Metro Manila · Main Roads of the Megacity
For the newcomer, a Megacity is always overwhelming in many different aspects. But one of the first things that comes to mind is always: How will I ever find my way around in Metro Manila, with its 17 cities, dozens of shopping, entertainment, and business districts, gated communities, and millions of citizens? The good news is: there are actually only a handful of main arterial roads connecting the different cities and centers. Knowing them helps to get around in the city.
Home to the headquarters of many banks and major companies, some call it the Wall Street of the Philippines: Ayala Avenue is the main road of Makati's business district, framed by flashy skyscrapers on both sides of the road.
C-5 is a 32.5 kilometers long circumferential artery road that connects the north and the south of Metro Manila, which makes it an important alternative to the always-congested EDSA. C-5 is actually a network of roads and bridges that is still being extended.
In a 23.8 kilometer-long semicircle, EDSA leads through some of the most densely populated parts of Metro Manila, from Caloocan City in the north to Pasay City, near Manila Bay in the south. It further connects (from north to south) the cities of Quezon, Mandaluyong, San Juan, and Makati. Many major HotSpots, malls, and business districts are located along the way.
Gil Puyat Avenue is an arterial road that goes from EDSA through Makati and Pasay City to Roxas Boulevard. While the western stretch is a typical business district street, the eastern stretch awaits you with the chaotic flair that is characteristic for Metro Manila.
The South Metro Manila Skyway Project is one of the Megacity's biggest improvements in transport infrastructure in recent years. Residents of the south can enjoy relative ease of travel when using the separated elevated motorway. An extension of the Skyway to connect the south and north of the Megacity is currently under construction.
The North Luzon Express Way, commonly referred to as NLEX, is a modern tollway that allows Manilenos to quickly leave the Megacity behind and head up north, to the provinces of the Central Luzon region.
Roxas Boulevard is a 7.6-kilometer thoroughfare right at the shoreline of Manila Bay. It is the main arterial road in the very west of the Megacity, connecting Old Manila with the entertainment and shopping complexes at the bay and with the airport. As of January 2016, Roxas Boulevard now features a planting verge that separates the esplanade from thee busy road.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has announced the launch of two big - and long awaited - projects: the rehabilitation of NAIA Terminal 1 and the so-called Stage 3 of the Metro Manila Skyway. Both infrastructure projects target issues that have long been subjects of complaints and heated debates.