BlueBird Taxi Reviews
BlueBird Taxi in Jakarta and other parts of Indonesia Aug 06, 2011
If there’s one thing that Jakarta has an abundance of (besides people), it is cars and motorbikes. And out of all those millions of motorized vehicles, the ones you will inevitably spot are the BlueBird taxis. These distinctive blue Toyotas are the most common taxis in the city, as well as the most reputable.
The BlueBird Group has saturated Jakarta with their cabs, and you can also find them in other cities on Java (Bandung, to name one) as well as other islands of Indonesia, such as Bali and Lombok.
Rates are a little bit higher than their competition; the meter starts at 6,000 Rupiah and an average ride through the city (including traffic) will cost around 30,000 to 40,000 Rupiah. That’s less than 5USD, so compared to the cab rates in the USA or Europe, this is almost ridiculously inexpensive. Most of the competition starts their meter at 5,000 Rupiah, so the price difference is almost negligible unless you’re really pinching pennies.
Furthermore, if you’re not familiar with Jakarta it’s always best to take the BlueBird because not all taxis are trustworthy (and sometimes not even safe). The U.S. State Department even recommends on their website to use BlueBird.
Depending on which part of the city you are in, it’s fairly easy to wave one down. And if you’re at a mall, they usually have a queue line. The cabs are generally well-maintained and clean inside. And from my experiences, the drivers are polite and friendly. Many of the drivers don’t speak English, but they can understand the name of the hotel or the address you give them. We usually tip them around 2,000 Rupiah.
If you want to spend a little bit more you can ride the SilverBird. The SilverBird is part of the BlueBird Group and is considered the luxury taxi because the taxis are Mercedes rather than Toyotas. The SilverBirds are black, but these are not as common as the BlueBirds. If you want the SilverBird, it’s usually best to call for one. They also have busses and other luxury cars.
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