Taking the DAMRI Airport Bus is a cheap and comfortable way to reach central Jakarta. The trip takes about 90 minutes, depending on traffic. The bus service has several routes around Jakarta, but to go to the city center, be sure to take the bus in direction of Gambir Station.
A one-way ticket costs about Rp 40000, and can be purchased at the bus service kiosk at the airport.
Buses run from 5:00 AM–11:00 PM, with departures every 30 minutes or so, or when a bus is full.
There are no metros or trains connecting Jakarta International Airport to the city center, but construction is set to begin on a new express train.
Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is located 30 km from Jakarta city.
There are a number of reliable and affordable taxi options at CGK Airport, such as Blue Bird (blue cars), Express (white cars), Taxiku (yellow cars) and Gamya (green cars). The journey from the airport to the city center takes about 40-60 minutes (more, if there's traffic).
A trip to central Jakarta will cost around Rp 100000–150000, depending on your final destination.
Depending on the time of day, you may have to queue for a taxi at one of the taxi counters located just outside of arrivals (after customs and baggage claim). Here, you'll also find the more upscale Silver Bird taxi service (recognizable by their black Mercedes Benz cars - expect to pay double price compared to a regular taxi service), as well as Golden Bird (limousine service at three times the price of a regular taxi service).
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of taxi companies or long bus queues, you can prebook a ride via Kiwitaxi, an online booking platform that offers reliable and cheap airport transfers worldwide.
The English-speaking driver will wait for you at the airport even if your flight is delayed, holding a sign with your name on it.
Don't be tempted to go with the touts when exiting the airport; they'll most certainly try to get you to go with them, but it's better to use one of the above-mentioned official taxi services, as they use a meter.
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