In mid-January, soon after its launch, I used Jakarta airport train myself. And from my own experience I can confirm that it’s fast, easy to understand and modern.
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Jakarta Airport Train: How to Use It
First, you’ll have to board the Skytrain which connects airport terminals 1, 2 and 3 (free of charge), to get to the airport train station. Once you have arrived at the Jakarta airport train station head to the ticket vending machines to buy a ticket. You’ll have to pay with your credit or debit card. As cash isn’t accepted.
When buying a ticket you’ll have to enter your mobile phone number and choose train departure time.
One-way ticket costs 70 000 IDR (about 4.2 EUR / 5.2 USD).
In January 2018 the train station looked quite empty. There weren’t many eating and shopping options. Only 2 small shops and 1 cafe. Comfy chairs and a few tables. Clean toilets.
Once the train has arrived staff will invite you to board the train.
Train itself is new and shiny. Chairs are big and comfortable, with a lot of leg room. There are 2 USB ports between every two seats, to charge your devices. You can store your luggage either on the shelf above your head or on a special luggage rack, located next to the doors. There are also toilets on the train.
Getting to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport from Jakarta
Since the construction process is still ongoing the newly-inaugurated airport train currently departs only from some of the stations. To board the airport train and travel from Jakarta to airport go to the Sudirman Baru station.
As already mentioned above, average travel time from Sudirman Baru station to the airport is around 50 minutes.
Arriving at the Sudirman Baru Station. Where to Go Next?
The Sudirman Baru station is located at the heart of Jakarta.
If your hotel is close to the Sudirman Baru station I recommend you to walk because traffic in Jakarta is crazy nearly all day long. If you have booked a hotel that is close to some other train station use a train to get there! It’s the fastest and cheapest way to get around Jakarta.
Buying a train ticket is easy. Just find a vending machine. The trip itself costs 3000 IDR, however you’ll need to pay a deposit of 10000 IDR for the card. To get the deposit back you’ll have to find another ticket vending machine and return your card.
Uber, Grab, GoJek* and regular taxi also is a possibility. But take into account that your journey might be very slow as traffic in Jakarta is very intense.
*Uber, Grab and GoJek are ride hailing apps. Grab and GoJek will be the best choice if you are traveling solo and you want to save money, because they offer not only cars, but also bikes. Bike ride usually costs 50% less than a car ride.
Jakarta Airport Bus: Cheapest Way from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport to City
Train isn’t the only option to get from Jakarta airport to city.
If you want to save a couple of bucks, take the DAMRI Airport Bus! One-way tickets costs 40 000 IDR. And the journey takes around 2 – 2.5 hours. Before boarding a bus you have to buy a ticket. There is a ticket counter in all the three terminals. Though, the one in terminal 3 is very small. If you can’t find it, just ask someone. Everyone knows DAMRI Airport Bus.
The bus will take you to the Gambir train station, the largest train station of Jakarta.
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Author: Una Baufala
Una is a traveler and travel blogger from Latvia. Apart from traveling and exploring new places she loves to read books. And she adores cats. Together with Kaspars they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since October 2013. WeAreFromLatvia.com is where she shares her travel experiences.