Getting Around Jakarta

Jakarta airport ©khym54/flickr

Jakarta airport ©khym54/flickr

Jakarta is a great place for sightseeing, eating and drinking, entertainment, nightlife and shopping. Being the capital and largest Indonesian city on the northwest of the island of Java, Jakarta is divided into Central, West, South, East and North. In the local language, they are Pusat, Barat, Selatan, Timur and Utara respectively. In Jakarta Utara, there are the beautiful Thousand Islands, the Ancol Bayfront City and the Kelapa Gading shopping centres.


The four main Indonesian suburbs are Tangerang, Bogor, Depok and Bekasi. Bekasi is mainly the industrial parks, but Bogor is where you can see the beautiful palace, golf course and the world class botany garden. The Soekarno Hatta airport is located in Tangerang and Depok is the home to the University of Indonesia.

Getting There

10 million people are packed in Jakarta, so somehow, the way to get there are numerous. If you plan to go there by plane by international or even domestic flights land in the Soekarno Hatta International Airport. It means you will land at Tangerang, Banten.


Tangerang is a satellite city of Jakarta. From there, you can take a metered taxi to reach Jakarta in about two hours and it cost only about ten US dollars. It might sound strange at this point, but you are advised to book a taxi from the taxi companies because Taxi from Jakarta are not allowed to take any passengers from Tangerang to Jakarta.

Free Airport Transfers

Many hotels in Jakarta provide free airport transfers. This is one of the easiest way to get to the city. Avoid the ordinary taxi ranks if you head past the counters as there are many touts and baggage carriers.

Reliable Airport Shuttle Service

Xtrans service from Soekarno Hatta airport to major hotels in Jakarta and Bandung. The schedule is once every hour from 5am to 10pm at Terminal IA, IB, IC and IIE. It is relatively cheap as adults just pay US$ 3.30 and kids at 2.20.

By Train, by Bus

Jakarta Stations ©rezarudyanto/flickr

Jakarta Stations ©rezarudyanto/flickr

Train stations in Jakarta are: Stasiun Gambir, Stasiun Pasar Senen, Stasiun Jatinegara and Stasiun Kota. If you are going there from other cities, the bus terminals are Rawamangun Kampung Rambutan, Pulo Gadung, Kali Deres or Lebak Bulus. It is better that you are prepared which means you can speak some functional Indonesia to use the transportation by bus and to get there safely.

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