The bustling megacity known as the Big Durian is the nation’s commercial centre and the place to go for tasty eats and a party atmosphere
The world’s second largest metropolis, Jakarta is Indonesia’s capital and the axis on which the national economy turns. Every day, the population nearly doubles as millions of people commute from surrounding areas into the city to work. As a result, Jakarta is notorious for its heavy traffic but it has such a colourful dynamic that no one should let the city’s infamous traffic jams stop them from visiting. Check out the “Golden Triangle”– Sudirman, Kuningan and Thamrin – to browse the many shopping malls here, all of which stock the same international brands you’d find in nearby Singapore. Head to Kelapa Gading to find culinary specialities from across Indonesia. And don’t miss the chance to enjoy a drink or two in Kemang, home to an array of bars, cafés and restaurants, some with live music or resident DJs.
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When to go
It’s sunny in Jakarta nearly all year round, which makes it pleasant to be outdoors and even more pleasant to be in the air-conditioned comfort of the nearest building or shopping mall. During the wet season from October to March, it typically rains for a few hours on any given day, which only adds to the traffic chaos.
The Java Jazz Festival is held over three days every March. The annual Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) rave party takes place every December, usually at around the same time as Singapore’s famed ZoukOut beach party.
Flying with Jetstar
Jetstar flies direct to Jakarta from Singapore, which connects to many cities elsewhere in South-East Asia and Australia.
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Metered taxis can be flagged down just about anywhere. Be wary of drivers who offer a fixed price as this is not a common practice. Choose Blue Bird or Silver Bird taxis whenever possible. You can also book a taxi by phone. Transjakarta bus is another convenient way to get around as buses operate on fixed routes throughout the capital.
Travel time 45 minutes
Taxi Approx IDR100,000-200,000
Bus IDR30,000, journey takes about 70 minutes
Private care hire with driver costs IDR180,000-500,000