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North Luzon Expressway
Map of expressways in Luzon, with the North Luzon Expressway in orange
NLEX near Malinta tollgate (Paso De Blas, Valenzuela)(2017-05-10).jpg
NLEX northbound, just north of Paso de Blas, Valenzuela
Route information
Part of AH26
Maintained by NLEX Corporation
Length84 km[1] (52 mi)
RestrictionsNo motorcycles below 400cc
Major junctions
North end
Major intersections
South end AH 26 (N1) (EDSA) / N160 (A. Bonifacio Avenue) at Balintawak Cloverleaf, Quezon City
RegionsCentral Luzon and Metro Manila
ProvincesBulacan and Pampanga
Major citiesAngeles City, Caloocan, Mabalacat, Malolos, Meycauayan, San Fernando, Quezon City, Valenzuela
TownsApalit, Bocaue, Balagtas, Calumpit, Guiguinto, Marilao, Mexico, Plaridel, Pulilan, San Simon, Santo Tomas
Highway system
  • Roads in the Philippines

The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX),[a] signed as E1 of the Philippine expressway network, partially as N160 of the Philippine highway network,[b] and R-8 of the Metro Manila arterial road network,[c] is a limited-access toll expressway that connects Metro Manila to the provinces of the Central Luzon region in the Philippines. The expressway, which includes the main segment and its various spurs, has a total length of 101.8 kilometers (63.3 mi) and travels from its northern terminus at Sta. Ines Interchange to its southern terminus in Balintawak Interchange, which is adjacent to its connection to Skyway, an elevated toll road that connects the NLEX to its counterpart in the south, the South Luzon Expressway. The segment of the expressway between Santa Rita Exit in Guiguinto and the Balintawak Interchange in Quezon City is part of Asian Highway 26 of the Asian highway network.

The expressway also serves as a major utility corridor, carrying various high voltage overhead power lines through densely populated areas where acquisition and designation of right of way or power line alignment and lands for their associated structures is impractical. A notable power line using the expressway's right of way for most or part of the route is the Hermosa–Duhat–Balintawak transmission line from San Fernando Exit in San Fernando, Pampanga to Smart Connect Interchange in Valenzuela, Metro Manila.

The North Luzon Expressway was built in the 1960s as part of the government's program to develop areas adjacent to Metro Manila, with NLEX serving the north. The expressway was originally controlled by the Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC), until the expressway's operations and maintenance was transferred in February 10, 2005, to the NLEX Corporation, a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (a former subsidiary of the Lopez Group of Companies until 2008). The expressway was expanded and rehabilitated from 2003 to February 2005, modernizing the road and its facilities.

Route description

See also: Radial Road 8


NLEX near the Santa Rita interchange in Guiguinto
NLEX near the Santa Rita interchange in Guiguinto

The North Luzon Expressway's main segment, called the North Luzon Tollway (NLT) or NLEX Main, cuts northwards from Manila to the provinces in Central Luzon.

The expressway begins in Quezon City as a four lane road at the Balintawak Interchange with EDSA as a continuation of A. Bonifacio Avenue. The main segment spans 84 km (52 miles), passing through Caloocan and Valenzuela in Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga in Central Luzon. It currently ends in Mabalacat. The NLEX runs parallel to the MacArthur Highway, which is officially known as the Manila North Road.

From Balintawak, the NLEX follows a straight north route, with sections lined by billboards. Two service roads run on either sides of the expressway from Balintawak to Barangay Lias, Marilao, albeit discontinuously and one service road on the west from Marilao Exit to Duhat, Bocaue. The N160 concurrency ends near the Eternal Gardens Memorial Park in Caloocan, just below Skyway and its Balintawak Exit and few meters south of the former site of Balintawak toll plaza that operated until 2005. The expressway then bends westward at Smart Connect Interchange in Valenzuela and in Tambubong Interchange in Bocaue, Bulacan. The following exit, Tabang, leads passengers to the Tabang Spur Road. The Tabang Spur Road is a four-lane, 3.36-kilometer (2.09 mi) spur road in Bulacan that branches off NLEX Main at Tabang Exit in Balagtas and terminates at a partial cloverleaf interchange with MacArthur Highway and Cagayan Valley Road at Guiguinto Exit in Guiguinto.[3] The spur road carried the final leg of the expressway until the present route was extended to Pampanga.

