North Luzon Expressway

The North Luzon Expressway (NLE or NLEx), formerly known as the North Diversion Road and Manila North Expressway (MNEX), is a 4 to 8-lane limited-access toll expressway that connects Metro Manila to the provinces of the Central Luzon region in the Philippines. It is a component of Expressway 1 (E1) of the Philippine expressway network, Circumferential Road 5 (C-5) and Radial Road 8 (R-8) of Manila's arterial road network. It was built in the 1960s.

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North Luzon Expressway
North Diversion Road
Marcelo H. del Pilar Superhighway
Manila North Expressway
Map of expressways in Luzon, with the North Luzon Expressway in orange
Route information
Part of AH26
Maintained by Tollways Management Corporation
Length84.0 km (52.2 mi)
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Major junctions
North end
South end N1 / AH26 (EDSA) / N160 (A. Bonifacio Avenue) in Balintawak Cloverleaf, Quezon City
Major citiesQuezon City, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Malolos, San Fernando, Angeles, Mabalacat
TownsMarilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, Plaridel, Pulilan, Calumpit, Apalit, San Simon, Santo Tomas, Mexico
Highway system
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The expressway begins in Quezon City at the Balintawak Interchange with EDSA as a continuation of A. Bonifacio Avenue. It then passes through Caloocan and Valenzuela in Metro Manila, and the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga in Central Luzon. It currently ends at Mabalacat and merges with the MacArthur Highway, which continues northward into the rest of Central and Northern Luzon. The segment between Santa Rita Exit in Guiguinto and the Balintawak Interchange in Quezon City is a part of the new alignment of AH26.

The expressway, including A. Bonifacio Avenue, has total length of approximately 88 kilometers (55 mi). The expressway segment has a length of 84 kilometers (52 mi).

Originally controlled by the Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC), operation and maintenance of the NLEx was transferred in 2005 to NLEX Corporation, a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (a former subsidiary of the Lopez Group of Companies until 2008). A major upgrade and rehabilitation was completed in February 2005 with road now having similar qualities to a modern French tollway and other entities.

Route descriptionEdit

North Luzon Tollway/NLEX mainlineEdit


North Luzon Tollway (NLT)
LocationQuezon City – Mabalacat, Pampanga
Length84 km (52 mi)
NLEX northbound, just north of Paso de Blas, Valenzuela

The North Luzon Tollway (NLT) or the NLEX mainline cuts northwards from Manila to the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga. The expressway parallels MacArthur Highway from Quezon City to Mabalacat in Pampanga. It has 8 lanes from Balintawak Interchange to Balagtas Interchange, 6 lanes from Balagtas Interchange to San Fernando Exit, and 4 lanes from San Fernando to Sta. Ines Exit. The expressways has bridges that cross seven rivers. Some portions of the expressway are lined with billboards, including its viaduct portion. Various high voltage overhead power lines, most notably the Hermosa–Duhat–Balintawak transmission line of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) from Smart Connect Interchange to San Fernando Exit, utilize the significant portion of the expressway route as the densely populated areas hinder acquisition of dedicated right of way.


Southbound lane of NLEx through the barangays of Lawang Bato and Lingunan, Valenzuela.
Northbound lane of NLEx near Barangay Taal, Bocaue

The expressway starts at Balintawak Interchange as a physical continuation of Bonifacio Avenue. A few meters after the cloverleaf is Quirino Highway, with a northbound left exit ascending into a flyover to the northeast. Past this exit, Reparo Road parallels the expressway from Novaliches Exit to Eternal Gardens Memorial Park. The road approaches the Balintawak toll plaza, widening to 17 lanes only serving northbound traffic. The offices of NLEX Corporation is located near the toll plaza. A new toll plaza, opened in 2017, is built between the northbound and southbound lanes, servicing Class 1 vehicles (cars, jeepneys and other light vehicles),

The expressway reverts to four lanes, continues northward, crossing Tullahan River through the Tullahan Bridge, intersects with General T. De Leon Street, and passes the Smart Connect Interchange. It then passes through industrial areas and businesses within Valenzuela. The expressway's East Service Road starts paralleling the expressway before Paso de Blas exit. The road continues on a straight route, with a Caltex service area located near the Dulalia overpass, until it enters Bulacan.

