Jakarta Travel Guide

Flights, Train & Cruise

By plane

Soekarno Hatta International Airport is the main airport of Jakarta. It's in Tangerang about 20 km from the city centre.

The older Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, to the southeast of the city, is used by the military, VIP flights, charter flights, helicopter leasing companies, and private jets.

Susi Air, ☎ +62 811 211 3080, provides services to local destinations across Western Java from Halim Airport.
By train

Information about train tickets from PT Kereta Api (Persero) is available on the Web, but no on-line reservation is possible. In Jakarta, you can buy your tickets in the major stations up to 90 days in advance. Except on weekends, you can generally buy a ticket just before departure. 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 might find that your coach has empty seats anyway. Alternatively, you can buy ticket from Indomaret or Alfamart, national chain of convenience stores that you can find everywhere around the city.

Jakarta has several train stations. All trains that come and go from Jakarta are now air-conditioned, including the business and economy coaches.

Stasiun Gambir

The current main station for long distance passengers in Jakarta is the Gambir station, in Central Jakarta, just east of the Monas. Eksekutif (AC) and some bisnis (non-air-con) 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.

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 views 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 air-con 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 170,000-210,000 or more during peak season.

An airport bus service (by DAMRI) connects Soekarno-Hatta International Airport with Gambir station. The cost is Rp 25,000 per trip.

Stasiun Pasar Senen

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 economy trains are not really suggested for international tourist travel: they are slow, facilities are poor, and they are overloaded.

Stasiun Jatinegara

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

Jakarta Kota station is located in the old part of the city (Kota Tua Jakarta), 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

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

The national ferry company, ASDP Indonesia Ferry, 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.

source: Wikivoyage

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