The international airport of Jakarta, Indonesia, is Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. There are currently 3 terminals. Terminal 1 and 2 are the 2 older terminals, both of which were designed by the architect of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, French architect Paul Andreu. The airport’s stylish design and layout helped it clinch the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1995. With connecting pavilions to serve boarding passengers and those awaiting their flights, the airport’s beautiful scenery, pleasant scents and ethnic touches are a sight for sore eyes.
Terminal 1 serves specifically domestic flights while Terminal 2 is meant for international flights and flights on Garuda Airlines and Merpati Airlines. Terminal 3 is a completely different world. Fully upfront with its modern style and eco-friendly concept, the newest terminal of the airport features glass panels with a metallic tinge to serve international and domestic travellers. Free shuttle bus services provide travellers with transport from one terminal to another.
Located in the west of Jakarta, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is 30 minutes away from the city centre. Ground transportation is available to connect you to and from the airport. Take the DAMRI Shuttle Bus to travel between Kemayoran, Gambir, Bekasi, Depok, Bogor, Rawamangun and Blok M/Kebayoran Baru in an hour. To get to downtown Jakarta, these buses will be able to send you there in just half an hour. Alternatively, book a taxi at the airport counters to avoid having to endure the waiting times at the bus stands and arrive downtown in 45 minutes.
Travelling within the city is fast and easy with Jakarta’s comprehensive city bus network. There are express buses and air-conditioned buses that will bring you all around town. There are also orange-coloured buses, blue-coloured mikrolet buses and red and blue Metro Mini buses that take you to specific destinations. Metered taxis are also available. Alternatively, visit the car rental operators at the airport, and hire a driver for a comfortable journey.
Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia, housing important governmental bodies like the national Parliament, Supreme Court and Constitutional Court. While modern in many ways, the city retains its closeness to nature and tradition by maintaining its beaches, nearby islands and architectural landmarks.
If you are in Jakarta only for a short time, you can avail yourself of a number of attractions around the airport. Central Park Mall is just 4.5km away with an array of shops that will allow you to shop to your heart’s content. Only 30km away from the airport is the Jakarta Cathedral, which has beautiful stained glass windows and is situated in a lush compound. Catch glimpses of Indonesian culture at The National Museum and get acquainted with marine creatures at Sea World. The Ragunan Zoo is a practical choice as it is less than 40km from the airport.
Jakarta also has a thriving nightlife, so do check out its bars and discos, especially during the yearly Java Jazz Festival!
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