Jakarta is one of the hottest and most humid capitals in the world, so weather is one of the most important considerations when deciding on a trip to the city. The rainy season is from October to February and there is at least some rainfall each day, often in short, torrential bursts. The average daily temperatures range from 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (25 to 31 degrees Celsius).
By air: Soekarno Hatta Airport (www.angkasapura2.co.id), Jakarta’s international airport is located 35km west of the city centre. A toll road links the airport to the city and the journey takes around one hour. The airport has two terminals and twin runways.
Airport facilities include currency exchange, business lounge, bars, souvenir shops, telephones, ATMs, car rental offices, and a tourist information desk for arriving passengers.
Transport to the city: Damri airport buses depart every 30 minutes to various destinations within the city centre. You can also book taxis at the counters in arrivals or outside arrivals. It is better to negotiate the price before setting off, don’t be afraid to ask several taxis before deciding on the best priced one.
By rail: Jakarta’s four railway stations, Kota, Gambir, Pasar Senen, and Tanah Abang, are all quite central. The largest and of most convenient is Gambir Stasion on Merdeka Square, which serves destinations to the east such as Yogyakarta and Surabaya. For express trains, tickets can be bought in advance at the booking offices at the northern end of the Gambir train station; at the southern end, you can buy tickets for the day of departure.
By Road: Jakarta is well connected with the other main cities on the island of Java but congestion can be a serious problem. There is a ring road around the city and there are toll roads that connect Jakarta with Bandung.
It is hot and humid in Jakarta and walking is never really a good option for distances longer than a few blocks. It is advisable to use some other form of transport.
Buses: Jakarta has a comprehensive bus service that links all parts of the city. But the buses can be overcrowded and you also have to keep an eye out for pickpockets and bag slashers. The more expensive buses are safer and also more comfortable.
Car Hire: You can easily hire a car from any of the travel agencies. There are also a number of transport guys who hang around JI Jaksa who can really give you a good deal. Negotiate with these people directly to avoid commissions to hotels and travel agencies.
Taxis: You can easily find metered taxis to throughout the city but make sure that they turn on the meter. Bluebird cabs have pale blue taxis and a good reputation.
Bajaj Autos: These are the Indian three wheelers that can carry two or three passengers. They are good value especially during the rush hours. Hard bargaining is required.