Without a doubt the ICONIC JEEPNEY is the most popular means of public transportation in Makati. Originally made from left over U.S. military Jeeps, Jeepneys have become an iconic symbol of Philippine culture.
All I know, is that I got a kick out of seeing these colorful, decorated vehicles, which were always bursting at the seams with passengers. As many as 20 all packed in like sardines and some literally hanging on at the back - Unbelievable!
Jeepneys can be flagged down like you do with a taxi, or are accessible from E-Jeepney stops (pic # 4).
A promotion is going on in the Philippines now, with pictures of fully loaded Jeepneys making their way through the hectic traffic, with the caption "Transportation - It's more fun in the Philippines!" - Gotta love it!
The cost per person from Paranaque to Makati and Makati to Paranaque is 60Pesos each(50 Pesos for senior citizens). There are other shuttles to/from other areas too. Check the terminal near Hotel Intercontinental Manila beneath the Ayala MRT Station for details.
The iconic form of transport in the streets of Manila are the Jeepneys. It started after the Second World War after the Filipinos converted old US Army jeeps into a form of public transport. Each jeep is very beautifully decorated and runs in most of the major roads of the country. Passengers enter from an open door in the back with two long bench type seats that can hold up to over 20 passengers. It is also quite a normal sight to see people literally hanging at the back of the jeep as it moves along the road. Almost all of the jeeps are open-air and don't have air conditioning. This exposes people to elements such as pollution or rain so it would be best if you are prepared for that. The destination as well as where the jeep will pass by are indicated using small signs at the front windshield. If you don't know which jeep to take it would be good if you ask the driver which one to take.
You may go to Makati by private vehicle, as long as you observe the number-coding rule of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
From the Southern provinces, you can take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) with option to take the Skyway for faster travel or exit at Nichols Interchange or C5 Toll Plaza. From the southern part of Metro Manila, you can drive through Epifanio delos Santos Ave. (EDSA). EDSA is also the major road to Makati from Quezon City and other northern parts of Metro Manila. From EDSA, you can turn to Ayala Avenue, or Pasay Road, or Gil Puyat/Buendia Avenue to your destination.
There are taxi lanes in commercial centers where you can get a metered taxi to bring you anywhere you want. At the CBD, you can hail a taxi from the street, or you may opt to get an SUV, called FX/Shuttle for no-meter taxi service to the commercial center.
The jeepney is still the cheapest option for commuters going around different places in Makati. At the Central Business District, there is an airconditioned jeepney that plys the Makati Loop area.
Remember, there are designated loading and unloading zones; just look for the signs to avoid fines.
The most convenient and fastest way to go around Makati is by using your own car/private vehicle. You can decide the route you prefer to take; you can turn to sidestreets as shortcut to avoid heavy traffic.
You can go around Makati without spending transportation money. Yes! Exercise your feet, and walk on the elevated walkways (sometimes called overpass) or the underpass or wide sidewalks. Makati is so pedestrian-friendly, you can reach your destination without hailing a cab or jeepney.
There are buses plying the Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA) route from Baclaran, Paranaque to Quezon City and Caloocan City, and vice-versa. Said buses pass through the Central Business District daily.
There are also buses coming from Taft Avenue,Manila going to Makati, passing through Buendia/Gil Puyat Avenue, then Makati Avenue, then Ayala Avenue and back to Manila through Buendia.
Provincial buses coming from Laguna also pass through the CBD on their way to Quezon City and/or Caloocan City.
Let me emphasize, as mentioned in my warning tip, you can't just load or unload anywhere; you must observe existing rules on separate loading and unloading stops.
From Manila, take the MRT at the EDSA-Taft Station and get off at your desired destination in Makati. There are four Makati stations on Edsa, namely Guadalupe, Buendia, Ayala and Magallanes.
From Quezon City, take the MRT from any station at EDSA and get off at your desired destination (Guadalupe/Buendia/Ayala/Magallanes Station).
If you get off at Ayala Station, you can go down to the Hotel Intercontinental side or Forbes Park side, or you can walk to the entrance of Shoemart, from which you can walk to the other malls or business district.
If you have friends, of course, they can drive you around...Filipinos will take the day or week off they can just to accomodate you...but you can rent cars (hotels have their limousine services too, if you prefer luxurious modes of transport)
NAIA I Code:MNL
Arrival lobby curbside Terminal 1, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Pasay City
8318247 / 87713137
Centennial Airport, Pasay City
Shop #4 Ayala wing, The Peninsula Manila Ayala Ave. Makati
8857774 / 8857767
Nayong Filipino compound MIA Rd. Pasay City
8328750 to 51
Bicutan HQ Code:MN4
Km. 16.2 West Service Road South Superhighway Bicutan Paranaque
7768118 to 20
Bgy. Don Jose, Laguna Bel-Air Sta. Rosa Laguna
8372861 / 8374892
A cheap way to get around Manila is by Jeepney. Jeepney is a lorry like motorised public transport with the route of the jeepney written on the side of the metal body of the jeepney.
During a jeepney ride, you'll get to meet the locals and according to a local we met, though there is no clear signs where the jeepney stop is, the locals knows which corner of the road to wait..
It was an exciting & interesting experience for my friends and I when we were "stranded" at the Divisoria night market and there is no cab that will drive us back to Makati. It was an experience that we'll never forget.
There are taxi lanes and it's better if you get your cabs there (not from hotels because there's a minimum rate of 300 pesos, which isn't bad in other currency, but expensive when it's just nearby) and let the security guards or dotc officials list the license plates...if you're just going to hire one from the street, be sure to ask if the taxi's metered or not...
You have to have a lot of coins or at least lower bills to ride a bus...there's the air cornditioned bus and there's the bus non fresco (hehhehe). I don't suggest you ride this vehicle during rush hour/s (from 7 to 10 in the morning and from 5 in afternoon to 8 in the evening) because you won't be able to breathe (and sadly to say, you might lose your things).
As I mentioned in my Cubao page, it's actually an elevated train (but sometimes goes under)...I love riding this railway system except during rush hour/s (anywhere from 5PM to 8 in the evening) because there's practically no space to breathe. Thank goodness that there's a car most especially dedicated to the elderly, women and the handicapped.
From the Ayala Station to Boni,Shaw,Ortigas (11 pesos)
to Cubao (12 pesos)