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Jakarta is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — have a look at each of them.

Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia, located on the northwest of the island of Java. Jakarta is the country's economic, cultural and political centre and the most populous city not only in Indonesia but in Southeast Asia as a whole.

Despite of the heavy traffic and heavy pollution the city is filled with exciting nightlife and vibrant shopping areas. The city is also the centre and melting pot of Indonesian culture which might be the thing for you to enjoy Jakarta.

One excellent surprise you'll find in Jakarta is that once you past the taxi drivers who offer their services at the airport and really meet the locals, you will find that the people are among the most friendly, hospitable, and helpful people you'll find on earth, if you keep away from the midi-bus drivers who are notorious for being the harshest on earth. However, understand that Jakarta being a melting pot, you are guaranteed to meet people from all sorts of characters.

Districts[edit]

Jakarta is administratively divided into the following named districts (note that these district except central Jakarta are very dense in terms of area):

  • Central Jakarta (Jakarta Pusat) - The Heart of Jakarta's Administrative, Government and financial, an aptly named district and the site of Jakarta's symbol, the 132 metre Monas (Monumen Nasional) which is located in world's largest city square "Lapangan Merdeka". Surrounding the area lies the presidential palace, government building, Istiqal Mosque (the largest Mosque in Southeast Asia), Jakarta's gothic cathedral and also the National Museum of Indonesia. There are also various museums within this part of the city such as National Gallery of Indonesia or Jakarta Planetarium. The area is also home to Jakarta's major landmark Bundaran HI or the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, which is where Jakarta's top most exclusive malls are located. One small road in the area called Jalan Jaksa or Jaksa road, a backpacker street, houses numbers of budget hotels and restaurants for travellers.
  • West Jakarta (Jakarta Barat) - Home to Jakarta's only surviving old town area "Jakarta kota tua" a small area consisting of dutch colonial buildings, its streets are throng with hawker food, crafted good vendors, artist as well as Jakartans youth hanging around. This area is home to the Fatahillah Museum or Jakarta History Museum, and numbers of few other museums cafes converted from old Batavia's offices, banks, warehouses and shops. It is also home to Jakarta's Chinatown called "Glodok" area. Glodok is more of electronic promenade of Jakarta, however is rich in street hawker food and Chinese cuisine restaurant as well as old Chinese temples complexes. There are alot of shopping going on in this area as well, as it is home to Indonesia's largest shopping mall "Mall Taman Anggrek"(Orchid Garden Mall).
  • South Jakarta (Jakarta Selatan) - Jakarta's middle upper class and elite's residential area and is also part of Jakarta's business centre. Where you can find upscale shopping centres and malls, restaurants, hotels, bustling nightlife and entertainment centre and affluent residential areas. One of the famous area in south is Kemang, a street filled with lanes of restaurant, pubs, night clubs, and boutique shops which are popular among the Jakartans and expats alike. South Jakarta is also home to Gelanggang Bung Karno stadium in Senayan sport complex area, which is Indonesia's largest stadium.
  • East Jakarta (Jakarta Timur) - Industrial Quarter of the city, and Location of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah where you can see parts of Indonesia's multiethnic community rounded up as 1, also crafted good at Utan Kayu art community, Cibubur camping ground, and Jakarta's 2nd airport, Halim Perdanakusuma airport.
  • North Jakarta (Jakarta Utara) - Jakarta's main harbor area famed for its seafood and is the gateway to Thousand Island province of Jakarta. The Place is home to area filled with excitement and bustling entertainment The Ancol Bayfront City Asia's largest integrated tourism area consiting of fascinating Dufan theme park, Sea World, art markets, eco parks, shopping mall and beachside entertainment. The beautiful Thousand Islands is located just across the sea of Jakarta, it can be crossed by jetty service and is a place where people could escape the city's heavy combustion and pollution and enjoy beautiful beach with marine parks and world class resorts.
  • Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu) - Off-shore the mainland, lie hundreds of small islands, some of which are inhabited, but many are not and some are part of Marine National Park. Excellent diving spots will be difficult to find as the more popular ones are perhaps have been destroyed by tourism. To reach the islands, simply go to Muara Karang Port where scheduled passenger boats leave every 7am in the morning.

Satellite cities: The Jabotabek mega-city of 30 million includes Jakarta and the following satellite cities:

  • Bogor - Located about 40km South of Jakarta, Bogor has a beautiful palace with deer inhabiting its garden, one of the biggest world-class botanical garden, and golf course.
  • Tangerang - Located in west of Jakarta, Tangerang is the area consisting of Soekarno Hatta airport, golf course, residential area, industrial parks.
  • Bekasi - Residential area, Industrial parks.
  • Depok - Located in south of Jakarta, home to the University of Indonesia.

Understand[edit]

Jakarta may initially seem a bit overwhelming, but if you can overlook the pollution and indulge in her charms, you can discover what is also one of Asia's most exciting, most lively cities. There is plenty to do in Jakarta, from cosmopolitan shopping at the many luxurious shopping centres to one of the hippest nightlife scenes in Southeast Asia.

When you arrive at city, you will feel the 'heavy' air fills your lung. Jakarta being where it is, the humidity level can be as awful as >80%. This is what causes most of the discomfort. Expect to sweat and feel tired more easily when you are at the city, but the good news is: Your skin will be better-moisturized. Just make sure that you wear 100% cotton clothing up to your arm for maximum comfort.

History[edit]

The port of Sunda Kelapa dates to the 12th century, when it served the Sundanese kingdom of Pajajaran near present-day Bogor. The first Europeans to arrive were the Portuguese, who were given the permission by the Hindu Kingdom of Pakuan Pajajaran to erect a godown in 1522. Control was still firmly in local hands, and in 1527 the city was conquered by Prince Fatahillah, a Muslim prince from Cirebon, who changed the name to Jayakarta.

By the end of the 16th century, however, the Dutch (led by Jan Pieterszoon Coen) had pretty much taken over the port city, and the razing of a competing English fort in 1619 secured their hold on the island of Java. The Dutch razed the old Jayakarta port during their conquest and rebuilt the town with dutch style of town planning, fort and canals. Under the name Batavia, the new Dutch town became the capital of the Dutch East Indies and was known as the Queen of the East.

During these times the town flourishes as the center of the Dutch East Indies Trading Company and grow radpidly, and during this time as well that Chinese and Eurasian population grew within the city. In order to keep order and control the Dutch banned the native Javanese to live within the walled part of the city while encouraging Chinese immigrant to flock the commercial walled city with its canal. It is also known that after the Dutch conquest of Malacca, Significant number of Portuguese decent people from Malacca were taken as captive to Batavia and they live in area called "Kampung Tugu".

The old Batavia which were planned in Dutch planning and canal were not doing so well, in fact the canal itself became breeding ground for mosquitoes. The city centre became unhealthy and filthy and the city were nicknamed "The Cemetry of the Europeans, this is also the reason why the city grew more in land.

In 1740, Chinese slaves rebelled against the Dutch. The rebellion was put down harshly with the massacre of thousands of Chinese slaves. The remaining Chinese slaves were exiled to Sri Lanka.

In 1795, the Netherlands were invaded and occupied by France, and on March 17, 1798, the Batavian Republic, a satellite state of France, took over both VOC debts and assets. But on August 26, 1811, a British expedition led by Lord Minto defeated the French/Dutch troops in Jakarta, leading to a brief liberation and subsequent administration of Indonesia by the British (led by Sir Stamford Raffles of Singapore fame) in 1811-1816. In 1815, after the Congress of Vienna, Indonesia was officially handed over from the British to the Dutch government.

In the early 1800s most canals were filled in, the town was shifted 4 km inland and the Pearl of the Orient flourished once again.

In the 18th century, more than 60% of Batavia's population consisted of slaves working for the VOC. The slaves were mostly engaged to undertake housework, while working and living conditions were generally reasonable.[citation needed] Laws were enacted that protected slaves against overly-cruel actions from their masters; for example, Christian slaves were given freedom after the death of their masters, while some slaves were allowed to own a store and made money to buy their freedom. Sometimes, slaves fled and established gangs that would roam throughout the area. From the beginning of the VOC establishment in Batavia, until the colony became a fully-fledged town, the population of Batavia grew tremendously. At the beginning, Batavia consisted of approximately 50,000 inhabitants and, by the second half of the 19th century, Batavia consisted of 800,000 inhabitants. By the end of the VOC rule of Batavia, the population of Batavia had reached one million.

The name Jakarta was adopted as a short form of Jayakarta when the city was taken over by the Japanese in 1942. After the second world war, the Indonesian Declared their independence in koningsplein which is today's Merdeka Square. The Indonesian war of independence followed after the second world war, with the capital briefly shifted to Yogyakarta after the Dutch attacked. The war lasted until 1949, when the Dutch accepted Indonesian independence and handed back the town, which became Indonesia's capital again.

Since independence Jakarta's population has skyrocketed, thanks to migrants coming to the city in search of (illusive) wealth. The entire Jabotabek (Jakarta-Bogor-Tangerang-Bekasi-Depok) metropolitan region (now officially Jabodetabekjur last census count (2010) was 28 million people, a figure projected to have hit 30 million already. The official name of the city is Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta Raya (DKI Jakarta), meaning "Special Capital City Region".

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

At the airport[edit]

Departure taxes
As of December 2013, Soekarno-Hatta Airport charges departure taxes of Rp 150,000 (US$17) for international flights and Rp 40,000 (US$4.50) for domestic flights (per person), payable in cash only. Foreign currencies may be accepted, but it's better to leave enough rupiah to pay; forgetting this could be very awkward! Departure tax is typically collected at the airport check-in counters. Garuda Indonesia includes the departure tax into the price of the ticket; other airlines may not. Check with your respective airline.


Soekarno Hatta International Airport (IATA: CGK; ICAO: WIII), [1] at Tangerang, Banten. All international and nearly all domestic flights land here 20 km (12 mi) to the northwest of the city. The counterintuitive airport code comes from Cengkareng, a district near the airport. During the rainy season the road to and from Cengkareng was prone to flooding but this problem has now been alleviated with the building of an additional raised, dual carriageway, toll road between the city and Cengkareng. If you don't have non-stop options between your origin city and Jakarta, try connecting via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur as there are more than a dozen flights a day between these cities and Jakarta.

The Soekarno Hatta airport has three terminals, further split up into sub-terminals, which are really just halls in the same building:

  • Terminal 1 (A-B-C). Used by Express Air, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, Airfast Indonesia, Aviastar, Citilink, Kal Star Aviation, and Trigana Air Service.
  • Terminal 2. Used by All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Business Air, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Flynas, Japan Airlines, ValuAir, Kuwait Airways, Lion Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Mihin Lanka, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, Thai Lion Air, Tiger Air, Turkish Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Yemenia, Air China, Air France, Cebu Pacific Airlines, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, KLM-Air France, Korean Air, Saudia, and Vietnam Airlines.
  • Terminal 3 Used by Air Asia Malaysia, Air Asia Indonesia, Batik Air, and Lion Air.

A free but unreliable shuttle bus runs between the terminals; if you're in a hurry, it's a safer bet to take a taxi, although they may ask for a rather steep Rp 50,000 for the service (not entirely unjustified, as half of this goes to paying their parking fees), however it should really be a metered ride. If you have time, though, it's not a problem to wait for the next one - just ask the airport staff where it stops and what it looks like (yellow color, normally). Also, be sure to know which terminal you will disembark from.

Visas on arrival (VoA) are available at the airport, see the main Indonesia article for the details of the rules. If possible, provide an exact payment of US$25 and ignore any requests for any additional fees. ATMs and currency exchange services are available in the baggage claim hall, and Terminal D has a left luggage service. The Visa on Arrival is payable in cash or by a credit card. The nearest ATM is past the customs area, so if you don't have cash, you will need to be escorted to the ATM and back. Although it is possible to pay for a VoA using my credit/debit card it is a slower process and may not be available at times, so cash is best. Please also remember to carry exact change as sometimes the officials may cause problems. Sometimes immigration officers may ask for a bribe to provide you with a visa. Please avoid paying this bribe as you'll have to pay another one while leaving the country. Also it is good to note that even at the airport hardly anyone speaks fluent English here.

Be cautious of having any involvement or contact with the baggage porters, the greater majority of them are committed scamsters and they often attempt to obtain money by cheating and misleading passengers. They should be paid minum Rp 20,000 to carry bags but that is best avoided, seek out a trolley and deal with it yourself.

Exchange rates in the airport are neither terrible not favorable (as an example: Rp 11,000 per USD in May 2014, with xe.com around Rp 11,500 on the same day - that is, 4,5% mark up), may or may not be worse than what you'll find in the centre of town, and are likely better than you will get from hotels. Bear in mind that you will need some cash and Jakarta is not a place where you can just stroll down to the nearest bank in town as it is pedestrian unfriendly. ATMs generally (depending on transaction amount, your bank's FX commissions and rates) will give you the better rate, and have limit of Rp 1-3 million per transaction; for the latter, try CIMB or bii-Maybank - in the international terminal, there are several of these on the second (departure) floor.

