Becak (or trikshaw)You should...
Becak (or trikshaw)
You should try this, this type of transportation is almost disallowed in the Greater City of Jakarta.
Becaks used to be ubiquitous in Jakarta. They are basically bicycle with an attached 2-passanger carriage attached in front of it (or on its side if you are in Medan). Several years back, becaks are banned from the city, and they now have become home to various kinds of fish up north by the Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands). Oh, the romance of sitting together in a becak with your loved one, maybe with a slight drizzle, is no doubt part of the memory of lots of the thirty-something people of Jakarta. What is left now is a variant of becak called Bajaj, a Vespa (think of it as a fat-bottomed motorcycle, if you don't know what a Vespa is) derivative with an attached carriage. Their obnoxious bright orange color, and distinctive, ear piercing rattle, will accompany you along your ride in the constantly vibrating vehicle.
When you decide to choose taxi...
When you decide to choose taxi as the main transportation in Jakarta, the best taxi in Jakarta are Blue Bird taxies and their group of company, such as Silver Bird, Gamya, Morante, Pusaka Nuri, Pusaka Satria, Cendrawasih. I have some safety tips for you.
Safety Tips for Traveling by Taxi
Call to order a taxi
Calling for a taxi is the safest way to travel, especially at night. Shop around to see which companies provide better service. When you order by phone, you are able to get a taxi from the company you prefer more quickly than by waiting for a chance drive-by at the side of the road. As the order is monitored by the taxi company, problems can be reported.
The most convenient way to take a taxi is to order by phone as you can wait in your home until the taxi arrives and you can order a taxi from the company you prefer much more quickly. This also insures that your order is recorded in their data base. This assists the taxi firm to keep track of orders, drivers and also helps in tracing belongings left behind in our vehicles.
If the company has a computerized data base, like Blue Bird does, repeat customers just give their phone number and all your location information will show up as it is recorded in the database. Thus you won’t have to repeat your address each time you order a taxi. With the computerized reservation system the taxi firm can trace the telephone orders of each vehicle, including the taxi number, driver’s name and route of the taxi. If a taxi is hailed on the street, these details are not recorded.
Blue Bird Group taxis have an ANI bid radio system (Automatic Number Identification), which enables the taxi nearest to your location to take your order. This cuts the time needed for the driver to reach you at your home or office.
Hailing a taxi on the street
Try to spot a taxi from a well known and reliable taxi company. Don’t judge a taxi only by its color. There are, for example up to 10 or more companies now using blue colored cars. Look for the company name on the side of the vehicle and the crown light.
Before you get into the taxi, make sure the driver agrees to take you to your destination. Some drivers don’t like to go into congested areas like Kota or routes notorious for traffic jams like Bintaro or Ciputat.
When you get into the taxi, always make note of the taxi firm and the code number displayed on the dashboard or passenger doors. Check the driver’s name, ID and photograph on the dashboard. You would need this information to report problems to the taxi company.
In professional taxi companies, the drivers should be well-mannered, with short hair, wearing a uniform and shoes. In this instance it is better to “judge a book by its cover” as the taxi driver’s appearance is reflective of the company’s overall attitude towards service. To keep the interior of the taxis fresh and clean, some companies also enforce a no-smoking rule for their drivers and passengers.
If the driver tries to bargain, instead of using the meter or claims his meter is broken, get out of the taxi.
Taking a taxi at a taxi stand
Be especially cautious when taking a taxi from a taxi queue, for example at the airport, Gambir train station or bus terminals. Usually these taxis try to bargain for a rate and will refuse to go short distances. Always insist on using the meter and if the driver refuses, choose another taxi. If you bargain you may end up paying 2 or 3 times the metered rate. Don’t give tips to people who try to act as brokers for the taxi drivers.
You can find Blue Bird Group taxis at all major four and five-star hotels in Jakarta. If you can’t find a taxi on the street go to a nearby hotel.
Taking a taxi from the airport
At the airport, never accept transportation from brokers who approach you offering to drive you into town. These are illegal transportation operations and can be risky for a variety of reasons. Aside from the public taxi stands, the companies licensed to operate transportation services at the airport have counters/booths inside the arrival terminals (such as Blue Bird Group, Avis and Hertz). Their representatives wear uniforms with an ID.
