperating Hours
Monday5:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Tuesday5:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Wednesday5:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Thursday5:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Friday5:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Saturday5:00 AM – 9:10 PM
Sunday5:00 AM – 9:10 PM

For LRT Line 2’s weekday schedule, the first train leaves Santolan Station and Recto Station leaves at 5:00 am. Meanwhile, the last train from Santolan station departs at 9:30 pm, 30 minutes earlier than the last train from Recto Station which leaves at 10:00 pm.

For weekends and holidays, the LRT Line 2’s first train from Santolan and Recto stations leaves at 5:00 am. The last train from Recto Station leaves at 9:00 pm.  

Sources

  1. LRTA.gov.ph

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