Be prepared to walk in this quite vast area of shopping and leisure establishments. Especially after office hours or any time during weekends, the streets here can get really crowded with both people and vehicles.
Lucky you if you have a driver, but if you are bringing your own vehicle, it would be best if you park it at the 6750 building's parking levels (the building with a Starbucks in the corner and right beside Shangri-La Manila). Normally, this building has available spaces even when all the other parking areas have none during peak hours. Also, it is easy to go from here to either side of the whole center - whether Glorietta or Greenbelt.
An alternative is Park Square 1, which is directly across Dusit Hotel. This also usually has available parking slots, but is a bit far if you are going to Greenbelt.
Jeepneys the locals say it is a remnants of world war 2 army vehicles. Really !. Well this jeepneys are a common form of public transport for the locals. Any I mean everybody seems to be hoping in & out all the time. I can't tell exactly how much does a ride cost but I paid about 750peso for say a 5 minutes ride. If you want to relate jeepneys, relate it with Thailand's 'tuk-tuk' similiar i figure.
The MRT and LRT are now working pretty ok (LRT is still non-aircon) and waiting in line for the MRT and LRT will pretty much assure that u need to bring some spare clothes. Around rush hour you have to fight your way in but during rush hours its pretty ok.
Just make sure u watch your cell-phone and money cause when its realy packed u never sure of your belongings (anywhere in the world).
You will save a lot of time if you want to go to Quezon city by taking the MRT but from Makati to Manila is a bit a pain of the ass through LRT though still possible and sometimes faster (during rush hours).
Ok, the first thing you should know is that most taxi drivers are honest. The second thing you should know is that taxi drivers are dishonest. Yes, I know it sounds weird but let me explain. It pretty much depends on the time of day you want to get a taxi and where u want to go to. Recently, I haven't encountered too many difficulties, but normally when I get from the Airport they try to screw me over.
The flat rate is now 30 pesos (around 0.60 dollar) and depending on the place you want to go you end up paying max 150 if want to go to Quezon City or Manila (though if traffic is really bad you might pay more). You can just flag down any taxi and once they don't want to put on the meter just get out (if you can report the bastard) wait ten seconds and get a more honest guy.
Makati can be reached through different routes and via different transportation. However, I find that the fastest and probably the cheapest way to get there is via the two trains - the MRT and LRT. MRT plies the EDSA (Quezon city, Ortigas, Pasay, Pasig) and you can get down at either the buendia or ayala stations. However if you are going to the Makati Business district, it may be more convenient for you to get off at the Ayala Station instead.
If you are coming from Quiapo, Lawton, Taft, United Nations, Ermita, or Pasay, you can take the LRT. you can get down at the Gil Puyat/Buendia Station. This train however is the oldest among the three trains that Manila has and therefore is not so nice anymore. Plus there are a lot of people taking this train. If you are a woman or if you are with a child, you should stay at the first section since this is reserved for women and children and the elderly.
Fare is less than 20 pesos from any point.
You'll see many modes of transportation in Makati from the tricycles, the jeepneys, MRT/LRT but the best way to get around is a taxi cab. They are air conditioned and really cheap. They start off at either 30 or 40Php (cant remember right now). I think its the quickest and safest way of getting around. You will see a million of these driving around the city, so you wont have a problem flagging one down. They are pretty similar, (i think they are toyota corollas) but youll be able to spot the newer ones. My friend told me to try and ride the ones that have color on them instead of the all white ones, he said they are more trustworthy, but they all seem the same to me. When geting inside a cab, make sure they have their license number printed on the side of the cab, and make sure they turn their meter on. Some drivers will negotiate a price before riding, usually itll be more than the fare, so you might want to just grab a different cab. I took a cab from Makati Palace hotel to Greenbelt 3 i think the fare was 60Php (less than a mile away)so its not expensive at all. Dont forget to tip!
Fastest transporetation to go to Quezon City, Taft, Pasay, with possibilities to connect to other lines at different stations.
Walk through the Ayala Center and next to SM shoemart City you will find the entrance to Ayala station. With the escalators you will reach the platform and lots of small shops with article that ciomuters might take quickly.
The picture shows five of the ways to get around in Makati...walking, bicycle, jeepney, car and van. There are also motorcycles, taxis and buses. Jeepney rides were 4 pesos for 4 km when I was there, but now it is 5.5 pesos. However, they go on fixed routes and you might have to change jeepneys to get to your destination (you must pay each time). It was difficult to pick the right jeepney and to know when to change. Good thing someone was showing me around.
Hmmm, I just didn't know what to check, but this shuttle is only from EDSA (Estrella St.) to Rockwell Center and back. It costs 5Pesos per person.