Evolving Transportation in Jakarta, Indonesia

    Nov 29, 2018 @ 03:02 PM / by Yimkwan Tsang

    Jakarta Image

    A screenshot from a phone app for transportation in Jakarta, Indonesia. Here, the number provided connects the app payment method to a taxi hailed from the street. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Yimkwan Tsang.

    Taxis vs Rideshares in Jakarta

    Rideshare companies are having an impact in Jakarta, a city where traffic is ever present and getting around can be challenging. While it is common for expatriates to have a car and driver here, taxi and rideshare companies are innovating ways to capture expatriate clientele.

    There are two main rideshares that are available in the city – a local company and an international one. Both services offer most of the usual standards – hailing, paying, and tracking your driver and your route through a phone app.

    There is even a messenger in one of the apps that conducts translation automatically, which made it far easier for me to communicate with drivers.

    Screenshot from one of the transportation services in Jakarta, Indonesia

    Screenshot from the app of one of the transportation services in Jakarta, Indonesia


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    A unique and traffic-filled location

    But Jakarta is a unique and traffic-filled location. The rideshares only allow servicing through the app, which means that it can connect you with a driver that is ten, twenty, or even thirty minutes away, adding time to what will already be a long and traffic-filled ride. Additionally, I waited for up to twenty minutes on a few occasions only to have the driver cancel due to excessive delays in reaching me. Unlike ridesharing in other countries, there is no penalty (at least none that I found) for either the driver or the passenger to cancel a trip.

    A better option, though, is a taxi company that has adopted many of the features of rideshares. Their platform offers the option of using the app or hailing cars from the street. Then you are able to pay for, share, and track your trip to the destination through the app. When hailing from the street, the app is connected by entering the car identification number, which is clearly displayed on the inside of the door. Everyone I spoke with during my survey recommended this taxi-rideshare hybrid as the safest and most efficient form of transportation outside of using a car and driver.


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    This post is taken from On-site Insight, AIRINC’s in-house global mobility blog. On-site Insight provides AIRLinc subscribers with an exclusive “behind-the-surveys” insight into new and existing expatriate locations based on commentary and photos from our global research team. Included is information on general living conditions as well as changing costs for both goods and services and housing and utilities, along with much, much more! To find out more, click here

    Topics: On-site Insight, Transportation, Jakarta, Indonesia, Insights and Experience, Transportation Data, expatriate transportation

    Yimkwan Tsang

    Written by Yimkwan Tsang

    Yimkwan joined AIRINC in 2017 as a surveyor and analyst, and is currently serving as a Senior Research Analyst. Her primary responsibilities include conducting international pricing and housing surveys, and analyzing the returned data. She also assists in the production of AIRINC’s WeChat account. Prior to AIRINC, she worked in Ipsos and different academic settings for various types of research. Yimkwan received her B.S. in Applied Psychology from New York University, and her M.S. degree in Housing Studies from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In addition to English, she speaks Cantonese and Mandarin. She is based in Hong Kong.