how much does it cost to travel from jakarta airport into the city in a taxi? or are there cheaper shuttle busses?
For anyone still looking, Other than Blue Bird, you can also take Express, Borobudur, and Gamya. Sometimes I prefer these three alternative taxis because often I got the famous taxi's drivers that pretended not knowing the direction and they went around or missed the turn. I wonder what the higher meter fare does for them. Express often gave me shortcuts. Borobudur is owned by my friend's family, they provide free transport for monks, so I trust it, and he once mentioned Gamya is also one of the safe taxis. Gamya also has the largest car trunk if you travel in group with lots of baggages. Agree with Chops, just ignore touting drivers. It's around 15USD to the CBD area. Just to be fairer, I just found out that there are 9 taxi operators who just signed an agreement of service quality with the airport operator (Angkasa Pura II) and stayed as official airport taxis (there were more than 9 before). They are Blue Bird Group, Express Group, Taxiku Group, Primajasa Group, Borobudur Group, Gamya Group, Gading Taksi Group, Royal City, and Diamond. (http://finance.detik.com/read/2014/03/04/170401/2515153/4/2/taksi-gelap-dibersihkan-dari-bandara-soekarno-hatta) In contrary to Chops' answer about the bus, I agree with Khairul Akbar, Damri Busses are cheap, reliable, stops only at a bus stop (sounds funny, but here, a bus can stop just anywhere), it also provides free wi-fi on board. Just like Khairul said, I used to take it and then took a cab to my address. It's much cheaper. However, while travelling in the city, you should always check out the taxi driver's identity. See if it's properly put on the dashboard. Taxis here can't completely be trusted. Beware of copycats, they put almost identical logo and color of famous taxis such as blue bird (blue car, white hat) and express (yellow hat, white car). Remember the taxi number, ask for print of receipt when you arrived, it'll help just in case you left something inside the taxi. Re. price, I'm not sure but I think it's comparable to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Re. lourdizon's question, the nearest train station is Gambir. You can go there with Damri. The city bound train is on land acquisition process. about 5 years ago
I live in Indonesia and never heard of it until now. I think it's not common. dengue fever is more famouse. *oops or malaria. *uh oh but not all place has that kind of mosquitoes. I only know few people who got infected. I myself fortunately have never had any of those diseases, even when my home was full with mosquitoes that came out of nowhere. don't get vaccination just for this cause (I hope you didn't). you can still use anti mosquito lotion or spray, or wear protective clothes, or spray your room with lavender or something, or put on netting around your bed if you happen to stay in areas with mosquitoes. about 5 years ago
You can also rent a pocket Wi-Fi, just like Tokyo Sencho bought. the battery lasts for a day. there are many providers with varied pricing. I rented PuPuRu when I visited Japan. there are many cheaper and more expensive ones. pay attention to the terms of data allowance, returning the device, etc. there are also several kind of return policies for sim card providers: by post, by yourself to their office, or the best: no need to return, bring it home or throw away. about 5 years ago