It crosses Meycauayan River and after a few meters is the Meycauayan Exit to serve its town proper. Another service road named St. Francis Service Road runs beside the expressway's southbound lanes. It passes through residential areas and institutions within the municipality, intersects with Lias Road, and continues on a straight alignment. On Marilao, there is a Petron service area and after it are the Marilao River crossing and Marilao exit. It enters Bocaue after Marilao Exit, where Ciudad de Victoria and the Philippine Arena lies to the east. The road turns eastward to serve Bocaue toll plaza, where the southbound lanes widens to 22 lanes with 4 from a parallel road making a grand total of 26 lanes, and on the middle of it is a newly built toll plaza and road. It turns westward, passes through Bocaue Exit, Santa Maria River, and Taal Bridge, and continues on a straight alignment until Balagtas Interchange. Before it are the Petron for southbound and Shell for northbound traffic. Past the Shell service area is the Tabang Spur Road and Balagtas Interchange which was opened on March 20, 2012. This is the former terminus of the original segment of the expressway from 1967 to 1976 before it is extended to Dau.

Balagtas-San FernandoEdit

The expressway narrows to three lanes per direction past Tabang Spur Road. It continues on a straight route, traversing paddy fields on the outskirts of Guiguinto, Malolos, and Pulilan. AH26 leaves NLEX at Santa Rita Exit, where it follows Maharlika Highway, also known as Cagayan Valley Road, to Baliuag and Cabanatuan.

A few meters after Pulilan Exit is the Candaba Viaduct (officially known as Pulilan-Apalit Bridge). The bridge traverses rice paddies and swampland in the municipalities of Pulilan, Calumpit, Bulacan and Apalit, Pampanga, and crosses Pampanga River before the viaduct ends. The expressway continues again on a straight alignment, passing through Apalit, San Simon, Santo Tomas, and San Fernando, and crosses Abacan and San Fernando rivers. At the vicinity of San Fernando Exit are two major malls, SM City Pampanga and Robinsons Starmills Pampanga.

San Fernando-Sta.InesEdit

The 4-lane segment of NLEX in Pampanga
An overpass at the SCTEX Exit, before the 2016 expansion

After San Fernando Exit, the expressway narrows into two lanes, both northbound and southbound. It continues as a straight roadway, passing through the rural areas of Mexico, crossing Abacan and Quitangil rivers, and traversing the eastern parts of Angeles and Mabalacat. NLEX connects with Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway via Clark Spur Road before the main line terminates at Santa Ines Interchange, with a toll plaza serving the exit. The segment between SCTEX and Santa Ines Exit used to be a two-lane road but has since widened into four lanes with a grass median.

Tabang Spur RoadEdit


Tabang Spur Road
LocationBalagtas – Guiguinto, Bulacan
Length3.36 km[1] (2.09 mi)
Tabang Spur Road

Tabang Spur Road is a four-lane, 3.36-kilometer (2.09 mi) spur road in Bulacan that branches off the NLEX mainline at Tabang Exit in Balagtas and terminates at a partial cloverleaf interchange with MacArthur Highway and Maharlika Highway (Cagayan Valley Road) at Guiguinto Exit in Guiguinto. It carried the final leg of NLEX (then the North Diversion Road) until the present route was extended to Angeles.

The road spurs off the main line at Tabang Exit in Balagtas. It then crosses the abandoned Philippine National Railways line to Cabanatuan, traverses Barangays Tuktukan, Tabe, and Malis in Guiguinto, and crosses the Guiguinto River. It then approaches the Tabang Toll Plaza, where the road expands to 12 lanes for both westbound and eastbound motorists. The operations and management offices of Tollways Management Corporation is located near the toll plaza. A Shell station is also found next to the offices, serving eastbound motorists. At the nearby unsignalized intersection past the toll plaza, it meets St. Francis Street, which serves as an alternate route to MacArthur Highway. It ends at the partial cloverleaf interchange with MacArthur Highway and Maharlika Highway and continues to the west towards Malolos as the former.

NLEX ConnectEdit

Segment 8.1 (Mindanao Avenue Link) of the NLEx looking west towards Smart Connect Interchange.

Segments 8.1 and 9Edit


NLEX Mindanao Avenue Link
(NLEX Segment 8.1)
Length2.7 km[2] (1.7 mi)

Segment 8.1 (Mindanao Avenue Link) is a four-lane, 2.34-kilometer (1.45 mi) spur road that runs from the Smart Connect Interchange to Mindanao Avenue in Valenzuela City. It begins at the Smart Connect Interchange with the NLEX mainline, picking-up from where Segment 9 (Karuhatan Link) left off. It lies on the ground level east of the interchange. It then enters Barangay Ugong in Valenzuela, where it approaches the Mindanao Avenue toll plaza, widening to 6 lanes only serving westbound traffics, and terminates at Mindanao Avenue near the city boundary with Quezon City.


