By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Jakarta?

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Do you need a car in Jakarta? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Sprawling Jakarta is one of Asia’s largest cities, with a population that is quoted as being at various levels above 10 million, depending on who is doing the counting, but the number moves upwards all the time.

Why should you rent a car in Jakarta?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Jakarta?

Jakarta Car hire summary

Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]



Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]




How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]




Free parking score

Total 866 - of which 610 have free parking. [full notes - parking]



  • In terms of getting around Jakarta nothing is particularly easy – rail-based public transport is considerably less developed than it is in other Asian cities of a similar size elsewhere (it’s perhaps comparable with Manila), although buses are ubiquitous.
  • Jakarta is still the day facto gateway to Indonesia, as it has so many more international flight routes than any other city in the country, indeed because it is so much larger than any other Indonesian city


Why not? Visiting Jakarta without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Jakarta public transport quick facts

Train score



Water travel score


Overall public transport score



Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Jakarta. 



However, the most scenic places to visit in Indonesia are generally well beyond Jakarta, and given that this is a country that is made up of so many different islands, it’s unsurprising that the best way to continue your travel beyond Jakarta will probably be by a short hop domestic flight.

  • Unless you are really thinking about Jakarta car hire options for a very long road trip getting  around the whole of Indonesia, it’s unlikely that there will be much point in just doing so for a few days.
  • If you can get yourself out of Jakarta, there are some amazing boat trips to be had off the coast of Java, including to the legendary volcanic island of Krakatoa.


Car rental in - Jakarta Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Jakarta?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?

Is it worth hiring a car in Jakarta?

  • Based on value for money?

Should you rent a car in Jakarta?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Jakarta if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Jakarta if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Jakarta if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?



What is our final score for Jakarta on the Carornocar scale?


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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Turning back to the immediate area beyond the city of Jakarta, and looking at some of the beaches and other coastal areas which are within reach of a day trip or a slightly longer excursion, this is where a hire car might start to look useful. However, in many cases you can also still get out of the city by bus, and since some of the resorts are also situated on islands just off the coast, and served by passenger ferries rather than car carrying ones, a parked car might suddenly start to see much more like a liability.

Even for longer journeys outside Jakarta, you may well find it easier to arrange a driver locally to take you to your destination.

Therefore our Jakarta car hire advice is that generally it’s really not going to be worth getting one for driving within the city, but if you have a particular resort in mind to visit, and that resort has suitable direct access by road, then it might just be worth considering.

Should you rent a car in Jakarta? No! Absolutely not!


Would you hire a car in Jakarta?

Have you driven in Jakarta? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Jakarta?
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