Travel across Jakarta is often a combination of many forms of transport. Commonly used is the Transjakarta, a modern bus system that is allocated special street lanes to circumnavigate the often hectic traffic in the city centre. These buses are cheap and plentiful although going long distances can become confusing when transferring. Other bus lines are more crowded and less safe and do not run on a fixed schedule. Taxis are abundant but can be expensive for longer rides. Blue Bird taxis are the most trusted; there are many impostors with questionable reputations. Some narrow street lanes are better suited for ojeks, also known as motorbike taxis. Also popular for shorter trips are three-wheeled vehicles known as bajaj. Be sure to bargain with both ojek and bajaj drivers before accepting rides. Jakarta is a difficult city to navigate through and unfortunately, as it lacks a coherent city centre, attractions are spread quite far apart. For this reason walking is not really an option when sightseeing. Crime is also a problem and if you are walking from place to place you should be conscious of your possessions and ensure that they are difficult to access for pickpockets. It is best to leave valuables in hotel safes when possible.
Local time is GMT +7.
Electrical current is 120/230 volts, 50Hz. A variety of plugs are in use, including the European two-pin and UK-style three-pin.
The Indonesian currency is the Rupiah (IDR), which is divided into 100 sen. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, hotels and money changers in major tourist destinations; the US dollar is the most accepted currency. Ensure that foreign bills are in good condition, as creased and torn notes may be refused. The best exchange rates in Indonesia are generally found in major centres like Jakarta and Bali. Visa and Mastercard are accepted at more expensive hotels and restaurants, however smaller businesses may not have card facilities (especially in more remote areas). ATMs are available in main centres. Small change is often unavailable so keep small denomination notes and coins for items like bus fares, temple donations and soft drinks.
The international access code for Indonesia is +62. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts.
Emergencies: 110 (Police); 118 (Ambulance)
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The climate in Jakarta is a tropical monsoon climate, which is hot and humid with a year-round rainy season. There is little fluctuation in temperature throughout the year: summer (June to September) temperatures average around 82°F (28°C), while winter (December to February) has an average of 80°F (26°C). The wet season officially runs from November to June, while July to September is the driest and is considered the best time to visit Jakarta.
Shuttle buses run hourly to the city centre and various other destinations in and around Jakarta. Taxis are metered and cost around IDR 30,000 to the city; note that road tolls may be added to the fare.
Avis, Hertz and Europcar are represented at the airport, along with a number of local car rental companies.
Official taxi booths are located in the arrivals area and a host of unofficial taxi drivers vie for business outside. Metered taxis cost about IDR 30,000, although extra may be charged for toll road fees. Depending on traffic the trip to the city centre will take between 30 and 45 minutes.
A free bus connects the two terminals.
Facilities are limited but the airport is clean and the staff are friendly and efficient. There are shops, banks, bars and restaurants, and tourist information and hotel reservations at the airport. There are facilities for disabled travellers; passengers with special needs are advised to inform their airline in advance.
There are more than 2,000 parking bays at the airport, all within easy access of the terminals. Rates start at IDR 4,000 for two hours and IDR 2,000 per hour thereafter.
Wifi is available free of charge in the lounges and in Terminal 2.