NLEX Karuhatan Link
(NLEX Segment 9)
Length2.4 km[2] (1.5 mi)

On the other hand, Segment 9 (Karuhatan Link) is a four-lane, 2.4-kilometer (1.5 mi) spur road that runs from Smart Connect Interchange to MacArthur Highway in Karuhatan in Valenzuela City. It is the first segment of the NLEX Harbor Link project.[2] It begins at the Smart Connect Interchange with the NLEX mainline, picking-up from where Segment 8.1 (Mindanao Avenue Link) left off. Lying on the ground level west of the interchange, it then traverses Barangays Gen. T. De Leon, Parada, and Maysan. It then enters Barangay Karuhatan, where it approaches the Karuhatan Toll Plaza, exclusively for eastbound vehicles, and Segment 10 (Harbor Link) and finally terminates at MacArthur Highway.

Both Segments 8.1 and 9 are components of Circumferential Road 5 (C-5) of the Metro Manila arterial road system.

Segment 10 (Harbor Link)Edit


NLEX Harbor Link
(NLEX Segment 10)
LocationValenzuela – Navotas
Length8.25 km[2] (5.13 mi)
Under-construction NLEX Segment 10 in Sangandaan, Caloocan

NLEX Harbor Link, also named NLEX Segment 10, is a four-lane, 5.65-kilometer (3.51 mi) fully elevated expressway which connects with the Karuhatan Link (Segment 9) at Valenzuela to C-3 Road in Caloocan, where two ramps carry it to the west for another 2.6 kilometers (1.6 mi) and ends at Radial Road 10 (R-10) in Navotas. It is the second phase of the NLEX Harbor Link project.[2] It is designated to provide access between Port of Manila and northern Luzon. Most of the road utilizes the existing railway right of way through Caloocan, Malabon, and Valenzuela, with the road rising as high as 19 meters (62 ft) to provide necessary clearance for the elevated Manila–Clark Railway of the Philippine National Railways (PNR).

NLEX Harbor Link begins at Karuhatan Exit with Segment 9. The section near the northern terminus traverses an industrial and residential area, which necessitated the demolition of numerous houses, buildings, and warehouses. It soon follows the railway right-of-way where it rises up to provide necessary ground clearance for the viaduct carrying the future Manila–Clark Railway. Past Samson Road and the PNR rolling stock shops in Caloocan, NLEX Harbor Link shifts to the right of the railway right of way, which also required demolition of numerous houses and buildings, including a local wet market. The expressway ends at an interchange with C-3 Road, with completed stubs to connect with the C3–R10 spur alignment which is under construction, and the future NLEX-SLEX Connector Road.

Its original stretch from Karuhatan to C-3 Road was first opened to traffic on February 28, 2019.[3] Its C3–R10 Section was then partially opened on February 21, 2020 up to the Malabon Exit ramp to Dagat-Dagatan Avenue.[4] Its remaining segment up to R-10 was then opened on June 15, 2020.[5]


The original stretch of the expressway, from Balintawak Interchange up to Guiguinto Exit in Bulacan, was completed on August 4, 1968. It is a fully fenced limited-access highway that consisted of a four-lane rural divided roadway, nine twin bridges, one railroad overpass, seven underpasses, and three interchanges.

Originally a project of the Department of Public Works and Highways, the completion of the major portion of the job fell on the Construction Development Corporation of the Philippines (CDCP, the precursor to PNCC) to pioneer the toll concept of funding infrastructure.[6] It was carried out under the private financing scheme provided by Republic Act 3741.

Additional work required by the government included the construction of the Balintawak – Novaliches Interchange Complex, the Tabang Interchange, and the approach road of the underpasses.

In 1976, the NLT extension, consisting of 50.9 kilometers (31.6 mi) of concrete road, was built as part of a highways program of the International Bank for Reconstruction Development (World Bank) linking major urban centers to the production centers in the north. The project features a 4-lane limited-access highway with a five-kilometer Candaba Viaduct, a construction innovation utilizing precast beam system, 6 interchanges, 12 bridges, and overpass/underpass structures.[7]

In 1989, under the Corazon Aquino administration, the expressway was extended by another 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) from its terminus at Dau Exit to Sta. Ines Exit in Mabalacat, Pampanga.

Logo used from 2005–2017. Still used alternatively.

