how much does it cost to travel from jakarta airport into the city in a taxi? or are there cheaper shuttle busses?
and is jakarta expensive? especially compared to other south east asian countries? what can it be compared to?
Well, u need to aware about traffic jam in Jakarta which absolutely affected to your taxi cost. My suggestion to use blue bird taxi. To the city center in normal traffic can be around 200000 rupiah or more (around 30 USD or more. Again, its really depend on the area you want to go, and the traffic jam ;)). Yes there're shuttle bus called DAMRI to stop in certain area and sure it cheaper. All are depend to your convenience and your area destination. over 6 years ago
Only use Bluebird or Silverbird (premium version of Blubird) Taxi. They're all dependable and best Taxi in Jakarta. Bluebird's fare to city is about Rp. 200.000,- + toll fee. For Silverbird times three the fare.
You can use official air port buses called Damri. It's also trustable transportation. Use the buses to go to main parts of Jakarta then use Bluebird Taxi to go to your address. Damri Buses' fare is about Rp. 10.000,- to Rp. 15. 000,- about 6 years ago
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. almost 4 years ago
You can use cheaper shuttle bus like DAMRI. It only costs about 35K IDR-45K IDR depends on your destination such as Blok M, Bogor, Kampung Rambutan, etc.
You can come to the DAMRI Halte in front of each terminal of the airport.
For instance, if you take a DAMRI bus to Blok M, then your hotel near by Blok M, you can just go on foot to your hotel. Best luck! I know your question was two years ago. But nothing is expired, right? Who knows you'll visit Jakarta again one day. :') almost 4 years ago