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Jakarta Getting Around
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Air

Soekarno-Hatta Airport, named after Indonesia's 1st president and vice-president, is 20 kilometres or 13 miles northwest of Jakarta. By car, a trip into town can take at least 40 minutes and up to an hour when traffic is heavy.

The airport is not too large and is easy to navigate for a 1st time visitor. Facilities may not match those in richer countries but they have clear signs and staff happily assist you. You'll find that a commonplace throughout Indonesia is that the country does have it's infrastructure problems, however these are mitigated by the hospitality and courtesy of it's people.

2 terminals serve the international arrivals and departures, while one terminal is for domestic flights. The range and variety of shops at the airport is limited and prices are relatively expensive. However should you need to buy rupiah the moneychangers offer a reasonable exchange rate.

Garuda is the largest Indonesian airline and has the most flights to Singapore. Jakarta is well served by other airlines that sometimes offer better fares. Airlines that fly on a regular basis: Japan Airlines, Quantas, Silk Air, KLM, Lufthansa, British Airways and Thai Airways International.

Road

If you have not made arrangements to be met at the airport, the 1st thing you should do upon leaving customs is to walk over to the Bluebird Taxi booking desk from where you can get a chauffeured car. It is not advised for visitors to drive themselves. Bluebird is a reputable company and will make your trip into town that much easier.

Bluebird offers 2 options to get to the city. A Goldenbird is a limousine with an hourly rate and a Silverbird is a metered limousine. Both have good drivers though the Silverbird is essentially a large taxi while the Goldenbird is an unmarked car, usually a Mercedes or Volvo. The cost ranges from 80,000 -150,000 rupiah. Porters expect tips between 2,000 and 5,000 rupiah.

If you want to keep costs to the bare minimum, then the best option would be to take the air-conditioned bus which departs for the city every 30 minutes. The cost is about 3,000 to 4,000 rupiah for the trip. Ask the airport staff to tell you which of the 5 drop off points in the city are closest to your hotel.

Taxis are available. The flag-fall rate is 1,500 rupiah, plus 550 rupiah for each additional kilometer, or about 25,000 rupiah to get to the city center.

Tipping

Airport porters costs 500 rupiah for a small bag and 1,000 rupiah if each bag weighs more than 20 kilograms. Tipping taxi or limousine drivers is not mandatory, but 500 rupiah is sufficient for a taxi driver and more to the limo driver.