A Commuter’s Guide To Metro Manila’s MRT-3 Network

A Commuter’s Guide To Metro Manila’s MRT-3 Network

The Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 3, more popularly known as MRT, is the second rapid transit line system built in Metro Manila. It started operations in 2000 and now serves more than 500,000 passengers every day.

The MRT-3 is a 10-mile, 13-station line that appears as blue on the system map. It’s primarily a transportation option for major areas such as crowded Epifanio de los Santos (EDSA) thoroughfare, Quezon City (via Cubao), the central business district of Makati (via Ayala Gateway), Pasig, Mandaluyong, and Pasay.

If getting from point a to point b as quick as you could is what you need, the MRT can do the job, assuming you’re only trying to reach areas within its coverage. However, there is a trade-off, it can get overcrowded so you will need to exercise extra precaution. 

The condition of this railway is much better than as it used to be, thanks to the relentless efforts of the Department of Transportation to rehabilitate and improve the MRT’s efficiency and quality.  Still, it’s always practical to bring some presence of mind with you when you’re up and about in crowded places in Metro Manila. 

Let us help you get around Manila.  We’ll take you on a ride around the Metro with the Metro Railway Transit (MRT) System through this guide!

North Avenue

The North Avenue station is located at the corner of the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and the North Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City.

Nearby establishments
  • SM City North Edsa
  • Quezon Memorial Circle
  • Philam Soccer Field

Quezon Avenue

The second station for trains heading to Taft Avenue, this station is located in one of the busiest thoroughfares of Quezon City.

Nearby establishments
  • Quezon Memorial Circle
  • Triangle Park


The Kamuning station is near Barangay Kamuning in the Scout area of Diliman, QC.

Nearby establishments
  • Timog Avenue
  • GMA Network
  • Land Transportation Office
  • Philippine Statistics Authority

Araneta Center-Cubao

This station is named after the old name of Araenta City, and is the fourth station for those heading to Taft Avenue. It is located in Cubao, Quezon City.

Nearby establishments
  • Gateway Mall
  • Ali Mall
  • Farmers Plaza


The Santolan station is between Annapolis Street and Santolan Road, whose official name is Bonny Serrano Avenue.

Nearby establishments
  • Camp Aguinaldo
  • Camp Crame
  • Greenhills Shopping Center


Located in Mandaluyong, the Ortigas station is the sixth station for trains going to Taft Avenue.

Nearby establishments
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Robinson’s Galleria
  • SM Megamall
  • Meralco
  • Philippine Overseas Employment Administration

Shaw Boulevard

Shaw Boulevard station lies on top of Shaw boulevard, and is considered to be the central terminal of the MRT.

Nearby establishments
  • Shangri-La Plaza
  • Pavilion Mall
  • San Miguel Corporation
  • Department of Education


Boni Station or Boni Avenue Station has several shops and restaurants surrounding it, as well as a public market located across it.

Nearby establishments
  • Forum Robinsons
  • Robinsons Cybergate
  • GA Twin Towers
  • SM Light Residences
  • Paragon Plaza Building


Guadalupe Station is located in Barangay Guadalupe Nuevo in Makati.

Nearby establishments
  • San Carlos Seminary
  • Guadalupe Shopping Center
  • Hotel Sogo [/block[


One of the two underground stations on the MRT, the Buendia station is located near the Buendia flyover and Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati.

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  • Department of Trade and Industry
  • Department of Energy
  • Shell Bel-Air
  • Development Bank of the Philippines


The other underground MRT station, the Ayala station is close to two Ayala-named establishments: the Ayala Center and Ayala Avenue.

Nearby establishments
  • SM Makati
  • Forbes Park
  • Philippine Stock Exchange
  • Holiday Inn and Suites


The Magallanes station is the last station in Makati, before the MRT crosses into Pasay. It serves passengers from various points, including Taguig and Dasmarinas.

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  • South Luzon Expressway
  • Chino Roces Avenue
  • Don Bosco Technical Institute
  • Asia Pacific College


The only MRT station in Pasay, the Taft station is located at the corner of EDSA and Taft Avenue.

Nearby establishments

  • Metropoint Mall
  • Saver’s Square
  • HotelSogo
  • Winston Lodge

Future Extensions

MRT-5. MRT-5 or the Metro Manila Subway is expected to be completed by May 2022, for its first three stations. It will run from Mindanao Avenue in QC to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, with envisioned extensions to Bulacan and Cavite.

MRT-7. MRT-7 broke ground in 2016, and when completed, will service 14 stations – from San Jose del Monte in Bulacan to the Unified Grand Central Station in Quezon City

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