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Indonesia – Transport.

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Indonesia is an archipelago consisting of thousands of islands, and transportation options vary depending on your location and the distance you need to cover.

FERRY: Indonesia is all islands and consequently boats have long been the most popular means of inter-island travel. ⇒ IndonesiaFerry.co.id

The largest company is the state-owned PELNI, whose giant ferries visit practically every major inhabited island in Indonesia on lengthy journeys that can take a week from end to end. ASDP runs fast ferries (Kapal Ferry Cepat, rather amusingly abbreviated KFC) on a number of popular routes.

TRAINS: Indonesia has a well-developed train network on the island of Java, which connects major cities like Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya. PT Kereta Api – the government-owned train company, runs trains across most of Java and some parts of Sumatra.

BUSES: Buses are a common mode of transportation for both short and long distances in Indonesia. ⇒ DAMRIbosbis.com

In some areas, especially in densely populated cities, motorcycle taxis, known as ojek or Gojek drivers, are a popular and affordable option for short trips. You can hail them using mobile apps or find them waiting near busy streets. ⇒ gojek.com

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Here are some popular bus company websites in Indonesia where you can find information about schedules, fares, and book tickets: DamriPahala KencanaTransjakartaGunung Harta

The use of luxury long-distance buses is a new trend, very comfortable with air suspension and can stop wherever you want. Most services depart in the afternoon or evening and arrive the following morning at their destination. The term “luxury” means that there are limited reclining seats with ample leg and a footrest and/or leg rest and get one dinner or supper.

A mini-shuttle is the latest model of Indonesian transportation, growing in line with the new toll roads and better highways. The travel, as locals call it, uses various AC minibus with passengers from 6 to 12 persons on reclining seats and run based on ‘point to point’ routes. It means every operator has their own (multiple) departure points in the cities they serve.


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Indonesia’s first high-speed railway, a Chinese-built line from Jakarta to Bandung, is scheduled to open in June 2023, and eventually connect to Semarang and Surabaya as well.

Java has by far the best railway network: Jakarta ⇔ Surabaya ⇔ Semarang ⇔ Yogyakarta ⇔ Solo. Bali has no railway lines, but there are trains to Banyuwangi, connecting with ferries to the island. Generally, the trains travel through scenic areas, and travellers not in a hurry should consider the length of the journey and the scenery as a bonus to their travels, although some slums are built around tracks.


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Most visitors to Indonesia arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali or Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta.

Many airports in secondary cities such as Bandung (*Husein Sastranegara Airport), Yogyakarta (International Airport), Surabaya (Juanda International Airport), and Medan (*Kualanamu International Airport) also have international flights from Singapore and/or Malaysia, which can be interesting and convenient entry points into Indonesia.

Garuda Indonesia the Indonesian flag carrier. Air Asia flies to major Indonesian destinations from Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. + JetstarLion Air

Domestic Airlines: CitilinkSriwijaya AirAir FastSusi AirTrigana.


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Indonesia’s extensive archipelago necessitates the use of ferries for inter-island transportation. Here are some notable ferry operators and websites where you can find information about schedules, routes, and ticket bookings:

Pelni (PT Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia) whose giant ferries visit practically every major inhabited island in Indonesia on lengthy journeys that can take a week from end to end.

ASDP Indonesia Ferry

Bintan Resort Ferries: for ferry services between Singapore and Bintan Island

Bali-Lombok Fast Boat Operators: BlueWater ExpressGili Getaway

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To drive in Indonesia, you need a valid international driving permit (IDP) or a driving license issued by your home country, accompanied by an official translation in English or Indonesian. It’s advisable to carry your original driving license along with the IDP or translation.

There are several international and local car rental companies in Indonesia. It’s recommended to rent from reputable companies that offer comprehensive insurance coverage and well-maintained vehicles.

International Car Rental Companies: AvisHertzBudgetEuropcarSixt.

Local Car Rental Companies: TRAC AstraBlue Bird GroupKoolkars.

Waze: a navigation app that provides real-time traffic updates, route guidance, and community-driven information.