Jakarta taxis are more colorful than the bright yellow cabs of Manhattan; they come in such a great variety and can become a source of confusion. You’ll be surprised with all colorful taxis swarming in this city? There are regular taxis and also exclusive ones for those who seek convenience. The stylish and elegant taxis are usually black sedans with 3000 CC engine. This exclusive taxi doesn’t look much like a taxi. Take this taxi and have a very smooth ride.


Buses are the primary means of public transportation in Jakarta. Big Mercedes Benzes span the metropolitan Jakarta, taking you from one main hub to another way across town, while spewing toxic through their tail pipes. On some, the PATAS, you would actually be able to enjoy the comfort of air-condition and a high probability of getting a seat. On the regular DAMRI, consider yourself lucky if you can get a seat. When you do, remember to get up and inch towards the exit amidst the sea of people at least 5 minutes before your stop. Fare does not depend on distance.

Metro Mini

If you think that this is a smaller version of whatever nice image you have concocted in your head when you hear the word “Metro”, think again. These bright orange beasts roam the streets of Jakarta. Warning: if you are 5’11” or taller, there is exactly one seat in the bus where you can sit – back row, middle seat, facing the isle – and there is no chance for you to be able to stand up straight.

Despite all of these, they are quite effective in getting you from point A to point B, and, whether you like it or not, in getting you to know the warmth of Jakarta and its people along the way as you rub shoulders, backs, and step on other people’s toes or getting stepped on.


Almost the same like Metro Mini. the different is green color

Mikrolet (angkot)

An even smaller version of public transport. Not as romantic as the bemo of Bali, it is typically a modified van that can carry up to 10-12 passengers. Mikrolet can take you to the remotest corners of Jakarta.


The last one in the chain is probably Ojek. Ojeks usually park in front of small alleys (gang) that can have thousands of residencies inside. There is no chance for a taxi or a car to get into these alleys, and the distance maybe to far to walk it. So, Ojek – a motorcycle complete with its driver for hire – comes to the rescue..


Becaks (or trikshaw) used to be ubiquitous in Jakarta. They are basically bicycle with an attached 2-passanger carriage attached in front of it (or on its side if you are in Medan). Several years back, becaks are banned from the city, and they now have become home to various kinds of fish up north by the Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands). Oh, the romance of sitting together in a becak with your loved one, maybe with a slight drizzle, is no doubt part of the memory of lots of the thirty-something people of Jakarta.


Referred to as bajaj or bemo in Indonesia, are common throughout the country’s capital Jakarta. Bajaj is India’s main auto-rickshaw manufacturer.
An auto rickshaw or three-wheeler (tuk-tuk, trishaw, auto, rickshaw, autorick, bajaj, rick, tricycle or baby taxi in popular parlance) is a motor vehicle and a mode of transport for private use and as a vehicle for hire. It is a motorized version of the traditional rickshaw or velotaxi, a small three-wheeled cart operated by a single individual, and is a 3-wheeled cabin cycle. Auto rickshaws can be found in many Asian countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, the Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, as well as in Guatemala and some African countries such as Ethiopia, Sudan, and in some parts of Egypt.


cart carried by a/two horse/s


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 depart from this station.

Most trains to big cities in Java (Purwokerto, Yogyakarta, Solo, Semarang, Malang and Surabaya) depart either in the morning or from late afternoon to evening.

* To Bandung: trains are frequent, with one coming almost every 2 hours, departing throughout the day. Duration: 3h30, in bisnis or eksekutif. Economy class trains are slower. Very nice landscapes.
* To Surabaya: the very good Argo Bromo Anggrek departs twice a day, at 8am and 8pm. Duration: 10h30, 265,000rp during the week in eksekutif. Prices raise during the week end and the public holidays. Be aware that the AC is extremely cold, thus bring some warm sweater. Moreover, television is usually very loud during the whole trip. Possible to order meals: 18,000rp for a nasi goreng, 3000rp for a hot tea.
* To Semarang: Semarang-Jakarta route is served by the comfortable Argo Muria, depart from Tawang Station in Semarang, as well as Argo Bromo Anggrek, Argo Sindoro, and Sembrani which transit in Semarang. Rp170.000-Rp210.000 or more when 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 Gambir. 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.


transJakarta was designed to provide the citizens of Jakarta a fast public transportation system to help reduce rush hour traffic. The Indonesian Government provided TransJakarta buses with their own private lanes and Transjakarta’s ticket prices are subsidized by the state government.

Go to the nearest Halte (Bus Stop)
Purchase a bus ticket to you destination
Wait for the bus to arrive

Please check all your belongings and step carefully.


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