The expressway narrows to three lanes per direction past Tabang Exit. It continues on a straight route, traversing paddy fields on the outskirts of Guiguinto, Malolos, and Pulilan. The Asian Highway 26 (AH26) concurrency leaves NLEX at Santa Rita Exit, where it follows Maharlika Highway, also known as Cagayan Valley Road, towards Baliwag and Cagayan Valley. 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. After San Fernando Exit, the expressway narrows into two lanes per direction. It continues a mostly straight and gently winding route 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 Sta. Ines Interchange, with a toll plaza serving the exit.

NLEX Harbor Link

Main article: E5 expressway (Philippines)

Collectively known as the North Luzon Expressway Harbor Link Project (NLEX Harbor Link Project),[4] these series of expressways connect the North Luzon Expressway to various points in Metro Manila. It currently runs from Mindanao Avenue in Valenzuela to Radial Road 10 in Navotas, linking the North Luzon Expressway to the Port of Manila. Once completed, it will run from Katipunan Avenue, a component of Circumferential Road 5, in Quezon City at the east.


Planning and construction

Balintawak Interchange in 1968

The original stretch of the expressway, from Balintawak Interchange in Quezon City 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.[5] It was carried out under the private financing scheme provided by Republic Act No. 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 5-kilometer (3.1 mi) Candaba Viaduct, a construction innovation utilizing precast beam system, 6 interchanges, 12 bridges, and overpass/underpass structures.[1]

Between 1986 and 1991, under the Corazon Aquino administration, the expressway was extended by another 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) from its terminus at Dau Exit to Santa Ines Exit in Mabalacat, Pampanga, with a northbound lane from Dau Exit to the future connection to SCTEX had an asphalt overlay while the southbound lane was originally a concrete road before an asphalt overlay was added upon the expressway's rehabilitation.[6] In 1998, Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) was granted the concession for the expressway, manifested in a Supplementary Toll Operation Agreement (STOA). Under the STOA, the government confirmed the assignment by PNCC of its usufructuary rights, interest and privileges over the existing expressway, including all extensions, linkages and diversions in favor of MNTC. These concession rights authorized MNTC to construct, finance, manage, operate and maintain all the project roads and charge tolls thereon.[7]

Expansion and rehabilitation

A segment of NLEX in 1999, with a passing Partas bus
A segment of NLEX in 1999, with a passing Partas bus
The San Fernando toll plaza in 2001, few years before the rehabilitation
The San Fernando toll plaza in 2001, few years before the rehabilitation

From February 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 Asia with Egis Projects 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. On February 10, 2005, commercial operations began following the Toll Regulatory Board's issuance of the Toll Operation Permit. On the same day, the operation and maintenance of the expressway was transferred from the government-owned Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC) to the Manila North Tollways Corporation, which would later become known as NLEX Corporation.[7][8]

On February 12, 2007, the entire stretch of the expressway began another rehabilitation regarding its drainage systems. 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 km/h (50 mph) and 100 km/h (62 mph), respectively, to 60 km/h (37 mph).[citation needed] The program was finished on October 7, 2007.[citation needed]

Further extensions

NLEX in San Simon, after the 2016 expansion project
NLEX in San Simon, after the 2016 expansion project

On June 5, 2010, NLEX Segment 8.1 or NLEX Mindanao Avenue Link was opened. The new spur road of NLEX 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 in Karuhatan, Valenzuela.

