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How to get to Jakarta

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2009
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The main airport of the greater Jakarta area, Soekarno-Hatta international is located 35 km west of the city centre. The modern, efficient, and busy gateway handles international and domestic air traffic. The airport has two terminals, six concourses, and forty two gates. Terminal 1 serves domestic airlines with the exception of flights operated by the Garuda and Merpati Nusantara Airlines. Terminal 2 is designated for all international traffic and flights operated by Garuda and Merpati Nusantara. Major airline carriers are as follows: Adam Air, Batavia Air, Garuda, Lion Air, Mandala, Merpati Nusantara Airlines, and Sriwijaya Airlines. For information on domestic travel, you can contact their airline offices in Jakarta.

If staying in a hotel, you may be offered a free airport transfer. A number of hotels include this service in your package. You can also opt for a DAMRI shuttle bus calling at Block M, Gambir, Pasar Minggu, and Rawamangun. Travel time is approximately one hour. Blue Bird and Silver Bird taxis are generally reliable. You are advised to avoid taxi drivers who bargain or refuse to use the meter.

By Boat / Ferry

Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (Pelni) is the largest government-run shipping company. Pelni ships call in at most ports around the archipelago. It is best to call a Pelni office (contacts provided at: for details on routes and schedules. You can board on a Pelni ship at Palabuhan Satu, 13 kilometres away from the city centre.

The modern air-con passenger carriers have four cabin classes plus an economy class. First class offers cabins with two beds, second class has four beds per cabin, third and fourth classes have six and eight beds, respectively. Economy class is an outdoor accommodation. First and second class passengers can eat in quality restaurants. Third and forth class will offer you cafeteria meals, and economy class serves food from kiosks. If you travel economy, it is advisable to shop your food before you board.

In case of physical discomfort, you can drop in a clinic onboard.

By Train

Trains from the Gambir station, eastern side of Merdeka Square, depart to Bogor, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Solo, Semarang, and Surabaya. Call the Gambir booking office (3842777) for schedules and departure times. Schedules are also available at train stations.

Trains are by far the easiest although not always the most comfortable way out of Jakarta. Top-end trains, indicated by Argo, offer executive class air-con carriages and comfy reclining seats. Soft drink and snack are included in the fare. Express trains have executive and business class carriages. Business class provides fans and padded upright seats. Executive class offers spacious surroundings, air-con, reclining seats, and snacks. Seat reservation is possible weeks in advance. Commuter trains operate between 5 am and 10 pm. They are cheap, slow and overcrowded. Seats are uncomfortable and cannot be booked. Tickets are sold one hour before departure time.

By Bus

Java has a good intercity bus service. You can opt for public, economy, and deluxe coaches. Tickets are sold onboard. Tickets for luxury buses can be bought in advance at bus terminals. Note that the major bus terminals (Kalideres, Kampung Rambutan, Pulo Gadung, Lebak Bulus) are far off from the city centre. Situated in West Jakarta, Kalideres handles buses to the West coast. In East Jakarta, Kampung Rambutan operates coach services to West Java. Pulo Gagung has coaches running to Bali, East Java, and Sumatera. Lebak Bulus, in Southern Jakarta, is a departure gate for buses to Bali, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta.

By Car

Stay highly focused if you pick the driving option. The roads are populated by all sorts of vehicles, food cards, pedestrians and life stock. It is safer and cheaper to rent a car with a driver.

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