In this article, I will explain everything you need to know about traveling to Jakarta as a single guy.

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Visas for Indonesia
The citizens of most countries can enter Indonesia and stay up to 30 days in the country with either a visa-on-arrival or an e-visa.

You can apply on the official website here.

Transfer from the Airport to the City
To reach the city center of Jakarta from CGK airport (located 20km away, in the city of Tangerang), you can use:

→ Traditional taxis: There are plenty of them, mostly from small companies who pay bribes to occupy the most strategic spots in the airport. They are safe to use as long as they put the meter on. They will cost the same as more reputable taxi companies like Blue Bird, Express or Gamya which can be difficult to catch, especially during peak hours.

Cost to city center: Around IDR150,000 taxi fare + IDR20,000 toll road.
Duration of the trip: 45 minutes without traffic / at least 1h30 minutes with traffic

Grab and Gojek: Drivers from these transportation apps can be booked from the airport. You can only take them from a specific location in the airport. This link explains all you need to know.

The cost is approximately 20% cheaper than traditional taxis and you still need to pay the toll road.

Before downloading these apps, it is a good idea to get a local phone number (see below).

→ Public buses (operated by DAMRI): Budget travelers and backpackers may use those buses which are available in each terminal. They reach at least 10 destinations in Jakarta and its suburbs, but the most convenient for you should be either Mangga Dua (North Jakarta), Gambir (Central Jakarta), or Blok M (South Jakarta).

Cost: It is cheap if you are alone (IDR80,000 for the city center), but for two persons it isn't worth it (IDR160,000 + you'll still need to take a taxi to your hotel).

Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours.

Where to Stay in Jakarta
I wrote an entire article about the best areas for a stay in Jakarta that you can read for further information.

Here is a short summary: If you only come as a tourist or for partying, stay anywhere along Jalan Sudirman between Sarinah Mall and Senayan Mall. Beware of good deals on hotels located far away from the major points of interest. What you heard about traffic jams in Jakarta is real and probably worse than you imagine.

Here are some hotels recommendations (all of them are highly rated, near the nightlife, with a 24-hour reception):

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(between 130$ and 250$ per night)
Grand Hyatt (250$/night): Connected to Plaza Indonesia Mall. Walking distance to dozens of bars (such as Cloud, Cork & Screw, etc).
Mulia Senayan (200$/night): Largest hotel in Jakarta, home of the busy CJs bar.
Kempinski (180$/night): Connected to Grand Indonesia Mall. Walking distance to bars like SKYE, Social House, Paulaner Brauhaus.
Oakwood Premier Cozmo (140$/night): Serviced apartment, popular with young single guys. Next to Loewy and Basque
Shangri-La (130$/night): It has a very popular bar with live music (BATS)

⭐⭐⭐⭐(between 35$ and 130$ per night):
Ascott Kuningan (130$/night): New serviced apartment, connected to Lotte Avenue Mall and next to Mega Kuningan.
Orient Hotel (100$/night): Same location as Caspar bar and walking distance to the MRT
Fraser Setiabudi (90$/night): Walking distance to several cafés. Huge swimming pool and garden.
Citadines Rasuna (65$/night): Affordable serviced apartment, perfect if you need more than 1 bedroom.
Four Points by Sheraton and Aloft Wahid Hasyim (65$/night): Both are reputed 4-star brands in a very strategic location.
Harris FX (60$/night): Inside FX Senayan Mall. Next to De Leila Arabic Bar.
Vertu Harmoni (50$/night): Cheap luxurious hotel in the northern part of Jakarta
Kosenda and Artotel (45$/night): Boutique hotels, both have a nice rooftop bar and a very central location.
Hotel Santika Premiere (35$/night): One of the best value hotels in Jakarta. Location in the north of the city near the old town (and also near the red light district).

⭐⭐⭐(between 30$ and 50$ per night)
Try any of these hotels which are quite similar to one another (from the most expensive to the cheapest): Holiday Inn Wahid HasymLiberty Hotel, A-One, Ashley, Yello HarmoniMaxOne, Verse Lite Gajah Mada

Cost of Staying in Jakarta
Staying in Jakarta is not as cheap as in other Asian cities. Even a backpacker in surviving mode needs to spend at least 15$ per day (8$ for a room without AC, 4$ for food and 3$ for transportation).

A more reasonable minimal budget is 45$ per day (25$ for a double room with AC, 10$ for food and 10$ for transportation).

To be really comfortable, though, and to be able to afford some luxuries (alcohol, inviting a date in a classy restaurant, spas, etc), you probably need at least 150$ per day.

