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Manila Light Rail Transit System

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

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Makati, Philippines
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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 

Thank AlDman
Makati, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 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 

Thank JPodung_25
Manila, Philippines
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91 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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 

Thank RawVeganGirl78
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162 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 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 

Thank jampack03
Auckland. New Zealand
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25 reviews
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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 

4 Thank Shteff
Bangkok, Thailand
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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!

9 Thank Raintree_Thailand
Tammin, Western Australia, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Oh...Manila, manila, always and forever overcrowded, full of people...what to mentioned the LRT? I stayed at Kambayan Hotel, near EDSA Pasay. Every time I looked out from my hotel window I can see long queue and endless human-line to the station..I wouldn't dare to try at first but I told myself why shouldn't I? So I did.. I follow the... More 

7 Thank Jimmy_L421
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I sometimes appear tobe the only white guy riding on the MRT / LRT as i make my way around manila. From early morning to late evening iyou are packed like sardines in a tin. Always overcrowded and sometimes claustraphobic. There are many stories of pick pockets or of being robbed, but I have not experienced anything like that. But... More 

2 Thank saf7670
Manila, Philippines
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

LRT1: It' s been there since I was a child & it' s been safe for me so far-thank God!! I still prefer to ride on it whenever I would go North or East from my place because it s faster/ wise travel expense & safer. It s crowded, true, but it is far best than riding on jeepneys if... More 

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