A complete guide to the current and proposed urban rail transit systems of Southeast Asia.
What Is Urban Rail Transit?
Urban rail transit is a catch-all term for the different modes of city and suburban railway systems. According to Wikipedia, this can include tram, light rail, rapid transit, monorail, commuter rail, funicular, and cable car.
Sometimes the definition of different system types blur between each other, so it is easier to place everything in one list rather than making a separate list for each transport type.
The term urban rail transit is useful for places that operate transport systems with different modes of railways. For example, the transport system for Greater Kuala Lumpur (Klang Valley Integrated Transit System) operates an MRT, LRT, monorail, commuter railway, and a dedicated airport express railway.
This list includes all types of urban and commuter railways. It excludes monorails, funiculars, and cable cars that are not used for public transport (such as at theme parks and the Penang Hill Railway). Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is also excluded, but people movers are included (even if they have rubber wheels). I will make a separate list of BRTs of Southeast Asia in the future.
Urban Rail Transit of Southeast Asia Map
Map featuring all current, proposed, and never-built urban rail transit of Southeast Asia.
[Map of urban rail transit of Southeast Asia.]
Orange: Under construction.
Grey: Proposed/planned/never built.
Articles about Urban Rail Transit of Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia urban rail transit report – 2023 (subscriber only)
Phnom Penh metro, fixing Manila’s decades of neglect, Bangkok-centric development continues in Thailand, maybe the HCMC Metro in 2023, and my pick for best transit proposal of the year
If you want to just read what is published here, scroll through the Urban Rail Transit category page.
For airport railways, visit Airport Railways In Southeast Asia.
Urban Rail Transit country list
Bandar Seri Begawan
Brunei Metro [proposed].
Phnom Penh Metro [proposed].
Bandung LRT [proposed].
North-South Line (Jakarta MRT).
Southern Line (LRT Jakarta).
Tanjung Priok Line (KRL Commuterline)
Cikarang Loop Line (KRL Commuterline)
Bogor Line (KRL Commuterline)
Rangkasbitung Line (KRL Commuterline)
Tangerang Line (KRL Commuterline)
Soekarno–Hatta Airport Railink (railink.co.id).
Batara Kresna Railbus.
Adisumarmo Airport Rail Link.
KRL Commuterline Yogyakarta–Solo (krl.co.id).
Yogyakarta International Airport Rail Link (KAI)
Yogyakarta LRT [proposed].
Batam LRT [proposed].
Minangkabau Express Airport Rail Link.
Nusantara LRT [proposed].
Makassar LRT/MRT [proposed].
Vientiane Transit [proposed].
Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System [under construction].
Johor Bahru LRT [proposed].
Kota Kinabalu Sky Train [proposed].
Kuala Lumpur (Klang Valley Integrated Transit System)
MRT: Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) (mymrt.com.my).
Rapid KL: Light Rapid Transit (LRT) (myrapid.com.my).
Express Rail Link: Airport rail link (kliaekspres.com).
Kuantan Skytrain [proposed].
Autonomous Rail Transit (ART) [proposed].
Melaka Aerorail [postponed indefinitely].
Bayan Lepas LRT [proposed].
Putrajaya Monorail [proposed].
Naypyitaw Urban Mass Rapid Transit [proposed].
Yangon Circular Railway.
Yangon Urban Mass Rapid Transit [proposed].
Baguio Monorail [proposed].
Cebu Monorail [proposed].
Davao Monorail [proposed].
Iloilo Monorail [proposed].
Manila (National Capital Region)
Future Manila mass transit system – Every urban rail line planned for Metro Manila.
Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRTS)
Manila Light Rail Transit System (lrta.gov.ph).
PNR Metro Commuter Line (pnr.gov.ph).
Metro Manila Subway [under construction].
Makati Intra-city Subway [under construction].
North–South Commuter Railway (NSCR) [under construction].
Bicutan Automated Guideway Transit System [under construction].
Bangkok Metropolitan Region
Bangkok Mass Rapid Transit System Guide – Current, under construction, and proposed lines, and maps.
Bangkok Mass Transit System – A guide to the urban railways of Bangkok.
BTS Skytrain (bts.co.th).
Bangkok Yellow Line: A review of the first monorail in Thailand.
Don Mueang–Suvarnabhumi–U-Tapao high-speed railway [under construction].
Chiang Mai Mass Transit [proposed].
Hat Yai Monorail [proposed].
Hat Yai – Songkhla Commuter Rail [proposed].
Khon Kaen Transit System [proposed].
Nakhon Ratchasima Light Rail Transit [proposed].
Pattaya Monorail [proposed].
Phitsanulok Mass Transt [proposed].
Phuket Light Rail [proposal].
Da Lat Monorail [proposed].
Da Nang Metro [proposed].
4 urban railway lines [proposed].
urban railway [proposed].
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City Metro [under construction].
– Ho Chi Minh City Metro Concept Map.
– Construction projects near Line 1 Ho Chi Minh City Metro.
– Thu Thiem – Long Thanh Light Rail
– Ben Thanh Station.
– Ho Chi Minh City Metro 2020 construction update.
– Ho Chi Minh City Metro 2021 construction update.
– Ho Chi Minh City Metro 2022 construction update.
Binh Duong Urban Railway [proposed].
Dong Nai Urban Railway [proposed].
Hue Tramway [proposed].
Ba Ria – Vung Tau Urban Railway