Getting Here

Getting Here  
By Road
Indonesia's international land borders are between Kalimantan and the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, West and East Timor and Papua and Papua New Guinea. There are no road links with Sabah. It is always worth checking if the borders are still open and whether a visa is required in advance to enter Indonesia by road, as the situation fluctuates.
Getting Around Indonesia on the Road
Traffic drives on the left. Nearly half of the road network is paved. There are good road communications within Java and, to a lesser extent, on Bali and Sumatra. The other islands have poor road systems. Chauffeur-driven cars are widely available and highly recommended as the standard of driving is at times a little chaotic.

Bus: Indonesia is the land of jam karet (literally ‘rubber time'), and complicated journeys involving more than a single change should not be attempted in a day. Bus fares are relatively low; most are fixed, with a higher price for the air-conditioned buses which have more room than on the cramped regular buses. There are night buses on a number of long-distance routes; pre-booking is essential. Visitors should note that buses can be extremely crowded, and that drivers are reckless. Lorena Transport (tel: 634 1166; operate an extensive network of routes on Java and Sumatra.

Taxi: Widely available in cities and towns. Ojek (motorcycle taxis) are available in cities and towns and they congregate at road junctions. The driver should provide a helmet and you must agree on the fare before starting the journey.

Car hire: Available from a number of international and local companies.

Regulations: Speed limits are usually 30-40kph (19-25mph) on inner city streets, 60-70kph (37-43mph)on inter-city roads and 80-100 kph (50-62mph) on highways depending on the territory.

Documentation: An International Driving Permit is required.

Alternative transport: Rickshawsinclude the motorized bajaj, which seats two passengers, with the driver in front; and the becak, which is pedal-powered by a rider sitting behind two passengers. However, the latter have been banned from Jakarta city. Fares should be negotiated in advance as you don't want any surprises come the end of your journey. Motorcycles and bicycles can be hired; for motorcycles, an International Driving Permit is recommended and a helmet should be worn. Bemos and opelets are communal minibuses; fares should be negotiated in advance.

Getting Around Towns and Cities
Jakarta is the only city with an established conventional bus service of any size, and it has a comprehensive network. The Transjakarta has it's own lanes and can be the most efficient way to get around. The price of a ticket is relatively low although overcrowding is commonplace on these buses. Elsewhere bemos (minibuses) are the main way to travel around within the suburbs.
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By Rail
Getting Around by Rail
The train operator throughout  Indonesia is PT Kereta Api (tel: 424 1370; There are three classes of travel, Eksecutif (Executive), Bisnis (Business) and Ekonomi (Economy), but first-class exists only on certain expresses.
There is some air-conditioned accommodation. Children under three travel free in economy and business without taking a seat, and pay 10% of adult fare in executive class; children aged three to ten pay half fare in economy and business and full rate in executive.Taking the train is a wonderful option if you have time it will you give you the opportunity to soak in the landscape.

In Sumatra, trains connect Belawan, Medan and Tanjong Balai/Rantu Prapet where you will find two or three that run a daily service in the north, and Palembang and Panjang  in the south, but are quite unreliable. An extensive rail network runs throughout Java. The modern, air-conditioned Argo Bromo Anggrek service, which is Eksecutif class only, with refreshments included, links Jakarta and Surabaya; it departs daily and nightly. 

There are also other express services. Between Jakarta and Bandung there is a train every one to two hours, Executive class (journey time - about 3 hours) and then twice-daily trains onto the historical seaport city of Surabaya.
By Sea - Ferries


From Singapore-

The ferry ride to Batam is about 45 minutes, a one-way ticket is about USD $25. There are several ferry operators, we have used and would recommend Penguin Ferry Services as they seem to be quite reliability. Board ferries to Batam from World Trade Centre Ferry Terminal in Singapore. If you require more information, give then a call on (65) 6271 4866.

From Batam there are two main options

  1. Belawan (port in Medan, Sumatra)
  2. Tanjung Priok (port in Jakarta, Java)

PELNI (PT Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia)


From Malaysia-

High-speed ferries run between Sumatra and Malaysia. The most popular route is Belawan (Medan)-Penang (journey time - 4 hours), operated by Langkawi Ferry (tel: (61) 452 1111; There are also services between Dumai-Malacca and Manado (Sulawesi).




By Air - Airlines
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General Information

Airport Tax
Expect to pay Rp150,000 from Jakarta and Denpasar; Rp75,000 from other airports; transit passengers continuing their journey on the same day, and infants under the age of 2 are exempt.

Main Airports
Java: Jakarta (CGK) (Soekarno-Hatta) ( is 20km (13 miles) northwest of Jakarta city center (journey time - 45 minutes). To/from the airport: A bus goes to the city every 30 to 60 minutes. Buses leave Jakarta from Gambir railway station and from Rawamangun, Blok M and Pasar Minggu bus stations. Taxis are by far the quickest option. Try to take a reputable BlueBird or Express you can find these taxis everywhere. Facilities: Banks/bureaux de change, a post office, internet, duty-free shops, gift shops, restaurants, snack bars, car hire, left luggage and medical facilities can all be found at Jakarta International airport.