On February 28, 2019, the main stretch of NLEX Segment 10 or the NLEX Harbor Link, from Karuhatan to C-3 Road, was opened to traffic.[9][10][11] On February 21, 2020, its C3–R10 Section was partially opened up to its Malabon exit ramp;[12] the remaining section to Radial Road 10 was opened on June 15, 2020.[13]

Proposed renaming

The main expressway has been a subject of some legislative measures for its proposed renaming. These were filed to commemorate to the historical significance and contributions of its intended namesakes, respectively. However, none has taken effect to date, as these await a counterpart measure from the Senate before it can be signed into law by the President of the Philippines.

On May 10, 2015, the House Committee on Public Works and Highways approved House Bill No. 4820 that seeks to rename the expressway to President Corazon C. Aquino Expressway (CAEX), in honor of former President Corazon Aquino, who was regarded as an icon of democracy. It was authored by Magnolia Rosa Antonino-Nadres, the then-representative from Nueva Ecija's 4th district.[14]

On May 13, 2019, the House of Representatives passed on third and final reading the House Bill No. 8958 that seeks to rename the expressway to the Marcelo H. del Pilar Expressway (MHDPEX),[15] in honor of Marcelo H. del Pilar, a revolutionary writer and patriot from Bulacan. The bill is principally authored by Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado, the then-representative from Bulacan's 1st district.[16][17]


Sta. Ines extension

Currently, NLEX terminates at the Sta. Ines Exit in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Plans to continue the expressway beyond have been raised over the years, with the cooperation of DPWH, to extend the Sta. Ines Interchange towards Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway, also in Mabalacat.[18]

NLEX Connector

NLEX Connector
(NLEX–SLEX Connector Road)

LocationCaloocan – Manila
Length8 km[19] (5.0 mi)
Construction progress near Blumentritt LRT-1 station (August 2022)
Construction progress near Blumentritt LRT-1 station (August 2022)

Several plans for a construction of an elevated road to connect North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) have been mooted long before the construction of the NLEX Connector.

The government reportedly accepted an 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 would be truck ban-free, will run over the Philippine National Railways tracks from the existing Segment 10 (Harbor Link) in Caloocan to the future interchange with Skyway Stage 3 near the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) campus in Santa Mesa, Manila.[20] 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. Its construction takes into consideration the upcoming parallel construction of the southern segment of the North–South Commuter Railway.

Once completed, the Connector Road will have four entry and exit points: the Caloocan Interchange, C-3 Road in Caloocan, España in Sampaloc, Manila, and Magsaysay Boulevard near Santa Mesa, Manila. Construction on Section 1, spanning 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) from Caloocan to España, began on February 28, 2019.[21] As of January 2023, Section 1 is 94% complete[22] and is expected to open on March 27, 2023.[23] Construction of Section 2, spanning 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) from España to Santa Mesa, began on February 8, 2022 after a groundbreaking ceremony was held on December 14, 2021. The civil works are being handled by China Road and Bridge Corporation.[24] To make way for the planned section which would traverse below LRT Line 2, the Magsaysay Flyover along Magsaysay Boulevard is currently undergoing decommissioning.[25] As of January 2023, Section 2 is 29% complete,[22] with a target completion within 2023.[23]

NLEX Phase 3

NLEX Phase 3 would be a 40-kilometer (25 mi) extension with three segments from NLEX Main, originally planned to be built from San Simon, Pampanga, to Dinalupihan, Bataan, connecting to the Subic Bay Freeport Zone via Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway.[26] However, the plan was modified to instead start somewhere between Apalit and San Fernando in Pampanga, then cut across Guagua and end at Dinalupihan.[27] Though the project will tentatively start from Apalit based on the concession, the new alignment has yet to be finalized.[28]

New Manila International Airport link

Pillars have been built on NLEX between its Balintawak toll plaza and Skyway Stage 3's Balintawak/NLEX off-ramp to accommodate a future toll road to the New Manila International Airport in Bulakan, Bulacan.[29] The future project, to be built by San Miguel Corporation, will expand the capacity of NLEX by adding new 4–5 lanes up to Marilao, which was selected for another toll road to the future airport. After the completion of this elevated toll road, NLEX will have 11–13 lanes total (3–4 lanes per direction on NLEX + 5 lanes on the elevated segment) from Balintawak Cloverleaf to Marilao, ultimately bypassing the NLEX's open section.

