How Much Travel Time These Roads Save For You


During holidays such as Holy Week or even a simple day, traffic in the Philippines is soul-crushing and time-consuming. That is why being informed and knowing how to access these new network routes of the future is an advantage in cutting travel time!

Express Highways | Photo by Aleksejs Bergmanis from Pexels

Manila-Baguio via TPLEX Pozorrubio Exit

It is officially summertime, and where do people go to? Of course, to the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City. As many know, traveling from Manila to Baguio can consume up to 5 hours, but in this route, you can travel from Manila to Baguio (324 km) in just 3 hours, saving up travel time!

Taking the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) to Baguio, La Union, or anywhere else in North Luzon will save you time. Thanks to the opening of a new TPLEX exit in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, you can travel to Baguio in about three hours.

Instead of passing through the MacArthur Highway/Manila North Road/Radial Road 9 or TPLEX Urdaneta exits, continue straight until the Pozorrubio exit, which is the highway’s end. This will cut the time it takes from Tarlac to Pozorrubio from 2.5 hours to just 45 minutes. It will take about 45 minutes to travel to Baguio from the TPLEX Pozorrubio exit, which can help you save travel time.

According to Undersecretary Tim Orbos of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), driving to Baguio in under three hours is conceivable. The DOTr employee said he traveled from Balintawak, Quezon City, to the TPLEX Pozorrubio exit in about two hours, a Facebook post.

Cavite-Nuvali via CALAX Laguna Interchange

One of the most famous spots in the South is Nuvali in Laguna. It is famous for its parks, recreational locations, and open-air malls on the side of a river. But traveling from Manila to Laguna can also be stressful, especially if you still don’t have your own luxury home in this area and take the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road.

All you should know about Cavite–Laguna Expressway (CALAX) that can he;lp cut travel time | Photo by It's More Fun With Juan

The Laguna Boulevard Interchange and Laguna Technopark Interchange of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) are now open, making it easier to access to and from Nuvali. The two interchanges also provide vehicles with a different way to provide access to Laguna Technopark.

Nuvali, Laguna from Silang, Cavite (19.7 km) is now 45 minutes apart, cutting travel time thanks to the development of CALAX, a great improvement to the usual two-hour driving time within the two provinces to only.

MacArthur Highway-SCTEX Subic/Tarlac via Mabiga Interchange

New SCTEX Mabiga Interchange - NLEX Corporation can help cut travel time | Photo from NLEX Corporation Facebook Page

Subic is a favorite site from way back before, and it is just fine if people would want to visit it again during the holidays and over the weekends.

The new SCTEX Mabiga Diamond Interchange in Mabalacat City, Pampanga has made traveling to and from Subic or Tarlac via the MacArthur Highway-SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) route easier and safer.

Take the new Mabiga northbound entry toll plaza to travel from MacArthur Highway to SCTEX Subic/Tarlac. On your route back to MacArthur Highway, use the new Mabiga southbound exit toll plaza.

With this route, access from and to MacArtur Highway-Subic/Tarlac will be just 1 hour and 49 minutes (130 km), saving travel time.

Quezon City/Caloocan-Manila/Pasay/NAIA/SLEX via Mel Lopez Boulevard

Traveling from north to south and vice versa might be inconvenient, especially for out-of-town visitors and employees dabbling between north and south boundaries of Quezon City-Pasay City (19km).

Take the Mel Lopez Boulevard through Bonifacio Drive and Roxas Boulevard to avoid the holiday commuting nightmare. The Mel Lopez Boulevard runs from Tondo’s Delpan Bridge to Navotas City’s C-4 Road. Motorists looking for an alternative route to EDSA and C-5 will be able to use the improved and enlarged road.

Via Mel Lopez Boulevard previously Radial Road 10, this 19km distance can be travelled in the span of 30minutes, a great decrease in travel time.

Taytay-Bicutan via Laguna Lake Highway and Barkadahan Bridge

Avoid travelling through the busy EDSA and C-5 Road if driving from Taytay, Rizal to Bicutan (14.6 km), Taguig. Take the expanded Laguna Lake Highway and the reopened Barkadahan Bridge in Taytay for a speedier trip. The Laguna Lake Highway, formerly known as the C-6 Road, now boasts two new lanes projected to decrease driving time between Taytay and Bicutan in half. The first of its type in Metro Manila, this new highway features a 3-meter bicycling and jogging lane.

Now Open: The Newly Rehabilitated Barkadahan Bridge cutting travel time | Photo from Taytay Rizal Government


Aside from Taytay and Bicutan, the Barkadahan Bridge makes it easy to travel to and from other Rizal cities and towns, such as Quezon City, Marikina, NAIA, and SLEX.