If you are taking a domestic flight from Soekarno Hatta, you can enjoy cheap airport lounges. There are several private lounges open to travellers on any airline that are in stiff competition with each other. For Rp 50,000, you can get a few hours in one of these lounges where you can relax on the comfy couches, eat and drink as much as you want and use the internet (either by wifi or through their computers).

Please note that when leaving Jakarta via the airport, you need to pay an additional RP 150,000 airport tax at the departure check in. Your prepaid flight tickets do not include this. The check in staff will issue you with a receipt thereafter.

For overnight transits, there are a few hotels near the airport:

  • Sheraton Bandara Hotel, Bandara Soekarno-Hatta (3 km from airport). ☎ +62 21 559 7777, [2]. 5-star hotel with 205 Deluxe rooms and 15 Suite rooms. Rooms have Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds and 32" LCD TVs. Complimentary shuttle airport pick-up and drop off and a private lounge at the airport. Check the special offers on the hotel's website to find special packages such as day use, special rewards and offer on related deals. From US$100.

The older Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (IATA: HLP, ICAO: WIHH), to the southeast of the city, is used by the military, VIP flights, charter flights, sea planes, helicopter leasing companies and private jets.

  • Susi Air, ☎ +62 811 211 3080, [3] provides services to local destinations across West Java from Halim Airport.
  • Alfa Air, ☎ +62 21 8087 1919, provides a seaplane charter service with their Cessna Caravan seaplane, based at Halim Airport.

Get into town[edit]

To get to the city, the easiest option is to contact your hotel to pick you up in the airport, as many hotels in Jakarta provide free airport transfers. Getting a taxi is a little more complicated.

Taxi[edit]
  • If you book from the counters right outside Customs, you'll get a nice car, jump to the head of the queue and pay around Rp 175,000 for a trip to the Golden Triangle. These counters can also sell you SIM cards and refills (pulsa).
  • If you head past the counters, you'll get to the ordinary taxi ranks — and encounter many taxi touts and baggage carriers, these individuals would likely scam visitors and should be ignored and will probably need waving off (just wave your hand and shake your head). There are several reliable taxi operators such as Silver Bird, Blue Bird, and Ekspress taxi having their own taxi rank spot in the terminal, the customers must queue in line to be served as numbers of taxis came along in several minutes to about 15 minutes intervals (depends on availability and traffic). Silver Bird is a premium taxi company and it is very reliable operator with good drivers and plush Mercedes cabs, but pricier than the rest at around Rp 120,000 to the Golden Triangle (City Center). Blue Bird Taxi and Ekspress Taxi are two most reliable taxi service in Jakarta. It has smaller but still nice air-conditioned Toyota Vios cars, and would cost you around Rp 90,000 to Central Jakarta/Golden Triangle. Other operators will charge you in the vicinity of Rp 70,000-90,000.

All taxis use meters (argo), yet some touted taxi may insist on not using meters and charging inflated fix price (borongan), visitors should avoid this scam. Passengers are responsible for paying roadway tolls, prices are posted at the toll booths and a receipt is given. The airport has a docket system for payment of an airport surcharge in addition to the normal taxi metered charge. It is detailed on the docket and is determined by destination distance. You are asked for your destination when arriving at the taxi rank and the docket is issued accordingly when you are assigned a taxi. If you do not make it clear that you require a taxi you may not be assigned one. Usually, taxi staff are uniformed. If someone offers you a taxi and they are not wearing the same uniform as the taxi company drivers then you are well advised to ignore them. Some of the uniformed taxi brokers are involved in a scam of telling foreign tourists about a high minimum payment for short trips. They receive a kickback from the drivers for setting tourists up to overpay.

Shuttle Bus[edit]

An economical alternative is the frequent DAMRI shuttle buses (15 min to 40 min between buses, depending on route and time) which connect to numerous Jakarta destinations; Gambir (the most appropriate for those going to Jalan Jaksa and Central Jakarta area), Rawamangun, Blok M, Tanjung Priok, Kampung Rambutan (for Depok), Pasar Minggu, Lebak Bulus and Kemayoran (Rp 25,000) as well as directly to the neighboring cities of Bekasi, Serang (Rp 30,000), Bogor and Cikarang (Rp 35,000). The bus service from the airport operates until midnight (despite what taxi touts may say to you). It is reliable, comfortable and air-conditioned. You can get the tickets in the many counters after the airport exit.

If arriving by an international flight at Terminal 2, head to the left after going out of the building until you see DAMRI ticket booths and bus stops. In terminal 3, the bus stop is in front of it just behind taxi ranks. Note that DAMRI service to the airport shuts down much earlier - for example, the bus from Gambir operates from 3.30am to 7.30pm. From Terminal 1 (domestic), just cross the taxi stop, the bus stop is on the other side of the road (signs read Shelter Bus).

Damri buses operate from 4 a.m. (Western Indonesia Standard Time) to 7 p.m. from the city, and to midnight from the airport. Buses stop to pick up passengers at departure areas in all terminals. All buses use the Prof. Dr. Sedyatmo Toll Road. Travel time to and from the centre of Jakarta to the Gambir railway station takes around 70 minutes (sometimes longer), depending on traffic. Buses to the airport leave from the various terminals in central Jakarta (Gambir) and surrounding areas (It may vary depend on traffic).

Shuttle Bus Services
Service Destination Fare
Primajassa Bandung IDR 75,000
Damri Bekasi IDR 30,000
Damri Blok M IDR 30,000
Damri Bogor IDR 40,000
Damri Bogor Royal Class IDR 70,000
Damri Cikarang IDR 35,000
Damri Gambir IDR 30,000
Damri Kampung Rambutan IDR 25,000
Damri Kemayoran IDR 30,000
Damri Kota Harapan Indah IDR 30,000
Damri Lebak Bulus IDR 30,000
Damri Mangga Dua IDR 30,000
Damri Pasar Minggu IDR 30,000
Damri Purwakarta IDR 50,000
Damri Rawamangun IDR 30,000
Damri Serang IDR 40,000
Damri Tanjung Priok IDR 30,000
Shuttle Van[edit]
  • Xtrans, ☎+62 21 5296-2255, +62 21 5296-4477. Provides reliable airport shuttle service from Soekarno Hatta airport to major hotels in Sudirman and Thamrin Street in Jakarta and Bumi Xtrans in Cihampelas Street in Bandung. Cost: US$3.30/adult and US$2.20/child. Schedule: once every hour from 5AM-10PM. Xtrans booth are available at Terminal IA, IB, IC and IIE.
  • Jakarta Airport Transfer, Jl Jembatan Tiga Raya 5AH, Jakarta Utara, +62 21 9062 2754 (Jakarta) (). Door to door transportion to Jakarta city and neighbouring cities. Whole day car hire is available in Jakarta and Bandung with driver if required. Airport transfers provide options of stopovers at Puncak, Bogor, Cirebon with a choice of economy (7 seater) or jumbo vehicle (15 seater). Online reservation and instant confirmation. A daily Bandung Express is a more private though more expensive option for travellers to Bandung with pricing from Rp 300,000/passenger.  edit


Shuttle Minibus (Van) Services
Cipaganti Shuttle Bandung IDR 100,000
X-Trans Shuttle Bandung IDR 100,000
X-Trans Shuttle Bintaro IDR 40,000
X-Trans Shuttle Kartika Chandra Hotel IDR 30,000
X-Trans Shuttle Serpong IDR 35,000

By train[edit]

Trains at Gambir Station in Central Jakarta

Information about train tickets from PT Kereta Api (Persero) is available on the Web (kereta-api.co.id for easier booking). In Jakarta, you can buy your tickets in the major stations up to 90 days in advance or you can log in on its website to get code booking and pay either in the stations or many Indomaret and Alfamart stores with no additional fee, certainly you can go directly to the stores to buy ticket without code booking. In the stations beware of ticket touts! They will offer their wares even to people waiting in the queues in front of the ticket sales points. You should expect to pay 50-100% more if you do so, and you could find that your coach hasn't any empty seats anyway. The safest and nicer way is online booking and then go to the stores.

Most travel agents will also be happy to sell you train tickets to any destination. Simply order the tickets, pay (preferably) in cash and later in the day they will be delivered to your hotel.

Jakarta has several train stations.

Stasiun Gambir[edit]

The current main station for long distance passengers in Jakarta is the Gambir station, located in Central Jakarta, just east of the Monas. Eksekutif (AC) and some bisnis (non-AC) class trains arrive at this station.

Most trains from big cities in Java (Purwokerto, Yogyakarta, Solo, Semarang, Malang and Surabaya) arrive in late afternoon or evening.

Interior of the Argo Bromo Anggrek train
  • From Bandung: trains are frequent, with one arriving almost every 2 hr. Duration: 3-3.5 hr, in bisnis or eksekutif (the only air-conditioned class, Rp 60,000). Economy class trains are slower. Very nice landscapes of rice and agricultural fields.
  • From Surabaya: the very good Argo Bromo Anggrek travels twice a day. Duration: 10 hr 30 min, Rp 265,000 during the week in eksekutif. Prices rise during the weekend and on public holidays. Be aware that the AC is extremely cold, so bring some warm clothes. Moreover, the television is usually very loud during the whole trip. It is possible to order meals: Rp 18,000 for a nasi goreng, Rp 3,000 for a hot tea.
  • From Semarang: The Semarang-Jakarta route is served by the comfortable Argo Muria, which departs from Tawang Station in Semarang, as well as Argo Bromo Anggrek, Argo Sindoro, and Sembrani which transit in Semarang. Rp 170.000-Rp 210.000 or more during peak season.

An airport bus service connects Soekarno-Hatta International Airport with Gambir station.

Stasiun Pasar Senen[edit]

Cheaper trains without air-conditioning generally use the Pasar Senen station located two blocks east of Gambir. Beware that the location is rife with crime, although the station itself has been spruced up recently. Anyway, these ekonomi trains are not really suggested for tourist travel: they are slow and poor facilities.

Stasiun Jatinegara[edit]

Most trains arriving in Jakarta also stop at Jatinegara station in the eastern part of the city, giving better access to the eastern and southern parts of the city.

Stasiun Kota[edit]

Jakarta Kota station is located in the old part of the city, and serves as the departure point for commuter trains and some trains to Merak. It is an interesting Art Deco style building that is currently being restored.

By bus[edit]

Passengers from other cities arrive in bus terminals such as Rawamangun (East Jakarta) Kampung Rambutan (Southeast Jakarta), Pulo Gadung (East Jakarta), Kali Deres (West Jakarta) or Lebak Bulus (South Jakarta). You'll need to speak at least functional Indonesian to manage, and the terminals are notorious for muggers and pickpockets, so observe the safety precautions under #Stay safe.

By boat[edit]

The national ferry company, PELNI, and other sealines, operate passenger services to destinations across the archipelago from Tanjung Priok port in the North of the city. Some smaller speedboats, particularly to the Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu), depart from Ancol also on Jakarta's north shore.

Get around[edit]

How to speak prokem like a Betawi
The everyday speech of Jakartans (Betawi) is liberally laced with slang (prokem) expressions. Like any slang, words come in and out of fashion with bewildering rapidity, but some features can be distinguished:

  • f becomes p
  • z becomes j
  • The prefix me- for verbs becomes ng-
  • The suffixes -i and -kan turn into -in

A short glossary of common Jakartan expressions:

no 
tidak → nggak
saya/aku → gua/gue
you 
kamu/anda → lu/lo
sorry 
maaf → maap
to come up 
menaik → naek
to take 
mengambil → ngambil
to look 
melihat → ngeliat
to use 
memakai/menggunakan → pake/ngegunain
to visit 
mengunjungi → ngunjungin


Jalan Thamrin in Jakarta, normally a busy city thoroughfare
View across a kampung in central Jakarta

Getting around Jakarta is a problem. The city layout is chaotic and totally bewildering, traffic is indisputably the worst in South-East Asia with horrendous traffic jams (macet "MAH-chet") slowing the city to a crawl during rush hours (several hours in the morning and in the evening), and the current railway system (Jabodetabek Commuter Line) is better and better made more executives (more than 30 percent) use the train instead of the car or motorcycle as before to Jakarta (convinience park and ride are available in certain stations). The commuter line authority will add more train to lure more executives. The construction of a monorail system in Golden Triangle, started in 2004, soon ground to a halt over political infighting, but in June 2013 other consortium has initialized the project and groundbreaking has done on October 16, 2013. The green line is circular around Golden Triangle up to Palmerah and Casablanca and predicted will be operated in 3 years ahead, while the blue line is across the green line and spread between Kampung Melayu to Roxy v.v. and predicted will be operated in 4 years ahead. Some State Company owners consortium including Jasa Marga the toll road operator will also make monorail between Bekasi and Jakarta use a part of toll road land and the first monorail is predicted will run in 2016. The gradually expanding Transjakarta Busway (Bus Rapid Transit) system helps to make things easier (Rp3,500 for all routes and you can move from one to the others routes whichever you like), but this is not enough for the biggest city in the world without rail rapid transit system. The first line of Jakarta MRT Phase I between Lebak Bulus and Hotel Indonesia Circle has made groundbreaking on October 10, 2013 and scheduled to open in Q1 2018, a bit later than the first schedule because material mobilizations is done in the night and after midnigt only begin at 10p.m. to avoid traffic jam.

