1. TAXIS & HOURLY CHUFFEUR-DRIVEN CARS
In most bigger cities and some towns as well, taxis are
available, though only in Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang and
Surabaya metered taxis are commonplace. In other cities
and tourist areas one can hire cars, usually chauffeur-driven
and paid by the hour or for each one-way trip.
At any airport, railroad station as well as bus terminal
there will be public transportation available of one kind
or another. Another mode of transport is Bajaj (pronounce
Bahji), a minicar tricycle seating two passengers rather
tightly with its driver in the front. The rate for Bajaj
should be bargained beforehand. For Taxis the flag-fall
rate is various between RP 1500 - RP 2000 and for buses
fare are also various from RP 700 - RP 2500 (for Air-Conditional
2. MIKROLET, OPLET/BEMO and COLT
These different names probably apply to the same vehicles,
depending on where you use them. They are usually employed
on tours between city and suburbs and can seat up to 10
passengers per vehicle, sometimes even more than its capacity.
Fares are not uniform, as here it does depend on distance
covered by the passenger. One advantage over the bus routes
is that by using these smaller vehicles you may be let off
anywhere you want to, making it a slower vehicle because
of its frequent stops. If you care to charter such a vehicle,
you may do so, however, you should bargain for it after
having obtained the right information on the approximate
rates from your hotel clerk. They should cost less than
hiring a chauffeur-driven car or a taxi.
In Bali and Yogyakarta for instance, motorcycles can
be rented, usually on a daily basis, costing about US$ 5,50
(year 1996). Weekly rates are probably less. Insurance is
usually covered in the rate, whereas in Bali you do not
need a drivers license and in Yogyakarta it is a small
formality to issue a temporary one at a fee.
Around beaches motorcycles are also popular, so here too,
they can be rented for only the days use. Although
motorcycles are already popular at tourist spots, these
individual rentals are not recommended for safety reasons.
Aside from the fact that Indonesians drive on the left side
of the road, like in most Commonwealth countries, it would
still be unfamiliar terrain for the tourist, not to mention
the local driving habits, traffic patterns and road signs.
Therefore, if you prefer to stay on the safe side, use one
with the drivers instead of riding it yourself, and sit
behind him equipped with headgear.
4. BICYCLES and OJEKS
Bicycles or bikes are rented in Bali and Yogyakarta on a
daily basis. There is no insurance on the bike or rider,
so make sure to ride carefully by keeping left most of the
time. A ride to the countryside to see the pleasant and
paddy fields is certainly recommended.
Curiously, bicycles at small villages are also used as commercial
vehicles. For a small fee, the rider is the one who
pedals the bike, whereas the passenger hops on the back
An Ojek is a motorbike hired with its rider. You may pay
him for one single trip (minimum is RP 1000) or you may
hire him for the day, or by the hour. Be sure to bargain
beforehand. Ojeks can be found in cities and their suburbs,
at intersections or at the mouths of certain sideroads.
Rarely, if ever do ojek owners rent out their motorbikes
without themselves riding them. Ojeks usually come in handy
to go to places where roads are either too narrow or bumpy
for four-wheel vehicles.
it is a tricycle pedaled by a man who sits normally behind
the passenger. It could seat two persons, however, rather
tightly. Becaks are mostly found in suburb cities of Jakarta
or smaller cities/towns on Java and Medan, and have been
here for over four decades. Unfortunately this means of
transport is no longer appearing in big cities as motorized
transportation has rapidly taken over public transportation
everywhere in the country. Make sure you have bargained
before with the becakdriver for the agreed upon fare.