CGK: Jakarta Airport - Guide, Terminal map, lounges, bars & restaurants
Jakarta Airport GuideNews: A third, 12,000 foot long runway is being built, which will serve 430,000 aircraft a year by 2020.
Frantically busy, down at heel, being rebuilt, and with food outlets everywhere, even a quick transit via Jakarta Airport can be an assault on the senses. It is also far larger than you might expect. It is the 8th busiest airport in the world with 62.1 million passengers a year. Most of who travel just when you want to.
Jakarta Airport is located near Tangerang, north of the city, and in the middle of the night just a 30-minute drive from Jakarta city centre, however in the morning and evening peak it can take over two hours, mainly due to delays getting through the toll en-route to the airport.
Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, to give it its full name, or called Cengkareng Aerodrome by the locals, has three very distinct terminals, all with their own unique virtues, or perhaps vices, considering it is the busiest airport in the Southern Hemisphere, and with the Jakarta to Singapore route one of the globes most significant corridors (at 15th in the world).
T1 and T2 make up two halves of a circle, around which traffic circulates. Terminal 1 is the oldest to the south, from 1985. Terminal 2 opened in 1991. Both are quite tired, and both have a layout unique in the world. When arriving by car or taxi, you draw up outside the inner circle: all the cafes and food outlets are along this curved wall. Once inside you pass through security to access checkin, and the checkin hall is totally devoid of any facilities. Finally, you pass through immigration, and you are into the duty free area, with a few shops rather like a downmarket shopping centre, but only one small café.
The airport concept is described as "garden within the airport" or "airport in the garden", as tropical decorative and flower plants fill the spaces between corridors, waiting and boarding pavilions. Indeed, Terminal 1 and 2 have a great tropical atmosphere, with garden that fill the spaces between Javanese-styled pendopo waiting pavilions, which look great until you are stuck waiting for hours for your plane in these small huts with no facilities. Always go to the bathrooms before heading to your gate.
When passing through, look at the railings, doors and gates, which show the kala-makara (giant head and mythical fish-elephant creature) theme typical in ancient Indonesian temples such as Borobudur.
There's yet another unique feature to Jakarta Airport many passengers are unaware of. Runway pavement problem mean that heavy aircraft have to stopover in Singapore en-route to Europe.
Another wacky feature of Jakarta Airport is the Gold Club. The full 18 hole golf course is close to the southern runway, and beside the Sheraton Bandara Hotel.
First & Business Class lounges at Jakarta Airport
Jakarta Airport transportationTravellers should know that many bus, limousine and shuttle bus services operating to and from Jakarta Airport usually require pre-booking. You can get a taxi from the airport to the city centre, but it can frequently cost far more than you imagined.
Jakarta Airport trainThere are plans for the Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (Jakarta MRT) Metro rapid transit system line to the airport to be opened to the public by 2025/2037. The station will be located between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 with both terminals connected by a long walkway.
Jakarta Airport shuttle bus servicesThe DAMRI shuttle bus operates from all terminals to various destinations in the city, including Rawamangun, Blok M/Kebayoran, Gambir, Bekasi, Depok and Bogor. It's cheap, at only IDR25,000, but can take 80minutes to 2 hours.
Jakarta Airport HotelThere is only one on-site hotel at Jakarta Airport.
The www.jakartaairporthotel.comJakarta Airport Hotel is a basic 3-star transit hotel. Located in Terminal 2 above the arrivals area, it has 82 rooms, a 24-hour restaurant called the Cockpit, the (wait for it) Jet Lounge Bar and meeting room. Rooms are available for day stopovers as well, for periods of up to six hours.
Jakarta Airport taxi servicesGetting a taxi to and from Jakarta Airport is usually a nightmare, and many passengers just don't bother.
There are taxis at Jakarta airport, but due to the sure hassle factor, most hotels will send their own fleet of cars to both pick up and drop off booked guests. To get a taxi at Jakarta airport, go to the Bluebird taxi counter in the arrivals areas of the terminals. It takes 80-90 minutes to get to the city centre, and expect to pay upwards of IDR200,000. You absolutely must agree a fare before getting into the cab: never trust the meter.
Car Hire at Jakarta AirportMajor car hire operators are located in the Arrivals Halls. To save time and ensure you get the car you want, book your rental in advance. Rental car operators from Jakarta Airport include Garuda Biru, Golden Bird and Trac, among others. Car hire desks are located in Arrivals.
Jakarta Airport Departure TaxDeparture taxes now form part of your ticket price.
Jakarta Airport ArrivalsWhen you arrive at Jakarta you can get a visa on arrival. This is free for citizens of virtually all countries worldwide, except Australians. Australians have to pay $35 (in Australian Dollars), and this is usually in cash, as the visa desk normally does not have a working credit card machine.
Jakarta Airport Left LuggageJakarta airport luggage storage is handled by a company called Pacific. The Jakarta Airport Left Luggage desk is in Terminal 2 (hall D).
Car parkingJakarta airport car parking is quite good. There is extensive car parking, including long-stay facilities, at the airport, between Terminal 1 and 2.
The airport is connected to Jakarta's city center via the Sedyatmo Toll Road.
Jakarta Airport Bars and RestaurantsThere are exceptionally few places to eat airside after security at Jakarta airport, and the airport for many years was notorious for being one of the few without an airside bar. Now, there is a tiny one, called 'Drink'.
In most cases you should drink landside, opposite the set-down area, where there are a few mediocre cafes which also serve cans of beer.
Jakarta Airport Bar - Drink Drink DrinkOpen: 0500-2200 Airside T2
As the only airside bar in Terminal 2, the Drink Drink Drink bar is as good as it gets. You can get a Bintang! On draft! For only 65,000IRD!
Alas it is a tiny hole in the wall, blink and you'll miss it, type of place. It can be hard to get in the door, it is so small!
American grill Bar and resturantOpen: 0500-1900 Landside T2
It's pretty grim, but there isn't a lot of choice landside at T2. Just about the only decent Western food place at Jakarta Airport is located right at the far end of the terminal, opposite the cab rank, before you head through security to the check-in area.
The American Grill is half inside, in aircon, and half outside, in the traffic fumes. What is amazing is that it actually has a small collection of wine and beer. Inside, there is a near perfect copy of a salad bar from a US Pizza Chain - just fill up your bowl with salad which is freshly washed in tap water. Beware.
Manzo e BirraOpen: 0700-1900 Airside T2
The Manzo e Birra is that most unusual of things - a Spanish themed Tapas bar, in Indonesia. Mainly a cafe it also serves beer, and has some prety good Western food too.
Great Indonesian RestaurantOpen: 0800-2100 Airside T2
The Great Indonesian Restaurant at Jakarta Airport is a pretty good sit down restauant. It serves classic Indonesian dishes, and also a good Indian curry.