Jakarta can be very confusing places in terms of public transportation. If you want to use taxi, I strongly recommend using BLUE BIRD GROUP taxi. These have a blue deep color with the bird symbol on its roof. It is very reliable taxi using meter and also has professional services. Many taxi companies try to disguise their taxi with blue bird reputation. You better be very careful and check the logo and the sign on their car doors saying ‘BLUE BIRD GROUP TAXI’. The more expensive service is SILVER BIRD taxi, you can’t be wrong with these black Mercedes taxi. If you want your taxi waiting for you all day SILVER BIRD might be a good choice, they could act as your hired car or personal driver and have ‘waiting charge’ which will make a free-hassle transportation.
There is no specific answer to that question :) Jakarta's traffic is very congested and not easily understood. As general advice for first timer : do not try to drive in Jakarta. Public transport such as bus, mikrolet and train also not recommended for their lack of safety and inconvenient. The best way would be to hire car rental with driver or take Blue Bird taxi. Note there are plenty of 'blue' taxi which are not from Blue Bird company.
If you can choose your timing, avoid the rush hour (0700 - 0900 and 1700 - 2000). Plan your trip well. Ask hotel concierge to give you estimate time to get to specific place.
Gambir (read : gum beer) is the main train station located in Central Jakarta. This is the starting point if you plan to travel to Java (eastern part of the capital). Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Semarang are easily accessible by train. It is, I must say, not the most convenient way to travel. But it gives you options in case you have limited budget; run out of flight ticket; or simply want to enjoy Indonesian style train.
Unfortunately there is very limited English information available at the station. You must equipped with basic Indonesian language (dari = from, ke = to, tanggal/bulan/tahun = day/month/year, karcis = ticket, kereta api (KA) = train, tujuan = destination).
The popular destination are Yogyakarta and Surabaya. There are many trains that go to both places, i.e Argo Lawu, Bima, Taksaka etc which departs twice daily (AM and PM). These are the executive class train and cost around $20 - $30 one way.
Train ticket is available from Gambir ticket's boot. You can either buy on the day you travel (not advisable during peak season), or book days before. Train's ticket is not available on-line or from travel agent. Recently they started to sell the tickets at different places in Jakarta. Once I know the places, I will post it here. By all means, DO NOT buy the ticket from ticket broker who are wandering around in Gambir.
Soekarno Hatta International Airport at Cengkareng, Tangerang - Banten
The Soekarno Hatta airport has two terminals, further split up into subterminals, which are really just halls in the same building.
Terminal 1 :(A-B-C) is used by domestic airlines except Garuda,
Terminal 2 : international airlines (D-E) and Garuda domestic flights only (F).
To get to the city, the easiest and safest option is to take only "BLUE BIRD GROUP" taxi, starting fare at Rp. 5.000.
or contact your hotel to pick you up in the airport.
Nowadays airport bus fare is Rp 20.000.
Tranportation fare in Jakarta hike Rp 1.000 from the latest, but Transjakarta bus fare still Rp 3.500.
Even for the hike price of the oil, you can still get a below Rp 10.000 meal in here.
Besides the international terminal, there is a domestic terminal at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport which is located next to it. The domestic airport is very busy with lots of local flights to various parts of Indonesia. Major airlines which operate here at Batavia Air, Mandala Airlines, Adam Air, Lion Airways, Merparti Airlines, Sriyijaya Airlines etc.
When you reach the domestic terminal, there are various sections for the different airlines so do not go into the wrong section. Anyway, the name of the airlines will be clearly indicated at each section. In Jan 2008, I took a Batavia Air flight from this airport to Batam Island (about 1.25 hours).
The Soekarno-Hatta Jakarta International Airport is the point of entry for international flights to Jakarta. This airport is located at the northern side of the city near to the sea, and usually very packed so be careful of your belongings. Once you exit, there will be lots of people asking you for taxi rides to the city, be careful and always take the more reputable taxis (I think it is Bluebird Taxi). It would be even better if you have already arranged for hotel pick-up.
Also when you are going to the airport to catch your flight, remember to start early because of the frequent and bad traffic jams of Jakarta especially during rush hours. Please go to part 2 of this tip.
I had a very good experience with Mr Very Chandra. He is a very good driver and he knows all about special places ( exclusive shops, antiques, restaurants, musea). His phone number : +62(0)8197550005. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
JABODETABEK is an abbreviation of JAkarta-Bogor-DEpok-TAngerang-BEKasi, enjoy the train to its destination is a unique experiences too, it can say that it was a moving market because there are so many street salesman offers many things inside the train, there are also some group street music entertainer, fruit seller etc
It was a unique three wheels vehicle in Jakarta as an alternative cheap transportation compare to Taxi, but the government made a regulation in which Bajay are not allowed going in to Jakarta's main road, so one can not find bajay along Sudirman street and Thamrin street
Jakarta metered Taxi is also a choice of transpotation means, but it is rather problem with traffic jams, the other hand please TAKE CARE to its safety, it was strongly recommended to take BLUE BIRDS TAXI or BLUE BIRD GROUP TAXI, it was a SAFE taxi in Town and other big cities of Indonesia, especially for foreigner, in avoid the criminal of Taxi driver
an TransJakarta BusWay is now a convenient means of City Transportation to arrange an Excursion from Blok M Shopping Mall, across Sudirman Street with its scenic Gelora BungKarno, Semanngi Bridge, then Bunderan (circle) Hotel Indonesia with its Plaza Indonesia, then Thamrin street with its Sarinah DeptStore, Air Mancur ( a fountain), MONAS, then across Jl. GajahMada and Hayam Wuruk with its Glodok and finish at Kota with its Train Station, Fatahillah Museum and Old Batavia. Just pay (present fare) Rp. 3,500 enjoy Jakarta 12 KM main thoroughfare
Tanjung Priok is a Harbour where one can take Ferry or Ship to any destiantion of Indonesia. Sailing to another island of Indonesia is a great experience. The destination are Sumatra island, Kalimantan island , Sulawesi island, Maluku island Nusa Tenggara island, and Irian Jaya or Papua island
Around Jakarta, better using taxi. Be careful to pick the trustful one. Recommended: The Blue Birds Group, their taxi always blue with a blue bird logo. There are another provider that also paint their taxi blue, beware of them. Bus are slow and confusing for people not used to it or not speak local language. Train does same, even though there more route offer a express train, but the officers in the station does not so friendly on giving information where and what train to use.
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