Pasig River Ferry Service
Want to travel and explore Manila but want to skip the traffic? Then you should try the Pasig River Ferry Service!
MMDA’S PASIG RIVER FERRY. Another way of beating Manila traffic./PHOTO Ali Vicoy, grabbed from Manila Bulletin
Pasig River Ferry Service is the only water-based transportation in Metro Manila that cruises Pasig to Intramuros in the City of Manila.
It was reactivated in 2014 to alleviate the traffic situation in Metro Manila. The entire ferry network has 12 stations in operation. The first line is the Pasig River Line which stretches from Plaza Mexico in Intramuros, Manila to Pinagbuhatan Station in Pasig. The second line is the Marikina River Line which serves the Guadalupe station in Makati up to Sta. Elena station in Marikina, but is still closed and is still undergoing vehicular planning.
Contrary to what we perceive, the Pasig River itself does not have a filthy smell, though the stench can be picked up at some isolated parts of the river. But don’t worry, the trip won’t make any stench stick to your clothes.
You can get the feel of the city from the water. For only P30 to P95 fare per person, you can travel around Manila and view the city’s attractions. You will also pass the Malacañang Palace where the president resides.
Some of the attractions and places you can visit near the stations are Apolinario Mabini’s house and museum (PUP-Sta. Mesa station), Binondo or Chinatown (Escolta street station), Liwasang Bonifacio in Ermita, Manila (Lawton station), and Intramuros, Manila (Plaza de Mexico station).
If you want to try the Pasig River Ferry Service, here are some of the reminders before and during your trip:
- If you have seasickness, take medication for it before you board.
- As usual, mind your belongings and make sure nothing may fall or roll out the boat.
- If you are sensitive to smell, consider wearing a face mask.
- Just for safety, know where the life vests are.
- Taking photos is not allowed when you are passing the Malacañang Palace.
The Pasig River Ferry Station is open every Monday to Saturday from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm. You can also check MMDA’s Twitter account @MMDA for alerts.