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Jakarta Getting in & out

  
 
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By plane

Soekarno Hatta International 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 30 days in advance. Except in weekends, you can generally buy a ticket just before departure.

Beware of ticket scalpers! 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 percent more if you do so, and you might find that your coach has empty seats anyway.

Jakarta has several train stations.

Stasiun Gambir

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.

From Bandung

Trains are frequent, with one arriving almost every 2 hours. 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: 10hours 30minutes, 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, thus 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

    Cheaper trains without air-conditioning generally use the Pasar Senen station located two blocks east of Gambiran. 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, facilities are poor, 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, 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 safety precautions.

    By boat

    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.

    Transport Hubs in Jakarta

    Airport Soekarno Hatta International Airport
    Soekarno Hatta International Airport is at Tangerang, Banten. All international and nearly all domestic flights land here 20 km (12 miles) to the northwest of the city.  The unintuitive airport code comes from ''Cengkareng'', a district near the airport. Du... more
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