How to Travel To and From Soekarno-Hatta Airport
Most people who travel to Jakarta will arrive from Soekarno Hatta International Airport, which is the main airport serving in the city of Jakarta. There are currently 3 terminals operating in Soekarno Hatta Airport. If you come to Jakarta from outside of Indonesia, you will arrive either in Terminal 2 or Terminal 3. What determines whether you arrive at Terminal 2 or Terminal 3 is what airline do you fly with when you travel to Jakarta. If you fly with Low-Cost Carrier (LCC), you will be arriving at Terminal 2 and if you fly with Garuda Indonesia, the national airline, or any other full-service airline you will be arriving at Terminal 3. If you are a first-timer in Jakarta, you might be wondering how to get to the city. There are a lot of different ways to get from the airport to the city, such as by taxi, bus, and train. With this article, we would like to guide you to get into the city from the airport, so that you don’t get lost!
1. Getting into Jakarta by Train
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport finally has opened a high-speed airport train which is called the Soekarno-Hatta Airport Railink. The airport train opened in December 2017 and has proved that the train attracted a lot of passengers whether it’s locals or tourists. The route starts from Bekasi stations, Sudirman Baru/ Stasiun BNI City, Batuceper, and it ends at Soekarno-Hatta. But the thing with using Soekarno Hatta Railink, you will probably need to connect at one of the line’s stations to complete your journey as the stops are kind of limited. So, if you are not used to traveling around Jakarta and worried about getting lost, then probably it’s best to avoid using Soekarno Hatta Railink as an option.
The very first train from Soekarno-Hatta Airport leaves at 06:20 WIB and the last one is at 23:20 WIB. Meanwhile, from Sudirman Baru/ Stasiun BNI City, the first train leaves at 03:21 WIB, and the last train departs at 22:51 WIB. Normally, it takes about an hour from Sudirman Baru to the airport. As for the ticket, it costs about Rp70.000/ person for the Sudirman Baru – Airport route, which is quite affordable. The tickets can be bought online or from the station itself. However, if you are planning to go to Bekasi right away from the airport, there are only 4 trains per day that goes to Bekasi or leaves from Bekasi. As for the ticket, it costs about Rp100.000/ person for Soekarno Hatta Airport – Bekasi route.
Soekarno Hatta Railink Schedule from Soekarno-Hatta Airport to Bekasi
- 07:50 WIB (Soekarno Hatta) – 08:02 WIB (Batuceper) – 08:36 WIB (Sudirman Baru) -09:20 WIB (Bekasi)
- 08:50 WIB (Soekarno Hatta) – 09:02 WIB (Batuceper) – 09:36 WIB (Sudirman Baru) – 10:15 WIB (Bekasi)
- 10.50 WIB (Soekarno Hatta) – 11:02 WIB (Batuceper) – 11:36 WIB (Sudirman Baru) -12:10 WIB (Bekasi)
- 11:50 WIB (Soekarno Hatta) – 12:02 WIB (Batuceper) – 12:36 WIB (Sudirman Baru)- 13:15 WIB (Bekasi)
Soekarno Hatta Railink Schedule for Bekasi to Soekarno-Hatta Airport
- 10:05 WIB (Bekasi) – 10:47 WIB (Sudirman Baru) – 11:24 WIB (Batuceper) – 11:37 WIB (Soekarno Hatta)
- 11:10 WIB (Bekasi) – 11:47 WIB (Sudirman Baru) – 12:24 (Batuceper) – 12:37 WIB (Soekarno Hatta)
- 13:13 WIB (Bekasi) – 13:47 WIB (Sudirman Baru) – 14:24 WIB (Batuceper) – 14:37 WIB (Soekarno Hatta)
- 14:11 WIB (Bekasi) – 14:47 WIB (Sudirman Baru) – 15:24 WIB (Batuceper) – 15:37 WIB (Soekarno Hatta)
2. Getting into Jakarta by Taxi
Taxi is the most expensive option to get into Jakarta, but you will be dropped off at your desired location and it will be a comfortable ride as taxis are equipped with air conditioning. If you wish to travel to the city by taxi, you can find taxi ranks outside all airport terminals. When you step out of the terminal, there will be tons of unofficial taxi drivers offering services. We recommend you use an official taxi service instead of ‘black taxis’, as they often fool visitors into thinking they are offering a cheaper service but they are not.
The most recommended taxi company is Blue Bird Group. You will be able to spot this company by the sticker on the side of their car and by their vehicle’s color but beware of getting fooled, as there are a lot of companies that try to mimic the look of Blue Bird Group cars. If you wish for an upgrade on your ride, then you might want to search for Silver Bird, a more upscale version of Blue Bird. Maybe if you are looking for a limousine service to get into Jakarta, you might want to try Golden Bird.
Read also : A Short Guide to Train Travel in Indonesia
3. Getting into Jakarta by Bus
If you are looking for a more affordable choice for getting into Jakarta, you might want to consider the option of using a bus. The most popular destination is Gambir Station, which located right in the city center and where you can also change for alternative methods of transport, but there are other destinations as well, such as Blok M Bus Station, Lebak Bulus Bus Station, Kampung Rambutan Bus Station, Bekasi Bus Station, and many others. Transporting into the city by bus is the most budget-friendly option, the price starts from Rp20.000,00/ person.
Aside from transporting by a bus is very affordable, it is quite a flexible option of travel. Look for signs of DAMRI Airport Bus once you have exited the terminal. The buses usually pass every 15 minutes or so. You can buy the ticket at the ticket window which is located at the bus stop, there is no need to book in advance. The bus starts running at the break of dawn until very late at night, therefore you don’t need to worry if you arrive at Jakarta at 3:00 WIB in the morning. Although the end destination of the bus is the bus stop, you can also ask the driver to stop at a nearby toll gate where you can walk. That’s why we said that traveling by bus is kind of flexible.
There are some of the options on how to travel from and to Soekarno Hatta Airport into the city. We hope that the article somehow helps you with getting to Jakarta!