Various areas of the city have different levels of chaos. The most well organised traffic is only at Golden Triangle (MH Thamrin, Jendral Sudirman, and H.R.Rasuna Said.) Recently, new housing complexes also have good traffic too.

By train[edit]

Commuter Line Networks

Commuter trains in Jakarta connect the city centre with outlying regions, namely Tangerang, Bekasi, Depok, Bojonggede, Bogor and Serpong.

Commuter services operate from 4AM (first train departing Bogor to Jakarta) to almost midnight (last train leaving Jakarta for Bogor). Trains often run late, though.

With subsidies from government, since July 1, 2013 the commuter train ticket is cheaper than before with only Rp 2,000 for first 5 stations and only Rp 500 for additional 3 stations. Government wants to attract other mode's passengers to use trains. E-ticket is implemented within closed system.

There are two types of E-tickets:

  • Single trip (Tiket Harian Berjaminan, lit. Daily Ticket with Guarantee), must be purchased at ticket counter by mentioning the destination. The fare will be calculated and added with Rp. 5,000 refundable deposit. This deposit money can be refunded after the trip or used for next trip. The deposit is to force passengers return the smart-card ticket, as there were so many passengers fond to keep the ticket as "collectibles" in the previous system.
  • Multi trip, refillable and directly usable to enter the electronic gate at the station. The train company issues a special Multi trip card that can be purchased at ticket counter for Rp. 50,000 (contains Rp. 30,000). Some prepaid cards from selected banks are also usable now (e-money/e-toll from Bank Mandiri, Flazz from BCA, tap-cash from BNI, and BRIZZI from BRI). These cards are sold in the banks or some selected mini markets such as Alfamart and Indomaret.

"Tapping" of the E-tickets are required only on the origin station (tap-in) and destination station (tap-out). Transits are free as long as you are remain in the station "paid area". Mistakes in the tapping will be fined with longest route fare (Rp. 7,000) and missing your ticket will be fined Rp. 50,000.

No more economy non-AC train, all with AC and trains will be added continuously to accommodate the passengers. People who are sitting on the roof is no more and the trains will not run until all door is closed. Vendor stalls in the stations have been demolished to create sterile area in the stations.

It is best not to carry valuables on the train, but if you do, keep then secure, and preferably in front of you. Wallets kept in the hip pocket are vulnerable.

The destination of the train is not always clearly marked. Make sure you know the number of the platform and listen the announcement (only in Indonesian) before the train arrival. You can ask the station guards by clearly mentioning your final destination. Some of the guards know basic conversational English.

Commuter services operate over these lines (stations in CAPITALs are recommended transit station):

  • Bogor (red) line: JAKARTA KOTA - Jayakarta - Mangga Besar - Sawah Besar - Juanda - Gondangdia - Cikini - MANGGARAI - Tebet - Cawang - Duren Kalibata - Pasar Minggu Baru - Pasar Minggu - Tanjung Barat - Lenteng Agung - Universitas Pancasila - Universitas Indonesia - Pondok Cina - Depok Baru - Depok - Citayam - Bojonggede- Cilebut - Bogor
  • Loop (orange) line: JATINEGARA - Pondok Jati - Kramat - Gang Sentiong - Kemayoran - Rajawali - KAMPUNG BANDAN - Angke - DURI - TANAH ABANG - Karet - MANGGARAI and continuing to BOGOR
  • Tangerang (brown) line: DURI - Pesing - Kembangan - Bojong Indah - Rawabuaya - Kalideres - Poris - Batuceper - Tanahtinggi - Tangerang
  • Serpong (green) line: TANAHABANG - Palmerah - Kebayoran - Pondokranji - Sudimara - Rawabuntu - Serpong - Cisauk - Cicayur - Parung Panjang - Cilejit - Daru - Tenjo - Tigaraksa - Maja
  • Bekasi (blue) line: JAKARTA KOTA - Jayakarta - Mangga Besar - Sawah Besar - Juanda - Gondangdia - Cikini - MANGGARAI - JATINEGARA - Klender - Buaran - Klenderbaru - Cakung - Rawabebek - Kranji - Bekasi


All trains do not stop at Gambir and Pasar Senen station, the main stations in Jakarta, so this might be a problem for those arriving from other regions and wanting to continue to other stations. The choice is to take a taxi or bus to Juanda or Gondangdia station, located a few hundred meters of Gambir, close enough if you wish to walk. If coming from Jalan Jaksa area, another option is just to walk to Gondangdia (next one south of Gambir) station, it's just 5-10 minutes walk to the left from the southern end of Jaksa.


This site [4] provide Time Table for Commuter and Ekonomi class (expect some delay) for long route. For your information, since 5 December 2011 there are change in commuter train route [5]

Remember there are no ekonomi class anymore for commuter lines. Riding the ekonomi class outsides the commuter lines is not advisable: crime and sexual harassment are known to happen inside packed trains (during rush hours some people even travel on the roof, despite the obvious danger of overhead wires!). During the non-rush hours, though, economy train travel is quite an interesting experience. It is a tour of Jakarta's darker side, with peddlers offering every imaginable article (from safety pins to cell-phone starter kits), various sorts of entertainment, ranging from one-person orchestras to full-sized bands, and a chance to sample real poverty; you are riding a slum on wheels. Just remember to keep an eye on your belongings all the time, do not flash valuables if you have any, and, if you have a bag, hold it in front of you (that's what many locals also do in these trains).

Avoid the commuter lines on rush hours at all costs!

However, the rush hours are pretty predictable, in the morning (06.00 to 10.00) avoid these lines:

  • Northward Bogor and Loop line, i.e. heading to Jakarta Kota or Jatinegara.
  • Eastward Tangerang line, i.e. heading to Duri
  • Eastward Serpong line, i.e. heading to Tanah Abang
  • Westward Bekasi line, i.e. heading to Jakarta Kota

In the afternoon (16.00 to 19.00) avoid these lines:

  • Southward Bogor and Loop line, i.e. heading to Bogor
  • Westward Tangerang Line, i.e. heading to Tangerang
  • Westward Serpong Line, i.e. heading to Maja
  • Eastward Bekasi line, i.e. heading to Bekasi

By busway[edit]

Transjakarta "Busway"
Transjakarta Map

The Transjakarta Busway (in Indonesian known as busway or TJ) is modern, air-conditioned and generally comfortable, although sometimes service can be spotty (they have a knack of going to the depot for service and refueling at the same time during the rush hours). Do note that the bus service is quite unreliable resulting in waiting time for a bus up to 1 hour especially during rush hours. There are twelve lines operational as of mid-February 2013.

  • Line 1: Blok M - Masjid Agung - Bundaran Senayan - Gelora Bung Karno - Polda Metro - Benhil - Karet - Setia Budi - Dukuh Atas - Tosari - Bundaran Hotel Indonesia - Sarinah - Bank Indonesia - Monas - Harmoni - Sawah Besar - Mangga Besar - Olimo - Glodok - Kota
  • Line 2: (to Harmoni) Pulo Gadung - Bermis - Pulomas - ASMI - Pedongkelan - Cempaka Timur - Rumah Sakit Islam - Cempaka Tengah - Pasar Cempaka Putih - Rawa Selatan - Galur - Senen - Atrium - RSPAD - Deplu - Gambir I - Istiqlal - Juanda - Pecenongan - Harmoni Central Busway (to Pulo Gadung) Harmoni Central Busway - Balai Kota - Gambir II - Kwitang - Senen - Galur - Rawa Selatan - Pasar Cempaka Putih - Cempaka Tengah - Rumah Sakit Islam - Cempaka Timur - Pedongkelan - ASMI - Pulomas - Bermis - Pulo Gadung
  • Line 3: (to Kalideres) Harmoni Central Busway - Pecenongan - Juanda - Pasar Baru - Juanda - Pecenongan - Jelambar - Indosiar - Taman Kota - Jembatan Gantung - Dispenda - Jembatan Baru - Rawa Buaya - Sumur Bor - Pesakih - Kalideres (to Harmoni Central Busway) Kalideres - Pesakih - Sumur Bor - Rawa Buaya - Jembatan Baru - Dispenda - Jembatan Gantung - Taman Kota - Indosiar - Jelambar - Harmoni Central Busway
  • Line 4: Pulo Gadung - Pasar Pulo Gadung - Tugas - Pertamina - Telkom - Tarakanita - Sunan Giri - Ikip - Kehakiman - BPKP - Utan Kayu - Pasar Genjing - Pasar Pramuka - Matraman - Manggarai - Pasar Rumput - Halimun - Dukuh Atas
  • Line 5: Kampung Melayu - Pasar Jatinegara (to Kampung Melayu) - Kebon Pala - Slamet Riyadi - Tegalan - Matraman - Salemba UI - Kramat Sentiong NU - Palputih - Senen - Departemen Keuangan - Budi Utomo - Golden Truly - Lautze - Kartini - Jembatan Merah - Mangga Dua Square - WTC - Ancol
  • Line 6: Ragunan - Departemen Pertanian - SMK 57 - Duren Tiga - Pejaten - Buncit Indah - Warung Jati Indah - Imigrasi - Mampang Prapatan/Hero - Kuningan Timur - Depkes - Patra Kuningan - Pasar Festival - Kuningan - Kuningan Madya - Menara Duta - Latuharhari - Halimun - Dukuh Atas
  • Line 7: Kampung Rambutan - Tanah Merdeka - Makro - Rumah Sakit Harapan Bunda - Pasar Induk Kramat Jati - Terminal Cililitan - Mayjen Sutoyo - UKI - Bakornas Narkoba RI - Rumah Susun - Gelanggang Remaja - Depkeu - Kampung Melayu
  • Line 8: Tomang-Grogol 2- Jelambar-Indosiar-Kedoya Green Garden-Kedoya Assiddiqiyah-Duri Kepa-Kebun Jeruk-Kelapa Dua Sasak-Pos Pengumben-RS Medika-Permata Hijau-Simprug-Pasar Kebayoran Lama-Kebayoran Lama Bungur-Tanah Kusir-Pondok Indah Mall-Pondok Indah South-Pondok Pinang-Lebak Bulus
  • Line 9: Pinang Ranti - Taman Mini Garuda - Pasar Kramat Jati - Cililitan - Sutoyo BKN - Cawang UKI - Cawang BNN - Cawang Ciliwung - Cikoko Stasiun Cawang - Tebet BPKM - Pancoran Tugu - Pancoran Barat - Tegal Parang - Kuningan Barat - Gatot Subroto Jamsostek - Gatot Subroto LIPI - Semanggi - Senayan JCC - Slipi Petamburan - Slipi Kemanggisan - S. Parman Harapan Kita - S. Parman Central Park - Grogol 2 - Latumeten Stasiun KA - Jembatan Besi - Jembatan Dua - Jembatan Tiga - Penjaringan - Pluit
  • Line 10: Cililitan - Cililitan PGC - Sutoyo BKN - Cawang UKI - Sutoyo Cawang - Panjaitan Penas - Kebon Nanas Cipinang - Prumpung Pedati - Stasiun Jatinegara - Utan Kayu Ramawangun - Pramuka BPKP 2 - Kayu Putih Rawasari - Pulomas Pacuan Kuda - Cempaka Putih - Yos Sudarso Cempaka Mas - Yos Sudarso Kodamar - Sunter Kelapa Gading - Plumpang Pertamina - Walikota Jakarta Utara - Permai Koja - Enggano - Tanjung Priok
  • Line 11: Kampung Melayu - Pulogebang
  • Line 12: Pluit - Tanjung Priok

The other three corridors will be finished before end of 2016.

The transfer points for the Transjakarta Busway lines are:

  • Dukuh Atas: Busway Line 1, 4 and 6
  • Halimun: Busway Line 4 and 6
  • Kampung Melayu: Busway Line 4 and 7
  • Harmoni Central Busway: Line 1,2,3
  • Juanda: Busway Line 2 and 3 (for those who is coming from Pulo Gadung and want to transfer to Line 3)
  • Pulo Gadung: Busway Line 2 and 4
  • Matraman: Busway Line 4 and 5
  • Senen: Busway Line 2 and 5
  • Jelambar & Indosiar : Busway Line 3 and 8
  • Semanggi/Benhill: Busway Line 1 and 9
  • Kuningan Barat: Busway Line 6 and 9
  • Grogol 2: Busway Line 3 and 9
  • Grogol BKN: Busway Line 7 and 9
  • Cililitan, Sutoyo BKN, Cawang UKI: Busway Line 7,9 and 10

Unlike Jakarta's other buses, busway buses shuttle on fully dedicated lanes and passengers must use dedicated stations with automatic doors, usually found in the middle of large thoroughfares connected to both sides by overhead bridges. The system is remarkably user-friendly by Jakartan standards, with station announcements and an LED display inside the purpose-built vehicles. Grab onto a handle as soon as you enter the bus as they move away from the stop suddenly and quickly.

