Watu Karung beach (Pantai Watu karung) is an incredible surf spot and breathtaking ocean beach shore. It is located on the Java island, approximately 3 hours by car from Yogyakarta. It is quite famous among advanced surfers as many international pro surfers come here to ride those incredible waves.
The place is majestic as you can see some big ocean waves crashing into rocks. Some people say there is a rock that looks like a woman’s head with long hair. Among the many other beaches in Pacitan like Klayar beach or Buyutan beach, Watu Karung is not the busiest but I think it is the most preserved and the most beautiful of all beaches in Pacitan. The area is quite popular among locals from South East Java and the southern part of central Java.
Famous pro surf break and live coral reef
Don’t go there to learn how to surf ! This is an advanced surfer spot : the rocks, the live coral, the strong current and the big waves make it dangerous for a beginner. If you’re not a surfer, you can watch many of them from the beach.
This beach has also an incredible live coral reef and I really hope this will be preserved in the near future as further touristic developments or intense local fishing could alter it. The beach itself is also very clean, which can also be quite unusual for an Indonesian touristic place. I would recommend some water shoes if you intend to swim there as there are many rocks along the shore: it can be difficult to swim there.
I went there to spend a peaceful long week end and I am going to tell you the best places to stay and enjoy what many people call the Javanese paradise.
Since it is a very remote area, I am going to show you the exact location first so you can have a clear idea of where this paradise is located:
The best option to reach Watu Karung beach is by car from Yogyakarta (3 hours ride) or from Solo city (3 hours ride too). The road will get narrow and winding at the end but still good. Don’t worry, the trip is totally worth it ! There is an entrance fee of 5,000 rp per person and an additional 5,000 rp per car.
This used to be the only option available in this remote place. There are many home stays, with different standing and different locations closer to the beach but this is definitely the cheapest option, especially if you are staying there for a long surfing trip, like many foreigners do.
Pasir Putih Homestay: The place is located less than a minute away from the beach so the location is very good. There is a small terrace and the room has a proper size.
Edy’s Hometay: An other good home stay with reasonable price. It is not located totally close to the beach but the price are relatively cheap. Address: Jln.watukarung Pacitan Km.2 Watukarung, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia 6055
Sack stone homestay: This Home stay is located 150 meters away from the beach and is quite clean. Most of the rooms have terrace too and there is a common area to watch TV. The host of the place are very friendly.
eHomestay Surfing Pacitan (Made’s house): This accomodation has a great location, close to the beach but in a more remote area, 5 minutes by car from all the previous homestays. The price is US$ 10 per day and they have discounted prices if you stay 1 week.
Watukarung Prapto Homestay : This friendly stay has 4 rooms : 2 double bed and 2 twin beds. The price is 200,000 rp per night. It has a good location near the beachwalk.
Other Homestays and Joglo available in the area:
- Childhouse Beach resort: - Jungle Homestay
Luxury Hotels and resort
If a home stay is not for you, then you should consider those 2 options. There are currently no accommodation with a medium range standard. So the 2 choices I am featuring below are more on the upper range (individual bungalows in a resort-like hotel).
Istana Ombak EcoResort: This hotel is located along the beachwalk of Watu Karung. It is easily recognizable with its nice rock walls and the swimming pool. They offer individual bungalows or hut (20 square meters) with AC, relatively close to each other. It is the closest you can be from the beach. The price is quite high and the hotel mostly have foreigners.
FYI: Istana Ombak means The wave Palace
Desa Limasan: The other luxury resort of Watu karung located 2 minutes away from the previous one. This one is also an individual bungalow/Joglo resort with a swimming pool but there is way more space between each bungalow.
Food in Watu karung : Warungs & Restaurants
Watukarung is a perfect spot to eat seafood, especially fresh fish that you can eat grilled in one of the warungs located along the beachwalk. It is also a great place to enjoy a fresh coconut, straight from the coconut tree and many other fresh fruits. There are no western restaurants so far in Watu Karung, but you will find many warungs that cook for you fresh seafood for a reasonable price (50,000 rp per person for 1 meal).