At the airport taxi queue, you are supposed to take the first taxi in the queue, so it may not be possible to select a taxi of your choice. Again, beware, many taxis will refuse to use the meter or invent other charges. If you feel apprehensive about this, choose another form of transportation like Silver Bird which has an exclusive taxi stand at the airport. BlueBird operates Silver Bird and Golden Bird limousine services from their counters in all the arrival terminals.
Most taxi companies have an alert light on the top of the car which is activated in case of an emergency (robbery of or by a passenger). Other taxi drivers or policemen see the light on and realize that the taxi driver is in need of assistance.
In addition to this standard alert light, all Blue Bird Group taxis have a hidden security device which, if activated, enables the dispatcher to overhear and record the conversation between the driver and passenger using a special radio frequency. This provides protection both for the driver and the passengers. An alert goes out in the case of a true emergency and the taxi is quickly surrounded by other taxis of the same company to ensure the safety of the driver and passenger. No need to wait for the uncertain and lengthy response from the police.
Broken down vehicles
If the taxi you are riding in breaks down, ask the driver to call for a replacement vehicle. You should not have to get out in the middle of a toll road or other street in Jakarta to flag down a taxi off the street.
In these uncertain times it is imperative that those people who take taxis in Jakarta choose a reputable company in ensure their personal safety. Contact the taxi firm’s customer service hotline for reporting items left behind in the taxi, suggestions and feedback.
Getting to JakartaUnless you...
Getting to Jakarta
Unless you are Wisnu and happen to have the mighty Garuda at your disposal (its modern version can be a Lear Jet or a Gulfstream), chances are you will need the service of airlines to reach Jakarta from your hometown. But don't worry; Jakarta is an international gateway for Indonesia. Practically all international airlines stop in Jakarta.
From within Indonesia, there are several airlines that serve the domestic markets: Garuda, Merpati, and Bouraq. If you prefer the romance of the ocean, passenger ships connect several cities in Indonesia, including Jakarta. From Medan, for example, you can take the Kambuna; it stops in Jakarta on its way to Surabaya and to Ujung Pandang.
Or if you prefer to reach Jakarta by land, you can easily do it from Sumatera or from Java and Bali. From Medan, North Sumatera, for example, you can take either ALS, Liberty, or other buses, and it'll take you about three days to reach Jakarta. On the road, you will see a lot of Sumatera. Similarly with Java; you can take a Lorena or Karina bus to travel to Jakarta from Bali, from Surabaya, and from many other cities in Java. From some cities in Java, you can travel to Jakarta by train. You can take the Parahyangan from/to Bandung, the Bima from/to Surabaya, and the Senja from/to Yogyakarta, and all the cities in between.
Despite all the excitement of Jakarta, pretty soon you might have to leave it - maybe just for a short trip to Bogor or to Bandung. You can also catch a train to Semarang,Yogya, Surabya or any other city in Java. To Bogor, you can use the Pakuan and to Bandung, you can take the Argo Gede or the Parahyangan. The Parahyangan, an old reliable train to Bandung, is an old favorite of mine (they have a newer and faster one running right now). Four hours, just perfect to recoil and recap from all your hectic pace in Jakarta, and enjoy the green scenery along the route, sometimes over deep ravines and gorges. Maybe because I tend to travel during hungry hours, I also find the Parahyangan's 'Nasi Goreng Telor Mata Sapi' (Fried rice with a sunny-side up) combined with iced-tea to be such a delicious experience. Give it a try...!
To get away from Java completely, be it north to Sumatera or Kalimantan, or east to Bali, Sulawesi, or even as far as Irian. Within Java, or even as far as Sumatera or Bali, you can easily hop on to a bus. Bus rides to Sumatera can be very comfortable. Island hopping is best done by airplane. Garuda, Merpati, and Bouraq are the four major domestic carriers. Garuda serves the primary cities (and international destinations) as well as Merpati and Bouraq have their own niche. If you want to fly direct from Bandung to Denpasar, for example, you have to use Merpati. Using Garuda, you must have a stop over either in Jakarta or in Surabaya.
Choosing a means of transportation in Jakarta is sometimes quite confusing; just like playing chess. I have done my first move by explaining all means of transportation in Jakarta. Now, what is your move? Experiencing my story yourself?!
