How to Commute in and Out of Metro Manila

Metro Manila Skyline

Metro Manila is a big area with millions of people weaving in and out of its cities every day. While not everyone is from the metropolis, the majority of offices and workplaces are located in central business districts such as Alabang, Makati, and Ortigas.

If you’re planning to live on the outskirts of Metro Manila, you can find useful information on reliable resources, such as Living in these areas takes you away from the congestion and pollution, but still gives you easy access to workplaces and universities.

There are several modes of transportation to help you with the daily commute. Here are a few of them:

The LRT/MRT Systems

While there is much controversy and negative publicity about the country’s rail system, LRT lines 1 and 2 remain consistent and reliable. The LRT Line 1 stretches from Baclaran to Monumento while Line 2 runs from Santolan C.M. Recto. This is the favored mode of transportation of students since it runs through the University Belt and is faster than taking the jeepney or bus.

Stored value cards have already been replaced by Beep cards, which you only need to tap in order to get through. So if you’re a regular passenger, it’s advisable to load your Beep card with the amount you’ll be spending for the week or month.

Passengers can cross the two LRT lines in the Manila area. Additional LRT lines are also being constructed to complete the planned train loop for Mega Manila. The MRT trains, on the other hand, run from Taft Avenue in Pasay City to North Avenue in Quezon City. This train system was a big help to commuters during the years that it functioned well.

UV Express

Called the poor man’s cab, the UV Express vans or shuttles have become the preferred modes of transport in the city because of one main feature: air conditioning. The fare ranges from P35 to P75, depending on the distance traveled and if the vehicle needs to pay toll fees. What’s convenient about these vans is they have specific routes and their terminals can be found in malls, near business establishments, and schools.

To get to their destination early, commuters need to exert extra effort to get up early and be at the train station or UV express terminals as early as possible. You’ll also need to bring a lot of patience, too, because Metro Manila traffic can be very unpredictable.