Though the devastation of the 2004 tsunami and recent threats of terrorism have deterred some visitors, Indonesia remains a bastion of beauty: the wildlife of Australia and Asia come together on these island chains, making for some of the world’s most distinctive species. Indonesian culture combines aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and animism to form a people steeped in unique traditions. Learn about this country of volcanoes, tropical rainforests, Komodo dragons and spices, and plan a trip using the Web.
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As a whole, Indonesia is not known for its infrastructure. Major cities like Jakarta have plenty of options for getting around, but smaller towns may not. Some forms of Indonesian transportation are more reliable and safe than others, as well. This section presents Web sites detailing the most dependable modes.
- Be very careful when flying in Indonesia, as mentioned in the “Getting to Indonesia” section of this guide. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recently reported major problems with Indonesia’s aviation oversight system.
- Indonesia ferry travel has a questionable safety record that includes fires and fatal accidents, according to the BBC. Boat travel is not closely monitored, and rescue services are not up to par. That being said, Indonesia is a nation of islands and boat travel is a very important and popular element of the culture. It’s advised that you avoid travel by boat when there is inclement weather, and use a more trusted water travel service like Pelni, which has a solid safety record, according to worldsurace.com.
- To avoid traffic and have a bit of adventure, consider getting a ride with a cheap motorbike taxi. As with all forms of taxi service in the major cities, bargain beforehand.
For an overview of getting around …
guides are compiled entirely through the collaboration of their users. Here you’ll find tips and advice regarding various forms of transportation in Indonesia, including flights, ferries, buses, trains and pedicabs. Wiki guides raise a question of reliability, so use your judgment when heeding advice.
is led by backpacking travelers. This section outlines modes of transport around Indonesia with information from the Footprint
series of print travel guides. Information is brief and provides clear advice.
By rail …
The Man in Seat Sixty-One
is a unique site created by a man who loves to travel by train. Find valuable information about getting around by train and ship that he gleaned from his travels. Although the site isn’t very well designed, there are good tips and facts about traveling by train and ferry through Indonesia.
PT. Kereta Api
(Persero) is the national provider of rail services for the country. Because the site was originally in Indonesian, some of the English may be difficult to read. Use the zoomable route map
for Java and North, South and West Sumatra. Also find fares and timetables
For travel by boat …
P.T. Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia
(Pelni), the national shipping company of Indonesia, also offers passenger service throughout Indonesia. If you have to get to an island by boat, Pelni probably can take you there. The Web site leaves much to be desired; you can’t book reservations but you can view Pelni’s schedules and offices.
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