Jakarta Transportation Options
Jakarta Transportation Options Reviews
Jakarta Transportation Options Aug 08, 2011
Getting around in Jakarta can be a daunting task, at best. The infrastructure of their highway/road system needs a complete overhaul to handle all the traffic, but that probably won’t be happening anytime soon. So if you’re here in Jakarta and you need to get across town, don’t expect to get there very fast. From my experiences, though, I’ll give you some options for transport.
Taxis are everywhere, and if comfort is your main objective, then you should have no problem getting one. BlueBird or Express taxis are trustworthy. If you stand along the street chances are you’ll spot one of these blue or white cabs within minutes, or less. But taxis can go only as fast as the other cars and sometimes you’ll find yourself sitting in one for a couple of hours in the Jakarta traffic jams. Prices range around 3 to 5USD within the city.
The TransJakarta Bus might be the best option, especially if you want to avoid some of the traffic. The busses are pretty clean and safe, air-conditioned, and they only cost about .30 cents to ride. What makes these one of the best ways to get around is that they have their own lane on the far right. Sometimes, however, the bus lane is closed for construction and then you get stuck with the other traffic. But for the most part, riding this bus will get you to your destination a lot faster. The bus has several stations and it can take you from one end of the city to the other. Of course, it doesn’t go everywhere, so you’ll first have to find other transport to get to one of their stops.
The Metro Mini busses are orange and blue busses that serve mostly the low income locals of Jakarta. You can’t miss seeing them on the streets; they are everywhere. I have never been on one, myself, but I’m told they are dirty inside. This is the cheapest form of transportation in Jakarta, but you won’t find many tourists on these.
They also have the mini-busses that are considered shared taxis. These are usually a light blue color and they are also seen everywhere. They can typically carry four to twelve passengers at a time depending on the type of vehicle. There is no specific time schedule. You would just have to go to designated loading areas to catch the one that will go to your preferred destination. These are also very cheap to ride. I have never taken one in Jakarta, but we did ride them in Bandung.
Motorcycles or “Ojek” is the fastest way to get around in Jakarta. They have no problem going through traffic jams or finding shortcuts in the labyrinth of narrow alleys that can be found in the city. Getting one is easy as they are found everywhere along the streets waiting for customers. My family in Jakarta has their own personal driver who has a motorbike and I have ridden with him before.
And finally, there are the Bajaj. The Bajaj are easy to spot on the roads mainly because of their shells that are brightly colored orange. This type of vehicle originated in India but still it has made a mark in the way of lives of Indonesians. Some refer to the Bajaj as the three-wheeled mini taxis. Because of its size, it is quite easy for the Bajaj to enter narrow streets and pathways. Although passenger seats are only intended for two people, it is common to see the Bajaj carry up to five people! I used one of these with Asri a couple of years ago just to try it out. Like motorcycles, they can get you there faster. The two things I hate about them: they’re loud and they produce a lot of pollution.
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