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Indonesia at a glance

International dialing code
62
Good to know
Indonesia is a country which is filled with many dichotomies. One of the fastest growing, urban cities (Jakarta) may seem parallel to the vast beauty of the islands. One place to visit is the Borobudur temple, the world's largest Buddhist temple, and encounter Indonesian history perfectly centered on the Javan island. The giant bells sit above the mist covered forests. Much of the temple is covered in carvings which tell the story of karmic laws. In Indonesia, the old and the new flourish equally.
Time zone
UTC+7
Spoken language
Indonesian
Cost to avg. transport ticket
US$10

Your questions, our answers

Most places in Indonesia, outside of major tourist destinations like Jakarta and Bali, will only accept payment in cash. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards in these places.

The standard voltage in Indonesia is 230V. There are two plug types in Indonesia: Types C and F.

It's recommended to have gotten the following vaccinations before visiting Indonesia: Measles, Polio, measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, Chickenpox, and your yearly flu shot. Additional vaccinations you should get are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japenese Encephalitis, Malaria, Rabies and Yellow Fever. If you'll be in Indonesia for more than 4 weeks, the Indonesian government may require you to show proof of your polio vaccination when you are exiting the country. We recommend double checking with the CDC or your doctor for more information about vaccinations you need before your trip.

These are the holidays celebrated in Indonesia:

  • Ascension Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • Christmas
  • Cuti bersama
  • Eid al-Adha
  • Good Friday
  • Independence Day
  • Islamic New Year
  • Labor Day
  • Lebaran (in Indonesia)
  • Mawlid
  • New Year's
  • Pancasila Day
  • Prophet's Ascension
  • Vesak

Transportation types in Indonesia

 

Buses in Indonesia

 

You know the saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans"? This saying can definitely be applied to Indonesian bus travel. The buses in Indonesia are very comfortable. You can book rides between cities and countries on Bookaway's site. Coach buses usually service long haul travel and are air conditioned (one of the most important amenities when traveling).

 

Bus & Ferries in Indonesia

 

Bus + ferry service combinations are something you can find only on Bookaway's site. You'll be transported from A to B without having to plan out your transfer schedules. No need to adjust your plans according to the bus or separate, and you'll never end up loitering between rides due to lengthy time gaps. The "bus" portion of these trips can be carried out by services of either coach buses or minivan.

 

Minivans in Indonesia

 

When planning your journey in Indonesia, there are a few pieces of information to consider for minivan travel. You can book a private minivan, which is a reliable and flexible service. Private minivans are perfect for family travel. It is, of course, a pricey option to consider. Shared vans are great options for those seeking affordability. But, the main difficulty in regards to van travel is possible overcrowding on board.

 

Cars in Indonesia

 

Private cars are a great way to travel around Indonesian islands, as flexibility is guaranteed. The only problem is that travelers may encounter serious road congestion. It may prove to be much less affordable to book a private car, but the benefits the knowledgeable and careful driver provide make it all worth it.

 

Ferries in Indonesia

 

Ferry travel in Indonesia is super commonplace, and suprisingly really comfortable. Suprisingly because sometimes the journeys are long haul. Staff members on ferries are very helpful and can communicate in English. The cabins are updated, and travelers can chose between ferries with open air seating or cabin seating. Book in advance as ferries in Indonesia are prone to overcrowding.

 

Trains in Indonesia

 

Hopping trains isn't such a usual, Indonesian practice. Most roads in Indonesia are on the left hand side and train tracks serve as the only exemption; the tracks were laid down on the right side by Dutch colonialists. The trains travel only between cities in Java and Sumatra, so it's not even possible to consider when traveling on the other islands. There are multiple cabin class options, all being very tidy and affordable.