The toll road project, later known as the Northern Access Link Expressway (NALEX), was approved by the Toll Regulatory Board in June 2022. It would be 19 kilometers (12 mi) long from Skyway Stage 3 to a roundabout in Meycauayan, near the airport. Another 117-kilometer (73 mi) stretch would be built beyond the NMIA roundabout, ending at the southern end of the Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway in Tarlac City. When completed, NALEX would be 136 kilometers (85 mi) long. The NALEX project costs ₱148 billion and the first segment is targeted to be completed by 2026.[30]


Balintawak Toll Plaza, Caloocan
Bocaue Toll Plaza
Dau Toll Plaza, Mabalacat (demolished in 2016)
Toll plazas of NLEX

The tollway has two sections: an open section and a closed section.[31] The open section, which is between Bocaue Exit and Balintawak Toll Barrier and the entire NLEX Harbor Link, employs the use of a barrier toll system, which charges a flat toll based on vehicle class. It is employed to reduce the number of toll barriers (and associated bottlenecks) within Metro Manila. The closed section, which is from Bocaue Exit northwards and the northbound exit to Philippine Arena (south of Bocaue), is distance-based, charging based on the class of vehicle and distance traveled.[32] The section south of Balintawak toll barrier is toll-free, especially to vehicles travelling between Quirino Highway and Balintawak Interchange.

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 Services Corporation. In accordance with law, all toll rates include a 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.

The toll rates, implemented since May 12, 2022, are as follows:[32]

Class Open system
Closed system
(Bocaue–Sta. Ines)
Class 1
(cars, motorcycles, SUVs, jeepneys)
62 ₱3.56/km
Class 2
(buses, light trucks)
₱155 ₱8.90/km
Class 3
(heavy trucks)
₱187 ₱10.68/km


Emergency phones and parking bays

Emergency telephone boxes are located throughout the whole length of the expressway.[33] Parking bays (lay-bys) are also placed on regular intervals on the expressway, for use in emergency situations.[34]

Service areas

Petron Km. 23 in Marilao
Petron Km. 23 in Marilao

North Luzon Expressway has eleven service areas with 5 on both northbound and southbound of the main line, mostly located on the closed toll section north of Bocaue, and one on Tabang Spur Road. Each service station hosts a gas station, a convenience store, restrooms, car repair, and lubrication services. Except for Shell Tabang NLEX, these also have restaurants and ATMs, with some also providing ETC installation and reloading for Easytrip RFID users.[citation needed]