Prices of selected items:
Beer in a bar: 3 to 5$
Alcoholic drink in a bar: 7 to 10$
Booking a sofa for 8 people in a nightclub: Minimum spending of 250$ to 350$
Spirits bottle in a club: 100$

Street food: 1$ (no meat) to 3$ (with meat)
Indonesian meal in a casual restaurant: 5-7$
Western meal in a chic restaurant: 15-20$

1-hour "massage" in a medium class spa: 30$
1-hour "massage" in a high-end spa: 70$

15-minute taxi ride: 3$
15-minute moto-taxi ride: 1$ (with Go-Jek or Grab)
TransJakarta bus ticket: 0.3$

How to Get Around?
Getting around is the worst thing about staying in Jakarta. Unless you can afford a helicopter, you'll have to spend a considerable amount of time in traffic jams (fortunately, less on weekends and after 9 PM).

Transportation Apps
Grab, Gojek, (and their lesser-known competitors Maxim and In-Drive) are a must in Jakarta. They allow you to order private cars, taxis or moto-taxis from your mobile phone in an easy and usually affordable way (except during peak hours).

Moto-taxis are not comfortable to use, especially when it's hot outside, and they can be dangerous. Still, they are extremely popular because they are cheap, plentiful, and they can beat the traffic.

I don't have a favorite app. I've also installed all of them and I use whichever is the cheapest for a particular ride.

Buy a local sim card so the driver can call you to ask about your exact location (except if you use Grab as they have an in-app messenger). You can pay your fare in cash, by credit card, or by loading credit in advance (at a convenience store for instance). With the latter option, you will normally get special discounts.

Rather cheap and plentiful. Avoid those parked right outside nightclubs and you'll be fine. Blue Bird is the most reputed company.

Walking in Jakarta is almost impossible except for short distances. If you wonder why, please just try and have fun.

Public transportation is confusing for newcomers. I don't recommend it unless you are on a very low budget (and even in that case, you could still ride a moto-taxi). The line 1 of the TransJakarta - a fleet of buses with their own dedicated lanes - is useful as it goes from the North (Kota) to the South (Blok), passing through all the major attractions of the city. You must buy a prepaid card to ride it (IDR40,000) and the cost is IDR3,500 per trip (deducted from your IDR40,000 credit).

A good way to get around in Jakarta using public transportation is to use the app Moovit. You just need to enter your location and your destination, and they'll tell you how to get there by bus/train.

Internet/Mobile Phone
If you stay in Jakarta for more than a couple weeks, I strongly recommend buying a sim card.

Unfortunately, it is not as simple as it used to be. Now, you need to register with your passport at the official branch of a network provider (Telkomsel, XL, Indosat, etc).

It's best to do it while still at the airport as there are branches there. It takes about 15 minutes and it will save you the trouble of finding a store in Jakarta. The price is reasonable (IDR100,000 for a 1-month package with 3GB of mobile internet). Telkomsel's Simpati is the best one.

Many expats complain about the internet speed in Jakarta. It is slower than in Thailand or Singapore, but faster than in the Philippines, China, Vietnam. Video streaming is usually possible in most circumstances. If you need to download movies, wait until after 12 PM.

Almost all porn, torrent and gambling websites are blocked in Indonesia. Modifying your proxy can solve this problem, or you can subscribe to a VPN instead. I've used several and I'm making recommendations here: Best VPNs in Indonesia.

If your Netflix is not working, read my article: How to Watch Netflix in Indonesia?

Dating Indonesian Girls Online
Indonesia might be one of the best country in the Asia to meet girls and this is nowhere truer than in Jakarta.

The best way to meet someone is online. You can read my guide Best Dating Apps in Indonesia for a comparison between each app.

Broadly speaking, Tinder and Bumble work great if you are young, slightly above-average looking, and if you live in Indonesia.

For an older guy, especially one who doesn't live here, I recommend a more traditional website like IndonesianCupid. First, it is targeting specifically Indonesian women who are looking for foreigners and who can accept a potential long-distance relationship. Second, its design and concept allow for less superficial conversations compared with modern dating apps.

Finally, the luxury dating site Seeking is also very popular. Its main advantage is that there are 4 times more women than men using it. The only drawback? It's more expensive to join (but at least you can browse the profiles for free).

Best Bars and Nightclubs to Meet Girls
In the real world, there are plenty of opportunities to meet girls in bars and nightclubs. Beware, though, some may already have boyfriends somewhere in the world. Hint: If a girl spends a lot of money without having a job, you can be sure she has one or more sugar daddies backing her. Even if she has a regular job, it is very rare that she will earn more than 500$ per month. Just do the math if that's something you care about.

