As the capital, Jakarta is the center of the economy and government. Jakarta is a special area that stands alone. Jakarta has sea areas and coastlines but is still dominated by lowlands.

Jakarta is a complex capital city with a high level of job vacancies, but amidst a large number of unemployed people. However, Jakarta has a variety of entertainment venues.

Jakarta has more than 170 malls spread across five areas of Jakarta. Jakarta residents have many choices in enjoying weekends such as shopping locations, entertainment venues and family tourism spots.

You need to know that Jakarta is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. This is due to the abundant opportunities for job seekers from various regions in all regions in Indonesia, especially on the island of Java. Apart from job seekers, Jakarta is also a place of education so that many students continue their studies in Jakarta.

The city of Jakarta has several supporting cities such as Bekasi, Tangerang, Bogor and Depok. These cities are the places of residence for workers in Jakarta because the prices for lodging in these cities are relatively more affordable compared to the prices for accommodation in Jakarta. Currently, the population density in Jakarta is estimated to be concentrated in East Jakarta.

As the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta has a variety of archipelago culinary delights. Almost all culinary delights from various regions in Indonesia can be found in Jakarta. Even so, the Betawi tribe as native citizens of the city of Jakarta also have special culinary delights such as soto Betawi, ketoprak, and egg crust.

Not only traditional culinary delights are found in Jakarta. Several international culinary delights can also be found in Jakarta. Culinary in Jakarta is fairly complete, starting from street food vendors, cafes, restaurants to five-star hotels. This is what makes Jakarta like a mini Indonesia because all tribes from various regions make a living in Jakarta.

Parts of Jakarta

Jakarta Pusat (Central Jakarta)

This is the main part of Jakarta city, very close to the famous and historic 'National Monument' (Monas). Central Jakarta is the most strategic part in Jakarta because several government buildings are centralized in Central Jakarta. Merdeka Square which is the National Monument stands surrounded by several important buildings such as the Presidential Palace (Merdeka Palace), DKI Jakarta Provincial Government Building, Istiqlal Mosque, Cathedral Church, Gambir Train Station and several other government buildings.

Central Jakarta also has the National Gallery, Planetarium Jakarta. During car free days, the most crowded landmark in Jakarta is the Bundaran HI (Hotel Indonesia). Some of the best Malls are in Central Jakarta. However, there is one interesting street which is always visited by foreign tourists, namely Jalan Jaksa. Jalan Jaksa is an alternative for backpackers or travelers who are looking for a hotel or place to spend the night at a cheap and affordable price.

Jakarta Barat (West Jakarta)

Jakarta in the past is still reflected in the West Jakarta area, one of which is the existence of the old city. This is where several buildings stand that are still like the original, so it is called the Kota Tua (old city) because there are still several old buildings that are still preserved, both in shape and in some parts of it. Some of them have turned into museums, such as the Fatahillah Museum and the Puppet Museum.

The Kota Tua is not only an economic center but also a center for art and creativity. Jakarta's culinary specialties can also be found in Kota Tua. West Jakarta is synonymous with cheap shopping centers like Glodok. Aside from being an electronic shopping center, several Chinese specialties can also be found in the Glodok area. Several modern shopping centers are also located in West Jakarta such as Taman Anggrek Mall. Several places of worship for ethnic Chinese are also scattered in West Jakarta, both in Klenteng and Vihara.

Jakarta Selatan (South Jakarta)

South Jakarta is the center of middle and upper level housing. Apart from being a residential area, South Jakarta is also one of the choices for business centers in Jakarta. South Jakarta is also complete with upscale shopping venues and malls, restaurants, hotels, bustling nightlife centers and high-end residential areas.

One area that is very well known as an elite area is Kemang. Kemang is already known as an upscale shopping center, there are also several elite restaurants, pubs, night clubs and boutiques. Kemang is well known by both local residents and expatriates as a fashion and culinary center.

Jakarta Timur (East Jakarta)

East Jakarta is currently the most densely populated area which is still characterized by the presence of rice fields in several areas. Two historical places in East Jakarta are Lubang Buaya and Kompleks Makam Pangeran Jayakarta (Prince Jayakarta's Tomb).

