Car Hire in Jakarta
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is a dynamic city with a distinctive charm. This city-in-development features skyscrapers, with plenty of interesting nooks, from the delicious food smells in Chinatown to its decadent nightlife. Part of its atmospheric old city, Kota, offers a glimpse into the capital's colourful history. Going around here can be fun and exciting, especially if you take note of the several good museums and swanky shopping malls.
Where to hire a car in Jakarta
There are various local car rental operators scattered around the city where you can rent a car. Avis Rent A Car and Europcar, located in the airport and in the downtown area, seem to be the only internationally known brands in Jakarta, which you might consider. To determine which is the proper choice, you should enquire beforehand to get to know the best prices and the type of cars available.
Once you have cleared up your concerns and pre-booked with your chosen car rental provider, prepare all the documents you might need. Apply for an International Driving Licence to drive in Indonesia. You should also carry important documents such as the local licence, a photo ID, your passport, the vehicle rental agreement, and a certificate of motor insurance.
What to expect when hiring a car from Jakarta
Rush hours in Jakarta usually come around in the commuting times of the city. This makes it necessary that you avoid going out in the mornings and late afternoons to avoid the incoming traffic. Toll roads can be found in different parts of the city and the surrounding area. Congested charging is not applied here.
Some parts of the old city and other communities have a number of one-way streets, so be sure to be equipped with a GPS device or a map to help you figure out where you will turn. You should be careful when driving, as some residents ride a bike to get around the area. It can also be hard to find suitable parking spaces here, so be sure to find a hotel that also offers parking spaces so you would have easier access to your car.
Getting to your destination
A city in West Java, Bekasi is the most populated suburb in Indonesia. You can spend a light day here, and just shop in various boutiques and eat out in restaurants.
Get on Jakarta Inner Ring Road/Jl. Tol Cawang Grogol in Menteng Dalam from Jl. Sultan Agung and Jl. H. R. Rasuna Said. Continue on Jl. Tol Cawang Grogol. Take Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Rd to Jl. Akses Tol Kalimalang in Kota Bekasi. Take the exit towards Kranji/Pd. Kelapa from Jakarta Outer Ring Rd Toll. Continue on Jl. Akses Tol Kalimalang. Take Jl. Kalimalang/Jl. KH. Noer Alie and Jl. Raya Patriot to Jl. Melur 5. The trip can last about 50 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions.
As the third largest urban centre in the Jabotabek region, Tangerang is one of the major cities in West Java to check out. You will find here several attractions such as the Benteng Heritage Museum and the Situ Gintung Flood, a reservoir built by Dutch colonial authorities in 1933.
Get on Jakarta Inner Ring Road/Jl. Tol Cawang Grogol/Jl. Tol S. Parman in Jakarta Pusat from Jl. Sultan Agung, Jl. Galunggung, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, and Jl. Jend. Sudirman. Take Jakarta - Merak Toll Road/Jakarta-Tangerang Toll Rd to Jalur Sutera Tim. in Kunciran. Take exit 14 from Jakarta - Merak Toll Road/Jakarta-Tangerang Toll Rd. Take Jl. Rasuna Said to Jl. Gajahmada in Cipete. The trip can be made in about an hour and five minutes, if there are no traffic disruptions along the way.
A major coastal industrial city in Banten province, Cilegon features a wide range of steel manufacturing companies. Among the factories here are Krakatau Steel Company and Asahimas Chemical Company. Other steel companies can also be found here, which has earned the place the name of 'Steel City'.
Get on Jakarta Inner Ring Road/Jl. Tol Cawang Grogol/Jl. Tol S. Parman in Jakarta Pusat from Jl. Sultan Agung, Jl. Galunggung, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, and Jl. Jend. Sudirman. Follow Jakarta - Merak Toll Road to Jl. Akses Tol Cilegon Barat in Kotasari. Take the exit from Jakarta - Merak Toll Road. Take Jl. Asia Raya to Jl. Kawasan Industri Krakatau Steel in Warnasari. The estimated travel time is two hours, if the traffic flows smoothly.