Top things to do in Watukarong beach
1. Watch the sunset and enjoy the white-sand beach
2. Eat fresh grilled fish
3. Drink fresh coconut water
4. Surfing or bodyboard
Other gorgeous ocean beaches in Pacitan you must see
1. Pantai Klayar (the closest from Pacitan city and thus the most crowded beach in Pacitan)
2. Pantai Buyutan
3. Pantai Banyu Tibo
4. Pancer Door beach
5. Teleng Ria beach
6. Srau beach (pantai Srau)
7. Pidakan beach
8. Soge beach
9. Taman beach (pantai taman)
Tourist activities to do in Pacitan
1. Gong cave or “Goa gong” (30km west of Pacitan city)
2. Tabuhan cave or “Goa Tabuhan”
2. Pelabuhan Tamperan (harbour)
3. Museum Geopark in Pacitan city (Pancer Door beach)
4. Kediaman bapak SBY (residence of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, former president of Indonesia)
5. Sungai maron (the brown river)
6. Luweng Jaran & Luweng Ombo
Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, also called Cengkareng (CGK) after the subdistrict, is the main airport of Indonesia and the 9th busiest of the world. Over the past 15 years, the yearly number of passengers at the airport has increased immensely, which is why a massive expansion of the three terminals is currently in progress. Besides the domestic airlines which fly from Jakarta to destinations all over Indonesia, many international airlines fly to Jakarta, such as Air Asia, Emirates, Etihad Airways, KLM, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Turkish Airlines. Jakarta Airport is a major hub for transfers to other popular destinations in the country, and after a long and tiring flight, the last thing you want to do is waste time searching around for a good place to stay.
Browsing the web for a hotel near Jakarta Airport can be difficult and tiring. Besides, the information provided is often inaccurate. That is why we went on site to check out the hotels and their location ourselves, so we know which one is the best, the closest or the cleanest. We provide you with this complete Jakarta Airport Hotel Guide so that you can easily choose the best hotel near the airport and don’t have to get bored while you wait for your next flight.
Hotels on the Terminal zone : You cannot be closer !
If your first priority is to be as close to the terminals as possible, you have a choice between the following accommodations.
This hotel is a resort-style 5-star accommodation in the terminal zone, which only takes 5 minutes to reach from the airport by car. Its surrounding tropical gardens and lakes will make you forget that you are residing in the big city. Special short stay rates are available for a maximum stay of 6 hours between 9:00am to 6:00 pm. Sheraton has extensive facilities, from swimming pool and whirl pool to sauna, spa and fitness center. There is plenty to do at the hotel, which also has a children’s playground, table tennis, pool table, aerobic classes, salsa dance classes and volley ball.
The 225 spacious rooms include deluxe (36 sqm) and three types of suites from 72 – 144 sqm. The deluxe rooms are equipped with AC, desk, minibar, TV, safe, combined shower/bathtub, hairdryer, coffee/tea maker, ironing board, wifi and complimentary bottled water. Some deluxe rooms also have a private balcony. There are different restaurants and bars, including the Bumbu restaurant with a pool view which serves international and Indonesian cuisine. The hotel also has a tour desk, luggage storage, laundry service, free parking and a barber/beauty shop. Keep in mind that this hotel is relatively old (built 1996) and some renovations may be needed. Check Rates with ISTANIA
- Deluxe: starting from Rp. 1,726,000 Nett including breakfast.
- Deluxe short stay: starting from Rp. 1,360,000 ++
D’prima Hotel – Terminal 1/A D’prima is a new hotel, built this year, and located in terminal 1A in the arrival zone. It’s a great option if you have a short stopover or an early morning flight. The hotel has 21 standard (14 sqm) and superior (16 sqm) rooms which have no windows, but are equipped with AC, desk, TV, safe, wifi, coffee/tea maker and complimentary bottled water.
The standard room can only accommodate one person, while the superior room can accommodate two. Services include express check-in/check-out and a coffee shop. A simple breakfast is served which consists of a roti bun and a cup of coffee.
