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Thursday, May 21, 2009

How to get to | Indonesia

This is part of a series of blog entries on how to get to countries and places. Here is a link to the index. I plan to eventually cover every country and some other places. If you have a request for a particular country or place please use the email me link at top right, or leave a comment.

See also How to get to Bali.


Source: Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles

Most visitors to Indonesia arrive by air at Jakarta or Denpasar. For Denpasar (Bali) refer to the How to get to Bali post. Airlines flying to Jakarta include:
  • Star Alliance - Air China, Lufthansa, Singapore, Thai
  • Oneworld - Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Qantas
  • Sky Team - China Southern, KLM, Korean
  • Other selected - Emirates, most major Asian airlines including low cost carriers
TIP fares between Jakarta and other Asian hubs are relatively high on major carriers due to limits on the number of flights allowed to be offered. Look for airlines flying tag legs (eg Lufthansa from Singapore and KLM from Kuala Lumpur) and low cost airlines for the cheapest fares, or include as part of a longhaul ticket (see below).

TIP longhaul fares to Jakarta are usually priced the same or marginally more than fares to other southeast asian hubs (Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore). Similarly for awards - Jakarta normally has the same mileage cost as the nearby hub.

TIP longhaul fares from Jakarta are quite a lot lower than from the nearby hubs, except for Singapore Airlines. The fare saving from Jakarta compared with from a nearby hub is usually enough to offset the cost of a separate ticket to Jakarta.

NOTE the EU has a warning on travel on Indonesian airlines due to safety concerns and currently bans these airlines from flying to EU.

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