Park and Ride facilities are in Ragunan, South Jakarta, Kampung Rambutan, East Jakarta and Kalideres, West Jakarta and in late 2010 the city administration was holding a tender for the construction of Park and Ride facilities in Pulo Gebang, East Jakarta. That construction of that facility is planned to start in 2011.

Buses run from 5AM-10PM daily. Tickets cost a flat Rp 2,000 before 7AM, and Rp 3,500 after. Transfers between lines are free be careful not to exit the system until your journey is completed. The hub at Harmoni station is the busiest interchange. The buses can get very crowded, especially during rush hours at 7AM and 4PM, when office workers are on the move. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, a Transjakarta Application map is also available to download. As of May 2009, the application is free. For blackberry users a Transjakarta Guide for Blackberry software download[6] is available.

Be careful, not all buses stopping at busway stations are operated by Transjakarta and they have their own fares and tickets. If you already in the busway station and take those buses, you have to pay again on board. However, if you actually plan to ride those buses, you can buy the ticket beforehand on the busway ticket counter and this ticket includes entry to the busway system and "free" ride of Transjakarta buses. Those buses are:

  • APTB (Angkutan Perbatasan Terintegrasi Bus Transjakarta, lit. border transport integrated with Transjakarta buses), will serve until suburban area. Fares are vary depends on the destination but if the destination is within busway network, the fare is Rp. 5,000. They are usually blue colored big buses.
  • Kopaja AC, some selected route of Kopaja with air conditioned buses. Fare is Rp. 5,000. They are usually white-green colored small buses.

By tour bus[edit]

Perhaps Jakarta is one of the few cities in the world whose government provides tour buses! Dubbed the City Tour Jakarta, the buses are double decker and you can ride them for free! The bus follows a loop road, traversing through some of Jakarta's places of interest:

Hotel Indonesia Roundabout- MH Thamrin - Medan Merdeka Barat - Museum Nasional - Majapahit - Harmoni - Komplek Sekretariat Negara - ANZ Bank (Pecenongan)- Pasar Baru - Jakarta Art Theater (Gedung Kesenian Jakarta) - Lapangan Banteng - Masjid Istiqlal - Juanda - Veteran II - Medan Merdeka Utara - Istana Negara (Medan Merdeka Barat) - Indosat - Medan Merdeka Selatan - City Hall - MH Thamrin - Sarinah - Hotel Indonesia Roundabout.

Note that the buses will stop only at designated shelters. Buses run from 09.00 to 19.00 every hour, depending on traffic.

By public bus[edit]

A multitude of bus companies operate at the streets of Jakarta. However buses do not run on schedule. Most maps bought not from Indonesia do not show bus routes, so Google Maps would be the best method to figure out what bus you should take. Most bus stops also posted what route number and destinations stop there. If you want to get somewhere quickly and are not prepared to get lost, avoid the buses (remember that taxis are cheaper than most local buses in the West). However, they make for a good adventure if you're not in a rush and don't mind being the centre of attention.

These are the bus hierarchy, from best to worst:

  • APTB is the most comfortable, if not the cheapest, option. The buses are colored blue and the routes are generally to places outside Jakarta, such as Bogor or Tangerang, but they will traverse through the Transjakarta stops first before going with their own route. Tickets are Rp 6000, but how you pay is a little different: you pay the initial Rp 3500 by entering the bus stop and pay the rest in the bus. The advantage is if you stop at a Transjakarta stop, you can ride the red Transjakarta buses without the need to pay again!
  • BKTB is similar to APTB, but the routes are mostly detached from the busway system, hence fewer stops at the Transjakarta stops.
  • Most of Mayasari Bakti buses have air-conditioning (look for the letters AC on the bus number), but a few of its routes do not. AC buses are usually light & dark blue but some come out in green and orange. Inquire if in doubt. Apart from the AC, the seat is, if at all, uncomfortable.
  • Kopaja, on selected routes, have introduced a similar service, even offers Wi-Fi connectivity in buses. Look for the metallic grey and green color bus.
  • Patas also has a combination of air conditioned and non-air conditioned fleet. They have fewer buses and noticeably a lower tier of service than Kopaja. Look for the white & black strip, with the Monas icon.
  • Avoid using MetroMini (orange & blue), Kopami (blue & yellow) and non air-conditioned Kopaja (white & green) at all costs as the buses are filthy, do not offer air-conditioning and is driven recklessly!

Bus fares are generally less than Rp 10,000 with a flat rate system. You must usually pay in a box beside the driver but a kondektur can reach out to you and pay to him.

Cheaper yet are mikrolet (mini-buses) and angkot (small vans) that ply the smaller streets and whose fares vary from Rp 3,000 to 6,000 depending on the distance, but good luck figuring out the routes. You pay the fare directly to the driver after getting off.

You may need to spare one or two Rp 500 coins before boarding the bus, since there is on-board "entertainment" and other distractions. On a typical day, you may find street musicians singing unplugged versions of Indonesian and Western pop songs asking for donations at the end of the performance, and street vendors, one after another, trying to sell almost everything, from ballpoint pens and candies to boxed donuts and health goods. If you do happen to be travelling in a bus, refrain from sitting or standing at the back area of the bus as this is where muggers find their prey. Always keep an eye on your belongings and be alert at all times as pickpocketing occurs.

Note that buses do not run according to any schedule or timetable. Sometimes a bus may take a while to come,in other circumstances it is possible that two of the same bus routes may come together and these drivers will definitely drive aggressively to get more passengers. They do not stop at any particular bus stop and can stop just about anywhere they like. If you want to get off, simply say "kiri" (to the left) to the "kondektur" or just knock on the ceiling of the bus for three times (be sure that the driver hears your thumping), and the bus driver will find a place to drop you. An additional tip to alight from these buses is to use your left foot first to maintain balance and try to get down as quickly as possible as they do not fully stop the bus.

Also note that seats in these buses are built for Indonesians who are typically shorter and more slender and agile than people with a larger build such as Caucasians and Africans. Non-Indonesians might find the seats in these buses to be confining and uncomfortable.

List of bus terminals in Jakarta: Blok M (South Jakarta), Lebak Bulus (South Jakarta), Pasar Minggu (South Jakarta), Grogol, Kota, Kalideres (West Jakarta), Manggarai (South Jakarta), Pulogadung (East Jakarta), Rawamangun (East Jakarta), Kampung Melayu (East Jakarta), Kampung Rambutan (South Jakarta), Tanjung Priok (North Jakarta), Senen (Central Jakarta).

By car[edit]

Rental cars are available, but unless you are familiar with local driving practices or lack thereof, take reputable taxis. If you're from a foreign country, it is not recommended to rent a car and drive on your own. The chaotic and no-rules traffic will certainly give you a headache. Renting a car with a driver is a much better idea.

The price of fuel in Indonesia is relatively low due to the application of subsidies by the central government. Pertamina outlets supply gasoline (bensin) (petrol) at Rp 6.500/litre, diesel fuel (solar) is at Rp 5,500/litre. Non-subsidised prices for products such as Pertamax (RON 92 Pertamax high-octane gasoline are higher at around Rp 9,500/litre, RON 95 Pertamax Plus around Rp 10,350 and Pertamina-Dex (diesel fuel) is around Rp 10,100. Prices at outlets operated by Shell, Mobil and Petronas are similar.

Toll roads circle the city and are faster when the traffic is good, but are very often jammed themselves. The drainage systems of major roads are poorly maintained and during the rainy season from Dec-Feb major roads may be flooded, leading to even worst traffic congestion than normal.

Finding parking places in residential areas can be difficult due to the narrow roads. Paid parking is easy to find in shopping malls, offices and the like is Rp 3,000 to 4,000/hr. Street parking often requires to payment of Rp 3,000 to a parking 'attendant'.

If you do decide to drive by yourself or having a driver in Jakarta, please remember that there is a 3-in-1 system implemented in some of the main roads in the morning from 7.00-10AM and in the afternoon from 4.30-7 PM, this requires a a car to have a minimum of three occupants. The routes include the whole stretch from Kota train station through Blok M via Jl. Hayam Wuruk, Jl. Thamrin, Jl. Sudirman and Jl.Sisingamangaraja; Jl. Gatot Subroto from the Senayan-JCC overpass to the intersection with Jl. HR Rasuna Said. However, complying with the 3-in-1 rule is as simple as picking up a "jockey". Along the main roads are many who look like hitch hikers, but they are in fact "jockies" who charge a small fee to make up the number in your car. Pay the "jockey" Rp 20 to 25,000 for the service, depending on the distance. There are intentions from the local government to change this system to an Electronic Road Pricing system sometime in the future.

By taxi[edit]

Beware the false Blue Bird
Blue Bird's reputation has spawned a host of dodgy imitators, so just because it's blue doesn't mean it's safe. Check the following before you get in:

  • The door and roof logo is either the Blue Bird or the Pusaka/Lintas "flying egg"
  • The windshield says "Blue Bird Group"
  • The driver is in uniform
  • The headrests have Blue Bird logos

The growing reputation of Express taxis has also led to a number of imitation companies popping up in recent years, take the same precautions as you would for spotting a fake Blue Bird


Most visitors opt to travel by taxi, which is cheap and occasionally even fast. There are a multitude of taxi companies of varying degrees of dependability. Taxis are widely available and usually easily hailed off the street in a matter of seconds however demand often exceeds supply during periods of heavy rain and weekday peak hours (generally about 4:30-8:00PM). If you absolutely need to be somewhere during rush hour (i.e. the airport) it is a good idea to make alternative transportation arrangements.

The Blue Bird group ☎+62 21 79171234, (24 hr) is known for their reliability, has an efficient telephone order service and always uses their meter. Fares are Rp 6,000 flagfall (including the first kilometer) and Rp 300 for every subsequent 100 meters or minute stuck in traffic.

  • The Blue Bird group also runs Silver Bird, Morante, Cendrawasih and Pusaka Nuri taxis, They normally use late model Toyota Vios sedans.
  • The Silver Bird executive taxi charges a premium for a larger car, normally a Mercedes Benz C & E Class or a Toyota Vellfire).

Alternatively the Express group ☎+62 21 26509000, is fast overtaking Blue Bird's reputation as best taxi firm in Jakarta. Unlike Blue Bird, Express requires a minimum of three years' experience at another Jakarta taxi firm from its drivers. As a result, Express drivers generally know their way around the city better than the often newly arrived Blue Bird drivers. Metered fares are slightly cheaper too at Rp 5,000 flagfall (including the first kilometer)and Rp 250 for every subsequent 100 meters or minute stuck in traffic.

Some other large, generally reliable companies include Taxiku, Gamya, Dian Taksi, Putra and TransCab. You can generally determine a good cabbie by asking "argo?" ("meter?") - if they say no or "tidak", get another taxi.

Taxis parked near train/bus stations, tourist attractions, and hotels often refuse to use the meter and quote silly prices (especially from foreigners) - in this case, it's a good idea to walk away a bit, then hail a passing Blue Bird or Express taxi.

Many taxis are mechanically unsound and have drivers of highly questionable skill. They also often engage in determined efforts to overcharge, including via rigged meters. There have been occasional but recent cases of people being robbed at knife-point after taking non-reputable taxis, so it's best to stick to the firms above. Be particularly vigilant late at night, when you will spot a number of taxis from firms you have never heard of or seen before roaming around.

Rates for Taxis depend on the company, though most use the "Tarif Bawah" rate of Rp 5,000 flagfall (including the first kilometer) and Rp 250 for every subsequent 100 meters or one minute stuck in traffic. Blue Bird group and a handful of other companies charge Rp 6,000 flagfall (including the first kilometer) and Rp 300 for every subsequent 100 meters or one minute stuck in traffic. Minimum charges apply to taxis ordered by phone, this should be posted on the inside of the taxi and generally varies from Rp 20,000-Rp 30,000. No minimum applies to taxis flagged off the side of the road or taken from ranks though drivers may be upset if you give them less than Rp 10,000.

Carry plenty of small denomination notes to pay fares as there is no guarantee that drivers will have any change. On the meter, fares are rounded up to the nearest Rp 1,000 as a matter of course and tips are generally expected from foreigners, though by no means mandatory. When paying, it is usual to round up to the nearest Rp 10,000. On a longer trip, if the service has been good, allow 10% for the tip and again, round up to the nearest Rp 10,000.

Keep the doors locked and the windows closed when travelling in a taxi, as luxury items or a bag can be an attractive target when stuck in a traffic jam or traffic light. Avoid using the smaller taxi companies especially if you are alone, and try to know the vague route - the driver might well take you a roundabout route to avoid traffic, but you will know the general direction. Stating your direction clearly and confidently will usually pre-empt any temptation to take you on the long route. It is also not uncommon for taxi drivers to be recent arrivals in Jakarta - they often don't know their way around and may be relying on you to direct them - ensure that they know the way before you get in.

