Guide to Every MRT Station |

The Metro Manila Rail Transit System or MRT is one of the main public transportation systems in the Philippines. Though not that dependable (the system experienced over 500 glitches[1] in 2017), millions of Filipinos still ride the train as it allow them to reach major points of Metro Manila, particularly along EDSA.

If you’re an MRT survivor, then you probably know the tricks into getting inside and outside the system even when it’s packed with people. If you’re a rookie, then one of the best ways to survive the MRT is by knowing its major features and landmarks.

Here’s a quick guide to every MRT station to help your daily commute.

Taft Avenue

Taft Avenue is the only MRT station located in Pasay. It is the transfer point for commuters riding the LRT 1 to either Baclaran or Roosevelt station. The station is near many provincial bus lines, including Victory Liner, Five Star, and Philtranco, which travel to Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, and Pampanga, respectively.

Nearby landmarks:


If you are from the south of Metro Manila, Magallanes is probably your bus stop before taking the MRT. It is the station closest to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) as well to other major points of the metro, including Chino Roces Avenue and Dasmarinas Village.

Nearby landmarks:

  • Asia Pacific College
  • Assumption College
  • Don Bosco Technical Institute
  • Colegio San Agustin-Makati
  • Alphaland Makati

Read more: The Filipino Commuter’s Guide to Using Beep Card


Ayala is probably the busiest MRT station. Employees and students regularly descend this station, as it is closest to the Makati Central Business District and Bonifacio Global City. It has an elevated walkway that connects to SM Makati and the rest of Ayala Center.

Nearby landmarks:

  • SM Makati
  • Glorietta
  • Greenbelt
  • Ayala Triangle Gardens
  • The Philippine Stock Exchange
  • BPI, China Bank, RCBC, and Citibank Headquarters
  • Makati Shangri-La Hotel
  • Manila Peninsula

Related reading: P2P Schedules from Provinces to Metro Manila and Back

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Also known as Gil Puyat station, Buendia station is one of the two underground stations (the other being Ayala) of the MRT line. Employees and students headed to Makati CBD can also drop off here.

Nearby landmarks:

  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Trade and Industry
  • MMDA Offices
  • Makati Avenue
  • Jupiter Street
  • Century City Mall
  • Metrobank and DBP Headquarters

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Guadalupe station serves as an access point to many landmarks in Metro Manila. You can board a jeepney, a bus, or even a ferry going to eastern Makati, Fort Bonifacio, Pateros, and Mandaluyong. It is also close to the ever famous (and ever traffic) Guadalupe Bridge.

Nearby landmarks:

  • Rockwell Center
  • PowerPlant Mall
  • Makati City Hall
  • University of Makati
  • San Carlos Seminary
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary
  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila


If you are going to Mandaluyong, specifically in Pioneer, alight on Boni Station. Like Ayala station, Boni is a popular drop-off for students and condominium owners as it is close to Rizal Technological University and SM Light Residences.

Nearby landmarks:

  • Robinson’s Forum
  • Robinson’s Cybergate
  • Victor Potenciano Medical Center
  • GA Twin Towers
  • SM Light Residences
  • TV5 Media Center
  • Paragon Plaza
  • Rizal Technological University

Shaw Boulevard

Like Boni station, Shaw Boulevard station also serves the Mandaluyong area. Considered as a central terminal, it is the only MRT station with two tracks. Commuters headed to Ortigas Center and Greenfield District should drop off this line.

Nearby landmarks:

  • Shangri-La Plaza
  • Pavillion Mall
  • Starmall Shaw
  • Capitol Commons
  • San Miguel Corporation
  • Department of Education
  • University of Asia and the Pacific
  • Lourdes School
  • Paul College Pasig
  • PhilSports Arena
  • Wack Wack Golf and Country Club
  • Ynares Sports Arena

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Ortigas station serves most of the Ortigas Business District. It is the last MRT station in Mandaluyong when coming from the south.

Nearby landmarks:

  • Asian Development Bank
  • Robinson’s Galleria
  • SM Megamall
  • SM Podium
  • Francis Square
  • Philippine Stock Exchange
  • Meralco Theater
  • EDSA Shrine
  • Philippine Stock Exchange
  • The Medical City
  • Holiday Inn
  • Crowne Plaza
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Located between Annapolis Street and Santolan Road (thus the name), the Santolan-Annapolis station is popular as a landmark for the Philippine National Police Headquarters. It is also close to Katipunan and Eastwood City.

Nearby landmarks:

  • Camp Aguinaldo
  • Camp Crame
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines
  • Department of National Defense
  • Philippine National Police
  • Greenhills Shopping Center

Araneta Center-Cubao

Araneta Center-Cubao holds the second place when it comes to the busiest MRT station.  Apart from being a transfer point for commuters taking the LRT-2, the station also serves as a stop for provincial buses coming from the north.

Nearby landmarks:

  • Araneta Coliseum
  • Farmer’s Plaza
  • Gateway Mall
  • Ali Mall
  • Cubao Expo

Read more: A Commuter’s Guide to LRT-1 Stations


Named after Barangay Kamuning, Kamuning station is near Timog Avenue, a well-known entertainment district in Quezon City.

Nearby landmarks:

  • GMA Network
  • Land Transportation Office
  • Department of Public Works and Highways
  • Philippine Statistics Authority
  • Philippine Heart Center
  • Quezon Memorial Circle
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Quezon Avenue

Another populous MRT station is the Quezon Avenue terminal. Employees and students frequent this station as it is closest to the University of the Philippines-Diliman and ABS-CBN.

Nearby landmarks:

  • Philippine Science High School
  • University of the Philippines-Diliman
  • ABS-CBN Network
  • PAG-ASA Complex
  • Office of the Ombudsman
  • Court of Tax Appeals
  • Lung Center of the Philippines
  • Eton Centris
  • UP-Ayala Land Technohub
  • Fairview

North Avenue

North Avenue station is the last station of the MRT. Also called as “North” by regular passengers, the station links to TriNoma, one of the largest malls in Quezon City. Individuals who live near Valenzuela and Bulacan also take this terminal.

Nearby landmarks:

  • TriNoma
  • SM City North Edsa
  • Quezon Memorial Circle
  • Veterans Memorial Medical Center
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Quezon City Science High School
  • Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife

The MRT may be difficult for daily commuters but it remains as the cheapest and fastest way to traverse EDSA. Our hopes are high as the government promises a rehab[2] to improve the public transportation system. Are you a regular passenger of the MRT? What are your thoughts about it? Let us know below.

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