Jakarta, known to expatriates as the ‘Big Durian’, is home to an estimated population of 10.2 million people. Overpopulated, travelling to and within Jakarta can be a constant struggle. To make your life easier, we have compiled a list of travelling alternatives that you can explore when you are in Jakarta!
This bright orange, iconic three-wheeled has been around since 1975 and still operating until today. Bajaj fits for 2 people and it is probably the best choice to get around short distances. They’re really easy to find on the streets and very cheap (compare to other types of transportation).
FYI, it might be inconvenient due to the pollution and loud sound but it’s definitely worth the try for the experience.
2. Transjakarta (Busway)
Busway by Transjakarta is a modern version of the traditional bus they use to have. It’s fully air conditioned and has become a ‘new’ and time-efficient way to get around Jakarta especially for workers to get to and from work during rush hours. They have a separate lane specifically made so they can drive with no traffic. There is a step by step guide that you can follow for purchasing tickets and getting into the bus.
3. Mikrolet / angkot
An angkot, also known as party buses to expatriates, is another means of transportation available in Jakarta. A lot of locals actually use angkot to travel around the city due to its convenience and cheap price. It works a lot like buses, in the sense that it has designated routes that it goes to. However, in an angkot is much easier to tell the driver to stop and drop you off as there are no formal angkot stops. Which means, you have to know where you’re going
Jakarta is known to be a city with one of the worst traffic in the world. Fear not, if you are pressed on time and need to get to that destination fast, go ahead and hail an ojek. Ojek’s are basically motorcyclist ready for hire. They usually know the best way to get around the city, and often use jalan tikus (shortcuts), so you can cut that 2-hour travel to 20-30 minute adventure ride!
There is another alternative to the informal ojek, Gojek, which allows you to call an ojek through your mobile device. Gojek also has several other function, including picking up food and transporting goods.
Many of you are probably familiar with Uber, the ride-sharing application that pairs drivers with passengers through their mobile application, they also operate in Jakarta! This might be the most comfortable ride for you to go around and escape the heat and humid weather for awhile. However, it may take quite some time to arrive due to our never ending traffic. Make sure you stay away from rush hour and 3-in-1 that starts in the morning at 07:00 AM until 10:00 AM, and starts again at 4:30 PM and ends at 7:00PM.
Hailing an Uber requires you to have a phone that has internet connection, which means you have to use local sim card. (relate to article about getting sim card in indo)
5. Blue Bird Taxi
The equivalent of Yellow Cab Taxi in New York City, Blue Bird Taxi has been providing a safe means of travelling since 1965. You can call the hotline number, make an online reservation (through their website or their new mobile application, which you can download here), or even hail a taxi on the street.
A tip when travelling with taxi in Indonesia though, make sure to take note of the driver’s picture and identification number, so that you can contact the driver easily in the instance that you’ve misplaced a belonging. In addition, there are a lot of Blue Bird imposter in Jakarta, make sure to pay attention to the color of the taxi and the logo.