From 2003 to February 2005, the expressway underwent a major rehabilitation. Works included the widening of the Balintawak – Tabang segment from 6 to 8 lanes and the Tabang–Sta. Rita segment from 4 to 6 lanes, asphalt overlay, and the demolition of old tollbooths. The main contractor of the rehabilitation work was Leighton Contractors (Australia) with Egis Projects, a company belonging to the French Groupe Egis as the main subcontractor for the toll, telecommunication and traffic management systems. To help maintain the safety and quality of the expressway, various rules are in effect, such as restricting the left lane to passing vehicles only and banning overloaded trucks.

After the rehabilitation, the operation and maintenance of the expressway was transferred from the state-owned Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC) to the Manila North Tollways Corporation (now NLEX Corporation).

On June 5, 2010, the NLEx Segment 8.1 or the NLEX Mindanao Avenue Link was opened. The spur road is a part of the C-5 Road North Extension and is built to provide another entry point to the expressway from Metro Manila and decongest Balintawak Interchange.

On March 18, 2015, NLEX Segment 9 or the NLEX Karuhatan Link was opened, providing continuation to Segment 8.1 that runs from the other side of the Smart Connect Interchange to MacArthur Highway.

On February 28, 2019, the main stretch of NLEX Segment 10 or the NLEX Harbor Link, from NLEX Karuhatan Link to C-3 Road, was opened to traffic.[3] On February 21, 2020, its C3–R10 Section was partially opened up to its Malabon exit ramp;[4] the remaining section to Radial Road 10 was opened on June 15, 2020.[5]


Segment 8.2 (NLEX C5 Link)Edit


NLEX C5 Link
(NLEX Segment 8.2)
LocationValenzuela – Quezon City
Length8.35 km[8] (5.19 mi)

The NLEx Segment 8.2, also named NLEX C5 Link,[2] will be a 8.35-kilometer (5.19 mi) segment that will connect the existing NLEx Segment 8.1 (Mindanao Avenue Link) to C-5 Road and Commonwealth Avenue. The planned segment will at first run parallel to Republic Avenue before making a southward turn to Luzon Avenue after which it will then connect to Commonwealth Avenue. The segment will include two interchanges in Mindanao and Regalado Avenues, a roundabout connection at Congressional Avenue, and three local road crossings at Quirino Highway, Sauyo Road, and Chestnut Avenue.[9]

NLEX ConnectorEdit

NLEX Connector
(NLEX–SLEX Connector Road)
LocationCaloocan – Manila
Length8.0 km[10] (5.0 mi)

Plans for a construction of an elevated road to connect North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) has been bared long before the construction of Segment 10.1.

The government reportedly accepted the unsolicited proposal from Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation (MPTDC) to build the 13.24-kilometer (8.23 mi) road. MPTDC is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), which runs NLEX. This would later be known as the NLEX Connector Road project, the elevated expressway which will have run over the Philippine National Railways tracks and terminating at the future interchange with Skyway Stage 3.[11]

It will be connected in the north to the existing Segment 10 in Caloocan. In the south, it will be linked to the Skyway Stage 3 near PUP in Santa Mesa, Manila. Once completed, the Connector Road will have four entry and exit points: C-3 Road in Caloocan, España in Sampaloc, Manila, and terminating through the Paco-Sta. Mesa Road in Santa Mesa, Manila. This project is targeted to be open to traffic by February 2022. Its construction will also take into consideration the upcoming parallel construction of the Main Line South of the Philippine National Railways as an elevated and electrified railway.

Construction of the project is estimated to cost 17 billion, but as an "all-elevated" or completely grade-separated structure, right-of-way acquisition shall be reduced to an estimated cost of only 2.41 billion. It broke ground on February 28, at the same time Segment 10.1 was inaugurated and opened to traffic, officially indicating that the NLEX Karuhatan Link and Segment 10 are mostly complete.[3]

NLEX Phase 3Edit

This will be a 40-kilometer (25 mi) extension with three segments from the NLEX mainline, originally in San Simon, Pampanga, to Dinalupihan, Bataan, connecting to Subic–Tipo Expressway (NLEx Segment 7). However, the plan did not push through. It would instead start somewhere between Apalit and San Fernando in Pampanga, then will cut across Guagua and end at Dinalupihan.[12] Though the project will start tentatively from Apalit based on the concession, the new alignment has yet to be finalized.[13]

