Jakarta, Indonesia

Tips for travelers: Things to know before visiting Jakarta, Indonesia

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Getting Around In Jakarta
Getting Around In Jakarta

How far away is city center from the airport, and what's the easiest way to get there?

From the airport to the city center, it's about 30 kilometers (18.64 miles). Usually, by car, it takes around an hour to get into the city, depending on traffic. Sometimes it's less. The best way to get there might be by car, or if you're in a hurry, you can go via train, which is also affordable. Taxis are easy to find. There are taxi counters at the airport, and you can also use online platforms such as Grab, which are readily available.

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Local Food
Local Food

What are some of the best local food to try in Jakarta?

Try dishes such as gado-gado (Indonesian salad of raw, boiled, blanched or steamed vegetables and hard-boiled eggs, fried tofu and tempeh, which is made from fermented soybeans, and sliced rice cake, served with a peanut sauce), fried rice, satay (skewered and grilled meat, served with a sauce), and bakso (meatballs), which are popular in Jakarta.

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Healthcare
Healthcare

What healthcare facilities are available for tourists/foreigners in Jakarta?

There are several 24-hour pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals available for emergencies. There are specific areas such as West Jakarta where there are 24-hour clinics. Klinik Pratama Semanan is one such example. Most hospitals also run around the clock. For pharmacies, there is K-24 Drug Store.

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Staying Connected
Staying Connected

Should travelers consider getting a local SIM card? If so, would it be cheaper to grab one at the airport upon arrival or wait and buy one at a local shop in the city?

I recommend getting a local SIM card from the card providers in the city, such as Telkomsel. Prices might be a little bit higher at the airport.

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Money Matters
Money Matters

Where can you usually find the best exchange rate in the city?

Prices are mostly the same for money changers across the city.

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Important Travel Info
Important Travel Info

Are there any medications or items travelers should avoid bringing into the country?

Marijuana is not allowed, and neither are drugs like opium and cocaine. Most medicines are allowed, but travelers should ensure they have prescriptions or letters from doctors or hospitals, as it can be challenging otherwise. Refer to this link for an updated list of prohibited items at Indonesian airports: https://indonesiaairport.com/passenger_guides/prohibited_items.htm

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Attractions
Attractions

Are there any dress codes to follow when visiting religious sites or monuments in Jakarta?

Visitors should wear comfortable clothes. When visiting places like mosques or churches, wear modest attire. Pants and t-shirts are okay.

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What To Buy
What To Buy

Where are the best places to find souvenirs in Jakarta?

Visit Jakarta Old Town for souvenirs and local goods at affordable prices. There's a puppet studio here where tourists can watch puppet shows. For clothes or souvenirs, there's a popular store called Nati Shop.

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Climate Tips
Climate Tips

What's the best time to travel to Jakarta weather-wise?

April to December is ideal, as the rainy season usually occurs from January to the second week of March.

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Area Guide
Area Guide

Which neighborhoods in Jakarta have the best nightlife scene and events?

Central Jakarta or South Jakarta are the places to be for nightlife scenes.

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Local Events
Local Events

Are there any annual festivals or special events in Jakarta or nearby cities that tourists shouldn't miss?

In June, we celebrate Jakarta's city birthday. In various areas, there are cultural events, festivals, and sometimes carnivals. Especially in June, we have many cultural events, including dances and performances on stage. Some areas also host carnivals during this time. One notable date is June 22nd, when Jakarta's birthday is celebrated. During this celebration, there are often carnivals as well. Another significant event is on August 17th, when we celebrate independence. There are also carnivals around this time, although they're usually not in central Jakarta, but in neighborhood areas.

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