First time to Jakarta? Wondering about Indonesia airport? No idea how to get from Jakarta airport to city without getting scammed? Don’t worry, I will explain (hopefully everything that you need to know). So before we start, you need to know that there are two airports in Jakarta; Soekarno Hatta, which is the commercial airport and Halim Perdana Kusuma, which is an airport that doesn’t have any commercial flights.
Arriving at Jakarta Airport
If you come to Jakarta from outside Indonesia, you will arrive in Terminal 2 or 3 of Soekarno Hatta Airport (The airport’s IATA code, CGK, originates from Cengkareng, a district northwest of the city, and it is often called Cengkareng Airport by Indonesians, although the airport is administratively located within Tangerang). As most tourists use Air Asia to fly within Indonesia, there is a good chance that you will arrive in Terminal 3 (this terminal is for Air Asia Indonesia domestic flight). If you take an Indonesian airlines like Sriwijaya Air, Lion Air, Merpati, Express Air, or the national airline, Garuda Indonesia, you will arrive in Terminal 1 or Terminal 2.
Although Jakarta is upgrading it’s airport, this won’t be completed for a number of years. This means that not only is it big, but it is also very crowded. After passing through immigration and collecting all of your luggage, you will exit the terminal. Chances are people touts will notice that you are a tourist because of your bags.
Getting from Jakarta Airport to the City
There are a lot of different ways that you can get from the airport to Jakarta. The easiest and most convenient is arranging a Jakarta car rental (which I can help arrange). There’s a full list of other transport options below.
Word of Warning
Jakarta traffic is bad. Whatever form of transport you’re taking expect to spend time stuck in a traffic jam. My record was 3.5 hours stuck in a taxi. I expect to spend at least 90 minutes stuck in the traffic (to be safe give yourself at least 90 minutes, preferably 2 hours) for the ride from Jakarta to the airport. If you’re transiting through Jakarta or spending only one night in the city I’d recommend choosing a hotel near Jakarta Airport. The best budget hotel near Jakarta is Ibis Budget Jakarta. For mid-range I recommend Jakarta Airport Hotel. It was recently refurbished, such a good thing, and is at Terminal 2 (just wakeup and get on your flight). The only luxury hotel near the airport is Sheraton Bandara (a bit dated compare to luxury hotels in the city).
One other thing… I can almost guarantee that the taxi driver or tout will say “do you want to go to Jalan Jaksa?” This is because they already have the mindset that most foreign travellers are backpackers that will be heading to Jaksa. Whatever they say, just be polite, smile a bit and ignore them. They will follow you and try their best to get you to come with them, but what ever they say, don’t trust them.
Catching the Train
The government of Jakarta is in the process of building a high speed rail link from the airport to the centre of the city. I’ll be updating this section with information about the Jakarta Airport Train and the service to the city when it launches. In the meantime…
Catching a Taxi to the City
I’ll write this on the assumption that you want to go to Jaksa, which is in central Jakarta ;), which is a 90 minute journey. So, there are two options I would recommend to go from Soekarno Hatta Aiport to Jakarta. The first option is to go by taxi, which will cost you around Rp. 150,000- Rp. 200,000 (Taxi argometer starts at Rp. 7,500). I would suggest take a Blue Bird (Blue color), Express (White color), Taxiku (Yellow color) or Gamya Taxi (Green) as they are the most trusted taxi companies. Everyone knows this, so you will probably have to queue. You can easily spot the taxi counter outside the airport building. By the way, if you are a group of 4, I would suggest to take a taxi rather than a bus.
Catching a Bus to the City
The other option you have, which is the cheapest option is to use the Damri bus, which will cost Rp. 40,000 (please see picture at the end of the article). I think the last Damri bus to Jakarta is around 11 pm. You want to take the one that going to Gambir (Gambir is a train station).
It’s easy to find the Damri ticketing station. The ones in terminal 1 and 2 are large, but the station in terminal 3 is tiny (it’s just a load of seats and a table, behind which sits an employee selling tickets). Simply tell them that you want a ticket to Gambir and then wait. Usually they will yell “Gambir… Gambir…” when your bus is coming, but just be sure to keep on eye on every Damri bus that comes. The sign of the destination is on the front of the bus, either on the top middle or bottom left side of the front big window. From Gambir, you can walk to Jaksa (it is not far at all!) or you can get an ojek (motorbike taxi) for $2-3.
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Kemayoran||40,000||3.2|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Mangga Dua||40,000||3.2|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Blok M||40,000||3.2|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Kampung Rambutan||40,000||3.2|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Rawamangun||40,000||3.2|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Gambir||40,000||3.2|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Pasar Minggu||40,000||3.2|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Tanjung Priok||40,000||3.2|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Lebak Bulus||40,000||3.2|
|Halim Perdanakusuma (HLP)||Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||40,000||3.2|
|Halim Perdanakusuma (HLP)||Bogor||40,000||3.2|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Bekasi||45,000||3.6|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Harapan Indah||50,000||4|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Cikarang||50,000||4|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Grand Wisata Bekasi||55,000||4.4|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Bogor||55,000||4.4|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Serang||60,000||4.8|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Bekasi (Royal Class)||60,000||4.8|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Karawang||65,000||5.2|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Purwakarta||65,000||5.2|
|Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK)||Bogor (Royal Class)||75,000||6|
|*using exchange rate 1 usd = 12,500 idr|
Arriving in a new city can be so stressful. I hope this guide gives you the information you needed to know to get from Jakarta Airport to the city (if I missed anything leave me a note in the comments below and I’ll update the post). There’s some more articles below about Jakarta you might find useful.
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That should keep you busy. Hope you enjoy your time in the city. And if you need more information about Indonesia just use the search box or pick the topic from the menu at the top (we’ve got hundreds of useful articles about the country). Enjoy your time in Indonesia.
Have you ever been to Jakarta’s airport and to the city? What was your experience?