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Jakarta Public Transport

Jakarta public transport leaves a lot to be desired – it is terrible. Visitors to Jakarta are far better off to use one of the excellent taxi services.

TransJakarta Busway
TransJakarta Busway

The TransJakarta Busway is the mainstay of Jakarta’s mass transit system. The problems with TransJakarta begin at the stations. The flat top, steel and glass enclosures have no ventilation at all. By the time the bus arrives, you’ll be drenched in sweat. It’s hard to imagine how one could design a bus station to be any more uncomfortable than these are.

When the bus finally stops, it will be packed to the gills. A few people may get off, and a few may get on.

If you’re lucky enough to push your way onto the bus, you won’t need to hang on, because it’s like a sardine can. The buses are air conditioned, but it doesn’t help much when the bus is so far over capacity. And, pickpockets abound – be very careful with your belongings.

The best time to use the Busway is between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00p.m., and on Sundays. There is a downloadable map on their website. The fare is Rp.3,500, and there are no transfer fees.

Jakarta Public Transport
Jakarta Bus

Small local buses supplement the TransJakarta Busway; they run on set routes. Most of them are not air conditioned – they too are crowded, and often smell of diesel fuel. Fare is Rp.2,000

Jakarta Public Transport

These small blue, and sometimes red minivans are called Microlets. They run on set routes in a fairly small area. The fare is Rp.1,500.

Jakarta Public Transport
Jakarta Bajaj

These noisy, smoking monsters are the most uncomfortable of all Jakarta’s public transport options. There is no set route and no set fare. Locals don’t seem to have a problem with fares, but foreigners have to bargain hard.

Taxi’s are more expensive, but the best option for visitors. Check out my post on Jakarta Taxi Safety for the ins and outs of taking a taxi in Jakarta.

Indonesia A to Z

It’s nearly June and my one-year long trip around Indonesia will be starting soon. I’ve been thinking about all the great things to see and do when touring Indonesia and came up with the following A to Z list of what to see and do in Indonesia.

Aceh – Scuba diving, tribal culture, white sand beaches, and highlands.
Bali – All that is uniquely Balinese.
Coffee Plantations – Indonesia produces some of the most robust coffee in the world.
Dance – Hundreds of traditional tribal dances.
Equator – Indonesia straddles the equator – tropical weather – hot and wet or hotter and dry.
Festivals – Indonesia’s 300+ ethnic groups love to remember their roots.
Gunung Krakatau – The most famous volcano in the world.
Hot springs – Indonesia’s many volcanoes provide abundant hot springs.
Islam – The majority religion, but not the basis of government.
Jakarta – Indonesia’s swollen capital.
Kalimantan – One of the main Indonesian islands, and a rugged tropical rainforest.
Lombok – A tropical paradise and busy tourist destination.
Music – Traditional symphonies abound.
National parks – Enough of them to keep a naturalist happy for decades.
Orang-utans – Only found in Indonesia.
Pangandaran – Java’s top beach destination.
Quiet – With over 12,000 uninhabited islands, peace and quiet is easy to find.
Rice – The Indonesian staple.
Sumatra – Wild and wonderful – home of Lake Toba.
Temples – Indonesia has a rich religious history.
Ubud – The laid back arts and crafts center of Bali.
Volcanoes – more than 150.
Wildlife – Many species are endemic.
X – Marks the spot – GoTravelIndonesia!
Yogyakarta – Jogya -  An important center of culture and education.
Zoos – Indonesia’s aren’t world class, but worth a visit.

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