It can be hard to find the right information about Jakarta when you are visiting the city for the first time. While Jakarta will never be a tourist city, there are still a lot of places to visit and even more nice places to eat, stay and go out to in the evening. To help you make the most of the city, here is a short Jakarta Travel Guide of places to see in Jakarta.

jakarta airport bus

Damri bus stop at Jakarta Airport.

Jakarta Transport

Jakarta is a sprawling city with limited public transport (though it is improving now that the Jakarta Underground is being built). With big traffic jams it’s notoriously difficult to travel around. Learn how to get around Jakarta with the following articles.

1 – Jakarta Airport: How to Get to the City
Know what to expect when you arrive at Jakarta Airport and discover the best ways to get to the city for any budget. The article covers bus transport along with cost and the different routes available. There is also a section on taxi services from the airport into Jakarta.
2 – How to get from Jakarta to Yogyakarta by Train
If you have the time, one of the best ways to see the beauty of Java as a tourist is to take a train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta. Though the train ride is long, it is a great way to see the rice fields, forests and villages of Java.

Transport Within the City

1 – Private Car Rental
A private car rental is the most convenient way to get around Jakarta when you are visiting the city. With Discover Your Indonesia you can arrange an affordable car rental with an English speaking driver for your stay in Jakarta. Click the link above to find out more about this service.
2 – Gojek – Private Transport
Motorbike taxi, or Ojek, is one of the best ways to navigate Jakarta’s gridlocked traffic. You can use the Gojek App to order motorbike taxis anywhere in the city. It’s one of the best and cheapest ways to get around Jakarta.

The Hermitage Jakarta Rooftop

The view of Jakarta from the rood of the Hermitage Hotel, one of the best luxury hotels in Jakarta.

Jakarta Hotels

Jakarta is huge and is split into a number of different districts. The most popular areas for tourists in Jakarta are Menteng, Mega Kuningan and Kemang. Find out more about the different districts of Jakarta and which area you should stay in Jakarta. To help you arrange your stay in Jakarta I’ve shortlisted the best hotels in the city. There are a number of different options available to suit the interests of every traveller. You can find my recommendations for best hotels below.

DYI Favorite Hotel
With so many hotels available in Jakarta it’s hard to select a favorite, but if you have the money I would recommend the Keraton Residence. The hotel is conveniently located right next to Plaza Indonesia and overlooking Bundaran HI.
1 – Best Hotels Near Jakarta Airport
A list of the best hotels for any budget located close to Jakarta Airport. The list includes budget hotels, mid range hotels and luxury options.
2 – Best 5 Star Hotels in Jakarta
There are lots of luxury hotels in Jakarta to choose from if you are visiting the city. To help you choose the one most suitable for your needs, here is a list of the best 5 star hotels in Jakarta.

free wifi cafe in jakarta

Just one of the many nice cafes to visit in the city.

Jakarta Cafes and Restaurants

Jakarta has a lively restaurant, bar and café culture. Find out the best places to eat and cafes where you can spend a lazy day in the following guides to Jakarta. The articles list places to visit from across the city.

1 – Best (Office) Cafes In Jakarta
Here is a list of 5 of my favorite cafes in Jakarta. The list includes many of my favorite offices, where I would work and spend lazy afternoons.

jalan surabaya jakarta

The old antiques market along Jalan Surabaya in Menteng.

Jakarta Things to Do

While Jakarta is not known for its tourism, there are a lot of things to do and places to visit in the city. Here is a list of some of the options available if you are visiting Jakarta for the first time.

1 – 15 Things to Do in Jakarta
A list of 15 of the best things to visit and places to see while you are in Jakarta. Nice selection of ideas for first time visitors to the city. The list is a mixture of historical landmarks, cultural activities and sightseeing.
2 – Jakarta Nightlife
Here is an overview of nightlife in Jakarta and a few of the places that you should think about visiting when you come to the city. The article covers a few of the popular places around Jakarta.
3 – Jakarta Walking Tour
One of my favorite ways to explore a new city is on a walking tour. Here are a few different options of walking tours that you can take when you visit Jakarta to make the most of the city.

Places to see Outside Jakarta

1 – Krakatoa Tour
Krakatoa Volcano is located in the narrow strait between Java and Sumatra. It is a beautiful place to visit on a weekend trip from Jakarta and offers some of the best diving around Jakarta.
2 – Baduy Tour
The Baduy are a traditional Sundanese ethnic group that live in the province of Banten, a few hours outside of Jakarta. The villages where they live are famous, because the Baduy do not use modern technology, though this is changing. You can visit the villages of the Baduy on a tour from Jakarta.

Old Town area of Jakarta Indonesia

The main square of old Batavia in the centre of Jakarta.

Final Thoughts

I hope that this Jakarta Tour Guide gives you a good overview of the Jakarta travel resources on Discover Your Indonesia. There are articles here that cover all of the important topics that you need to know about when you’re arranging your trip to Jakarta.

What did you think of the Jakarta Travel Guide? Is there anything that I should add to this article? Share your thoughts in the comments below.