- Standard: Rp. 568,000 nett including breakfast
- Superior: Rp. 726,000 nett including breakfast
Jakarta Airport Hotel (Managed by Topotels) – Terminal 2/E
This hotel is located on the upper floor of terminal 2 and provides standard accommodation convenient for a transit period. You can enter the hotel through the meeting point (midpoint) of terminal 2E. However, the hotel is currently closed for renovation until the end of October 2015. If you are planning to stay here after October, the hotel has 82 rooms equipped with sound proofing, TV, safe, AC, wifi, coffee/tea maker, complimentary bottled water and telephone. Deluxe and suite rooms also have a minibar.
Other facilities at the hotel include Jet Lounge Bar, restaurant with Indonesian and Asian cuisine, spa lounge for massages and treatments, and business center. From the bar and restaurant you can see the planes landing and taking off. Jakarta Airport Hotel offers special short stay rates for a 3 – 6 hours stayover.
- Superior day use: USD 115 nett
- Superior overnight: USD 170 nett including breakfast
- Deluxe day use: USD 127 nett
- Deluxe overnight: USD 181 nett including breakfast
Airport Hub: Hotel zone located on the main road heading to the Airport (2 km from the Terminal)
Note: “Airport Hub” is the name of the recently opened mall (September 2015). You can find 2 hotels directly adjacent to this mall: Zest Hotel (budget) and Swiss-Belhotel (4*). Prepare your hotel booking with us : email@example.com
These hotels are all located in the same area which is closest to the airport after the terminal zone. All the following hotels provide free airport shuttle which can take from 10 up to 20 minutes. The hotels range from budget to mid-scale and the average rate for one night is about Rp. 500,000. There are no special rates available for a short stay (a couple of hours without staying overnight) at the hotel, you will have to pay the full price.
Zest Hotel Zest Hotel is a new budget hotel that has only been open for 4 months. The best thing about the hotel is probably that it is connected to a newly built mall called Airport Hub, with restaurants like D’cost and KFC, coffeeshops like Starbucks, J.Co and Kopi Oey, and a Guardian pharmacy. You have direct access from the mall to the hotel.
196 standard rooms of 18 sqm are equipped with TV, safe, telephone, wifi access, AC, and free drinking water. The hotel’s facilities include a restaurant, 24 hour front desk, free parking, free wifi in public areas, laundry, and luggage storage.
Rate: Rp. 440,000 nett including breakfast.
Swiss-Belhotel Airport (adjacent to mall)
This is a brand new 4-star hotel, along with the “airport hub” mall and the Zest Hotel. This accommodation has much more facilities than the budget hotels located in that zone. Staying here is a good choice if you have some layover time but you don’t dare to go to the city, because of the traffic. Enjoy the gym, the restaurant and unique rooftop swimming-pool overlooking Jakarta’s massive and busy toll road.
Price per night : 650,000 Rp nett (Superior room)
Swiss-Belinn Swiss-Belinn is one of the mid-scale hotels in the area with a modern, stylish design and a wellness and fitness center inside the hotel. 136 superior rooms (20 sqm), 6 deluxe rooms (22 sqm) and 3 suites (40 sqm) are available, all with free wifi, AC, telephone, minibar, tea/coffee maker and TV.
Other services of the hotel include in-room dining, bar, restaurant, lounge, spa, laundry service and luggage storage. Swiss-Belinn is, however, not within walking distance to the Airport Hub mall. Check Rates with ISTANIA
- Superior Rp. 542,000 nett including breakfast
- Deluxe Rp. 738,000 nett including breakfast
Amaris Hotel The Amaris Hotel is located next to Zest Hotel and the Airport Hub, so you can easily reach the mall. Right next to the hotel is the Roda Padati Restaurant. Amaris offers 118 standard rooms with a simple breakfast, TV, safe, wifi, tea/coffee maker and hairdryer.