By rental car[edit]

Another solution for getting around in Jakarta is to rent a car. However for most visitors it is best to use a local driver rather than self drive.

RentalMobil.com: SCBD Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav 52 - 53 Telp: 021-29608390 website: jakarta car rental

Adapted Car Hired ( booking taxi ) telp 021-68290939 http://adapted-car-hire.itrademarket.com/prod There is also "wheelchair accessible booking taxi" for user friendly of both disabled and elderly with or without wheelchair for an easy ingress and egress as well as tranfer from wheelchair to car seat or from car seat to wheelchair, to and from anywhere inside the city of Jakarta including but not limited to and from airport, hotel, sightseeing, etc from the one and only Adapted Car Hired telp 021-68290939 http://adapted-car-hire.itrademarket.com/prod a division of PT.Hidup Berkat Rahmat Anugerah www.hbra.co.id a provider of mobility solution for both disabled and elderly in partneship with several wellknown leader of mobility solution such as www.fiorella.ws and www.autoadapt.com and www.bruno.com and www.braunlifts.com. there are several accessible booking taxi, including wheelchair lift and passenger side entry ift up seat as well as passanger swivel seat, while upon pre request, there are also specific adapted car hired with hand control and or left foot accelerator for disabled driver.

By bajaj[edit]

A Jakarta Bajaj

The Jakartan equivalent to Thailand's tuk-tuk is the bajaj (pronounced "bahdge-eye"), orange mutant scooters souped up in India into tricycles that carry passengers in a small cabin at the back.

They're a popular way to get around town since they can weave through Jakarta's interminable traffic jams much like motorbikes can. Although slow, boneshaking (suspension is not a feature in a bajaj), hot (locals joke about the "natural A/C") and the quick way to breathing in more exhaust fumes than you ever thought possible, riding around in these little motor-bugs can really grow on you. The old version 2 cycles of Bajaj is gradually being changed by CNG version which eco-friendly, quieter and more convinience for your bone.

There are no set prices, but a short hop of a few city blocks shouldn't cost much more than Rp 5,000. Be sure to agree to (read: haggle) a price before you set off. Bajaj drivers are happy to overcharge visitors, and can often ask double or even more of what you would pay by meter in air-conditioned Blue Bird taxi (obviously, the normal price should be less than even for a cheaper variety of taxi). Locals who regularly use the bajaj know what a typical fare should be and are happy to tell you. Also, since bajaj aren't allowed on some of the larger roads in Jakarta, your route may well take you through the bewildering warren of backstreets. Try to keep an eye on what direction you're going, because some unscrupulous bajaj drivers see nothing wrong with taking the "scenic" route and then charging you double or triple the price.

By ojek[edit]

If you're poking around narrow back streets, or just in such a hurry that you're willing to lose a limb or more to get there, then Jakarta's motorcycle taxis (ojek) might be the ticket for you. Jakarta's ojek services consist of guys with bikes lounging around street corners, who usually shuttle short distances down alleys and roads but will also do longer trips for a price. Agree on the fare before you set off. And insist on a helmet, and wear it properly. No need to make it more insanely dangerous than it already is. The ojek drivers will insist you're safe with them and that they'll drive carefully, but this has little to do with reality. What locals normally pay to them is Rp 5,000 for a short ride and Rp 7,000 to 10,000 for a longer (roughly more than kilometer or 15 minutes walk) one. Foreigners are likely to be asked for more, but generally ojek drivers will accept the proper fare if you insist on it, unless they see you really need to use their service, such as if you're in a hurry but there's a huge traffic jam so using a taxi or bus will be too slow.

In November 2011, Ojek with argometer is called Taxijek has launched in Jakarta and is provided with company's driver identity card, a helmet for passengers, disposable shower caps to wear underneath and an extra raincoat. The fee is cheaper than the non-argometer ojeks make drivers of non-argometer ojeks jealous, moreover the Taxijek can enter the gate of elite housing complexes to pick up passengers due to Taxijek have special driver identity cards. The first flag start at Rp 4,000 ($0.44) and Rp 1,000 ($0.11) for another each kilometer. Call (021)94440739 or visit www.taxijek.com for more information.

By helicopter[edit]

Ats.co.id has over 21 helicopter at his fleet operating from sentul bogor. Office : 62 (21) 87900333. 24 hour : 62 818898383. Cost over $2.000 per hour.

On foot[edit]

As a rule, walking around the centre of Jakarta is neither fun nor practical, especially for the disabled traveler you may find the city a true challange due to poor maintenace of pavement and missing sidewalk. With the exception of a few posher areas, sidewalks are crowded with pushcart vendors, drivers disregard pedestrians and crossing streets can be dangerous. On many busy streets there are no pedestrian crossings, so it's best to latch onto a local and follow them as they weave their way through the endless flow of cars, you may found yourself waiting for hours if you decided to wait for one of them to stop for you on pedestrian crossing. If you use pedestrian bridges, watch out for wonky steps and holes, and also look out for motorcycles and bicycles that often use the bridge illegally. Despite this horrible habits of the inhabitants, the downtown area itself does have adequate sidewalks, you may find yourself faster taking the path on foot than travelling by vehicles, there are few recommended guide for you to explore the city:

1) Kota Tua - pedestrian friendly square, you can walk in these area and explore the sight of dutch colonial charm that were once centre of the colonial seat.

2) Pasar Baroe - a pedestrian friendly zone market, that exist since the colonial era

3) Sudirman-Thamrin corridor - the downtown itself have nicely done paved pedestrian footpath for eager explorer all the way through rasuna said, there's available wifi too!

4) Monas and Kebon Sirih area - the city square is pedestrian friendly zone, and the surrounding area have several attraction such as president palace to old colonial churches

5) Car Free Day - the city centre enclosed itself from motor vehicle, every Sunday from 6.00 a.m. to about 11.00 a.m. This is the moment you can find yourself walking on the road of the city from Sudirman, Thamrin to Monas area, the busway service would still be running in the enclosed zone for travellers to reach their destination.

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Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy World) at Ancol, Jakarta.
Jakarta History Museum, Kota

Landmarks[edit]

  • Monas (National Monument). Located at Lapangan Merdeka(Freedom Square), Jakarta's best known landmark, the 137 metre monument is located in the centre of Merdeka (Freedom) square. From the observation deck, you can view the city. At the basement there are dioramas that portray the dramatic story of Indonesia history. Entrance ticket Rp 2,500, ticket to the top of Monas, Rp 7,500.
  • Presidential Palace, (north of the National Monument). Official residence and office of the Indonesian president is open to the public on weekends for free, preferably make reservation first and use formal clothes, no sandals.
  • Gelangang Bung Karno Stadium, (Senayan Sport complex in South Jakarta). A large stadium surrounded by a large park, the area is a good way to enjoy a fresh air away from the congestion and as well to see a large stadium provided you are interested in it.
  • Bundaran HI, (Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle). A large fountain with a statue, located in Central Jakarta and is in front of the city's grand major malls.

Themeparks[edit]

  • Ancol Dream Park (Taman Impian Jaya Ancol). Ancol Dream Park is located right on the coast. The Park itself is well worth the visit, however, don't hold high expectations for the beach or for the quality of the sea water. Both the beach and the sea water are polluted and best avoided. The Park consists a themepark, Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy world) with ticket fee Rp 150,000 (US$17.60) per person in week days and Rp 180,000 (US$21.20) per person on week end-Sunday-and-Holiday, Atlantis Water Adventure (Waterboom) ticket fee Rp 100,000 (US$11.80) per person, Seaworld (for the largest aquarium in South East Asia), Gelanggang Samudra (Ocean Park) animals show ticket Rp 90,000 (US$10.60) per person, Fantastic Multimedia (Laser) Show ticket fee Rp 50,000 (US$5.90) per person, resorts, hotel, beach, marina, and great restaurants. It's one of the biggest such parks in Asia. Entrance ticket fee to the complex Rp 15,000 (US$1.80) per person excluding parking fee
  • Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, (Beautiful Indonesia in little park). See the whole Indonesian culture from here. It offers an exciting tour of 30 provinces of Indonesia with samplings of the country's more than 250 cultures. Highlight features are the Museum Indonesia and the Keong Emas IMAX theater. Entrance ticket fee to the complex Rp 10,000 (US$1.20) per person.
  • Jungleland Sentul City, located in Bogor regency however far from the city center lies Indonesia's largest and newest themepark. There are much more variety of rides in the themepark compared to Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy world), complete with a science park and a dinosaur land, a great place for both kids or adults who like to get their adrenaline boiled.

Museums[edit]

(note that majority of the museums in Indonesia do not have English translation, but major museum does)

  • Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, (Jakarta Arts Theater). Neo-renaissance structure, previously meticulously restored, and now one of the proud landmarks among the Jakarta buildings which have been conserved. Some of the city best performance by both local and visiting artists are often held here.
  • Museum Nasional, Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat no.12 (BRT Monumen Nasional, Monas, Transjakarta Busway stop Gambir, Line I), +62 21 3868172, +62 21 381 1551 (, fax: +62 21 3447778), [7]. Tu-Fri 8:30AM-4PM, Sat-Sun 8AM-5PM and closed on Mon and public holidays. Houses a vast collection of prehistoric, ethnographic and archaeological artifacts, including one of the world's largest collections of Southeast Asian ceramics and Hindu Javanese art. The museum was opened in 1868. See the Jakarta/Central article for more detail, including tour information. Admission charge: Indonesian residents: Rp 5,000, foreign visitors: Rp 10,000.  edit
  • National Gallery of Indonesia. The National Gallery of Indonesia has existed as a cultural institution in the field of visual arts. Today the museum kept 1770 artworks by Indonesian and foreign artists, among the most notable are Indonesian artists Raden Saleh, Affandi, Basuki Abdullah, and also some foreign artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Hans Hartung, Victor Vasarely, Sonia Delaunay, Pierre Soulages, and Zao Wou Ki.
  • Museum Art Mon Decor. A new museum located in Jakarta, it houses various numbers of modern artwork by various Indonesian artist from all over the region.
  • Textile Museum. Houses a large collections of textiles related to the religious and social practices of the major islands of the archipelago, including batik, ikat and kain ulos.
  • Gedung Proklamasi, (Proclamation Building). The historical site of Indonesian independence, where on August 17th, 1945 Soekarno-Hatta (Indonesian first President and vice-President) declared the nation's independence.
  • Lubang Buaya. Marks the site where an alleged failed coup d' etat by Partai Komunis Indonesia (PKI), the Indonesian Communist Party, met its end, alongside the bodies of several high-ranking generals who are believed to have been tortured to death.
  • Museum Taman Prasasti. A museum that is located in what formerly is a wealthy Dutch graveyard, the museum is surrounded with tombs and monuments with European designs and arts.
  • Museum Polri. Indonesia's police force Museum, located in the southern part of the city.
  • Satria Mandala Museum. A war museum located in Southern Jakarta, displaying sets of weapons, tanks, and war planes.
  • Museum Adam Malik,. Small museum dedicated to Mr Adam Malik, a renowned figure who represented Indonesia in the United Nations, among many of his other feats including as an Indonesian foreign minister.
  • Museum Bank Mandiri, (in the Old Town or Kota Tua area opposite the Northern Terminus of Corridor 1 of the Busway and Kota Station). See the history of banking in the Dutch colonial era. Sections include the history of how the Dutch segregated the services offered to bankers by race, the history of the creation of Bank Mandiri and it's memorabilia , Colonial Era Bank Governors and Rupiah bank notes through time.
  • Museum Bank Indonesia a museum located next to Bank Mandiri, it is one of the most modern museum in Indonesia, with a history of trades and currency in Indonesia during the colonial times.
  • Museum Wayang, (Puppet Museum). Dedicated to puppetry and is located at Kota Tua, one of Indonesia's most famous traditional art forms. On display are the wayang kulit shadow puppets, three-dimensional wooden puppets and special dance masks. Wayang performances are presented on Sunday at 10AM.
  • National Archieve Museum. Formerly the Dutch archive building now is a museum, it is also located in the Kota Tua area.
  • Museum of fine ceramic and art. Formerly the court of justice in Dutch colonial era, now houses potteries and artworks of Indonesia.