Technical specificationsEdit

  • Name: North Luzon Expressway
  • Concession holder: NLEX Corporation
  • Operator: Tollways Management Corporation
  • Length: 84 km (52 mi)
  • Concession starting date: February 10, 2005
  • Concession ending date: December 31, 2037
  • Highway exits: 15
  • Lanes: 8 lanes (4 lanes), 6 lanes (3 lanes), and 4 lanes (2 lanes)
  • Toll plazas: 6
  • Rest and Service Areas: 10
  • Minimum Height Clearance on Underpasses: 4.27 m (14.0 ft)


Bocaue Toll Plaza in Bulacan

The tollway has two sections: an open section and a closed section.[14] The open section (within Metro Manila) charges a flat toll based on vehicle class and is employed to reduce the number of toll barriers (and associated bottlenecks) within the metropolis. The closed section is distance-based, charging based on the class of vehicle and distance traveled. When the expressway was modernized, an electronic toll collection system was set up for Class 1 vehicles while prepaid magnetic cards were assigned to Class 2 and 3 vehicles to speed up transactions at toll booths. These have since been replaced by a unified ETC system operated by Easytrip. Also, with the government's thrust towards toll road interoperability, Autosweep of the San Miguel Corporation which operates SLEX, Skyway, STAR, NAIAX, and TPLEX has been accepted as a mode of payment in NLEX since March 2018. As of October 1, 2011, all tolls (as shown below) include the 12% Value-Added Tax (VAT). With the movement of the northernmost toll gate to Sta. Ines, the NLEX and SCTEX toll systems have been merged into one combined system, with tolls for all enclosed destinations listed.

Class Open system
(Balintawak to Marilao)
Closed system
(Bocaue to Sta. Ines/SCTEX)
Class 1
(cars, motorcycles, SUVs, jeepneys)
54 ₱2.66/km
Class 2
(buses, light trucks)
₱136 ₱6.66/km
Class 3
(heavy trucks)
₱164 ₱8.00/km


NLEX rumble strips approaching Balintawak Toll Barrier
Steet lights at the middle of NLEX near the Santa Rita interchange in Guiguinto.
  • Street lights (Balintawak-San Fernando)
  • Variable message signs
  • Rumble strips
  • Emergency telephones (every 2 km in the Balintawak-Burol segment, every 1 kilometer (0.62 mi) in the Burol-Sta. Ines segment)
  • Runaway truck ramp
  • Rest and service areas (privately owned and operated)
  • Closed-circuit television
  • Guard rails
  • Impact attenuators
  • Solid wall fence
  • Lighting arrestors
  • Car density sensors underneath road surface
  • Hidden speed guns
  • Electronic toll payment (class 1), prepaid account cards (class 2/3)
  • Much of the expressway has been built to U.S. Interstate highway standards, featuring eight lanes through Metro Manila. As it enters the more rural area north of Manila, the expressway narrows to 6 and then 4 lanes with a grass median to separate the two carriageways.
    • All signage is in English, and are nearly identical to the "big green signs" (BGS) on American expressway, including white lettering on a green background, with the exit tab in the upper-right corner (distance signs even employ a font similar—if not identical—to the Caltrans font; all other signs employ a different font).
    • Like expressways in most American states, the NLEx uses a distance-based sequencing for numbering interchanges. Being a metric country, though, the system is kilometer-log rather than mile-log—exits numbered according to the distance (in kilometers) from Rizal Park in Manila, which is designated as "Kilometer Zero" in Luzon.

Technical informationEdit


NLEX in San Simon, after the 2016 expansion project

The NLEX has 8 lanes, 4 lanes in both directions from the Balintawak to Burol segment, 6 lanes with 3 lanes for both directions on the Burol to San Fernando segment and 4 lanes with 2 lanes for both directions on the Tabang Spur and San Fernando to Santa Ines segment. Before the lane expansion project of 2016, there was even a part of the NLEX which consists of only 2 lanes, one for each direction. This segment is located after passing through the SCTEx Exit (Northbound)[15] but has since been expanded into four lanes.

Speed limitEdit

100 km/h for cars and jeepneys, 80 km/h for trucks and buses, and 60 km/h is the minimum for all classes of vehicles. Speed limits are strictly enforced via CCTV cameras and speed guns, and speeders are usually identified as soon as they hit the tollbooth.

Major upgradeEdit

San Fernando Toll Plaza in Pampanga, before the 2005 rehabilitation

The upgrade consisted of rebuilding of roads and building new toll plazas. Launched in the beginning of 2003 and completed in February 2005, the roadway now has modern features explained above.