Besides, there is a laundry service, luggage storage and newspaper stand. Check Rates with ISTANIA
Rp. 550,000 nett including breakfast
Orchardz The Orchardz Hotel is located next to Amaris and has stylish Superior (21.6 sqm) and Deluxe (33 sqm) rooms. They are equipped with a safe, AC, TV, coffee/tea maker, fridge and wifi. At the Ritz Café, open until midnight, breakfast and Asian and Indonesian dishes are served.
Besides, Orchardz Hotel has a spa with whirlpool, steam and sauna. Massages can be requested to your room. Other amenities include a luggage storage, laundry service and a lounge/TV room.
- Superior Rp. 495,000 nett including breakfast
- Deluxe Rp. 575,000 nett including breakfast
Ibis Styles Ibis Styles is a mid-scale hotel with a great design, and one of the few which has a swimming pool.
251 superior rooms (19 sqm), deluxe rooms (22 sqm) and suites (29 sqm) are all equipped with the new comfortable Ibis bedding, fridge, AC, telephone, hairdryer, safe, coffee/tea maker, TV, wifi, closet and a sofa bed.
Next to the 24-hour opened swimming pool is the restaurant and guests can get a drink at the lobby bar, work out in the fitness room or unwind in the wellness and spa center. Laundry service and luggage storage are also available.
- Superior Rp. 520,000 nett including breakfast
- Deluxe Rp. 641,000 nett including breakfast
- Suite Rp. 762,000 nett including breakfast
Ibis Budget – We found the cheapest hotel in the Airport zone! Ibis Budget is right next to Ibis Styles and is a cheaper and simpler alternative. This is the cheapest option in the Airport Zone. 186 standard rooms with wifi, AC, minibar, TV, and free bottled water are available.
Guests can have their breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant and coffee or tea in the lobby. Besides, there is a computer station, free parking and guests can make use of the spa in Ibis Styles.
Rate: Rp. 375,000 nett including breakfast
POP! Hotel is another budget hotel and a good option if you only want to stay shortly at the hotel and don’t need many amenities. The colourful rooms are equipped with a desk, TV, complimentary bottled water, safe, AC, and in-room breakfast and dining.
POP! Hotel offers free parking, luggage storage and laundry service and free wifi is available in the public areas. Check Rates with ISTANIA
Rp. 388,000 nett excluding breakfast
Huswah Transit Hotel Huswah Transit Hotel is located about 500 meter from the Airport Hub mall, in between Zest and Swiss-Belinn and has a big supermarket opposite. However, we would not recommend this hotel unless there are no other options in the area, since it is an old, not well-maintained hotel which overall gets bad reviews. The 36 rooms are equipped with AC, desk, TV, shower (no hot water), and complimentary drinking water.
There is also a laundry service and luggage storage available, a lounge/TV room and a garden. Guests can have breakfast at the hotel, and for lunch and dinner there are many warungs in the surrounding area.
Rate: Rp. 337,000 nett
Other side of the road
At the same distance to the airport, but on the other side of the road, there are some hotels as well. Although just a few km from the airport, these hotels are located in a busy neighbourhood where traffic is often jammed. Because of this, it will generally take you longer to get to the airport than from the hotels mentioned above. Take into consideration a 20-30 minutes drive.
This is an up-scale 4-star hotel which will cost you a little more than the above mentioned hotels but which certainly has value for money. The rooms are bigger (23 sqm for Superior and 40 sqm for Deluxe) and the hotel is a resort-like accommodation with many modern facilities, including an indoor swimming pool and whirl pool with pool bar, business center, karaoke, fitness, and wellness center. So if you got a lot of time to kill and like to do this at your hotel, FM7 is the best choice. The 356 rooms include superior, deluxe, deluxe plus, premier, premier pool view and junior suite.