Getting around Jakarta
Jakarta taxis are more colorful than the bright yellow cabs of Manhattan; they come in such a great variety and can become a source of confusion. You'll be surprised with all colorful taxis swarming in this city? There are regular taxis and also exclusive ones for those who seek convenience. The stylish and elegant taxis are usually black sedans with 3000 CC engine. This exclusive taxi doesn't look much like a taxi. Take this taxi and have a very smooth ride.Overslept guaranteed!
If your standard of luxury equals to Holywood movie stars, a limousine service is ready for you. The limos feature a range of standard and luxury cars. They are the latest models of Japanese and European luxury cars. Stretch limousines are also available with or without driver. If you have no objection to splurging money, this is the best means of transportation you can use.
Or for the adventurous among you, there is always public transportation like:
Buses are the primary means of public transportation in Jakarta. Big Mercedes Benzes span the metropolitan Jakarta, taking you from one main hub to another way across town, while spewing toxic through their tail pipes. On some, the PATAS, you would actually be able to enjoy the comfort of air-condition and a high probability of getting a seat. On the regular DAMRI, consider yourself lucky if you can get a seat. When you do, remember to get up and inch towards the exit amidst the sea of people at least 5 minutes before your stop. Fare does not depend on distance.
If you think that this is a smaller version of whatever nice image you have concocted in your head when you hear the word 'Metro', think again. These bright orange beasts roam the streets of Jakarta. Warning: if you are 5'11'' or taller, there is exactly one seat in the bus where you can sit - back row, middle seat, facing the isle - and there is no chance for you to be able to stand up straight.
Despite all of these, they are quite effective in getting you from point A to point B, and, whether you like it or not, in getting you to know the warmth of Jakarta and its people along the way as you rub shoulders, backs, and step on other people's toes or getting stepped on.
An even smaller version of public transport. Not as romantic as the bemo of Bali, it is typically a modified van that can carry up to 10-12 passengers. Mikrolet can take you to the remotest corners of Jakarta.
The last one in the chain is probably Ojek. Ojeks usually park in front of small alleys (gang) that can have thousands of residencies inside. There is no chance for a taxi or a car to get into these alleys, and the distance maybe to far to walk it. So, Ojek - a motorcycle complete with its driver for hire - comes to the rescue..
Becaks (or trikshaw) used to be ubiquitous in Jakarta. They are basically bicycle with an attached 2-passanger carriage attached in front of it (or on its side if you are in Medan). Several years back, becaks are banned from the city, and they now have become home to various kinds of fish up north by the Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands). Oh, the romance of sitting together in a becak with your loved one, maybe with a slight drizzle, is no doubt part of the memory of lots of the thirty-something people of Jakarta. What is left now is a variant of becak called Bajaj, a Vespa (think of it as a fat-bottomed motorcycle, if you don't know what a Vespa is) derivative with an attached carriage. Their obnoxious bright orange color, and distinctive, ear piercing rattle, will accompany you along your ride in the constantly vibrating vehicle.
So, how would a well-seasoned traveler or a native use the public transport system in Jakarta? Quite romantic, really. Say you start from around Istana Negara, the Presidential Palace, and you want to go way down south to Cinere and beyond. You can take a comfortable, air-conditioned PATAS bus to blok M, hop into a Metro Mini (number 69 if I'm not mistaken) to take you to Pondok Labu, continue with a Mikrolet to Cinere, and for the last hop of your trip, say you are visiting a friend somewhere in the various housing complexes around the area, an Ojek (I wonder if the name is really a derivative of 'Oh, Jack' - the kind of reaction that should not be uncommon when you ride these motorcycles on barely-paved roads) will complete your trip. Total time? Two hours would not be too stretching if you count the transfer time. But hey, we are talking romance, not efficiency, right?
From any other countries in...
From any other countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and America, Jakarta can be reached by airplane from Singapore or Bali (the main destination of tourism in Indonesia). Many various of airlines you can choose by your own, from KLM, Singapore Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Northwest, United Emirates, etc --also in any types, from airbus 'till MD-11.
Meanwhile, from another islands of Indonesia, Jakarta can be reached by jetfoil (hovercraft), ships, train and bus. From Sumatra, using ferry or jetfoil at Lampung harbor to Tanjung Priok, Jakarta. From Surabaya, Semarang, Yogjakarta and Bali, you can try train or bus (especially from Bali, go with the ferry from Gilimanuk Bali to Ketapang Banyuwangi, directly to Surabaya then Jakarta). From Kalimantan (Borneo) and Sulawesi (Celebes), you can go directly by jetfoil.
