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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Jakarta International Airport to KOTA STATION Central Jakarta by bus


We were supposed to take the train from Yogyakarta to Jakarta. It would be a butt numbing 9-hour ride from Central to West Java that we were willing to take for the sake of experience. I have never rode a train longer than 30 minutes at a time so I was excited to book tickets two weeks before flying to Indonesia but the website declined to process despite so many attempts. I still tried and tried despite the difficulty of navigating the site with no English version. One way ticket per person at that time costs around 360,000 per person. I am glad the online reservation wasn't successful because when I checked LionAir, a local budget carrier, one-way costs 315,000 Rupiah. That's way cheaper plus it will only take an hour to touch down in Jakarta.

Back to SOEKARNO HATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Terminal 1 again. The flight was smooth and relaxed. It was sunny in Jakarta when we landed. Didn't have to wait for any baggage so we were just carrying backpacks.
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Since Jakarta International Airport is not connected by train, the options for commute are either via taxi or by bus. Taxi is a good option but the bus is definitely a cheaper alternative. To give you an idea, we took the cab on our departure flight and we paid 110,000 Rupiah on the meter + toll. Not bad at all especially of you are on a group of four and are in a hurry.

Bus fare though costs 30,000 Rupiah per person one way. This is the best option if you are travelling solo.Look for Damri Bus. They have a terminal and ticket office in front of Terminal 1. No need to cross the street. Reserve tickets for Kota Station.




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Not bad at all. Airconditioned bus, not 1st class but spacious and comfortable enough. Has wifi on board but it was turtle slow so I didn't bother using it. I simply enjoyed looking around for the view. Noticed the highways connecting the airport to Jakarta. Spacious. And traffic was not as bad as I expected. Maybe because it was noontime. It only became relatively slower with the emergence of tall buildings in sight and the bus making its way through small, narrow streets. 

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Jakarta is indeed like another Manila notably because of the stark contrast between flashy, modern buildings side by side small houses. Financial districts surrounded by impoverished areas. I noticed streets are wide but not so many flyovers. A seeming lack of infrastructure like in the Philippines. The building are really of modern design. Quite envious because we do have a lot of buildings in Manila but most of them here are of generic design.
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Anyhow, the bus we took has a route ending at Kota Train Station, the same station where we should have ended should we took the train from Yogyakarta.
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From there we took the cab to our hotel --Hotel Indonesia Kempinski. 

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More on my Jakarta Series soon!!! ^^

ALSO READ:

--Taxi to PRAMBANAN? No, do-it-yourself via TransJogja
--Postcard Perfect PRAMBANAN TEMPLE in Yogyakarta
--#PRAMBANAN2014: Free Museum, Souvenirs, Nasi Gudeg and the Notorious Becak Ride
--EDU HOSTEL Yogyakarta is about Comfort and Space
--WIJILAN GUDEG: Nasi Gudeg Komplit Special Bu Lies
--WHAT TO DO IN YOGYAKARTA: Ride a #Becak
--Borobudur Golden Sunrise Tour
--#BOROBUDUR: A Temple or a Shrine?
--HOTEL INDONESIA Kempinski Jakarta

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