Historical Heritages[edit]

  • Kota Tua, (Old town Batavia). Is the old town of Jakarta, situated at north of Jakarta nearby the Glodok China Town. The area collides modern Jakarta with its old Dutch colonial charm. It includes a square of the old city, complete with sets of Musseum and cafes. and is filled with street vendor selling goods and food at reasonable range of price. The place is home to many historical museum, which are Museum Fatahillah the old Dutch Town hall building that are now historical museum, Museum Wayang, Museum Mandiri, Museum Maritime (old warehouses) and Bank Indonesia Museum. This area is popular among local populace as a family recreational destination, as well artist and photographer's playground.
  • Jembatan Kota Intan, (Kota Intan drawbridge). The bridge was developed coincide with the development of Batavia by Jan Pieterzoon Coen in 1628, and the only one of the rests of many suspension bridge ever decorating Batavia city.
  • Sunda Kelapa Port/Old Harbour. The old port area of Sunda Kelapa remains today as a bustling hub for inter islands trade. Graceful Bugis phinisi schooners, the world's last wind-powered sailing fleet used for trade, still berthed at the quay as they have for century.
  • Fish Market and Museum Bahari, ("Maritime Museum), (at the mouth of the Ciliwung river). This market area bustles with activities related to the sea. The Museum Bahari situated at the harbour, is housed in restored Dutch warehouses dating back to the first trading post of the Dutch East Indies.
  • Pasar Baru. Although the name means New Market, it doesn't mean the place is new at all. Dating back to the Dutch colonial era, it has been one of the main hub for commodities trading. And nowadays, it has been nothing short of a mixture of stores packed up in a very limited space. You can bet to find unbranded items of medium to high quality and fairly low price here.
  • Paleis Van Daendels. Formerly a palace for a notorious Dutch East Indies Governor General, Herman Willem Daendels, now is the financial department building. You are not allowed to go inside, however this building is a must for colonial architecture fans and is just a little further from the Monas area.

Religious sites[edit]

  • Istiqlal Mosque, The biggest mosque in Southeast Asia with a capacity of 120,000, located near the Monas Square. It was designed by Frederich Silaban, a Christian architect.
  • Cut Mutiah Mosque, A mosque that is named after an Indonesian national heroine Cut Nyak Meutia who took part in the struggle against Dutch colonialism in Aceh, formerly a Dutch property for an architecture firm.
  • Cathedral Church, A Dutch colonial old gothic church, and the seat of the Bishop of Jakarta. There is a museum attached to the Cathedral on the top floor.
  • Immanuel Church, A Dutch colonial church located near the Monas Square, designed in classic architecture
  • Gereja Ayam, Or in English means Chicken Church, a beautiful Dutch colonial church located near Pasar Baru in Central Jakarta.
  • Sion Church, The oldest church in Jakarta, located near the Kota Tua area.
  • Vihara Dharma Sakti, An old Buddhist temple located inside the Glodok Chinatown.

Others[edit]

  • Pekan Raya Jakarta. Or in English language "Jakarta Fair", an annually held event in Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran. It features exhibitions, trade promotions, shopping, music performances, various shows, amusement rides and a food festival. The fair is meant to celebrate the anniversary of Jakarta. The Jakarta Fair sees exhibitors from across the country display a whole range of goods and products ranging from specialty food items to traditional handmade arts and crafts. In addition to the many exhibitors, there is also live entertainment including music, dance and cultural performances.
  • Jalan Surabaya, (Surabaya Street). Lively open-air antique market on the fringes of the Menteng residential neighborhood. A good place to bargain for exotic treaures.
  • Taman Ismail Mazurki. A park complex with a theater building and Jakarta's planetarium.
  • Ragunan Zoo, (in South Jakarta near Pasar Minggu). A 185-hectare city zoo contains a comprehensive collection of some 3,600 species of wildlife from throughout Indonesia. Look for the rare Komodo dragon. Pusat Primata Schmutzer consists of gorillas and other primates. Entrance ticket fee is only Rp 4000 ($0.5) due to subsidies from Jakarta administration. Perhaps a better alternative to Ragunan, however, is Taman Safari near Bogor (see the Get Out section for details.)
  • Bird Market, Jl. Barito in South Jakarta and Jl. Pramuka in Central Jakarta. Various colourful tropical birds and other animals are on sale.
  • Bird Island, in the Thousand Islands
  • Jakarta Hidden Tours, [8]. Ronny and Anneke will lead you around some local slums where you will have a chance to meet local people and witness how they live. The proceeds of your tour will go to the local people and Ronny's Interkultur foundation.  edit
  • Jalan Jaksa, is a short street situated just to the south of Monas, in the Sarina area. It is popular with ex-pat backpackers and the party crowd. Accommodation in Jalan Jaksa ranging from Rp100,000 to 250,000 per night. There is also a string of cafes, inexpensive restaurants with cheap beer and a variety of entertainment. You'll either love it or hate it.
  • Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands), (north of Jakarta in the Java Sea). The Kepulauan Seribu are easily accessible by speed boat from Ancol marina for a price, or simply go to Muara Karang Fishing Port where scheduled passenger boats (ojek kapal) leave every 7am in the morning. This spray of some 300 hundred sandy, picturesque islets offers invigorating respitee for those wishing to escape from the bustling city.

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Cinema[edit]

Movie theaters are a more affordable escape at around Rp 25,000 for a plush seat (Rp 50,000 in the weekend, up to Rp 70,000 if you watching in 3D) in any of the capital's shopping malls. Beware of the heavy hand of the Indonesian censor though. The price of popcorn and drinks are exorbitant. Blitz Megaplex cinemas will typically show movies in any foreign language other than English. And the lesser ones also exhibit Indonesian B-Movies with erotic themes (still heavily censored). The largest chain of cinemas in Indonesia are the 21 Cineplex (branded as XXI in premium shopping malls) and Blitz Megaplex. IMAX theaters, as of now, are only available at Gandaria City's XXI theater and Keong Mas in TMII, although the latter doesn't always show commercial movies.

Music festivals[edit]

Typically unbeknownst to the world, Jakarta boasts some of the world's largest music events and the many youth fans have attracted artists all around the world to regularly stop by Jakarta as part of their world tour, from rock concerts to Korean pop. The largest event is the annual Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival that takes place each March for 3 days, filled with over 40 international and local artists performing jazz, R&B, and reggae songs. The Hammersonic in April is a metal music event, while Java Rockin' Land entices you to a June night of rock & roll, and the Djakarta Warehouse Project in December will make you dance and be entertained by world famous DJs.

Sports[edit]

  • Fitness centre: Large hotels provide free fitness centres for guests. Some hotels have sauna, spa, tennis court and jogging track. They are also available in shopping malls.
  • Golf: Golf is the number one pastime of the upper classes and, as so many other things here, relatively cheap by Western standards. Green fees can go as low as Rp 60,000 on weekdays, although the better courses are twice that, and weekend rates are considerably steeper at Rp 300,000 and up.
  • Bowling: Most alleys are found in shopping malls. The fee for a game is US$2–3. Guest can rent bowling shoes etc. The length of the lanes are 32 ft.
  • Football: Jakarta has plenty choices of Futsal fields in many areas. Futsal is a version of football but has fewer players and more lax rules of play. Dirt and grass makeshift fields are abundant in residential areas, and can be crowded with players, onlookers and vendors, especially on weekend afternoons. In these casual games, anyone can simply ask to jump in or relax.
  • Drifting: There's a drifting circuit on top of Mal Artha Gading (MAG)
  • Badminton As one of the powerhouses in badminton, Jakarta has a multitude of badminton courts, ranging from the national venues at the Senayan Complex to the suburban halls which cater to both futsal and badminton. Most of them have wood-panel flooring, and are maintained in reasonably good condition. Lighting is strictly functional and is below par in comparison with standard badminton halls. The best way to find a playing venue (and players) is to post a request on badmintoncentral, the global badminton forum. It has a lot of members from Indonesia who would be happy to provide directions to a local hall. People play almost every evening - so, walk in, strike up a conversation with the group's captain, and expect to blend in their group for the session. If the captain refuses payment (usually less than Rp 20,000), it is polite to buy the players a round of soft-drinks (teh-botol is a good choice). Be warned that it is common for Indonesians to eat, smoke, drink and nap by the side of the court. So, watch your footing!

Other activities[edit]

  • Karaoke: One of the main entertainment program in Asia. With the most popular chains spread throughout Jakarta, such as Inul Vista (Sarinah, Plaza Semanggi, Kelapa Gading, etc.), Happy Puppy (La Piazza, etc.), and NAV (Kelapa Gading, etc.). Expect to pay as low as Rp 60,000/hr+tax for a 6 person room.

Work[edit]

Casual work in Jakarta is difficult to come by and Indonesian bureaucracy does not readily facilitate foreigners undertaking employment in Indonesia. As in the rest of Asia, teaching English is the best option, although salaries are poor (US$700-3000/month is typical, although accommodation may be provided) and the government only allows citizens of the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA to work as teachers. Formal work visas, residency permits and registration with several government offices is necessary. Formal approval from the Department of Manpower and and the provision of documentation and guarantees from an employing sponsor is required to engage in any form of employment in Jakarta or elsewhere in Indonesia. Business visas are available for the purposes of conducting business related activities in Jakarta or elsewhere in Indonesia, this class of visa has strict conditions and requires a local business to sponsor the applicant. A business visa does not permit the holder to undertake any form of employment.

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Roadside retail
Looking for an aluminum hubcap, a large clay pot, some reupholstered car seats or perhaps a full-length mirror with elaborate ironwork? Not to worry, in Jakarta there's an alley out there just for you, with specialist vendors laying out their goods on streetside racks to entice people driving by. And given Jakarta's traffic jams, there's often plenty of time to browse too.


Grand Indonesia Shopping Town located in Central Jakarta
The entrance of the Plaza Indonesia Shopping Centre below the Grand Hyatt hotel

If you're stopping in Jakarta, consider buying an extra suitcase, because there's lots of good shopping to be done. You can buy good used suitcases at Jalan Surabaya (see below) and you can see or but another good used things such as old gramophone plates or other 'antiques'.

  • Shopping Malls: Despite the crushing poverty exhibited in many parts of the city, Jakarta has a large number of giant, glittering malls it is recorded that the entire city itself have 174 shopping malls, which just might gave the city the title "city with most mall in the world", which can be hard to believe since Jakarta is not a well-known shopping destination.

Note that, for imported goods, prices in many of the more expensive stores can be much higher than what would be charged in the same shops in other countries. Jakarta have malls that vary from the upmarket malls to cheap malls. Global luxurious brands like Chanel, Gucci, Dolce and Gabanna can easily be found in the upscale malls such as Plaza Indonesia or Plaza Senayan. Pacific place mall in Jakarta houses Asia's only Gallerie Lafayette department store. It is not hard for one to find international brands in the city as it exist nearly in all of its major shopping malls. There are also less attractive malls in Jakarta that sells various local cheap brands, electronic product and mobile phone services, usually attached with a supermarket.

As general the city lacks a vibrant shopping street, the city plans Jalan Dr Proffesor Satrio (or simply Satrio Road) that are said to be planned as Jakarta's Orchard road, in the Mega Kuningan area that houses many towering famous hotels such as the rafles. However currently nothing drastic has been done with the exception of a new large mall opening up in the area, though it houses several shopping centers as well.

  • Markets: In addition to malls, there are also numerous extremely large shopping centres, quite a few of which can be found in the Mangga Dua (Two Mangoes) complex, a massive indoor markets with hundreds upon hundreds of shops selling everything at wholesale prices,including fake branded items, bags, purses, shoes electronic products and pirated movies/DVDs. With a bargaining skill all can be bought at a very low price, as general rule, you should start the bargain with half from the initial offered price. Another market in town Tanah Abang in Blok M which popular among Malaysian tourist is a large textile markets selling various clothing and Islamic wears, all offering a wholesale prices. Another one is Pasar Baru (New Market) which had exist since the colonial era, various clothing, accesories and bags are sold here. If you are seeking traditional markets, there are plenty of them scattered throughout the city.
  • Supermarkets: There are a number of large number of modern supermarkets in Jakarta, it is not hard for one to notice the nearest supermarket from their hotel, as most of the shopping centers usually have a supermarket inside. Some of the most reknown supermarket in town include Giant, Hero, Hypermart, Carrefour, Lotte, CemChicks, Superindo etc.
  • Convenience stores: If you want to avoid the oversized malls and you're looking for smaller yet modern places to shop for daily needs then Indomaret or Alfamart stores are located virtually everywhere throughout Jakarta, including some of the housing complexes. These two Indonesian convenience store chains are complemented by international convenience stores. Circle-K is omnipresent, and since 2010, 7-Eleven has extended its franchise to Jakarta, with more than 50 stores.
  • Antique shop: If you are looking for some antique product such as local handicrafts, Indonesian traditional batik, wayang golek (Javanese puppets), you can go to Jalan Surabaya in Central Jakarta where you can find many antique shops along this street. Pasaraya Grande shopping mall at Blok M, South Jakarta has one dedicated floor for all Indonesian antiques and handicrafted goods. Pasar Seni at Ancol is the centre of paintings and sculpture, you can ask the painters to make you as the model for your paintings. Sharinah Department Store one of the oldest in town, a place where you can buy traditional Batik and clothing, Craftgoods, antiques as well as luxurious crafted precious gems under one roof.
  • Duty Free Shops: Duty Free shops are available at Soekarno Hatta airport and a small number of shops in the city. The Lotte Duty Free at Ciputra mall are one of the largest available within the city, bring your passport to the shops.
  • Jakarta Gem Center (JGC) Rawa Bening, Jl Bekasi Barat (just in front of Jatinegara station). JGC is the biggest central of gems and precious stones in Indonesia, even Asia. It is located in Jl.Bekasi Barat, just right in front of Jatinegara train station, making it very strategic and convenient as tourist spot. There are more than 1,330 stalls selling various kinds of gemstones, crystals, rings, stones, fossils, even to antiques and mystical items. After undergoing total renovation in 2010, JGC has developed rapidly and is always crowded with local and international visitors. Each day visitors can reach more than 1,000 people and the peak would be on Saturday - Sunday. The place is relatively clean and safe, modern, has sufficient parking lot, and made up of 4 floors.  edit

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Colonial swank at Cafe Batavia

Jakarta has a vast range of food available at hundreds of eating complexes located all over the huge city. In addition to selections from all over the country, you can also find excellent Chinese, Japanese, and many other international foods thanks to the cosmopolitan population. Longer-term visitors will wish to dig up a copy of "Jakarta Good Food Guide" (JGFG) or "Jakarta Java Kini". The JGFG, as its affectionately known to Jakartans, is now in its 3rd edition, with the latest version published in 2009 and covering over 600 restaurants and casual eateries in the city. The JGFG has now also been made into an iPod touch & iPhone application, so you can download all 600 reviews and have them in the palm of your hand for whenever you're craving a bite of some good local food.