Getting around Jakarta, choose recommended taxi (see my 'warning or dangers' on Jakarta page). But you can try bus with air conditioning (a/c) called 'Patas AC' or RMB. Another public transportations are; metromini (kinda like minibus) and mikrolet (small public transportation for 11 pasengers each trip). But if you wanna try something 'traditional', try this tricycles called 'bajaj'. Just like rickshaw but using engine and we're joking this one as 'car of the Gods' :D
+ Picture is about bajaj.
When you arrived in Jakarta by...
When you arrived in Jakarta by plane, you will be in International airport, Soekarno Hatta. It's located a little bit outside of Jakarta.
To reach Jakarta, they provide busses called Damri. You can find the schedule inside the airport. You can also find a lot of taxi services just outside the airport. Please be sure to find Blue Bird Taxi Company, especially that the route to Jakarta takes approximately 30 minutes (depending to where you are staying), and considered quite dangerous for the traveller to be robed by the taxi company.
You can take taxis, or rent the car, also from Blue Bird Company.
Or you can take busses. There are a lot of air conditioned busses, going around Jakarta. But the busses do not follow certain schedule, so you are facing the chances that your plan does not work because you wait for the bus.
The fee for air-conditioned bus is Rp 2,600 (less than a quarter of dollar).
Jakarta’s traffic, however,...
Jakarta’s traffic, however, has areputation of being one of the worst in Asia, or in the world for that matter. Therefore, and in order not to loose too much time in traffic, it’s important that you choose your hotel wisely.
The most congested part of Jakarta is the part north of its center from, let’s say, the National Monument all the way up to the coastline (Ancol) area. Unless you have to be there for business reasons, better to avoid taking a hotel in this part of the city. The hotels in central Jakarta have quick and easy access to many point of interest and also the toll road, which leads to The Jagorawi toll road, to Bogor area, and also connects well to the Jakarta–Merak toll road.
Rush hours should be avoided. Jakarta’s morning rush hour starts at about 7 am and goes on until about 10am. The afternoon rush hour can start as early as 4 o’clock in the afternoon and can last until as late as 7pm.
By land, trains and buses can...
By land, trains and buses can take travellers from Jakarta to almost anywhere in Java. They operate in accordance with fixed schedules and are reasonably comfortable. The Bima night express connects all major cities and towns in Java.Jakarta's major airport is Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, situated 35 km away from the centre of the city. The taxi fare is approximately 20,000 rupiahs.
Taxis are the most convenient means of transport in Jakarta. Licensed taxis are equipped with meters. The charge is 900 rupiahs for the first kilometre and 45 rupiahs for each additional kilometre.
Taxis can also be hired on an hourly basis and the usual charge is 17,000 rupiahs for the first two hours and 6,000 rupiahs for each additional hour. Tourists are advised not to use the unlicensed taxis which are private cars that ply the streets.
There are over 20 bus companies operating over 50 roads in the metropolitan city of Jakarta. Buses are usually crowded and it is difficult to board— hence they are not recommended for tourists or travellers. The rate is 200 rupiahs on an average.
Other modes of local transports are: The Becak are human powered tricycles. They operate only in certain areas and for short distances. Charges are 500 to 1,000 rupiahs.
Bajaj or mini cars are motorised tricycles with a cabin for two passengers. Charges are 1,500 to 3,000 rupiahs.
Bemo are motorised tricycles of a bigger size and with a capacity of five to eight persons. Depending on the distance, charges amount to 150 rupiahs per person. These do not operate on the main roads.
Mikrolet are mini buses which operate on fixed routes. They carry six to eight passengers and charges per person vary with the distance. Jakarta is conveniently linked with other major cities and provinces of Indonesia by land, sea and air transportation.
Coaches are air-conditioned and offer a high standard of comfort. For cities or towns which are three to five hours away from Jakarta, small buses called 'suburban' operate. The 'suburban' carries approximately 9 to 10 passengers. Passengers are picked up from their home or a pre-designated station. Fares are quite reasonable.
In July 2000 I bought a R/T...
