This is kind of a long-due post. Writing about some airports in Southeast Asia is one of those topics in my mind before I started this blog. So, as stated in the title, this post is about traveler’s guide to Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, based on my experience.
Photo of WChuan, on Flickr
Boarding a Taxi from Airport
The moment you check-out from customs clearance upon arrival, you may be approached by some individuals asking you “Sir, taxi? taxi?“. Unless you are familiar with Jakarta, or else, just politely ignore these individuals.
Instead, you will be able to see a row of taxi / limo / car rental counters. This relatively long row of counters is quite easy to be spotted; you will see them right after the customs clearance. All these counters are offering the same airport transfer services, with difference of either regular or executive vehicle.
The rate for getting into Jakarta city with regular taxi, is 200,000 Rp, inclusive of toll. If you are quoted more than this rate, try to negotiate or just go to the next counter. This is what will happen, when you’re getting a regular taxi:
- You need to pay the agreed rate at the counter, and you will be issued a receipt.
- A runner will lead you to the designated taxi. The regular taxis are usually a Suzuki APV, Toyota Avanza, or Toyota Innova. But, don’t be surprised for not seeing any label of “Taxi” on these vehicles, they are not taxi drivers. This is normal though, at Jakarta airport.
- The runner will communicate with taxi driver about your destination. However, if you can’t understand Indonesian language, it’s always a better idea to have a copy of the written destination address or location map with you.
- You don’t need to pay anything to the driver.
If you prefer executive / premier taxi, you can go to the Silver Bird counter. They have Mercedes Benz C & E Class and Toyota Vellfire in the fleet.
When the runner is leading you to your designated taxi, there would be some strangers trying to help you carry your luggage for some tips. If you don’t require the service, you could just refuse them.
Getting A Telco Prepaid SIM
So far, I didn’t notice any kiosk selling prepaid SIM at the airport arrival level. But, you can try asking the agent of the taxi counter, when you’re purchasing your ride. You could quite easily find someone there at the taxi counters, selling prepaid SIM pack and credit reload.
Airport Lounges, F&B, WiFi
At Terminal 2 departure area, you could find a number of airport lounges, by walking towards the right after immigration check. In addition to some premier lounges, there is also an affordable one – JW Sky Lounge, only at 50,000 Rp per person. JW Sky Lounge provides WiFi access, serves some simple Indonesian foods, coffee, tea, and some choices of beverages in the fridge. Bottled Bintang Lager beer is available too.
There weren’t many F&B places yet, so you won’t be spoiled of choices there. One of the more popular stops are the Skylounge Bar & Restaurant and Skynet Internet Cafe in Plaza Bali. WiFi access is available here, but choices of food is quite limited, and the pricing is quite expensive (50,000 Rp or more, for a food item).
For the coffee lover, you could indulge your tastebud at the Kopi Luwak cafe, which is serving the world’s most expensive coffee. Each cup of brewed Kopi Luwak (civet coffee) was priced at 100,000 Rp (about USD 12).
Overall, there was nothing much interesting at Soekarno-Hatta Airport. If you need to spend a few hours at this airport, just get to a lounge :)
If you have other tips to share, please feel free to comment.