They are equipped with TV, safe, wifi, hairdryer, coffee/tea maker, minibar and AC. The hotel has other amenities as well to prevent you from getting bored, such as a sports bar with pool table, sauna, salon and drugstore. Other services include luggage storage, laundry service and restaurant with broad choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Superior: Rp. 690,000 nett including breakfast
- Deluxe: Rp. 890,000 nett including breakfast
- Premier pool view: Rp. 1,390,000 including breakfast
- Junior Suite: Rp. 1,790,000 nett including breakfast
J Hotel J Hotel lies in the same neighbourhood as FM7 Hotel and is a more affordable option. Keep in mind that it is located alongside a busy road where peace and quiet might be difficult to find. The hotel has a restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a choice of Indonesian and western dishes, but right outside the hotel many street food vendors can be found working 24 hours, as well as a 24h convenience store. The Deluxe (20 sqm) and spacious Executive rooms (30 sqm) are equipped with AC, coffee/tea maker, safe, wifi, TV and hairdryer.
There is also luggage storage, laundry service and relaxing service available.
- Deluxe: Rp. 350,000 nett including breakfast
- Executive: Rp. 443,000 nett including breakfast
- Junior Suite: Rp. 628,000 nett including breakfast
Further away from the airport
Keep in mind that the following hotels might be very close to the airport on Google Maps, but they are located near the back of the airport which has no entrance to the terminals. So you would still have to drive to the other side which will take around 20 to 30 minutes.
Allium Tangerang (4-star Hotel)
Allium Tangerang (formerly Allium Airport Hotel) is a newly built up-scale hotel in Tangerang with a nice view over the city. The stylish hotel with rooms with wooden floors offers an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and lovely furnished Paris-Lyon restaurant with western and Indonesian dishes. No alcohol is served.
Room types include Deluxe (23 sqm), Executive (25 sqm), Executive Deluxe (35 sqm), Allium Suite (41 sqm) with sitting area and Samali Suite (72 sqm) with bedroom, living room and dining area.
All rooms include a TV, minibar, AC, hairdryer, safe, complimentary bottled water, coffee/tea maker and wifi. Luggage storage, laundry service and business center are available as well.
Rates: - Deluxe: Rp. 585,000 nett including breakfast - Executive: Rp. 685,000 nett including breakfast - Executive Deluxe: Rp. 785,000 nett including breakfast - Allium Suite: Rp. 1,710,000 nett including breakfast - Samali Suite: Rp. 2,710,000 nett including breakfast
Padjadjaran Suites is another up-scale hotel with business and conference facilities, but also good for a transit stay if you don’t mind spending some more money. The luxury hotel has an outdoor pool, spa, fitness center, pool table and executive lounge. Two restaurants, indoor and outdoor, serve Indonesian and western dishes throughout the day and daily live music is performed at night. You have a choice between Superior room (22 sqm), Deluxe room (24 sqm), Junior Suite (41 sqm) and Royal Suite (63 sqm).
All rooms have AC, coffee/tea maker, desk, minibar, TV and wifi. Besides, luggage storage, laundry service and a business center is available.
- Superior: Rp. 671,000 nett including breakfast
- Deluxe: Rp. 762,000 nett including breakfast
- Junior Suite: Rp. 1,252,000 nett including breakfast
- Royal Suite: Rp. 2,196,000 nett including breakfast
Swift Inn Aeropolis Swift Inn Aeropolis is a modern minimalist themed budget hotel with small standard rooms of 12 sqm. The hotel offers short stay rates for a maximum of 8 hours. All rooms are equipped with a bathroom, TV, AC, desk, safe, and wifi.
The restaurant serves an Asian breakfast, and a laundry service, luggage storage, free parking, newspapers and business center are available as well.
Rates: - Short stay: Rp. 270,000 nett - Overnight: Rp. 330,000 nett including breakfast
Bale Ocasa Bale Ocasa is a Balinese themed budget hotel with wooden sculptures and a lush garden. The 97 rooms include superior (18 sqm), deluxe (24 sqm) and two suites (35-47.5 sqm). All rooms have AC, desk, TV, complimentary bottled water and wardrobe.