Drainage enhancement programEdit

The entire stretch of the expressway underwent another rehabilitation regarding its drainage systems. The expressway is known to be flooded during the rainy season and the goal of the project is to fix the drainage systems within the road to prevent flooding. Within this period, certain lanes of the road were closed to the traffic. This in turn caused massive traffic jams along the road and the speed limit on the construction sites were reduced from 80/100 km/h to 60 km/h.

The program started on February 12, 2007 and finished on October 7, 2007.

Shareholder companiesEdit


Emergency phones and parking baysEdit

Emergency telephone boxes are located throughout the whole length of the expressway. Parking bays (lay-bys) are also placed on regular intervals on the expressway, for use in emergency situations.

Service areasEdit

North Luzon Expressway has 7 service areas, mostly located on the closed toll section north of Bocaue. Each service station hosts a gas station, restaurants, and a convenience store, as well as ATMs and restrooms, car repair, and lubrication services.


A toll barrier of the Santa Rita Exit

Exit numbers are based on kilometer post. Exits begin at 9 because the NLEx is a logical continuation of Andres Bonifacio Avenue. Rizal Park is designated as Kilometer Zero.

North Luzon Tollway/NLEX MainEdit

Metro ManilaQuezon City106.2Balintawak Cloverleaf   N1 / AH26 (EDSA) – Cubao, Monumento, ManilaSouth end of AH26 concurrency and southern terminus; continues south as   N160 (A. Bonifacio Avenue)
106.2Novaliches  N127 (Quirino Highway) – NovalichesNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
Caloocan116.8SkywayNorthbound entrance and southbound exit; future northern terminus of Skyway Stage 3
116.8Libis BaesaLibis Baesa, PotreroSouthbound exit only; currently closed as Skyway Stage 3 is under construction
127.5Manila North Expressway: Balintawak toll plaza (1968–2005, demolished)
127.5Balintawak toll plaza A (electronic toll collection, cash payments; northbound only)
127.5Balintawak toll plaza B (electronic toll collection, cash payments; northbound only)
Valenzuela138.113Smart Connect Interchange  E5 – Mindanao Avenue, Port of ManilaCloverleaf interchange
148.7Mapulang LupaMapulang Lupa, Paso de Blas, ParadaNorthbound exit only; demolished
159.315Paso de Blas (Valenzuela)   N118 (Paso de Blas Road) – Paso de Blas, Maysan, Novaliches, VGCDiamond interchange
1711Caltex (NLEX southbound) service area
171117Lawang BatoLawang Bato, PunturinNorthbound entry and exit only; future Canumay Exit
171117LingunanLingunan, Canumay, Lawang BatoSouthbound exit only
Central LuzonBulacanMeycauayan191219LibtongLibtongNorthbound exit only
201220Meycauayan  N117 (Malhacan Road) / Iba Road – MeycauayanFolded diamond interchange
211321PandayanPandayanSouthbound exit only
Marilao2314Petron Km. 23 service area (northbound)
231423MarilaoMarilaoNorthbound exit only; replaced by a new exit with the same name a few meters north
231423MarilaoM. Villarica Road / Patubig Road – Marilao, San Jose del Monte, NorzagarayFolded diamond / Four-ramp parclo interchange. Future link to the proposed toll road to the New Manila International Airport.[16]
2415NLEX-C6 InterchangeLinks to the proposed C6 Expressway; interchange type not yet known
Bocaue261626Ciudad de VictoriaNorthbound exit only; replaced by a proper northbound-southbound exit
2616Ciudad de VictoriaBocaue, Santa MariaPartially opened link to the Ciudad de Victoria and alternate route to Bocaue and Santa Maria
Bocaue BypassSouthbound entry only.[17] Under construction.
2817Bocaue toll plaza B (electronic toll collection, cash payments; southbound only)
North end of barrier toll system. South end of closed road toll system.
2817Bocaue toll plaza A (electronic toll collection, cash payments; southbound only)
North end of barrier toll system. South end of closed road toll system.
281727BocaueFortunato Halili Avenue – Bocaue, Santa MariaDiamond interchange
271727TambubongTaal, Tambubong (Bocaue), Santa MariaNo southbound exit ramp
3019Petron Km. 30 service area (southbound)
Balagtas3019Balagtas-NFEx InterchangeNorth Food ExchangeUnopened trumpet interchange; construction temporarily stopped in 2011 due to the delays in developing the site of the project
3119Shell (NLEX Northbound) service area
322032Tabang (Guiguinto)  E1 (Tabang Spur Road) – Tabang, Guiguinto, MalolosHalf-Y interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
332134BalagtasPlaridel Bypass Road – Balagtas, Bustos, San RafaelHalf-Y interchange; northbound entry/exit and southbound entrance, southbound exit ramp under construction
Guiguinto3622NLEx-NLEEx InterchangeLinks to the proposed provincial spur road of North Luzon East Expressway; interchange type not yet known
3723Shell of Asia service area (southbound)
382438Santa Rita   N1 / AH26 (Maharlika Highway / Cagayan Valley Road) – Guiguinto, Plaridel, Baliuag, CabanatuanFolded diamond interchange; north end of AH26 concurrency
MalolosNo major junctions
Plaridel4226Petron Km. 42 service area (northbound)
Pulilan452845Pulilan  N115 (Pulilan Regional Road) – Pulilan, Calumpit, Baliuag, MalolosDiamond interchange
4629South end of Candaba Viaduct
CalumpitNo major junctions
PampangaApalit5232North end of Candaba Viaduct
5534Total (NLEX) service area (northbound)
San Simon563556San SimonQuezon Road – San Simon, Apalit, Minalin, Santo TomasDiamond interchange
Santo TomasNo major junctions
San Fernando6239Caltex Mega Station (southbound)
654065San Fernando  N3 (Jose Abad Santos Avenue) – San Fernando, Bacolor, Guagua, Mexico, Subic Freeport ZoneHalf-partial cloverleaf and half-diamond interchange; southbound ramps formerly a half dumbbell interchange
Mexico7144Petron Km. 71 Lakeshore (northbound)
724572Mexico (closed)Mexico, Lakeshore EstateHalf parclo interchange (demolished); replaced by a current exit few meters north
724572MexicoMexico-Calulut Road – Mexico, Dalisdis (Mexico), Panipuan (San Fernando)Trumpet interchange
7748Shell service station (southbound)
Angeles815081Angeles (closed)Angeles, MagalangParclo interchange (1984–2005, demolished); replaced by a current exit few meters north
815081AngelesAngeles, MagalangTrumpet interchange
Mabalacat8251Dau toll plaza (demolished)
835283Dau  N215 (Dau Access Road) – Dau, MabalacatTrumpet interchange
855385SCTEX   E1 (Clark Spur Road) – Clark Airport, Tarlac City, Baguio, SubicHalf T/Half Trumpet/Half Y interchange; future trumpet interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of R-8 concurrency
8754Santa Ines toll plaza (electronic toll collection, cash payments)
885588Santa Ines   N213 (Mabalacat—Magalang Road) – Clark Airport, Concepcion, MabalacatTrumpet interchange; northern end of expressway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Tabang Spur RoadEdit