You can find Jakartan versions of many dishes, often tagged with the label betawi (Indonesian for "Batavian").

  • Sop iga sapi, beef spare rib soup that takes a simple Dutch dish and piles on Indonesian spices.
  • Soto betawi, coconut milk broth with beef tendons, intestines, tripe.
  • Kerak telor, omelette from egg cooked with glutinous rice and served with shredded coconut and a dried shrimp topping.
  • Ketoprak, rice roll, tofu, bean sprout, crackers in peanut sauce.
  • Bubur Dingin, lit. Cold Pouridge with beef sweet soup
  • Nasi uduk, rice cooked in coconut milk similar to nasi lemak, served with choices of various toppings; such as fried chicken, beef, fried shalots sambal
  • Nasi ulam, rice cooked in coconut milk served with fried minced beef, sweet fried tempe, many other toppings, cucumber, and sambal (chilli sauce).

Your stomach may need an adjustment period to the local food due to many spices locals used in their cooking. Standard price on this guide: The price for one main course, white rice ("nasi putih") and one soft drink, including 21% tax and service charge.

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  • Street Food, Jakarta is famous for its street delicacies. Every Region of Jakarta has its own unique offering of street foods. Some areas for looking for great /exceptional and unique. street food are Kelapa Gading (Seafood), Muara Karang/Pluit (Seafood), "Nasi Uduk" (Kebon Kacang, Central Jakarta) and Tennis Sized Meatballs (Blok S, South Jakarta). Beware though, as these foods may take a toll on your stomach. It is advised to be acclimatised to the Indonesian environment for a week before eating street food, and then do so with some caution. Prices are around Rp 6,000 to Rp 25,000. For street hawker food, there are alot of food courts and hawkers scattered throughout the city that offers them, for a greater concentration of them there are Glodok(China Town), Monas Square and Kota Tua (old town).

Budget[edit]

The food courts of Jakarta's shopping malls are a great way of sampling Indonesian and other food in more hygienic and air-conditioned comfort.

  • Plaza Senayan (basement)
  • Plaza Semanggi (level 3A and 10-Plangi Sky DIning), Taman Anggrek's Dapur Anggrek (level 4), all have good selections.

Mal Kelapa Gading

  • Mal Kelapa Gading's Food Temptation (level 3) claims to be the largest in Indonesia.
  • Gading Food City, offering a vast selection of mostly Indonesian outdoor eats with live music.
  • La Piazza is more upscale.
  • Eat n Eat in the New Kelapa Gading Mall 5, a new food court with a traditional colonial era Indonesian atmosphere and offers a great mix of Indonesian cuisine and others from the Malay Archipelago.

South Jakarta

  • Blok M has three malls, and underground and a variety of other shops. The malls are Pasar Raya, Blok M Square and Blok M Plaza. All three have good food courts. In addition there are smaller restaurants and there is even street food in the Blok M area.
  • Kemang Food Fest, in Kemang, the most popular expatriate neighborhood, offers great food for 24 hr/7 days a week. A number of restaurants (both offering eastern and western food) gather in this outdoor establishment.
  • Tebet is another great option near the centre of the city. The area offers great food (both indoors and outdoors), including a comic cafe and is surrounded by fashion outlets. If you happen to be near Bundaran H.I., Grand Indonesia's
  • Food Louver on the level 3 skybridge in the Grand Indonesia foodcourt near Bundaran H.I. offers a great variety of food from around the world, some seats offer a great view of the Jakarta Skyline.

Most budget restaurants have delivery service or you can call Pesan Delivery service [9], ☎ +62 21 7278 7070. You can order take away foods from most budget restaurants. Some traditional Indonesian cuisine may be too hot and spicy for many foreign tourists. At some restaurants you can ask for food without chilli: "Tidak pakai cabe" or "Tidak Pedas". Standard price is Rp 15,000-50,000.

Mid-range[edit]

Mid to Upper-scale restaurants are plentiful and prices range from Rp 30,000-100,000 for entrees.

  • Pondok Indah Mall 2's Restaurant Row
  • Mal Kelapa Gading's Gourmet Row
  • Senayan City's Basement Floor
  • Grand Indonesia's Crossroad of the World district
  • Cilandak Town Square.

Splurge[edit]

The best gourmet splurges in Jakarta are the opulent buffet spreads in the 5 star hotels such as the Marriott, Hotel Mulia, Ritz-Carlton and Shangri-La, which offer amazing value by international standards. Standard price: Rp 150,000-300,000 per person

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Play

Jakarta may be the capital of the world's largest country with Islamic population, but it has underground life of its own and alcohol drinking is not prohibited. If you're the clubbing type, its nightlife is arguably among the best in Asia. From the upscale X-Lounge to the seediest discos like Stadium, Jakarta caters to all kinds of clubbers, but bring a friend if you decide to brave the seedier joints (though they tend to have the best DJs). Fans of live music, on the other hand, are largely out of luck if they go to budget bars, at least unless they're into Indonesian pop.

When out and about, note that Jakarta has a fairly high number of prostitutes, known in local parlance as ayam (lit. "chicken"), so much so that much of the female clientele of some respectable bars (operated by five-star hotels, etc) is on the take.

A nightlife district popular among expats is Blok M in South Jakarta, or more specifically the single lane of Jl. Palatehan 1 just north of the bus terminal, packed with pubs and bars geared squarely towards single male Western visitors. While lacking the bikini-clad go-go dancers of Patpong, the meat market atmosphere is much the same with poor country girls turned pro. D's and My Bar are two of the most popular spots, while Sportsman is a more quiet and respectable spot. Blok M is now easily accessible as the southern terminus of BRT Line 1. For a more off-the-beaten track experience, head a few blocks south to Jl. Melawai 6 (opposite Plaza Blok M), Jakarta's de-facto Little Japan with lots of Japanese restaurants, bars, karaoke joints and ayam girls.

Jalan Jaksa is also popular among expats and backpackers. Jalan Jaksa has the cheapest (or equal cheapest) beer in Jakarta. Generally a little cheaper in other respects as well, Jalan Jaksa is also a bit more laid back. Papa's Cafe is a popular spot, and the Beatles can be heard most nights at Memories Cafe. However there is a variety of other entertainment in a friendly, casual athmosphere. Jalan Jaksa also has cheap food and cheap to moderately priced accommodation.

To hang out where Indonesia's young, rich and beautiful do, head to Plaza Indonesia's EX annex, packed full of trendy clubs and bars including Jakarta's Hard Rock Cafe. Plaza Senayan's Arcadia annex attempts to duplicate the concept, but with more of an emphasis on fine dining. The Kemang area in southern Jakarta is popular with expats and locals alike. It has numerous places to eat, drink and dance as well houses several boutiques and shops.

The Kota area in northern Jakarta is the oldest part of town with numerous colonial buildings still dominating the area. It is also considered to be the seediest part of town after midnight. Most karaoke bars and 'health' clubs there are in fact brothels who mostly cater to local Jakartans. Even regular discos such as Stadium and Crown have special areas designated for prostitutes. Other notable establishments in this area are Malioboro and Club 36 which should not be missed. This part of town has a large ethnic Chinese population who also dominate the clubbing scene there.

The bulk of the clubbing scene is spread throughout Jakarta however, most usually found in office buildings or hotels. A help of an experienced local with finding these places is recommended. Do note that nightlife in Jakarta tends to be pricey for local standards.

In general, dress codes are strictly enforced in Jakarta: no shorts, no slippers. Drunken, rowdy behavior is frowned upon. During the month of Ramadan, all nightlife ends at midnight and many operations close for the entire month.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Please see the individual Jakarta district articles for accommodation listings

The travel agencies at Jakarta's airport can have surprisingly good rates for mid-range and above hotels. Star ratings are reserved for midrange and better hotels, while budget places have "Melati" rankings from 1-3 (best). Tax and service charge of 21% are usually added to the bill.

Budget: Backpacker hostels (losmen) can be found in Jalan Jaksa, which is close to Gambir Station (to the east) and Sarina (to the west) with the Trans-Jakarta busway. Rooms start from Rp 50,000/night. Clean, air-conditioned rooms with own bathroom start at about Rp 100,000/night. Hotels with standard room rate start at about US$22/night.

Mid-range, Hotels with standard room rate of from US$26-100/night.

Splurge, Jakarta has more than its fair share of luxury hotels, and after the prolonged post-crash hangover new ones are now going up again. Many remain good value by world prices, but opulent lobbies do not always correspond to the same quality in the room. The standard room rate on splurge hotels are more than US$100/night. Accor Group hotels (Mercure, Grand Mercure, Ibis, Novotel, Pullman), Intercontinental, Le Meridien, Shangri-La, Kempinski are just to name a few existing foreign chains, as well as local brands such as Mulia and The Sultan Hotel & Residence whose hotels are situated in Senayan, and Santika hotels.

For stay of a month or more, monthly rental rooms (called kost) and apartments are a good alternative to budget and mid-range hotels, respectively. Fully-furnished rooms (with TV, A/C, large bed, hot shower, kitchen outside) can be rented for Rp 1.5-4 million/month. In most cases, rental fee already includes electricity and water usage, often there are additional services included like laundry, Internet access, breakfast, etc. There are cheaper rooms as well (starting from Rp 500,000-700,000), but those are usually small, without window, and the furniture includes just bed or even nothing. Also, some cheaper places are exclusively for either men or women (no opposite sex tenants or visitors allowed); many others allow couples to stay together - but only if they're legally married. Check on this before committing to rent.

For apartments (one or more rooms + private kitchen + often balcony), prices are from Rp 3-4 million and up. Cheaper rates can be obtained in some places which are oriented to the long-term rental (6 months or 1 year minimum); however, there may be same limitations as for cheaper rooms. Once again, check before committing.

Stay safe[edit]

The high-profile terrorist bomb blasts at the JW Marriott in 2003, the Australian Embassy in 2004 and the JW Marriott (again) and the Ritz-Carlton in 2009 mean that security in Jakarta tends to be heavy, with car trunk checks, metal detectors and bag searches at most major buildings. Statistically, though, you are far more likely to be killed in the traffic. The city is relatively safe for travelers to roam around and explore the city, but it doesn't mean that one must not be aware of what might comes to them.

Criminal problem become more serious in the last 10 years. Although most of the criminal case are pickpocket and bag snatching which are usually done by act and run. However, there are increasing number of more serious criminality such as mugging by group with intimidation using the weapon, even using assembled gun sometimes and they become more ruthless with the victim lately and sometimes they are not hesitate to hurt or kill if they think it cause a resistance from the victim. Another unsafe area are usually on the traffic light in some certain area during the night time, usually there are some street beggar, unemployement and even holdlum. Organised criminals player sometimes operate on the streets (especially at traffic lights) without fearing crowds. Be on your guard in crowded places such as markets, because pickpockets often steal wallets and cell phones. Keep a close eye on your valuables and choose your transportation options carefully, especially at night. Business travellers need to keep a close eye on laptops, which have been known to disappear even from within office buildings. For all-night party excursions, it may be wise to keep your cab waiting; the extra cost is cheap and it's worth it for the security. Lock your car doors and windows, and show no cell phones or wallets on the dashboard. If the theft is done by stealth, often simple catching the thief in the act will cause him to run away. Indonesians rarely ignore for any case of crime with foreigner. please ask for help ("Tolong!"). For intimidation such as robberies, simply giving them an object of value will usually satisfy the thief, who will leave without further ado.

There is also a lot of scam such as playing act as a staff or salesperson providing an interesting promo package or lottery which is usually a complicated trick with the ending of riding over you (sometimes by hipnotise) to an ATM. The con artist is then free to withdraw the money from your account. Other mode are They approach you in the terminal or in the public place and offering you a ride or leading you to a ride usually to the unofficial van or car with the fake license plate number. They also put some fake woman passanger to convince you as a safe riding but actually There would be ended with a kidnapping or simply mugging you inside after they run to the far place and they will throw you away thereafter. Another popular trick are they pretending as a someone recognize you, usually become a friendly person and try to make a simple chat or talk with the intention to distract your awareness then simply providing a snack or beverages contain a substance to make you groogy and unconciousness. You often become an easy target of such crime if you looks a newcomers or looking naive so be careful.