Jakarta Utara (North Jakarta)

North Jakarta is the only part of Jakarta that has access to the sea, with the main port being Tanjung Priok. Interestingly, part of the Kota Tua area is located in North Jakarta while part of it is in West Jakarta. Historic buildings in North Jakarta are the Tugu Church, Maritime Museum and Rumah Tinggi or Rumah Si Pitung.

Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands)

The pulau seribu area includes the Jakarta bay cluster. It has two sub-districts and six sub-districts. Several islands in the Pulau Seribu are marine tourism sites closest to Jakarta. The Pulau Seribu have top tourist attractions such as Kotok Island, Bidadari Island but also have affordable tourist attractions such as Tidung Island, Pari Island and Untung Jawa Island.

Some of the islands in the Pulau Seribu also have some interesting historical records in the past, such as the existence of the Martello Fort and several buildings that were used as concentration centers for pilgrimage accommodations such as on Onrust Island.

Pulau Seribu also has several fauna and one of them is the mascot of DKI Jakarta, the Eagle Bondol bird. Apart from having two types of turtles; Hawksbill and green turtles, some fauna such as monitor lizards, corporal snakes, and pythons can still be found on several islands in the Thousand Islands.

The Pulau Seribu are also the closest snorkeling and scuba diving locations to Jakarta. Several scuba diving operators often conduct diving training on several islands in the Pulau Seribu. In addition to close access, the price is relatively cheaper compared to several other areas in Bali or other tourism centers.

Public Transportation in Jakarta

Jakarta has various types of public transportation ranging from taxis, trains (to various areas in Jabodetabek), TransJakarta Buses, regular buses, Metromini, city transportation, Bajaj to Ojek. To get to the hotel in Jakarta that you ordered, you can use some of the transportation below:

KRL Commuterline

Commuterline is the most rational choice to break through the traffic jams in the capital. Apart from being more punctual, Commuterline Trains also have cheaper fares compared to other means of transportation.

Here are some of the stations passed by Commuterline. Several stations marked with capital letters are transit stations so that they can be connected between one line and another, such as the corridor system in TransJakarta.

  • Bogor (red) line: JAKARTA CITY Jayakarta Mangga Besar Sawah Besar Juanda Gondangdia Cikini MANGGARAI Tebet Cawang Duren Kalibata New Sunday Market Sunday Market Tanjung Barat Lenteng Agung Pancasila University University of Indonesia Chinese Cottage New Depok Depok Citayam Bojonggede Cilebut Bogor
  • Loop (orange) line: JATINEGARA Pondok Jati Kramat Gang Sentiong Kemayoran Rajawali KAMPUNG BANDAN Angke DURI TANAH ABANG Karet MANGGARAI and continuing to BOGOR
  • Tangerang (brown) line: DURI Pesing Kembangan Bojong Indah Rawabuaya Kalideres Poris Batuceper Tanahtinggi Tangerang
  • Serpong (green) line: TANAHABANG Palmerah Kebayoran Pondokranji Sudimara Rawabuntu Serpong Cisauk Cicayur Parung Panjang Cilejit Daru Tenjo Tigaraksa Maja
  • Bekasi (blue) line: JAKARTA KOTA Jayakarta Mangga Besar Sawah Besar Juanda Gondangdia Cikini MANGGARAI JATINEGARA Klender Buaran Klenderbaru Cakung Rawabebek Kranji Bekasi

Please note that the Commuterline does not stop at Gambir station or Senen station. The two stations are only devoted to serving passengers on inter-city and inter-provincial routes, even though both are the main stations in Jakarta.

To get to Gambir station, you can stop at Juanda station or Gondangdia station then continue by taxi, public transportation or motorcycle taxi. If you are not pressed for time, you can walk to Gambir station. Gambir Station is also not too far from Jalan Jaksa.


Taxis in Jakarta have an initial fare of IDR 7,500 ($0.5). Taxis can also be ordered by telephone or using an application on your smartphone. In Jakarta, taxi call services are available using the grabtaxi and uber applications.

Here are the main taxi operators and their phone numbers:

  • Blue Bird and Silver Bird: 021-79171234
  • Express: 021-26509000

TransJakarta Buses

TransJakarta is a public transportation facility that has special lanes for certain corridors. You cannot stop at random and can only stop at existing Transjakarta shelters. Transjakarta bus fares are set by the Government of DKI Jakarta and can change at any time.

