Before we look into how to travel in Indonesia, we should learn a little about the Republic of Indonesia.
We will also explore the different modes of travel.
What is Indonesia?
The Republic of Indonesia is located close to the equator in Southeast Asia. Indonesia is an island nation. It is comprised of over thirteen thousand islands. There are more than 300 distinct ethnic peoples. Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim majority nation. Hindu, Christian and Buddhist religions are also prevalent. Bahasa Indonesian is the national language; however, each culture has its own dialect. The English language is becoming more widely spoken, especially in the tourist areas.
Modes of Travel in Indonesia
There are 5 main air hubs. These airports are:
· Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (JKT). The airport is located in western Java Island. This is the primary air hub to all regions and the country’s busiest.
· Juanda International Airport (SUB) is in the city of Surabaya. This airport is located in eastern Java Island.
· Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). This airport in the city of Denpasar on the island of Bali.
· Sultan Hasnuddin International Airport (UPD) is in the city of Makassar. The city is in the southwestern tip of Sulawesi Island.
· Kuala Namu International Airport (KNO) is located in the city of Medan. Medan is on the island of Sumatra.
There are also many smaller regional airports located on the main Islands of Indonesia.
Indonesian Airline Companies
The most popular airlines for traveling in Indonesia are Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air, Indonesia Air Asia and Batik Air. The low cost or budget carriers are Lion Air, Citilink, NAM Air and Wings Air. There are also small aircraft operators.
The rail service is available in Java and Sumatra. The train schedules will usually run late. The rail cars are very simple in comforts. The plus is that you can have some terrific views of the countryside and the train fares are very low.
This is the most common mode of travel. There are a variety of Bus services. Damri Bus Company is the government-owned public bus service. There are many private bus operators. The private operators offer different levels of comfort and service. It is advised that you ask the locals and also do your own research.
Privately owned minibusses are most common for local public transport. Minibus drivers will usually have a standard route that they drive. There will be numerous stops to pick up/drop off passengers along that route.
Ferries will provide inter-island service between very close distance islands.
Taxis will be found everywhere. Foreign visitors to Indonesia need to exercise caution when using them. It is recommended to use a reputable Taxi service such as; Silver Bird, Blue Bird, Eksekutif, Taxiku and others.
These are motorcycle taxis. The most popular are Gojek and Grab.
As you can see, there are many different options available for getting around in Indonesia. It is hoped that you found this article about how to travel in Indonesia informative.