Information & Facts
Jakarta is regularly hot and humid despite the season with
fairly level temperatures between 82°F (28°C) and 95°F(35°C).
Humidity averages around 70 percent in the afternoon. Between
monsoon season months, late October to early May, there are usually
daily spurts of heavy rainfall often causing flooding in the city.
It seldom rains for the rest of the year.
Travel across Jakarta is often a combination of many forms of
transport. Commonly used is the Transjakarta, a modern bus system
that are allocated special street lanes to circumnavigate traffic
in the city centre. These are cheap and plentiful although going
long distances can become confusing when transferring. Other bus
lines are more crowded and less safe and do not run on a fixed
schedule. Taxis are abundant but can be expensive for longer rides.
Blue Bird taxis are the most trusted although there are many
impostors with questionable reputations. Many narrow street lanes
are better suited for ojeks, also known as motorbike taxis. Also
popular for shorter trips are three wheeled vehicles known as
bajaj. Be sure to bargain with both ojek and bajaj drivers before
Bahasa Indonesia is the official language, but many
dialects are spoken. English is widely understood in Jakarta and
Rupiah (IDR) is the official currency and is divided into 100
sen. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, hotels and
money changers in major tourist destinations; US dollars is the
most accepted currency. Cash often yields a better exchange rate
than travellers cheques, which are not always accepted. It is
recommended that travellers cheques also be in US dollars. Most
major credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and stores
catering to the tourist trade. ATMs are available in main centres.
Small change is often unavailable so keep small denomination notes
and coins for items like bus fares, temple donations and cool
Indonesia spans three time zones. GMT +7 (West, including
Java and Sumatra), GMT +8 (Central, including Bali, Sulawesi and
Lombok), GMT +9 (East, including Irian Jaya).