Wifi is available in the public areas, as well as a small fitness room and lounge. The hotel has no restaurant, but food, snacks and beverages can be ordered through the in-room dining service. A luggage storage and laundry service is available as well. Check Rates with ISTANIA
- Superior: Rp. 385,000 nett including breakfast
- Deluxe: Rp. 426,000 nett including breakfast
What to do in the Airport area if you have time to kill (3 to 5 hours layover)?
For a short transit time it is recommended you don’t go too far from the airport, as traffic can be very unpredictable in Jakarta. For example what seems as just 2 km can take you up to 20 minutes or more. If you plan to kill some time with the following activities, you might want to store (some of) your luggage first. There is a left-baggage service available in Terminal 1A and 2D open for 24 hours. So, what to do for a 3 to 5 hours layover?
The closest option is Cengkareng Golf Club located adjacent to the airport, next to Sheraton Bandara hotel. The 18 holes Golf Club is part of the Soewarna Business Park which is a commercial area with over 80 multinational companies. Golf rates range from Rp. 680,000 on a weekday to Rp. 1,680,000 in the weekend for non-members. You can take a Blue Bird or Express taxi from the airport terminals which will take you there in 5 minutes.
Airport lounges Soekarno-Hatta Airport has a number of lounges for travellers who like to rest here while waiting for their flight and have a bite or a drink. Some lounges are only for travellers of a certain airline, some only for business class travellers, but economy class travellers can enter some lounges as well by buying a day pass or pay at the door, or by purchasing an annual membership.
Premier Lounge, for economy class travellers. Located at International Terminal 2D, near gates D1-D7. Facilities: AC, beverages, fax, flight information monitor, internet, newspapers/magazines, showers, telephone and TV.
Pura Indah Lounge, for first and business class passengers of Singapore Airlines, KLM, Malaysia Airlines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific and China Airlines. Located at International Terminal 2D, near the boarding gates. Facilities: AC, beverages, conference facilities, disabled access, fax, flight information monitor, wifi, newspapers/magazines, shower, telephone and TV.
Mutiara Lounge, for economy class travellers. Located at International Terminal 2E. Facilities: AC, beverages, fax, internet, newspapers/magazines, telephone and TV.
El John Lounge, for economy class travellers. Located at Domestic Terminal 1C. Facilities: beverages (non-alcoholic), AC, internet, newspapers/magazines, TV and wifi.
Jasa Angkasa Semesta Lounge, for first and business class passengers of Cathay Pacific, Qantas, EVA Air, Saudia and Singapore Airlines. Located at Terminal 2. Facilities: lounge dining, beverages, showers, toilets, newspapers/magazines.
Monas Lounge, for economy class travellers. Located at Terminal 3. Facilities: food and beverages (non-alcoholic), charging station.
Airport shops Shopping areas can be found in all terminals of the airport, except in the arrival zones, and include duty-free shops, souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes. Terminal 2 has duty-free shops, a gift retailer, newsagents and a bookshop.
Enjoy the services of nearby hotels You can make use of some of the facilities of the hotels in the Airport zone. For example, get a spa treatment and massage at the Ibis Styles spa (Rp. 175,000 for a one hour massage). Another good option is to spend some time in FM7, a big resort hotel with restaurant, bakery-cafe, swimming pool and spa. All airport hotels offer free shuttle service.
How to get around in Jakarta airport ?
Inter-terminal shuttle bus Do you need to go from one terminal to the other? You can take this yellow inter-terminal bus for free.
If you need to go from International Terminal 2 to Domestic Terminal 1 or 3, you will have to go upstairs to the departures area because that is where you can board the bus. On the side of the road, look for a blue sign that says “Pemberhentian Shuttle Bus” (shuttle bus stop). The bus arrives about every 10 minutes. The bus will go to Terminal 3 first, then 1. If you are not sure which terminal you have to go, tell your airline and destination to the driver. For Domestic (T1/3) to International (T2) you can board the bus on the ground floor. Again look for the blue sign “Pemberhentian Shuttle Bus”.
