How to Buy Tickets at LRT-2 Using the Ticket Vending Machine (TVMs)

Riding the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2), otherwise known as the Megatren or the Purple Line, in Metro Manila requires going through the ticketing process using the ticket vending machines (TVMs) stationed at the stations. It might seem daunting at first since the tellers and ticket counters have been removed, but these machines are actually meant to streamline the ticketing process and offer convenience to commuters.

Buying tickets from TVMs in LRT-2 stations is a straightforward process that involves selecting the desired ticket type, choosing the destination from a clear display, and completing the payment transaction. This method offers efficiency and convenience to passengers, allowing them to quickly purchase tickets without the need for queuing at ticket counters. Additionally, it minimizes physical contact and promotes a more seamless travel experience for commuters. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the process of buying tickets at LRT-2 stations using the Ticket Vending Machine (TVM).

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What is a TVM

Installed at Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 stations, Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) are self-serving kiosks that dispense LRT-2 tickets, both Single Journey Tickets  and Stored Value Cards. These machines represent a modernization initiative aimed at streamlining ticket purchases for commuters through automated processes. This transition also entails upgrading from the old magnetic stripe tickets to contactless smart cards equipped with a microchip. As one of the pioneers in adopting this technology nationwide, LRT-2 aims to minimize, if not eliminate, the reliance on manual transactions at ticket counters, thereby enhancing overall efficiency and convenience for passengers.

AF Payments Incorporated has upgraded and recalibrated the TVMs on the Purple Line to accept a variety of coins and bills, while also dispensing single journey and stored value tickets for commuters. This enhancement aims to provide passengers with efficient, secure, and hassle-free ticketing services. Additionally, the upgrade enables commuters to conveniently use newly minted coins for ticket purchases, enhancing their overall travel experience within the public transportation network.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Buying Tickets at LRT-2 Using the TVMs

In 2020, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) discontinued ticket sales through station tellers, as directed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), transitioning exclusively to Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs). Despite this shift, many individuals still find navigating these machines challenging. To address this, we’ve created a comprehensive guide to assist passengers in purchasing tickets at LRT-2 stations via TVMs.

Step 1. Go to the TVMs

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Upon reaching the station, head to the area with the TVMs and wait for your turn. Make sure to prepare bills and coins and some spare for tour transactions. Some TVMs do not have available types of tickets so make sure to check first before queuing. 

Step 2. Choose Your Ticket Type

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When you approach the TVM, you’ll be presented with various options. If you don’t have a Beep card yet, opt for the “Single Journey Ticket.” As the name suggests, this is a one-time-use ticket that you’ll return at your destination. Alternatively, if you have a Beep card, you can use the TVM to load credit onto it by choosing the option for Stored Value Ticket.

Step 3. Select Your Destination 

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On the TVM screen, you’ll see a list of stations represented by blue dots. The yellow dot indicates your current station. Tap on the blue dot corresponding to your destination station. Once selected, the dot will change to red, confirming your choice. Finally, tap the “Confirm” button to proceed.

Step 4. Payment Process

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The TVM will display the amount you need to pay for your ticket. Insert the required amount of money into the machine. Be prepared for the possibility that certain bill denominations may be rejected. It’s a good idea to have alternative bills or coins ready. Wait for the TVM to detect and read the bill you’ve inserted.

Step 5. Completion and Receipt

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Once the payment process is complete, the TVM will dispense your ticket and any change due. If you’d like a receipt, simply click on the “Receipt” button. If not, click “OK” to finish the transaction.

Step 6. Language Options

The TVM offers both English and Tagalog language options for users’ convenience. While Tagalog is available for those who prefer it, the default language is English. It’s worth noting that English is widely understood and spoken by the majority of Filipinos, so you may find it easier to navigate the TVM in English.

Step 7. Tap Your Way in and Proceed to the Boarding Area

Once you have secured your ticket, you may now tap your card on the machines and then walk through the turnstile to the boarding area and wait for the next train. 

By following these simple steps, you can easily purchase tickets at LRT-2 using the Ticket Vending Machine. 


Depending on where you are going, the price of Single Journey Tickets range from P13 to P35. Stored Value Tickets, on the other hand, are reloadable cards sold for P30. It requires a minimum load of P14 and is good for up to four years of use.

For the specific fare information related to the different LRT-2 stations, you may check this fare matrix below:

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Video: How to Buy LRT-2 Tickets

Buying LRT-2 tickets from TVMs offers commuters a convenient and efficient way to purchase tickets. With a user-friendly interface, passengers can quickly select their desired ticket type, make payments, and receive their tickets without the need for manual transactions at ticket counters. This automated process helps streamline the ticketing experience and reduces waiting times for travelers. For a detailed and visual guide on how yo buy your LRT-2 tickets from the TVM, regardless if you are planning to get a Single Journey Ticket or a Stored Value Ticket, you may check out this video from Jenn Reyes Vlogs.


Whether you’re a tourist exploring the city or a local commuter, familiarizing yourself with the ticketing process will enhance your LRT-2 experience. In doing so, you can then head to your next TVM transaction confidently and independently, without seeking for assistance from the LRT-2 personnel on-site. It’s really quite simple, as long as you know how to follow instructions. If in doubt, you can also always seek the assistance of LRT-2 personnel on-site. 

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