How to Buy MRT-3 Single Journey Tickets (SJT)

Whether you’re an everyday commuter on a tight budget, a tourist exploring public transport options, or simply someone needing to navigate EDSA quickly, riding the Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 3 (MRT-3) is a smooth solution. To board, purchase a Single Journey Ticket (SJT) at any MRT station. Just go to the ticket booth, tell the attendant your destination, and pay for your ticket, which is only valid on the day it’s issued and must be used within two hours to avoid extra charges.

For a faster option, try using the Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) available at all MRT stations. Simply select the SJT option on the TVM, choose your end station, insert the required fare, and grab your ticket. Once you have your ticket, tap it at the automated gate to enter, and make sure to dispose of it in the exit slot once you reach your destination. Here’s a detailed guide on how to buy your MRT ticket, specifically the SJT which is perfect for those one-off trips.

How to Buy MRT-3 Single Journey Tickets (SJT)

What are Single Journey Tickets (SJT)?

MRT-3 Single Journey Tickets (SJT) are tickets used for one-way trips on the MRT, which serves various key areas across Metro Manila. These tickets are purchased based on the distance to be traveled, with varying costs depending on the specific number of stations traversed during the journey. The tickets must be used on the day of purchase, and they are tapped at  the entry gates to gain access to the platform and inserted into the exit gates to leave the station at the destination.

The convenience of SJTs allows travelers to manage their travel within the city without the need for a multi-use or stored value card. They are particularly useful for occasional travelers or tourists who might not benefit from a multiple-use pass. Unlike the beep cards, otherwise known as Stored Value Cards (SVCs) each SJT is disposed of upon exit to be recycled by the MRT to ensure the system remains efficient and free from reusable ticket-related fraud.

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How to Buy MRT SJTs

There are two ways to buy SJTs but both require going to the MRT stations to do so. Here’s how:

Purchasing SJTs at Ticket Booths

Step into any MRT station and head to the ticket booths, where you’ll find friendly personnel ready to assist you. Single journey tickets are priced between ₱13 and ₱28, based on your destination. Here’s what to do:

Step 1. Approach the Booth

Greet the ticket seller and specify that you wish to purchase a Single Journey Ticket.

Step 2. State Your Destination

Let them know exactly where you are headed so they can issue the appropriate ticket.

Step 3. Make Payment

Pay the fare amount for your destination; prices range depending on the distance.

Step 4. Collect Your SJT

Receive your ticket and a receipt if necessary. Remember, the SJT is only valid on the day of purchase and must be used within two hours from the time of entry to avoid extra charges.

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Using the Ticket Vending Machine (TVM)

For those who prefer a bit more autonomy, using the Ticket Vending Machines (TVM) stationed at LRT and MRT stations is your go-to option. Here’s how you can use the TVM to purchase your SJT:

Step 1. Select Ticket Type

On the TVM screen, tap to choose the Single Journey Ticket option.

Step 2. Choose Your Destination

Follow the prompts to select your endpoint, which determines the ticket price.

Step 3. Insert Payment

Feed the machine with the correct amount of cash (bills or coins).

Step 4. Press ‘Receipt’

Opt to receive a receipt by pressing the corresponding button.

Step 5. Collect Your SJT

Take your ticket from the designated slot.

Step 6. Entry

Tap your SJT at the automated gate to enter the platform area.

Step 7. Exit Protocol

Upon reaching your destination, insert your SJT into the slot at the exit gate.

Additional Tips and Considerations

For your reference, here are some things you need to remember when buying SJTs:

  • SJTs come at a standard rate, but if you’re a senior citizen or a person with a disability (PWD), you’re eligible for a 20% discount. Ensure to mention this and present valid ID when purchasing your ticket.
  • If you stay within the MRT system longer than two hours, a fee of ₱28.00 will be automatically charged.
  • Misplaced your SJT? A penalty of ₱30.00 will be enforced.
  • Entering and exiting the same station using the same SJT will incur a ₱13.00-charge as the boarding fee, as it is considered a complete journey.

Video: How to Buy SJTs using TVMs

For a visual guide on how to buy SJTs using the TVMs, then here’s a video from MsLin Española:


Buying a Single Journey Ticket (SJT) at MRT-3 doesn’t have to be confusing. Whether you choose to interact with a ticket seller or use the automated machines, each way is designed to ease your journey. Remember these simple steps and tips for a hassle-free ride across the city! Safe travels!

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