TransJakarta ticket prices:

  • From 05:00 to 07:00: IDR 2,000 ($0.1).
  • From 07:00 to 22:00: IDR 3,500 ($0.2).

TransJakarta now only accepts electronic tickets (JakCard) and no longer uses paper tickets/torn tickets: they can be refilled, cards can be purchased at Bank DKI, Bank Mandiri, BRI, BCA, BNI46 and Bank Mega. In addition, card purchases can be made through Sales Promotion Girl at TransJakarta bus stops, mini markets and certain gas stations.

TransJakarta buses serve a number of main road routes in Jakarta which are divided into 12 corridors:

  • Corridor 1: Blok M City
  • Corridor 2: Pulo Gadung Harmoni
  • Corridor 3: Kalideres Harmoni
  • Corridor 4: Dukuh Atas Pulo Gadung
  • Corridor 5: Kampung Melayu Ancol
  • Corridor 6: Ragunan Dukuh Atas
  • Corridor 7: Kampung Rambutan Kampung Melayu
  • Corridor 8: Lebak Bulus Harmoni
  • Corridor 9: Pinang Ranti Pluit
  • Corridor 10: Tanjung Priok Cililitan
  • Corridor 11: Kampung Melayu Pulogebang
  • Corridor 12: Pluit Tanjung Priok

APTB buses

APTB is the Busway Integrated Border Transport, which is a transportation link between Jabotabek cities and the TransJakarta route. Several APTB also pass through several hotels in Jakarta, those of you who are outside the city can take advantage of this APTB bus. APTB bus ticket prices depend on the route, starting from IDR 8,000 16,000 ($0.6 - $1.1).

The APTB and TransJabodetabek fares are different for each line, according to the agreement of the Regional Transportation Service that is crossed by the APTB and TransJabodetabek operators of the line.

  • APTB Bekasi HI/Tanah Abang roundabout of IDR 10,000
  • APTB Cikarang - Kalideres of IDR 20,000
  • APTB Bogor - Rawamangun in the amount of IDR 16,000
  • APTB Cileungsi - Blok M in the amount of IDR 17,000
  • APTB Cibinong - Grogol of IDR 17,000
  • APTB Ciputat - City of IDR 10,000
  • APTB Tangerang S. Parman Podomoro City of IDR 10,000
  • APTB Bogor - Blok M of IDR 16,000
  • APTB Bogor - Tanah Abang in the amount of IDR 16,000
  • APTB Bogor - Tanjung Priok of IDR 16,000
  • APTB Bogor - Cililitan of IDR 16,000
  • Bogor Grogol APTB of IDR 16,000
  • APTB Ciawi Grogol of IDR 16,000
  • APTB Ciawi Monday of IDR 16,000
  • APTB Tangerang - Pulo Gadung of IDR 12,000
  • TransJabodetabek Ciputat - Blok M of IDR 10,000
  • TransJabodetabek Tangerang-Kemayoran of IDR 9,000
  • TransJabodetabek Depok-Grogol of IDR 9,000
  • TransJabodetabek Kota Harapan Indah-Pasar Baru of IDR 9,000
  • At the Transjakarta Bus Stop Rp. 5,000 (All APTB Departments)

Metromini and Kopaja

Metromini and Kopaja are public transportation companies that use medium-sized buses. The number of seats in metromini is generally around 25 seats. If all are filled, passengers can also stand up, so the total capacity can reach 50 people.

  • The metromini fare is fixed, which is Rp. 3,000 ($0.2).
  • Metromini fare with AC (Air Conditioner): IDR 5,000 ($0.4).


City transportation (Angkot)

There are public transportation in almost all corners of Jakarta. The bus fare varies from IDR 3,000 ($0.2) to IDR 7,000 ($0.5) depending on the distance.


This three-wheeled vehicle is a means of transportation that is only available in a few areas of Jakarta. Prices vary depending on the distance and according to the agreement with the rider. Bajaj can carry 2-3 passengers.

Motorcycle taxis offline and online

Ojek is a practical means of transportation, especially during traffic jams. Ojek riders usually gather at the ojek base, and can serve routes anywhere in Jakarta according to the agreement. Ojek fares also vary depending on the distance and agreement. Now, in Jakarta, online motorcycle taxi services are also available, which can be downloaded directly via a smartphone. Several online motorcycle taxi services such as Gojek, Grabbike, Bluejek and so on.

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