There are also many case of school, motor gank and neigbourhood fighting which are not uncommon involving everybody surrounding who are pass in between the scene.

The tips to avoid those case are always exert general precaution with the surrounding area, knowing the place that you are there or your destination, avoid walking alone in the dark, devoid, slum area, avoid bring any eye catching valuable things, dress moderately, go anywhere with people only if you know them, never trusting the unknown people, make sure asking information to the right person especially if you are tourist, and report any crime on you to the nearest police station although it is rarely solving the problem. If you carry a large amount of money (including passports etc), keep this more safely secured. Then carry a smaller amount, say $20 to $40, in a wallet or purse for minor purchases. If this is taken, it will be no great loss. Also avoid large group concentration

Most Indonesians are very protective of their neighbors. In many neighborhoods, a thief caught by the local residents will be punished "traditionally" before being taken to police. Most local neighborhoods employ their own security. If you stay locally, it is better you get to know your surrounding neighborhood.

Stay healthy[edit]

There are three sources of tap water in Jakarta: 1) from drinking-water company, 2) from deep artesian wells, and 3) from shallow wells. Water from source #1 and #2, originally are drinkable when it leaves the source, but some pipes maybe ill-maintained. And there is no way for you to know if the source of your water is not from source #3 or not (unless if you ask). Hence, to be on the safe side, always drink bottled water, or boil your water before drinking it. Never drink tap water directly. In Depok and Bogor boiled tap water is considered drinkable, but in most areas of Jakarta, make your tea and coffee from bottled water.

If buying bottled water from a street vendor always check the 'tamper proof' seal is intact.

In the coastal areas of Jakarta, such as North Jakarta, the water quality is even worse and if you have a 'bak mandi' in your bathroom using the water from shallow well, adding one capfull of Detol to the 100 to 200 litres of water may be a good idea. To the south eg, South Jakarta, Depok and Bogor, the water quality is better - but still don't drink it un-boiled.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Jakarta is the 3rd most polluted city in the world after Mexico City and Bangkok.

During the rainy season (December, January, and February), lower parts of Jakarta (mostly those to the north) are often flooded, turning the lower parts of Jakarta into 'Little Venice' or 'Jakarta's Venice' because of the roads changing into canals that resemble Venice, Italy. Thanks to the completion of East-Flood-Canal, much of the water is channeled directly to the sea without a chance of passing through the central part of the city.

There is a law against smoking at public places in Jakarta, and the smoker can (in theory) be fined up to US$5,000. You may see the signs threatening a fine (denda) of Rp 50 million or 6 months jail for smoking, although that law seems not to be enforced (due to the extreme level of tolerance of most Jakartans). You can see that some locals still smoke on the street and even in local buses, as anywhere in Indonesia, but when reminded they usually stop smoking. It's generally prohibited to smoke, however, inside shops, offices, and air-conditioned buildings generally. If in doubt, take the safer side: Don't smoke.

Stay comfortable[edit]

Learn from Jakartans about how to stay comfortable in the heat and humidity of the city: Wear only cotton clothing to absorb the extra sweat + humidity of the air. And wear it long so that it function as comfortable SPF-200 sun protection at the same time. Street workers in Jakarta usually wear wide straw hat or bamboo hats to protect their head and face from the sun, and they always have a super mini towel ready within reach to wipe the sweat.

Contact[edit]

Telephone[edit]

If you see a public telephone, lift the receiver and check the number in the display near the keypad. If the number is not 000, don't insert coins, because the phone is broken. They usually are broken, but are very cheap (just $0.01/min) when they do work. Keep in mind that the public telephone can't make calls to cellular GSM phone.

Better to buy a SIM card for your cellphone/mobile/handphone. For $2 or less you can get a local SIM and some credit.

Internet[edit]

A Jakarta rooftop

If you have your own laptop you may be able to access networks at many of the capital's malls. Ask at the information desk for access codes. Free hotspots are also available at most McDonald restaurants and StarBucks Cafes. Several hotels also provide a free wifi hotspot in their lobby. There are also free available Wifi at Thamrin-Sudirman road corridor in the center of the city.

Internet cafes are available in many parts of the city with a price of Rp 4,000-5,000. Many internet cafes (locally known as warnet) can be found around universities and residential areas. Most shopping malls provide wi-fi, typically through individual stores or restaurants.

If you are keen on using the internet for long hours, try to get the "happy hour" deals provided by internet cafes near universities or residential areas. They provide 6 hr of surfing on the internet for Rp 12,000, but only available at midnight-6AM.

Tourism information[edit]

Jakarta City Government Tourism Office [10], Jl. Kuningan Barat No. 2, ☎ +62 21-5205455 (info@jakarta-tourism.go.id).

Jakarta City Digital Map and Travel Guide [11], Wisma 77 Lantai 5 Jalan Letjen S. Parman Jakarta Barat. ☎ +62 21 5369 0808 .

Be careful to not book tours at the claimed Jakarta Tourist Guide Taufik Frans Wijaya who is located on Jalan Jaksa. Although he pretends to be an official tour agency he doesn't arrange the tours and simply collects the 'required' deposits for all tours.
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Emergency[edit]

  • Ambulance, 118.  edit Seriously, it is better to just get a taxi to the hospital, but make sure you have money or a credit card before you do. You may not be attended to until you flash the cash.
  • Police, 110.  edit Be prepared to pay the police to do their job. Despite much talk about "reformasi", the police are still corrupt. Don't waste your time making a complaint, or requesting assistance, concerning anything less than a serious matter. However, despite being corrupt, the police are generally polite. Always be polite and respectful in dealing with them.
  • Search and rescue, 115.  edit
  • Indonesian Police Headquarters, +62 21 7218144.  edit
  • Jakarta Police Headquarters, +62 21 5709261.  edit

Cope[edit]

Embassies[edit]

  • As-flag.png Australia, Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said Kav C 15-16, +62 21 2550-5555, [12].  edit
  • Au-flag.png Austria, Jalan H. R. Rasuna Said Kav. X/e No. 1), Kuningan - South Jakarta, +62 21 2355-4005, [13].  edit
  • Bg-flag.png Bangladesh, Jalan Taman Ubud 1, No-5, Kuningan, +62 21 5292-1271, [14].  edit
  • Br-flag.png Brazil, Jalan Jend Gatot Subroto Kav. 9-11, +62 21 5265-656 (fax: +62 21 526 5659).  edit
  • Bx-flag.png Brunei, Jalan Teuku Umar No. 9 Menteng, +62 21 3190-6080 (fax: +62 21 3190-5070).  edit
  • Cb-flag.png Cambodia, 4F, Panin Bank Plaza Jalan 52 Palmera Utara, +62 21 919-2895 (fax: +62 21 520-2673).  edit
  • Ca-flag.png Canada, World Trade Centre, 6F Jalan Jend. Sudirman Kav. 29-31, +62 21 2550-7800 (fax: +62 21 2550-7811), [15].  edit
  • Ch-flag.png China, Jalan Mega Kuningan No.2, +62 21 576-1039, [16].  edit
  • Da-flag.png Denmark, Menara Rajawali, 25F Jalan Mega Kuningan Lot 5.1, +62 21 576-1478 (fax: +62 21 576-1535).  edit
  • Eg-flag.png Egypt, Jalan Teuku Umar No. 68 Menteng, +62 21 314-3440 (fax: +62 21 314-5073), [17].  edit
  • Fi-flag.png Finland, Menara Rajawali, 9F Jalan Mega Kuningan Lot 5.1, Kuningan, +62 21 576-1650 (fax: +62 21 576-1631), [18].  edit
  • Fr-flag.png France, Jalan M.H Thamrin No. 20 - Central, +62 21 2355-7600 (fax: +62 21 2355-7601), [19].  edit
  • In-flag.png India, Jalan Besakih Kav S-1 12710, +62 21 520-4150 (fax: +62 21 520-4160), [20].  edit
  • It-flag.png Italy, Jalan Diponegoro No. 45, +62 21 319-37445 (fax: +62 21 319-37422), [21].  edit
  • Ja-flag.png Japan, Jalan MH. Thamrin No. 24, +62 21 324-308 (fax: +62 21 325-460), [22].  edit
  • Jo-flag.png Jordan, Gedung Artha Graha, 9F Jalan Jend. Sudlrman Kav, 52-53, +62 21 515-3483 (fax: +62 21 515-3482).  edit
  • Gm-flag.png Germany, Jalan M. H. Thamrin Kav. 24, Jakarta Pusat, +62 21 3192-4308 (fax: +62 21 390-1757), [23].  edit
  • Gr-flag.png Greece, Plaza 89, Jalan Rasuna Said, kav. X-7 No 6, +62 21 520-7776 (, fax: +62 21 520-7753), [24].  edit
  • Ks-flag.png Republic of Korea, Jalan Jenderal Gatot Subroto Kav.57, +62 21 520-1915 (fax: +62 21 525-4159).  edit
  • Kn-flag.png Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Jalan Teluk Betung No.1-2, Menteng, +62 21 3190-8425 (fax: +62 21 3190-8427).  edit
  • Le-flag.png Lebanon, 82 Jalan Y.B.R.V Kuningan, +62 21 525-3074 (fax: +62 21 520-7121).  edit
  • Bm-flag.png Myanmar, 109, Jalan Haji Agus Salim Menteng, +62 21 327-684 (fax: +62 21 327-204).  edit
  • Nl-flag.png The Netherlands, Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. S-3 Kuningan, +62 21 524-8200 (, fax: +62 21 570-0734), [26].  edit
  • Nz-flag.png New Zealand, Sentral Senayan 2, 10F Jalan Asia Afrika No 8 Gelora Bung Karno, +62 21 2995-5800 (, fax: +62 21 5797-4578), [27].  edit
  • Rp-flag.png The Philippines, 25 Jalan Imam Bonjol, Menteng, +62 21 310-0334 (, fax: +62 21 315-1167), [29].  edit
  • Ro-flag.png Romania, Jl. Teuku Cik Di Tiro No. 42 A, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, +62 21 390-0489; +62-21 310-6240 (, fax: +62 21 310-6241), [30].  edit
  • Sn-flag.png Singapore, Graha Surya Internusa Level 19 & 20, Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav X-0, +62 21 520-1489 (, fax: +62 21 520.1486), [32].  edit
  • Uk-flag.png United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Jalan M.H. Thamrin No 75, +62 21 2356-5200 (fax: +62 21 2356-5226), [37].  edit
  • Us-flag.png United States of America, Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan No. 5, Jakarta Pusat, +62 21 3435-9000, [38].  edit
  • Vm-flag.png Vietnam, 25 Jalan Teuku Umar, Menteng, (fax: +62 21 314-9615), [40].  edit

Get out[edit]

Elephant show in Taman Safari

Anyer resort beach 160 km (99 mi) west of Jakarta. Driving time: up to 4 hours.

Bandung some 140 km (87 mi) southeast of Jakarta, full of colonial buildings, universities and famous for both its food and its fashion markets. Driving time: 2-2.5 hours (through Cipularang toll road). X-Trans shuttle transport depart hourly from several location for Rp 80,000.

Bogor cooler climes and a beautiful botanical garden an hour away. Several great golf courses are located in Bogor. Sentul A1 Race Circuit is located in Citeurerup, Bogor. Express train takes a bit over an hour, economy a little longer. (Waiting and train cancellations are the bigger issue.) Driving time: up to 2 hours. On weekends, the trip may take up to 3 hours by road, and the trains can be crowded.

Puncak — cooler climes and beautiful view of tea plantations. Up to 2.5 hours by tollway.

Ujung Kulon National Park — a beautiful national park, southwest of Jakarta. Driving time: up to 5 hours. Application in advance should be endorsed first, because the national park is prioritized for researchers.

Taman Safari Wildlife Recreational Park — Jalan Raya Puncak 601, Cisarua, Bogor. 70 km (44 mi) south of Jakarta. Drive time 2.5 hours from Jakarta (outside rush hours) and about 20 km (12 mi) past Bogor, close to the Gunung Gede mountain. Impressive drive-through zoo with lions, tigers, hippos, rhinos, zebras, giraffes, as well as plenty of other animals in well-kept large enclosures. There are also some amusement park attractions for children, a water park, a baby zoo, as well as conventional zoo exhibitions including penguins, snakes, kangaroos and Komodo dragons. This is a very well maintained zoo and a much better visit than other zoos found in the region. Admission is Rp 200,000 (foreigners; this is approximately USD 20 / 15 Euro) or Rp 140000 (locals), and Rp 15000 for vehicles. When visiting with children reserve a full day. For adults 3 hours is enough to see the most interesting animals, but if you want trekking please add 1 to 3 hours anymore depends on the trekking routes. Night Safari is available and you can sleep also in the park lodges.

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