Getting Around Jakarta / Indonesia

Some have asked how we get around Jakarta and Indonesia, so I thought I would show not just how we get around, but how everyone gets around.  I’ve been working on this for a while, getting the pictures, and actually still need a few more.  Every city in Indonesia has their version of the same methods, so besides the obvious planes and trains, here’s the rest:


Motorcycle – by a landslide, the most popular way for Indonesians in every city to get around.  99% of them are in the 100-125 cc range – small and maneuverable so they can cut in and around traffic – and boy do they


If they don’t have their own bike, they hitch a ride on Go-Jek, Grab or Uber – the driver has a Go-Jek jacket and the riders wear the helmet.


Here’s the Uber driver


Bicycles, of course – the chosen mode of transportation for the missionaries also!


Had to take this motorcycle powered one-seater in Jogja


Becak – a bicycle pedal taxi


Bajai – a little 3-wheeled taxi.  No meter, so it’s whatever you can negotiate, which is very difficult to do if you don’t speak Bahasa, because the chances of getting a bajai driver that speaks English is near zero


Ankot (ahn-coat) are everywhere and cheap – for about 4,000 Rp ($.30). 8-10 people will cram into these and sit knee -to-knee.


Ankot’s come in every color of the rainbow and in some colors not found in nature….




Then there’s the Metro Mini



Mikrolet is just a small bus


And then Kopaja, which is a little bit bigger – still cheap at about 4-5,000 Rp ($.30-.35)


Trans Jakarta is the big public transit bus


Here’s the double trans-Jakarta bus


Taxi – the most popular taxi company by far is Blue Bird – they have about 50% of the market.  They are everywhere and if it’s not raining or there’s a demonstration, you can usually flag one down in less than a minute.  Starting fee is 6,500 Rp ($.50)  The ride from our apartment to the office (about 10-15 minutes) is $1.50.


White Express taxi’s are a distant second to Blue Bird;


There’s red….


Silver Bird – owned by Blue Bird company – and for the more well-heeled clients.  They are all Mercedes and much more expensive.


Blue Bird has big buses for rent;


And medium-sized buses.


The extremely well-heeled drive their Lamborghini’s, Ferrari’s or (like this) McClaren on Sunday morning when the traffic is light and they can go fast.

4 responses to “Getting Around Jakarta / Indonesia”

  1. MaryandBill Pier says :

    Thanks for this ride down memory lane for us…we never rode the big buses and were not allowed to ride on a motorcycle even when it was the quickest way to get somewhere. How about a picture of a train with all the people on top…


  2. Carol says :

    Good job! Maybe you should get one of those hondas for you guys to zip around the city! I can see you 2 in leather!!❤️


  3. davidlbuell says :

    Against the rules to ride a motorcycle – too dangerous! But, I had a bike before we left – leather and all – but I sold it….along with everything else!!


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