The west end of Tabang Spur Road at Guiguinto Exit

The entire route is located in Bulacan

Guiguinto362236Guiguinto  N1 (MacArthur Highway / Cagayan Valley Road) – Guiguinto, Malolos, BalagtasWestern terminus & end of expressway; continues west as   N2 (MacArthur Highway)
3622St. Francis StreetT-Intersection
3622Shell service station (eastbound)
3622Tabang toll plaza (electronic toll collection, cash payments; westbound and eastbound)
3421TabeTabeAccess for westbound motorists only [18]
Balagtas322032   E1 / AH26 (NLEX Main) – ManilaEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

NLEX ConnectEdit

The entire route is located in Metro Manila. This route consists of the NLEX Mindanao Avenue Link, NLEX Karuhatan Link, and NLEX Harbor Link (including its C3–R10 segment). 

ValenzuelaMindanao Avenue  N128 (Mindanao Avenue) – Quezon CityEastern end of expressway; start of C-5 designation; link to the future NLEX C5 Link (Segment 8.2)
Mindanao toll plaza (electronic toll collection, cash payments; westbound only)
Smart Connect Interchange   E1 / AH26 (NLEX Main) – Balintawak, TarlacCloverleaf interchange with collector lanes
ParadaParada, MaysanWestbound exit only
Gen. T. De LeonGen. T. de LeonEastbound exit only
Karuhatan toll plaza (electronic toll collection, cash payments; eastbound only)
Karuhatan  N1 (MacArthur Highway) – KaruhatanDiamond interchange; northern end of C-5 system
MalabonNo major junctions
CaloocanC-3 Road  N130 (C-3 Road) – CaloocanSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
Caloocan InterchangeNLEX ConnectorDirectional T interchange; veers west to C3–R10 segment; link to the future NLEX Connector
MalabonDagat-Dagatan Avenue – MalabonWestbound exit and future eastbound entrance[19]
Navotas   N120 / AH26 (Radial Road 10) – Navotas Fish Port ComplexWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; completion targeted before the end of 2020[20]
Navotas Interchange[20]   N120 / AH26 (Radial Road 10) – Port of ManilaWestern end of expressway. Also known as C3-R10 Ramp, it provides direct access to Mel Lopez Boulevard and the Manila North Harbor. Link to the proposed NLEX–CAVITEX Port Expressway Link or Harbor Link Port Access Mobility Facility.[21][22]
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

