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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.
 
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.
  
List of local city bus companies :
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These are the bus hierarchy, from best to worst:
*AJAP
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*'''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!
*Daya Sentosa Utama
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*'''BKTB''' is similar to APTB, but the routes are mostly detached from the busway system, hence fewer stops at the Transjakarta stops.
*Koantasbima
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*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
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*'''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.
*Kopami
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*'''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.
*Kowanbisata
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*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!
*Mayasari Bakti
 
*Metromini
 
*PPD
 
  
Bus fares are generally less than Rp 10,000 with a flat rate system, Non AC Kopaja, Kopami and Metromini are flat rate Rp. 4,000. You must pay to the ''kondektur'' or to the driver.
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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.
 
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.
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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.
 
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.
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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.
 
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:  
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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).
* Blok M (South Jakarta)
 
* Grogol (West Jakarta)
 
* Kalideres (West Jakarta), intercity bus terminal heading to the Western Jakarta and to Sumatra Island
 
* Kampung Melayu (East Jakarta)
 
* Kampung Rambutan (East Jakarta), intercity bus terminal to cities in West Java Province and several cities in Central Java Province
 
* Lebak Bulus (South Jakarta)
 
* Manggarai (South Jakarta)
 
* Pasar Minggu (South Jakarta)
 
* Pinang Ranti (East Jakarta)
 
* Pulo Gadung (East Jakarta)
 
* Pulo Gebang (East Jakarta), intercity bus terminal to Cities in Central Java, East Java, Bali and West Nusa Tenggara Province
 
* Ragunan (South Jakarta)
 
* Rawa Buaya (West Jakarta)
 
* Rawamangun (East Jakarta)
 
* Senen (Central Jakarta)
 
* Tanjung Priok (North Jakarta)
 
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===

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