Indonesia is a country that offers stunning landscapes and diverse cultures. From the bustling streets of Jakarta to the peaceful Gili Islands, this archipelago has something for everyone. But how do you get around in this vast country? Let’s dive into the different transportation options available in Indonesia.
Public Transportation in Cities
Public buses are not the most common mode of transportation for city travel, except in Java. In Jakarta, there is an extensive network of buses known as the Transjakarta Busway. For a fare of 3,500-9,000 IDR, you can travel to any destination within the network. To pay for the journey, you will need a card that costs 40,000 IDR. Don’t worry, it comes with a 20,000 IDR credit.
If you prefer a more unique experience, try the becak. These three-wheeled pedal or motor-powered carts are a common sight in Indonesian cities. Remember to negotiate the fare before hopping on one and ask your hotel or hostel staff for up-to-date price estimates.
Taxis are another convenient and affordable option, especially in major cities. Look for Bluebird Taxis, as they are known for their reliable service and English-speaking drivers. With a starting rate of around 7,500 IDR and 5,300 IDR per kilometer, taxis are a convenient way to explore the city. You can also use a smartphone app to order taxis easily.
For those who prefer ride-hailing services, Grab and Gojek are popular options in Southeast Asia. Keep in mind that these services can sometimes be more expensive than taxis. Additionally, when using Grab or Gojek, you might find yourself riding on the back of a motorbike.
Island-Hopping by Ferry
If you plan to travel between islands, ferries are a common and affordable choice. The prices for ferry tickets start around 15,000 IDR for a trip from East Java to West Bali. Rates may vary for other routes. For instance, a speedboat trip from Bali to the Gili Islands costs approximately 175,000 IDR for a one-way ticket.
While it’s not mandatory to book ferry tickets in advance, it’s advisable during peak seasons or for popular routes. You can buy tickets directly from the ferry company’s website or use a ticket agent like 12go.asia.
Exploring Indonesia by Bus
Buses are the primary mode of transportation for both locals and tourists in Indonesia. To ensure a comfortable journey, especially for long distances, it’s a good idea to book your bus tickets in advance. This is especially true if you prefer air-conditioned buses. Travel agents or your accommodation can help arrange your transportation.
A 12-hour bus ride typically costs around 170,000 IDR, while shorter journeys like Kuta Beach to Ubud take less than an hour and cost less than 80,000 IDR.
For shorter trips, you might come across bemos, which are mini-buses. Don’t forget to negotiate the fare before hopping on.
Efficient Train Travel
In Java, cities are well-connected by an efficient train network. Whether you’re traveling to Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Probolinggo (for Mount Bromo), or Banyuwangi (the ferry terminal for Bali), trains are a reliable mode of transportation.
Economy class tickets for a 10.5-hour trip from Jakarta to Surabaya cost about 190,000 IDR, while an 8-hour executive class journey can cost from 620,000 IDR. For a 2-3 hour trip from Surabaya to Probolinggo, you can opt for economy class at 27,000 IDR or executive class at 240,000 IDR. Surabaya to Banyuwangi, a 6-7 hour journey, starts from as little as 56,000 IDR for economy class or 235,000 IDR for executive class. To reserve your train tickets, visit tiket.com.
Taking to the Skies
Garuda Indonesia is the country’s main airline, offering both international and domestic flights. Lion Air and AirAsia also provide numerous domestic routes. However, it’s worth noting that Lion Air’s safety record is not the best, so it’s advisable to choose alternative airlines.
Flights from Jakarta to Bali start at around 900,000 IDR one way, while Jakarta to Lombok starts around 1,200,000 IDR. A flight from Lombok to Bali is approximately 1,100,000 IDR. Keep in mind that flying may not be the most budget-friendly option, especially if you have ample time to spare.
For the adventurous souls, hitchhiking is possible in Indonesia, although it’s not extremely common. English is not widely spoken, so learning a few phrases before your trip can come in handy. For more tips and information on hitchhiking in Indonesia, you can check out Hitchwiki.
Now that you have a better understanding of the transportation options in Indonesia, it’s time to start planning your adventure. Whether you choose to explore bustling cities, relax on stunning beaches, or hike through lush jungles, Indonesia has it all. Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of this incredible country!