NLEX-SLEX Connector RoadEdit

The entire route is located in Metro Manila. It is still under construction.[23] 

CaloocanCaloocan Interchange  E5 (NLEX Harbor Link) – Port of Manila, Mindanao Avenue, TarlacNorthern terminus; continues north as   E5 (NLEX Harbor Link); also connects with the C3–R10 Section of NLEX Harbor Link
C-3 Road  N130 (C-3 Road)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
ManilaEspaña toll plaza
España  N170 (España Boulevard) – Sampaloc
SkywaySouthern terminus; future connection with Skyway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Unopened

NLEx Segment 8.2Edit

The entire route is located in Metro Manila. The construction of this route is still pending. 

ValenzuelaMindanao Avenue  N128 (Mindanao Avenue)Western terminus. Continues west as   E5 (NLEX Mindanao Avenue Link).
Quezon CityRegalado toll plaza
Congressional/Luzon Avenue  N129 (Congressional Avenue, Luzon Avenue)Eastern terminus. Access to   N170 (Commonwealth Avenue).
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Unopened

In popular cultureEdit

  • The expressway was featured in the music video to the song "Toll Gate" by the band Hale.
  • It was also featured in the movie Sa North Diversion Road in 2005, based on Tony Perez's stage play of the same name. It was created by Dennis Marasigan.
  • From June 6–17, 2007, On North Diversion Road, the play written by Tony Perez, was performed at The Arts House, Singapore, by young & W!LD, an actor training division of Singapore's W!LD RICE Theatre.[24]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Tabang Spur Road, Province of Bulacan". Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Concessions". NLEX Corporation. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Unite, Betheena (February 28, 2020). "Harbor Link Segment 10 finally opens". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Rey, Aika (February 22, 2020). "NLEX Harbor Link Malabon Exit open to motorists". Rappler. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "NLEX opens latest Harbor Link section". CNN Philippines. June 15, 2020. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  6. ^ Rama, Michelle (February 23, 2016). "A history of forgetting". Rappler. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b "Road and Bridge Inventory". Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  9. ^ "MNTC | Projects". Manila North Tollways Corporation. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  10. ^ Camus, Miguel R. (October 28, 2019). "2nd NLEx-SLEx link set for construction". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  11. ^ "DPWH inspects NLEX Connector construction along PNR ROW, NLEX awards main works contract to DMCI". NLEX Corporation. November 5, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  12. ^ Mercurio, Richmond (May 14, 2019). "NLEX revives plan to extend expressway to Bataan". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  13. ^ Mercurio, Richmond (February 10, 2020). "NLEX pushes P20 billion Phase 3 plan". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  14. ^ "Toll Table". Manila North Tollways Corporation. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "MNTC to start P2.6-B NLEX road-widening project this month". Manila North Tollways Corporation. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "Proposed canal system with ring road along its banks will serves as a flood mitigation to channel run-off water to the Manila Bay". Facebook. May 23, 2020.
  17. ^ Rey, Aika (August 8, 2018). "LOOK: Proposed road network projects in Bulacan". Rappler.
  18. ^ "Tabe Exit (closed)". Wikimapia.
  19. ^ "NLEX Harbor Link C3-R10 Section Progress Video (as of June 1, 2020)". YouTube. June 1, 2020.
  20. ^ a b Patinio, Ferdinand (June 15, 2020). "NLEX Harbor Link C3-R10 section now open to motorists". Philippine News Agency.
  21. ^ Mercurio, Richmond (March 2, 2020). "NLEX keen on Port Expressway Link project". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  22. ^ Mercurio, Richmond (February 14, 2020). "Construction to start soon on Harbor Link extension". The Philippine Star. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  23. ^ Lopez, Melissa Luz (November 5, 2019). "Work begins for NLEX-SLEX Connector road". CNN Philippines. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 16, 2006. Retrieved March 26, 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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