Location Kilometer Name Services Notes
Valenzuela 17 NLEX Drive&Dine Phoenix, 7-Eleven, JT's Manukan Grille, KFC, McDonald's, Pancake House, Army Navy, Nike, Levi's, Casio Watch Outlet Store, Yellow Cab, Kenny Rogers Roasters, Empanada Nation, Banapple, Pizza Hut, Max's, Tokyo Tokyo Southbound only. Formerly a standalone Caltex service station, which was expanded and later replaced by Phoenix Petroleum.[35][better source needed]
Marilao 23 Petron Km. 23 Petron, Jollibee, Chowking, Tapa King, SereniTea, Puma Outlet Store, Burby's, Treats, KFC, Krispy Kreme, Max's, Army Navy, Café France, Shakey's, Seafood Island, Burger King, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Pancake House, Starbucks, Kenny Rogers Roasters, Hap Chan, Mister Donut, BPI ATM, RCBC ATM, UCPB ATM Northbound only. Expanded in 2014.
Bocaue 30 Petron Km. 30 Petron, McDonald's, Fruitas, Pancake House, Subway, Yellow Cab, Army Navy, Max's, Bibingkinitan, Chowking, KFC, Turks, Treats, Starbucks, BPI ATM, Bank of Commerce ATM Southbound only
Balagtas 31 Shell NLEX Nortbound Shell, Select, Jollibee, KFC, Burger King, Kenny Rogers Roasters, Starbucks, Chowking, Cinnabon, Hen Lin, Pancake House, Bulacan Lugaw Kitchen, Mang Inasal, Krispy Kreme, Kettle Korn, Don's Original Spanish Churros, Go Mango, BPI ATM, RCBC ATM Northbound only
Guiguinto 36 Shell Tabang NLEX Shell, Shell Shop Located on Tabang Spur Road. Eastbound only.
37 Shell of Asia Shell, Burger King, Adidas Outlet, Chowking, Mang Inasal, Starbucks, Puma Outlet Store, Fusion Outlet, Raptor Concept Store, Lauro's, DBP ATM, RCBC ATM, Lucky Dragon, Potato Corner Southbound only
Plaridel 42 Petron Km. 42 Petron, Treats, McDonald's Northbound only
Apalit 55 Total NLEX Total, Bonjour, Mang Inasal, Burby's Grill, Max's, Pancake House, Tim Hortons, Tropical Hut, Tapa King Northbound only
San Fernando 62 Caltex Mega Station Caltex, 7-Eleven (formerly Star Mart), Army Navy, KFC, Chowking, Jollibee, Tokyo Tokyo, Nike Factory Store, Teresa's, Kenny Rogers Roasters, Razon's of Guagua, Fashion Rack Designer Outlets, Raptor Concept Store, Café France, BPI ATM, RCBC ATM Southbound only
Mexico 71 Petron Km. 71 Lakeshore Petron, Treats, McDonald's, Starbucks Coffee, Tapa King, Tokyo Tokyo, Kenny Roger's Roasters, BPI ATM, Bank of Commerce ATM Northbound only
77 Shell NLEX Southbound Shell, Jollibee, Wendy's, Max's, Krispy Kreme, Tapa King, Hap Chan, Chowking, Select, Yellow Cab, Chatime, Pancake House, Fashion Rack Designer Outlets, BPI ATM, RCBC ATM Southbound only


A toll barrier of the Santa Rita Exit
A toll barrier of the Santa Rita Exit

Exit numbers are based on kilometer post. Exits begin at 10 because the NLEx is a logical continuation of A. Bonifacio Avenue. Rizal Park in Manila is designated as Kilometer Zero.