The development of this Bridge, it will only just take 30minutes to travel from and to Taytay, Rizal and Bicutan, Taguig, a great decrease in travel time.

SLEX-NAIA via NAIA Expressway

Do you need to go to the airport for your holiday vacation faster? Reduce your commuting time from an hour to minutes. Take the NAIA Expressway (NAIAEX) from the South Luzon Expressway if you’re coming from the south (SLEX). Aside from SLEX, NAIAEX connects all NAIA terminals to the Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) and Diosdado Macapagal Avenue.

SLEX creates access to the airport, about 27.2 km, for just 20 minutes! Imagine how much travel time you’ll save with this road!


Alternate Routes for EDSA (Mabuhay Lanes)

A picture of Benhur Abalos working on one of the Mabuhay lanes | Photo from PhilKotse

Mabuhay Lanes for Private Vehicles from North to South

If you still don’t have your luxury real estate in the South, here are some road networks to travel from North to South:

Route 1: From Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA)

Turn right at Scout Borromeo, left at Scout Ybardolaza / Scout Torillo / Scout T. Morato / Scout Tuazon or Scout Tobias, right at E. Rodriguez, left at Gilmore, straight to Granada, right to Santolan Road, or right at N. Domingo, left at Pinaglabanan, right at P. Guevarra, left at L. Mencias, right at Shaw Blvd., left at Acacia Lane, right at F. Ortigas, left at P. Cruz, left at F. Blumentrit, left at Coronado, take Mandaluyong – Makati Bridge to destination

The 4.3km distance is just less than 10 minutes away from each other!

Route 2: From Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA)

Turn right at West Avenue, right at Del Monte Ave., left at Sto. Domingo or Biak na Bato, right at Amoranto , left at Banawe or D. Tuazon, right at Maria Clara or Dapitan to destination.

This 16.2 km distance can now be navigate in just 30minutes!

From Quezon City to Makati

From E. Rodriguez, left at Matimyas – Plaza Noli to Fajardo left at V. G. Cruz, right at Lardizabal, left at M. Dela Fuente, right at Ramon Magsaysay Blvd., Nagtahan to Pres. Quirino, left at South Super Highway to destination.

Quezon City to Makati City is 16.4km apart, and with this road network, you can travel it for 25 minutes!

From North Luzon Expressway

Right at Balintawak Cloverleaf to EDSA going to Monumento, left at A. De Jesus St. ( 8th St. ), left at C-3, right at A. Bonifacio, take Mayon Ave. Welcome Rotunda to destination.

This 14.1 km can now be travelled in just 20 minutes!

Mabuhay Lane Signage | Photo from Metro Manila Development Authority

Mabuhay Lanes for Private Vehicles from South to North

If you like to take a breath from your own luxury homes, here are some road networks from South to North:

Route 1: From Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA)

Take Estrella, E. Pantalleon Bridge, Barangka Drive, left at Nueve de Febrero, right at M. Martinez Ave., straight to Gomezville, straight to Hoover straight Wilson, right at Aras St., left at C. M. Recto, left at Burgos St., left at Mabini St., right at Wilson left at Ortigas Ave., Granada, right at N. Domingo, left at Hemady, right at Scout Tobias, left at Timog Ave., right at Quezon Ave, QMC, right at Visayas Ave. , left at Congressional Ave., right at Mindanao Ave. to destination.

Route 2: From Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA)

Take Estrella – Rockwell Bridge, cross at Pantaleon St., straight to Barangka Drive, left at Timog St., Busilak St., right at Sgt. Bumatay St., right at Maysilo Circle, right at Martinez Ave., straight to Nueve de Febrero, cross at Shaw Blvd., straight to Gomezville OR from Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge, left at Coronado St., left at Pantaleon St., left at Barangka Drive, left at Timog St., left at Busilak St., right at Sgt. Bumatay St., right at Maysilo Circle, right at Martinez Ave., straight at Nueve de Febrero, cross at Shaw Blvd., straight to Gomezville to destination

Mabuhay Lane Signage | Photo from Metro Manila Development Authority

For Greenhills, San Juan City

Route 1: From Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA)

Turn right at Banahaw street, right at Makiling, left at Benitez, straight at St. Joseph, left at Ortigas Ave to Greenhills Shopping Center.

Route 2: From Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA)

Turn right at Annapolis, right at Eisenhower, left at Club Filipino, Ortigas Ave. to Greenhills Shopping Center.

All these road network will take you from EDSA to Greenhills Shopping Center (7km) in just 12minutes!

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