As of today, the best nightlife venues for meeting girls in Jakarta are Basque, Caspar, Loewy, and H Club You can also try Eastern Promise, Léon, Zodiac, Cloud, Skye, and Dronk.

You can read my two updated guides:
- 10 Best Nightclubs in Jakarta
- 50 Best Bars in Jakarta

Is Jakarta Safe?
I spent about 5 years in Jakarta and I never had any particular issues apart from a minor motorbike accident (read Why You Need Travel Insurance in Indonesia).

→ Crime is rare, even in infamous neighborhoods like Mangga Besar. I've never felt unsafe walking around and there are no reasons you should.
→ There aren't any scams I'm aware of, probably due to the low number of tourists in Jakarta. This does not mean you won't be bothered with touts in touristic places (Taman Fatahillah, Jalan Jaksa, Monas). The only thing you risk is buying some overpriced crap.
→ The terrorist threat exists, like in any other worldwide metropolis.
→ If you get arrested by the police (it is rare but it can happen), you will be asked to show your passport. They might ask for some money if you don't have it with you (IDR100,000). If you haven't done anything wrong, just wait and they'll let you go after a few minutes.
→ Don't do drugs, Indonesia is still very strict about it and, as a foreigner, you won't get away with it easily.

Do you think I forgot to mention something important in this Jakarta travel guide for single guys? Please just leave me a comment below.

13 comments to '' Jakarta Travel Guide - For Single Guys [2024] "

  1. Reading this makes me think that my only option is p4p as im not white, not REALLY handsome bla bla... (Just joking)

    1. This is not what I wrote. I said that white guys have an advantage in Jakarta. It's hard to deny that, unless you are blind. It doesn't mean non-white can't be successful. A lot of them are. And I said Tinder is enough for handsome guys, but the rest might want to consider more traditional websites. Again, I just recommend a strategy and I'm not saying you can't get a girl if you are ugly. Just don't use an app where you are judged based on your look. That's just logic.

  2. Great Guide. One other good piece of advice I would add is for withdrawing cash from ATM machines in Indonesia. As your bank may charge you high fees for using an overseas card to withdraw money it is best to try and withdraw the maximum amount each time you use an ATM. You generally have two dominations that are issued from ATM machines - IDR50,000 and IDR100,000 notes. There were normally be a sign on the machine showing which domination is issued. Generally the 50,000 ATM's well only issue a maximum of IDR1.5 Million (30 notes) while the 100,000 ATM's vary from between IDR 2 million to IDR 3 million.

    For best value you should try and find a 100,000 machine that issues the maximum amount of IDR 3 Million (30 notes). Some bank 100,000 ATM's I know that allow the maximum are the following:

    1. CIMB
    2. Permata
    3. HSBC
    4. Citibank
    5. Commonwealth Bank

    The advice is especially important If you make it to the underground clubs of North Jakarta to party hard as there are somethings you may require that can only be purchased using cash and even if cards are accepted it may be best to use cash because of a risk of card skimming in the more seedy establishments.

  3. Hi thibaud! Could you please give some information about which clubs and bars that will open during ramadhan season? Thank you

  4. what do you recommend for accommodation for a 3 months stay in jakarta?

    1. Depends on your budget... I often stay in studios in Taman Sari Semanggi or in Thamrin City... Around 7-8M per month all inclusive... Please read:

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  6. Single guys /I am white, if that important/ are very welcome and a subject of special treatment. Would recommend Jakarta for maybe 7 days partying, to complete the week cycle. I managed to visit some, but unfortunately not all the landmarks. So, went to - Dragonfly, CJ, BATS, Colloseum, Golden crown, Illigals, Immigrant, Cloud, and hotel-club Classic. CJ and BATS totally correspond to the reputation, even the atmosphere is good, relaxed and working girls not aggressive, but very present and attentive. CJ has a better design and more space. Illigals and Colloseum are way to dark, noisy and withe extreme majority of guys or girls withing groups. Maybe depends on the day of the week. Dragonfly was really great and expensive. Taxi drivers did not know Empirica, so I went to Immigrant which was disappointing. And finally Classic hotel is really extraordinary. The choice of girls on all 3 levels is exceptional, and anybody can find at least 15-20 very good looking girls of choice. On the minus side are mamasans, totally unbearable, aggressive, annoying, evil looking, frowning. Maybe only on the ground floor you can partially avoid this by sitting at the bar and ignoring.

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  9. My local tour guide brought me to the “real heaven” in Jakarta where you can have not only a happy ending but also “substances” that will make your night unforgettable.

  10. any good place for brown foreign men? I mean which bars/clubs has the less whites, less whites= less competition, so better for me as brown man. which places are these?