In July 2000 I bought a R/T ticket from Singapore (SIN) to Jakarta at I K Chin Travel in Johor Bharu, Malaysia, for the equivalent of US $123.58. I had originally planned to fly out of SIN, but several people that I met in Taman Negara Park said that the ticket would be cheaper if purchased in Malaysia. So, I took the train not all the way to Singapore, but got off at Johor Bahru. Key point, though: it was pretty tedious to then find cheap transportation to Singapore from there, traveling solo as I was at the time. It was, as usual, bloody hot, and I traipsed up and down, back and forth, trying to find an inexpensive share taxi. Although I had left a small bag of stuff in BKK, I cursed the poundage remaining in my pack as I traversed the main streets of JB.
Also, when I tried to book the next flight, the best they could do for me was something quite later, maybe around 7PM or so, but the agent recommended that I try to show up at the airport early, in case I could snag a seat that had been cancelled. Indeed I did -- in fact, the flight was no where near full, and I probably could have taken an even earlier flight. With this knowledge, when I decided to return to SIN from Jakarta after my transportation plans could not be arranged, I just showed up at the airport with my open return ticket, and was placed on a flight leaving in an hour or so. Yeeeeeeees!
In the summer months, land transportation seems to be quite full due to all of the students being on holiday, so be prepared to be shut out of choices, and book as early as you possibly can.
By the way, you can hire a bus from Jakarta to Sumatra, that will take you by ferry over the watery bit. There are some scheduled private buses that leave from outside Gambir train station.
One caveat about making transportation arrangements is that you should not expect the same level of English speaking agents as you will find in the mainland SEA countries. Although there are many westerners in Java, I had a devil of a time getting help. If, like me, you haven't been able to learn any Indonesian prior to visiting, try to keep your wits about you, as it's easy to get flustered in the heat when you encounter linguistic obstacles.
you can getting here with...
you can getting here with airplane or by train, bus
the best way to get around jakarta by taxi cab or if you want trying the cheaper one u can
take a bus, or if u like to use unussual transportation u can try 'becak'
There's always the national...
There's always the national airline Garuda. However, we went Singapore Airlines and you never miss out with them.
Also, Thai and Cathay and KLM and Lufthansa flies to Jakarta.
You can try the 'school bus' concept as pictured. We were fortunate in having our own driver/car so...?
Taxi's are good and cheap, but you have to pick them with care as not all are 'legal'.
Most major airlines fly in to...
Most major airlines fly in to Jakarta. You can get some pretty good deals too since not many people are heading this way lately.
Whatever it is... and no matter how cheap your plane ticket is going to cost, DON'T ever take GARUDA Indonesian Airlines. They have too many plane crashes/ mishaps within this decade that it is getting to be a little alarming.
So far, I've taken KLM Dutch Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific (HK) Airlines, Lufthansa (German) Airlines and SAS (Scandinavian) Airlines to Indonesia. All of the above are great airlines and you can get some good deals from them too. Do check with your local travel agent for more details.
Cabs are really inexpensive here. But I've heard of cab drivers over-charging some of my colleagues though! So, be extra careful and insist that they (cab drivers) use the meter.
Outside rush hour, a cab from the Airport (popularly known as Cengkareng) takes about 40 minutes to reach the city center. The queue for cabs at the airport can be quite daunting at times. Oh well.
Just remember to use the always-reliable Bluebird Taxis. They have a counter inside the Airport.
IF you'd much rather take a cosy limousine, the same taxi counter inside the Airport also offers this exclusive and much more expensive Silver Bird Taxis & Golden Bird Limousines service.
Bus to the airport
From Jalan Jaksa is a short distance to Gambir Station, where buses go regularly to the airport. Rickshaws can take you to the Gambir Station, but you can also walk there.
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Free Shuttle bus in the airport from T3 to T1&2
If your arrival is in Terminal 3 then you would like to have flight at Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, then there is a free shuttle bus services between these Terminal.
From Jakarta airport to City
You can go by 2 ways to city:
1. Taxi. Be safe and get blue bird taxi fro about IDR200,000 (US20) Jun 09. 2. By bus which is much cheaper.
Soekarno-Hatta Airport - Free Shuttle Bus
Just in case you need to get to Terminal 1 from Terminal 2 or vice versa, catch the free shuttle bus (yellow color bus) provided by the airport. Its free of charge.