Airfare to Jakarta, Indonesia
Jakarta often gets a bad rap – it is the city that makes Indonesia run. While most travelers do not stay there for long, there are plenty of attractions for those that can fight through the feeling of being overwhelmed. Top draws are shopping around the fantastic Plaza Senayan and the always happening nightlife. For cultural activities, the Jakarta History Museum and National Monument are high on the list.
Airfare to Jakarta will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Bali. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, Lion Air and Valuair fly to Jakarta. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Garuda Indonesia is the national airline. However, Cathay Pacific, KLM and other airlines also stop in Jakarta.
The most expensive air tickets to Jakarta are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Bali (Despansar) and traveling overland to Jakarta via train, bus, or inexpensive ticket
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Jakarta, check out BootsnAll’s Jakarta Travel Guide.