Getting Around in Jakarta

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Jakarta is conveniently linked with other major cities and provinces of Indonesia by land, sea and air transportation.

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Taxis

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Taxis are the most convenient means of transport in Jakarta. Licensed taxis are equipped with meters. Fares were incresed in March 2005 to flag fall of Rp 4,000 (US$42 cents), a per-kilometer charge of Rp 1,800 and a waiting charge of Rp 18,000 per hour. Some of the older taxis still sharge the old rate, about 30% cheaper. In general it is better to pay the extra.  The de luxe Silverbird taxis charge Rp4,500 flag fall, and about Rp 2000/km and Rp 35,000/hour for waiting - good value for money for a little extra. Normally they use the meter, but sometimes in more..

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Ojek

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Ojek (pronounced as O-Jack)is a commercial motorcycle service. Private owned by the driver. The service price is flexible. Can be negotiated. But never accept more than 20.000 Rupiahs. Average is 8000 Rupiahs. If they ask for more than 20.000 Rupiahs, just take a taxi. Because Ojek is commonly used for short distance destination. Make sure that the motorcycle driver has driving license and motorcycle papers. And dont forget to ask the motorcycle driver a helmet for you. Without helmet, you will have problem with police. No helmet / no papers / no driving license, just cancel it.

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Mikrolet

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Mikrolet are mini buses which operate on fixed routes. They carry six to eight passengers and charges per person vary with the distance. The fare of this publlic vehicle is 1000 Rupiahs for minimum and 4000 Rupiahs for maximum. Never pay more than 4000 Rupiahs. Dont forget to pay attention on your pockets and wallet. Put them in your bag and always put it touching your body. Never let anything misdirects you. Never trust anyone (bad guys usually pretending to puke or sick or get kram leg or giving you massage service). They are all fake. Snap the ceiling twice with your finger or more..

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Bajaj

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Bajaj - pronounced "baj-eye" - are orange motorised tricycles with a cabin for two passengers, imported to Jakarta after being originally manufactured in India where they're adapted from cheap motorbikes. They're a popular way to get around town since they can weave through Jakarta's interminable traffic jams much like motorbikes can. Although slow, boneshaking (suspension is not a feature in bajaj), hot (locals joke about the "natural A/C") and the quick way to breathing in more exhaust fumes than you ever thought possible, riding around in these little motor-bugs can really more..

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Buses

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There are over 20 bus companies operating over 50 roads in the metropolitan city of Jakarta. Buses are usually crowded and it is difficult to board— hence they are not recommended for tourists or travellers. The rate is 1500 rupiahs on an average. UPDATE: Starting in 2004 a new service called the Transjakarta Busway opened up. It runs from Kota Chinatown and old Jakarta) via the central Thamrin and Sudirman roads to Blok M in the south. New routes are being built. These buses are clean, safe and air conditioned, though often full. Fare = about Rp 3,500. They are also more..

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Jalan Surabaya

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See antiques in the making! Over a hundred stalls line this street for 2-3 blocks, selling everything from local crafts (like wayang puppets), to clothes to luggage, to re-repaired watches, to "genuine" antiques (ahem!). Be prepared to bargain hard; vendors will regularly quote you prices 5 times higher than what they're willing to take.

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