Taxi; you can take Bluebird Group or Express Taxi to take you to any places in Jakarta. Please be informed that the taxi fees might be expensive due to the traffic jam in Jakarta during, especially the rush hour. Flag fall rate is Rp7,500-8,000 (USD0.60-USD0.65), and the rate is Rp4,000-Rp4,600 per km (USD0.30-USD0.35). If you take a luxury taxi (Silver Bird or Tiara Express), the rate is higher.
TransJakarta Bus System; you can take TransJakarta Bus (it is called “Busway”) from the Sarinah Shelter near Sari Pan Pacific Hotel. The Transjakarta Buses follow the Corridor 1 Route from/to Blok M Bus Terminal at the South and Stasiun Jakarta Kota at the North. To take the Bus, you must buy a Smart Card (e-Ticket) amounted at minimum Rp40,000 (USD3.5) including Rp20,000 (USD1.6) non-refundable deposit at the Bus Shelter or the following banks:
- Bank DKI, name of the card: JakCard
- Bank Mandiri, name of the card: e-Money, e-Toll Card, or Indomaret Card
- Bank BRI, name of the card: Brizzi
- Bank BCA, name of the card: BCA Flazz and A Card Flazz
- Bank BNI46, name of the card: BNI Prepaid
- Bank Mega, name of the card: Mega Cash
Badjaj; it is a three-wheeler small taxi powered by CNG (gas) that can take up three persons for short or medium distance destination. Badjaj is not allowed to pass main road such as Jln. MH Thamrin and SCBD area, but you can take it from Jln. Wahid Hasyim or Jl. Senopati. Badjaj has no taximeter, thus you must ask and negotiate the price with the driver.
- It is not a mandatory but many Indonesian people give tips (additional service fee) about Rp5,000-Rp10,000 for a taxi driver.
- Public information on the road or website is usually presented in Bahasa Indonesia. You are suggested to use a dictionary or ask the Indonesians to avoid misinterpretation of the information.
Train; if you would like to travel to satellite cities, such as Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi, you can take a “Commuter Line” Train from the nearest train station, which is Sudirman Train Station. You need to buy the Smart Card at the Convenience Store in the station.
If you want to go further to Bandung, the Capital City of West Java Province, you can take a more luxurious train from Gambir Train Station near the National Monument (Monas).
Shuttle Bus; you can also take a small shuttle bus from Jakarta to Bandung. It takes about 2,5 hours via toll road from Jakarta to Bandung by shuttle bus. You can check the rate and schedule in the website of two leading shuttle bus companies: Cititrans and Xtrans.
Rent a Car; if you can form a group of 4 or 5 people, you can also rent a car from your hotel or rental companies, such as:
- Rafli Rent Car, Jln, Makmur Raya no.17 Menteng Atas, Jakarta Selatan, Phone: +62 21 7034 1743 or +62 21 9140 1290, Cellphone +62 813 8101 2836.
- Apy Rent Car, Jln. Prof Supomo SH, Komp. Transkop No.16, Jakarta Selatan, Phone: +62 21 835 4565 / +62 21 837 92927.
- Jennete Rent Car, Jln. Pangeran Jayakarta No. 73, Jakarta Pusat, Phone: +62 21 612 4436 / +62 21 612 4682
City Tour and Free Bus; Jakarta Government provides Double Decker Buses for free. The buses serves the public with the following schedule and route (please be informed that the schedule may be changed without prior notice):
- Monday – Saturday
- 09.00AM – 07.00PM (West Indonesia Time)
- Stop at 9 Shelters: Pecenongan – Pasar Baru (Old Market) – Masjid Istiqlal (The Biggest Mosque, near the Cathedral)– Monas 1 (National Monument) – Monas 2 – Balai Kota (City Hall) – Sarinah (near the Sari Pan Pacific Hotel).
- 12.00AM – 07.00PM (West Indonesia Time)
- Stop at 5 Shelters: Bundaran Hotel Indonesia / HI (the Big Circle with fountain and Welcome Statue) – Museum Nasional (National Museum) – Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Art Building) – Masjid Istiqlal – Balai Kota
You an also take a free bus provided by Transjakarta with the bus route from Semanggi to Harmoni, and stop at the following Shelters: Bundaran HI – Museum Nasional – Harmoni
Note: Photos were taken from various sources.