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Manila Light Rail Transit System

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Address: Manila, Luzon, Philippines
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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
126Susie
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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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166 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Taguig City, Philippines
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 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 

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1 Thank NomadSakha
Manila, Philippines
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Always packed no matter what time you are going to ride, slow and defective. The fare was raised but the service still sucks. Bad transit system, such a shame for those who run it. If taxes were used for good; It could have been a better transport system. People don't have a choice and still line up on the long... More 

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1 Thank CJDH
Scotland
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Abysmally bad transit system. You can buy a Beep card to go South on route 1 but it doesn't work going North so you have to queue for a paper ticket. For some unknown reason 4 trains go by in the quiet direction for every 1 in the busy direction. You'll be on a heavily crowded platform and an empty... More 

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1 Thank AlDman
Makati, Philippines
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143 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Manila has 2 Light Rail Transit System. The 1st one is a bit old and always jam packed with crowd. The 2nd one is the newest and has a larger space inside. With only P15-30/way, you can save your time traveling to places which may require you to get super traffic if you choose to ride with either taxi/jipney/bus. Beware... More 

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1 Thank JPodung_25
Manila, Philippines
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91 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Not the best way to go around Metro Manila, but faster and cheaper than taking the cab. Schedule is very irregular, but then again this is the Philippines. And since this is the Philippines then you must watch your belongings at all times, especially in crowded places such as the MRT. Female foreigners and non-Manilena Filipinas who are planning to... More 

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1 Thank RawVeganGirl78
Philippines
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171 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I used to take the MRT to Makati but have stopped using it. Not only do we have so many commuters trying to catch the train to their preferred destinations but we also have trains that are so poorly maintained, the train rides are so unreliable. Moreover, due to the crowd, the stations have become the location of choice for... More 

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1 Thank jampack03
Auckland. New Zealand
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I've used a lot of metro rail systems in many different cities and this one is by far the WORST. The trains are frequently late, almost always overcrowded, and stink of feet and other less pleasant odours. And seriously, 1 train every 10 - 15 minutes at rush hour in Manila!? Are you crazy!? There should be a train every... More 

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4 Thank Shteff
Bangkok, Thailand
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1,127 reviews
476 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 651 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Not really a "tourist attraction" but rather a survivor's vehicle for getting around Manila. Far better than the city's clunky taxis, reckless jeepneys, and stalled traffic. Fares are inexpensive and the trains are reasonably fast and clean. They are generally packed with commuters though, and you must carefully guard against pickpockets and bag slashers!

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10 Thank Raintree_Thailand
Tammin, Western Australia, Australia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

My money bag was slashed and they cut my hand in Malate Manila Now i having all tests done as i dont know what was on what ever they used , have been told by a American who visits there regularly, he says they super glue a old type of razor blade to there finger, Ill never go Back there.,... More 

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