Taxi From all arrival terminals plenty of taxis are available, but the most reliable companies are Bluebird (blue car) and Taksi Express (white car). You can find them after customs and outside at the taxi stand. In contrast to other unofficial taxi companies where you will have to negotiate the price beforehand, Bluebird and Express will use their clock, so you pay when you arrive. Driving to places in or near the airport zone will cost you about Rp. 50,000 – 100,000. For taxi fares to Jakarta’s city center, see the next section.
Should I stay in the airport or should I go in the city ?
If your layover is under 4 hours it is not recommended to go to the city. If your layover is 5 hours or more, you can do it but be careful with peak hours to come back to the airport! The peak hours are: office days from 4 pm to 8 pm, with Friday being the worst day because everybody is going to the airport for the weekend getaway.
Transport from Jakarta airport to Jakarta city center
If you choose to go to the city, you can take a Bluebird or Express taxi from the airport as mentioned above. To get to Jakarta’s city center will take you about 40 minutes with regular traffic conditions, but if the traffic is bad (in the peak hours) it can take up to 1,5 hour. The price will range from Rp. 150,000 – 200,000 depending on your exact destination. It will be a bit cheaper if you visit the places described below, which are closer to the airport. If you are willing to pay more for a premium service, you can use silver birds taxis (black cars) which are more comfortable cars, suited for businessman.
Uber is also available in this city and can be very convenient for several reasons : bigger cars than regular taxis, cheaper than regular taxis (expect peak hours) and you don’t need to pay in cash as it is directly debited from your credit card. If you don’t have a local phone or don’t speak Indonesian it can be tricky to communicate with the driver though.
If you are on a tight budget, you can take the Damri Bus. It is a 10-people shuttle bus with AC that will take you directly to Jakarta city center, in front of Thamrin City mall (walking distance from Plaza Indonesia and Grand Indonesia Shopping Town). This trip from the airport to the city center will cost you only Rp. 40,000. It is incredibly cheap; safe and it takes you to a busy area with easy access to many activities.
Where can I go?
Apart from the many options in Jakarta’s city center, closer options to spend your transit time are available as well. Enjoy a restaurant in Pantai Indah Kapuk, a prestigious area with lots of culinary facilities. In the same area you can even try WaterBom, a popular water park located nearby Damai Indah Golf and Country Club Pluit Junction (30 minutes, depending on traffic). In Pluit you can find different malls with broad shopping and dining facilities, including Pluit Village Mall and Emporium Pluit Mall. Across Emporium Pluit Mall is a Favehotel and in the mall is Holiday Inn Express Pluit, so you can stay here if you want to be close to a mall. This will also take you about 30 minutes from the airport. A little further south alongside the toll road heading to the airport lie Central Park and Taman Anggrek Mall, a huge and impressive complex of modern shopping facilities. Inside Taman Anggrek is an ice skating rink and next to Central Park lies a garden with fountains and ponds which becomes nice and cozy at night. It can be reached in 30-40 minutes from the airport.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cheapest and cleanest Hotel nearby the airport ? Ibis Budget is the cheapest hotel which is close to the airport, clean and well-maintained.
What is the closest Hotel with a swimming pool ? Sheraton Bandara, in the terminal zone, has a swimming pool and whirl pool.
A cheaper option is the Ibis Styles.
Which hotels provide massage services around the airport ? Sheraton Bandara, Jakarta Airport Hotel, Swiss-Belinn, Orchardz, Ibis Styles, FM7, J Hotel and Padjadjaran Suites.
What is the closest city mall to Jakarta airport ? The closest city mall is Emporium Pluit Mall, about 18 km from the airport. If you are looking for a mall nearer to the city center, this is Taman Anggrek/Central Park Mall (24 km from the airport).
How long will it take me to get to central Jakarta by car ?
From the airport to Bundaran Hotel Indonesia (mall Plaza Indonesia), it will take you from 45 minutes to 1h15, depending on traffic.
How much is it to get to central Jakarta with a Taxi Blue Bird ? The ride from the airport to the city center will cost you approximately 140,000 Rp and you will have to pay for the toll road.