FREE PASIG RIVER FERRY: Stations, routine & other things You requirement to understand

2019 • 12 • 13

The Metro Manila advancement Authority (MMDA) has brought the Pasig River Ferry service back in operation, offering an alternate to those traveling in Manila, Mandaluyong, Makati, as well as Pasig City.

This relaunch is one of the efforts to simplicity the worsening web traffic in the funding region. The service spans a distance of over 26 kilometers as well as utilizes seven ferry boats, two of which can bring as much as 57 passengers while others are much smaller.

Here’s more great news: Ferry rides are free up until January 31, 2020!

Because we got as well excited, we decided to provide it a try! Here’s what we found!

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Ferry Terminals
Our Experience
Important Reminders
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Ferry Terminals

There are 11 terminals: five of them are in Manila, one in Mandaluyong, two in Makati, as well as three in Pasig. Ferry stations have CCTV cameras, restrooms, as well as free wi-fi.

Escolta, Manila

Lawton, Manila

PUP (Sta. Mesa), Manila

Sta Ana, Manila

Lambingan, Manila

Hulo, Mandaluyong

Valenzuela, Makati

Guadalupe, Makati

Maybunga, Pasig

San Joaquin, Pasig

Pinagbuhatan, Pasig

Not all ferries straddle the entire length of the service. most terminate at Guadalupe Station, splitting the system into two legs: Escolta to Guadalupe as well as Guadalupe to Pinagbuhatan.

This means that if you’re coming from any type of station between Escolta (Manila) as well as Valenzuela (Makati) as well as your destination is in Pasig, there is a possibility that you will requirement to alight at Guadalupe station as well as transfer to one more boat.

According to news reports, three more stations are set to be developed in Manila, Makati, as well as Pasig.


The Pasig River Ferry service operates Monday to Saturday, daytime only. These are the timetables released by MMDA. tap on the picture to enlarge.


From now up until 31 January 2020, the service is totally free OF CHARGE.

The complying with is the fare matrix displayed at the Escolta as well as Guadalupe Stations. however according to the personnel we talked to, this may still change. Anyway, let us share this table with you.

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Students, senior citizens as well as PWDs are entitled to a 20% discount. Don’t fail to remember to bring an ID to prove you autumn under any type of of these classifications to avail of it.

Our Experience

We tried the Pasig River ferry within the very first week of its relaunch just to inspect it out. We boarded at Escolta as well as our goal was to reach Pinagbuhatan in Pasig. According to the personnel we talked to, however, the Pasig leg was closed for the day (only for that day), so we decided to end our trip at Guadalupe Station.

The boat left Escolta station at 11:45am as well as shown up at Guadalupe station at 12:30pm. That’s 45 minutes, overall travel time.

The boats are open-air vessels, NOT air-conditioned. We didn’t mind this at all. We were dreading the odor of the water, however we were surprised that it didn’t odor bad. however if you have a sensitive nose, well, this is the Pasig River, so you may also come prepared.

Overall, our journey was smooth as well as pleasant, as well as we see it as a fantastic alternate to land travel. It has to be noted though that it was recently reopened when we tried it as well as there weren’t that many passengers yet. The travel experience might modification significantly as more people utilize the service.

Anyway, at this point, any type of other means of transportation within the city is a welcome alternate provided the present web traffic conditions.

Important Reminders

You must stay seated in the entire duration of the journey. The team will signal when it’s time to stand as well as disembark.

You must go with bag checks before boarding.

Remember the place of the life vests (most likely at the bottom of the seats).

No pets allowed, except for guide dogs for the blind as well as elderly.

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No firearms, deadly weapons, or dangerous materials.

No littering. Don’t throw garbage into the river.

No taking of pictures or videos within the Malacanang restricted area (between Lawton as well as PUP Stations).

Children must have an adult buddy when utilizing the service.

Photos by Pycan Leynes.

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