Many people asked me this how I commute in Jakarta. Well, I don’t drive so either I hitch a ride with someone/colleagues then I’m out with public transportation.
So without any particular order, let me list some of the unique means of transportation in Jakarta.
- Delman: These horse drawn carriages are mostly use for a fun ride these days since they are not allowed on the main street anymore. On Sundays, you can see some of the brightly decorated ones around Monas (National Monument) piled up with little kids enjoying the ride.
- Becak: They are a tricycle pedaled by a driver who sits behind the passenger. Only fit for two people, little children can fit on your lap. These days becak can be found on the outskirts of Jakarta inside housing complex.
- Bemo: This little noisy means of transportation is close to its last breath literally. It’s tiny, have three wheels
and it runs. These days these little things can only be found in only small parts of Jakarta.
- Bajaj: These loud vibrating orange thing can still be found around Jakarta easily (although not in down town areas of course). Fit for two people, I had personally succeeded in sitting with 4 others people in it a long time ago when we were in High School. Similar to tuk-tuks in Thailand, Bajaj look-a-like can also be found in India. They are quite handy for short distance.
- Ojek: These unlicensed of motorcycle taxis are well spread all over Jakarta and most part of Indonesia. They can come in handy to beat traffic as they are known to zigzagging their ways around.
- Mikrolet/Angkot: They are smaller mini-vans or mini-busses that run through smaller roads of Jakarta. Usually they fit 10 people but the drivers are known to push as many people inside as they can. I took one of these after work (car pooling then hopped into one of them).
- Metro Mini: These small busses often caused traffic jams as they tend to wait around whenever they feel like to get more people onboard. Their drivers are also famous for being the dare devil of the street.
- Busway: They are the ‘newer’ version of transportation means in Jakarta. Operating since 2004, these orange-reddish buses have their own privileged lanes. The concept is nice but cutting down the already small lanes are problematic.
- Trains: Overcrowded, economy trains within Jakarta are not for the faint of hearts as you can see people carelessly climbed up the roof top. Yes, top of the rain like the picture here.
Photo: Alex Pangestu
Yes, we have taxi, nice ones too among with the crappy ones but what I mentioned above are the ones that is well Jakarta style. There you have it…interesting ways to get round and about in my city.