Bali: Denpasar (DPS) (Ngurah Rai) ( is 13km (8 miles) southwest of Denpasar city center, is the main airport on Bali (journey time - 30 minutes). To/from the airport: A bus goes to the city center. Taxis are available to the city and to Kuta, Ubud, Nusa dua and Sanur. Facilities:
Restaurants/bars, newsagents, bank/bureau de change, left luggage, post office, internet and car hire.
Cardig warehouse No. 5, Bandar Udara Halim Perdana Kusumah, Jl. Halim Perdana Kusumah, Jakarta 13610. Tel. 808 99001
Wisma Tamara, 8th floor, Suite 802, Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 24, Jakarta 12920. Tel. 520 6467-70
Air France
Summitmas I, 9th or, Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 61-62, Jakarta 12190. Tel. 2526 730, 2526 735
Batavia Air
Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No.15, Gedung Batavia Air, 3rd Floor, Jakarta 10120. Tel. 3864 308
Bayu Air
Jl. Hayam Wuruk U JX, Jakarta 10120. Tel. 345 6952
Brunei, Royal
World Trade Centre, 11th Floor, Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 29-31, Jakarta 12920. Tel. 521 1842-46
Cathay Pacific Airways
Gedung Bursa Efek, 26th Floor, Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 52-53, Jakarta 12190. Tel. 515 0777
China Airlines
Wisma Dharmala Sakti, M1 Floor, Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 32, Jakarta 10220. Tel. 251 0788-89
China Southern Airlines
Plaza Mutiara, 9th Floor, Suite 05, Jl. Mega Kuningan Kav E1+2, Jakarta 12950. Tel. 576 2088 / 2085
Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan 13, Gedung Garuda, 19th Floor, Jakarta 10110. Tel. 231 1459, 235 00109 (call center)
Hotel Sahid Jaya, 2nd Floor, Jl. Jend Sudirman No.86, Jakarta 10220. Tel. 574 2435
Etihad Airways
Summitmas II, 12th Floor, Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 61-62, Jakarta 12190. Tel. 520 2268
Eva Air
Gedung Mega Plaza, 10th Floor, Rasuna Said Kav C-3, Jakarta 12920. Tel. 520 5828
Garuda Indonesia
The national airline is Garuda Indonesia(GA) ( however there are numerous airlines to reach Indonesia.
Garuda Indonesia Building, 18th Floor, Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan No.13, Jakarta 10110. Tel. 231 0077
Gulf Air
Wisma Anggana Danamon Menara II # 2503, Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 45-46, Jakarta 12930. Tel. 577 0456
Indonesian Airlines
Gedung Management, 2nd Floor, Terminal A Bandara Soekarno - Hatta, Cengkareng, Jakarta 19110. Tel. 550 0737
Wisma Kyoei Prince, 2nd Floor, Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 3-4, Jakarta 10220. Tel. 572 3235
Jakarta Station Office, Cargo Building 501, Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng. Tel. 550 7117
Jl. Batu Tulis Raya No.19B, Pecenongan, Jakarta. Tel. 345 7888
JavaJet Asia
Jl. Prof Dr. Satrio Kav 18, Jakarta Selatan 12940. Tel. 573 4123
Kartika Airlines
Wisma Intra Asia, Jl. Prof Dr Soepomo SH No.58, Jakarta 12870. Tel. 8370 0002
Summitmas II, 17th Floor, Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 61-62, Jakarta 12190. Tel. 252 6730
Korean Air
Wisma Bank Dharmala, 7th Floor, Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 28, Jakarta 12920. Tel. 521 2180
Lion Air
Jl. Gajah Mada No.7, Lion Air Tower, 2nd Floor, Jakarta Pusat. Tel. 632 6036, 38, 39
Bank Panin Pusat, 2nd Floor, Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 1, Senayan, Jakarta 10270. Tel. 571 1471
Malaysian Air
World Trade Centre, Ground Floor, Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 29-31, Jakarta 12920. Tel. 522 9682
Jl. Tomang Raya Kav 33-37, Gedung Mandala, 7th Floor, Jakarta 11440. Tel. 566 5434
Gedung Merpati, 5th Floor, Jl. Angkasa Blok B-15 Kav 2-3, Jakarta 10720. Tel. 654 8888
Pelita Air
Jl. Abdul Muis No.52-56A, Jakarta 10160. Tel. 231 2049
BDN, 11th Floor, Jl. MH Thamrin No.5, Jakarta 10340. Tel. 230 0866
Qatar Airways
Bank Syariah Mandiri Building, Ground Floor, Jl. MH Thamrin No.5, Jakarta 10340. Tel. 310 0012
Saudi Arabian
Menara Imperium, 11th Floor, Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav 1-2, Jakarta 12980. Tel. 835 6201-10
Silk Air
Jl. Sarapung No.5, Ground Floor, Manado 95111. Tel. (0431) 863 744
Singapore Airlines
Menara Kadin Indonesia, 8th Floor, Jl. HR Rasuna Said Blok X-5 Kav 2-3, Jakarta 12950. Tel. 5790 3828
Sriwijaya Air
Jl. Gunung Sahari 13 No.8-10, Jakarta Utara. Tel. 6471 7999