Taking the Public Transportation in Manila

3 01 2015

I took a cab from the airport to my hotel upon arriving in Manila, Philippines, and found that it was very cheap, about US$3.50 for the half-an-hour-or-so journey + toll of 45 cents.  Taxis are metered and air conditioned so I would say it’s the easiest way to travel in the city especially because the public transportation system is not that advanced although it exists.

However, I do like trying out what the locals take when visiting a foreign city although I would be reluctant to take certain types of buses or in the case of the Philippines, jeepneys.  But the train seemed OK in Manila so off I went.

The first obstacle in finding the station.  It's very difficult to cross the street in Manila.  You have to go underground or on an overpass and involves some figuring out.  It took me a while to get out of this intersection and find my way.

The first obstacle in finding the station. It’s very difficult to cross the street in Manila. You have to go underground or on an overpass and it involves some figuring out. It took me a while to get out of this intersection and find my way.

Tickets must be bought from the ticket booth.  No vending machine.  Moves surprisingly quickly though.

Tickets must be bought from the ticket booth. No vending machines. Moves surprisingly quickly though.

Security everywhere supposedly creating a safe environment.  Note the priority lane for senior citizens and "obviously pregnant women".

Security everywhere supposedly creating a safe environment. Note the priority lane for senior citizens and those “obviously pregnant”.

The view from the station where I was transferring.

The view from the Taft Avenue Station platform on MRT Line 3 where I was transferring to LRT-1 at EDSA Station.

Going through a shopping mall to get to the other line.

Going through a shopping mall to get to the other line.

Inside the train.  Not too busy.

Inside the train. Not too busy.

The station for Intramuros, the old walled city.

The station for Intramuros, the old walled city.

A first aid cupboard on the platform at Central.

A first aid cupboard on the platform at Central.

LRT 1

LRT 1

At the Taft Avenue Station on MRT Line 3.  Senior citizens, people with small children, and women get priority in the first car at this originating station.

At the Taft Avenue Station on MRT Line 3. Senior citizens, people with small children, and women get priority in the first car at this originating station.

On the platform at Taft Avenue, the rope divides the passengers getting off and on the train.

On the platform at Taft Avenue, the rope divides the passengers getting off and on the train.

"Jeepneys" near Central.

“Jeepneys” near Central.

Manila Light Rail Transit System

Manila Metro Rail Transit System

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