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This is year 2010. The regular rental price for car with driver is normally fixed at Rupees 600,000.
The time for operation is 8.00 am till 10.00 pm.
We booked nad had the car all to ourselves. But after all the driving around, we were worn off by 6.00 pm and so we dismissed the driver for the rest of the time.
There are 2 methods of calculation.
The first one as mentioned is a fix rate. Price inclusive of car rental, the wages of the driver and the cost of fuel. Most times, the vehicle is a MPV suitable for 5 persons.
Beside the operating hours, guess bear the cost of entrance fees and tolls. Area covered is within the city limits which includes Benteng which is 10 kilometers from town center.
The normal asking price Rupees 600,000. Getting out of town, e.g. Bantimurung - an additional charge of Rupees 50,000.
The rationale behind this extra Rupees 50,000. Cost of fuel was Rupees 4,500 per litre and Bantimurung 2-way trip is 90 kilometers using less than 9 liters.
The second method is to have all the cost seperated. e.g. Driver wages Rupees 24,000, Hire cost of vehicle Rupees 40,000 and all other incidentals paid by the hirer. We did not weigh this option. The charges may include the possibility of a variation in vehicle rental cost.
With some bargaining, we paid Rupees 450,000 an all inclusive price except for entrance fees. We also paid the driver Rupees 50,000 for the good services rendered.
Some deviations from this topic
It is not a practice to offer tips to the driver.
Inside Makasaar, there were not that many popular spots that demand a need for a vehicle to scuttle us around. We needed a driver as we were looking for odd bits and pieces and need his expertise in communicating with locals for direction. The main and only reason was the narrow streets, poor road signs that pose great obstacles to newcomer driving in town. That makes the Rupees 24,000 as value for money.
Private cars plus driver are available for hire. This is the spot where the cars parked and waiting. Located at the beginning part of Jalan Slamet Riyadi, just opposite the office of the Garuda Airlines. See Google map attached.
The society is near cosmopolitain, the drivers are honest and courteous but not so crafty. Always know where you want to go to and also be alert on what you want to see. The drivers would not be able to show you the important places.
Afterall, he speaks only Indonesian, he is employed as a driver and not a tour guide. Of the 3 drivers we used, left below is a contact number of a taxi driver, who we found was the best and most honest.
I was pleasantly surprised to see "human operated" Ricksaws still in use as a normal mode of transport. In other cities like Malacca and Penang, they have this ancient form of transport evolved into tourist attraction.
However in Makassar, there are more Ricksaws than taxis in street corners. The later mainly used by tourist. The Ricksaws here were meant for short haul and there were vehicles catering for passengers and small number to transport goods.
The price for an initial ride was Rupees 5,000 and my picture shows a family of school going children on a single ride. Distances covered is usually within 2 kilometers.
These vehicles were almost seen everywhere within the town center area. The moment, you indicate some interest in them, I noticed that even I rejected their offer to ferry, there was a tendency for the person to follow me where ever I went. Once over a distance of 3 streets.
Out of curiousity, I wanted to know how they would charge a tourist. The distance from Chinatown to the beginning of Losari - less than one kilometer ride. He wanted Rupees 15,000. There was no point of bargaining! So excercise caution when you need them to take you, quite often the absence of street map made this need a neccessity.
I noticed that these Becak did not operate at night as they were not fitted with lamps. There could be some, but I noticed the street desserted with no trace of them.
The Airport is 17 kms from town.
At the airport there is a dedicated counter to assist arrivals in paying fair taxi rates to town. This move also eliminate the need to haggle on fare.
It is a 3 prices, varying Rupees 75,000 -100,000. Depending on the distances of your destination from the airport. However I did not see any mention nor alerted about the fare not inclusve of Toll Charges.
Outbound from the Airport there are stil 2 Toll Booths with rates of Rupees 5,000 and 2,500.
Likewise, when we were near town center at the Losari Beach front, using that fare as benchmark, we assume was the best price. Also posted up in the hotel the rate quoted was also Rupees 100,000.