Metro ManilaQuezon City106.2Balintawak Cloverleaf AH 26 (N1) (EDSA) – Cubao, Monumento, ManilaSouth end of AH26 concurrency and southern terminus; continues south as N160 (A. Bonifacio Avenue)
106.2 N127 (Quirino Highway) – NovalichesNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; consists of the Old and New Novaliches Flyovers
Caloocan116.8North end of N160 concurrency[2]
116.8Manila North Expressway: Balintawak toll plaza (1968–2005, demolished)
116.8SkywayBalintawak/NLEX Exit of Skyway; northbound entrance and southbound exit[36]
116.8Libis BaesaLibis Baesa, PotreroSouthbound exit only[36]
127.5Balintawak toll plaza (northbound only)
127.5Balintawak toll plaza expansion (northbound only; exclusively for Class 1 vehicles)
Valenzuela138.113Smart Connect Interchange E5 (NLEX Harbor Link) – Mindanao Avenue, Port of ManilaCloverleaf interchange
148.7Mapulang LupaMapulang Lupa, Paso de Blas, ParadaNorthbound exit only; demolished
159.315Paso de Blas (Valenzuela City) N118 (Paso de Blas Road) – Paso de Blas, Novaliches, Fairview, VGCDiamond interchange
1711NLEX Drive&Dine (southbound)
171117Lawang BatoLawang Bato, PunturinNorthbound entrance (temporarily closed)[37] and exit only; entrance exclusively for Class 1 and 2 RFID users only[38]
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 only)
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
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
2616Philippine ArenaCiudad de Victoria, Philippine Arena, Santa Maria
Bocaue BypassSouthbound entry only;[39] under construction
2817Bocaue toll plaza (southbound only)
North end of barrier toll system. South end of closed road toll system.
2817Bocaue toll plaza expansion (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 MariaNorthbound entrance, northbound exit, and southbound entrance only. No southbound exit.
3019Petron KM 30 service area (southbound only)
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
3119BurolBurol, GuiguintoNorthbound exit only; demolished
322032Tabang (Guiguinto) E1 (Tabang Spur Road) – Tabang, Guiguinto, MalolosHalf-Y interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
332134Balagtas N247 (Plaridel Bypass Road) – Balagtas, Bustos, San RafaelTrumpet 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 only)
382438Santa Rita AH 26 (N1) (Maharlika Highway / Cagayan Valley Road) – Guiguinto, Plaridel, Baliwag, Cabanatuan, Bustos, PulilanFolded diamond interchange; north end of AH26 concurrency
MalolosNo major junctions
Plaridel4226Petron KM 42 service area (northbound only)
Pulilan452845Pulilan N115 (Pulilan Regional Road) – Pulilan, Calumpit, Baliwag, MalolosDiamond interchange
4629South end of Candaba Viaduct
CalumpitNo major junctions
PampangaApalit5232North end of Candaba Viaduct
5534Total (NLEX) service area (northbound only)
San Simon563556San SimonQuezon Road – San Simon, Apalit, Minalin, Santo TomasDiamond interchange
Santo TomasNo major junctions
San Fernando6239Caltex Mega Station (southbound only)
654065San Fernando N3 (Jose Abad Santos Avenue) – San Fernando, Bacolor, Guagua, Mexico, Subic Freeport ZoneHalf partial cloverleaf (east half) and half diamond interchange (west half); southbound ramps formerly a half dumbbell interchange
Mexico7144Petron KM 71 Lakeshore (northbound only)
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 only)
Angeles815081AngelesAngeles-Magalang Road – Angeles, MagalangParclo interchange (1984–2005, demolished); replaced by a current exit few meters north
815081AngelesAngeles-Magalang Road/Pandan Road/Aniceto Gueco Street – Angeles, Magalang, ClarkTrumpet interchange
Mabalacat8251Dau toll plaza (2005–2016, demolished)
835283Dau N215 (Dau Access Road) – Dau, MabalacatTrumpet interchange; formerly a signalized intersection
855385SCTEX E1 (Clark Spur Road) – Clark Airport, Tarlac City, Baguio, SubicHalf trumpet; future trumpet interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of R-8 concurrency
8754Sta. Ines toll plaza (1989–2005, demolished; 2016–present)
885588Santa Ines N213 (Mabalacat–Magalang Road) – Clark Airport, Concepcion, MabalacatTrumpet interchange; current northern end of expressway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Closed/former
  •       Incomplete access
  •       Invalid type
  •        Tolled
  •       Unopened

Tabang Spur Road

The west end of Tabang Spur Road at Guiguinto Exit
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 only)
3622Tabang toll plaza
3421TabeTabeAccess for westbound motorists only [40]
Balagtas322032 AH 26 (E1) (NLEX Main) – ManilaEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

NLEX Connector

Also known as the NLEX–SLEX Connector Road.[41] 

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) / 4th AvenueNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
ManilaEspaña Toll Plaza
España N170 (España Boulevard)
R. Magsaysay (Sta. Mesa) N180 (Magsaysay Boulevard)[42]Southern terminus;[43] continues south as Skyway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Unopened

In popular culture


  1. ^ The North Luzon Expressway is also known by its former names: the Manila North Diversion Road (MNDR) and the Manila North Expressway (MNEX).
  2. ^ N160 is also designated to the expressway's untolled segment from Balintawak Interchange in Quezon City to beneath the Balintawak/NLEX Exit of Skyway, near the former site of the Balintawak toll plaza, in Caloocan, officially a secondary road called the Manila North Diversion Road according to the Department of Public Works and Highways. The road is maintained by the department's Quezon City 1st District Engineering Office.[2]
  3. ^ These designations only apply to the main segment of the NLEX.


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