Top 5 Ways I use to Get Around Makati

Getting around Makati in the 1970's and 1980's was a challenge since directions given were always about landmarks e.g. turn left after this hotel, right at McDonald's, etc. These days signs have come up in almost all the streets, roads are better lit and with technology of apps with GPS life has gotten easier.




Top 5 Ways I use to Get Around Makati


  1. MRT
    1. the MRT stations within in Makati are the Guadalupe Station, Buendia station, Ayala Station and the Magallenes station. These stations service the part of Makati along EDSA. 
    2. I typically use this when going from Makati to BGC since there are buses at the Ayala MRT station that go into BGC. 
    3. I also use the MRT getting in and out of Makati going north towards Mandaluyong bound or south to the Taft Avenue station to get to use the LRT line.
    4. They have beep cards now that you pre-load with money so you don't have to always fall in line to buy a single journey card.
  2. Jeep
    1. Found on most major roads in Makati, this  mode of transportation is most well known in the Philippines since it is a vestige of the American war jeeps. These jeeps during the 70's and 80's were pretty well decorated! Now they are shabbily clad with the bare necessities signs, names of the families, some artwork here and there, music for some and some lights.
    2. Even though there are signs on the Jeep it's always good to ask to make sure the Jeep passes where you want to go. You can ask the jeepney barkers - those guys who scream out jeep destinations.
    3. Make sure if you sit at the tail end of the jeep to practice saying "bayad ho" - here's the payment so that your payment gets passed on from person to person till it reaches the jeepney driver.
    4. Base fare is just 7 pesos.
    5. Getting to city hall is a breeze using the jeep
  3. Uber
    1. These days cause of the traffic I tend to use Uber pretty frequently so that I can continue working in the car vs. driving. Taxis I seldom take since I discovered Uber =)
    2. Just make sure to enter the exact address if possible for both pick up point and destination in the app.
    3. Watch out for price surge during rush hour or lunch hour
  4. Own car
    1. There are lots of one way streets in the Makati CBD so good to pay attention if you are driving your own car.
    2. The only problem with driving your own car is parking! Although there are lots of parking structures and lots in Makati these tend to get full easily. 
  5. Walking
    1. If I can walk it, I will! This for me is the most practical way of getting around since Legaspi Village, Ayala Center, Salcedo Village are all close by. Just need to make sure to factor in walk time =)
    2. Make sure to carry an umbrella during rainy season as well as during summer.