With that information we bargained to make sure that this price should be inclusive of the 2 Toll charges and a 3rd entrance charges at the airport of Rupees 3,000. Thought that was a good price.
We met one taxi operator and he was more honest and explained that we should use the metered fare.
The journey from Losari to the airport was Rupees 69,000 plus 10,500.
Which is far lower than predetermined fare Rupees 100,000.
Makassar's airport is quite impressive and arguably the best equipped and most modern in Indonesia. It is the hub for many airlines and companies.
Airlines such as Garuda, Mandala, Merpati, Lion Air and a few other smaller ones service Makassar.
The airport departure fee is $3 for domestic flights.
If you plan to travel around city the whole day it is wise to rent a car. Or if you want to go to Rantepao Toraja by car, better to rent a car from Makassar, keep the car for one or two and get back to Makassar with same car. By doing so, you save up a lot of money. Unless, you want to stay in Rantepao or Toraja longer than 2 days. Maybe better to drop you off and use local transportation when you get in Toraja.
If you want to look for cheaper price, DON”T rent a car from a hotel. It is very expensive. As comparison; I found this reliable driver named Andy Hardes; you can hired a new car for rp400, 000 for one full day with his service. You will need to buy fuel for one day around Makassar might be Rp150, 000. Compare to hotel price Rp 1000,000 (1 million per day all include) Hardes can be contacted at his cell phone +6281355842611 or +624115455778. There is also rent a car service I used found through Yellow Pages +6241131887 the owner named Atang. His service is Rp700, 000 all include (car+driver+fuel)
Fixed and Settled The Price in Advance!
Taking becak or rickshaw in Makassar can be a fun way to go around city. But settled the price before you hop in otherwise you end up getting rip off the way I did. I stayed at Aryaduta Hotel located in Losari beach or Jalan Somba Opu. The place is quite central and Fort Rotterdam is just few kilometers away. The price for becak from Aryadutta Hotel to the Fortes is Rp10, 000 one way (around $1) or Rp20, 000 roundtrip. We agreed to have one way trip and drop me off at the Fortes. I was planned to go by foot to enjoy afternoon breeze. But when we arrived at the fortes the rickshaw man insisted to wait, and finally he ends up taking me to Fish market and near by Port. At first, when I asked how much this ‘exceeding” trip cost, he insisted “it is easy, it is cheap and we can settled later on”. But when we finally got back to our hotel, and I thought Rp100, 000 is fair deal, he insisted for Rp200, 000. So, be careful.
Motorcycle is the most useful transportation to getting around in Makassar rather than an Rent Car or Local Public Transportation. The main reason why choose Motorcycle is the traffic jam in Makassar that very stressed, beside that many interesting place such as historical building, museum, beautiful beach, and great place to eat in Makassar are located near from one to the other, so it will become more efficient if using the motorcycle inspite of other type of transportation. But the most important things before using a motorcycle in Makassar is tourist must bring and wear an appropriate equipment, such as helmet, jacket, city map and driving license.
Tourist can rent an Motorcycle from the hotel or a Car/ Motorcycle rental that cost from Rp 50.000 to 100.000 depend on the type, condition of the motorcycle and the rent time.
Ujung Pandang is too hot and, too big to do much walking. The main bemo station is on Jalan Cokroaminoto, Central Market. They travel to all corners of the city ...
Bargain with a becak/rickshaw (even becak drivers are hard bargainers) although it seems almost impossible to get those legs moving when not bargaining. A "langganan" is a subscriber, a regular custumer, so he'll get discount. Even then, the becak drivers are truly fearless drivers with your life in the frontline ... getting into the traffic. Or cutting across streets during peak hour is a truly horrendous experience!
Nice becak or rickshaw around the street. Do not forget to practice your bargain skill :) Here, I got a friendly tukang becak [becak driver] called Mr Yasin. And I take his picture with a Lonely Planet book, hahahaha. His smile is so natural, isn't it?
There are so many daily flights to Makassar. Choose your best and my fave here is morning fly >> truely morning, so I can take picture of sunrise Makassar sky :) as I put here. Cool, isn't it?