Practical tips

  • If you are flying to Jakarta from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportSoekarno-Hatta International Airport CGK, located about 20 km (12.5 miles) west of the city center of Jakarta. The driving time from the airport to the city center can vary greatly depending on traffic conditions, but it typically takes around 30-60 minutes. There are many hotels located near the airport, primarily in the Tangerang area - some of them offer shuttle services to and from the airport.

    The second Jakarta airport - Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport HLP - is located approximately 10 km (6 miles) southeast of the city center. HLP is a relatively small airport compared to CGK, and it primarily serves domestic flights; currently, only Citilink provides scheduled flights to and from HLP airport.

    These are also the best (and cheapest) airports to fly into Jakarta. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce, and airfare decreases as a result.
Best airports to fly into Jakarta: Soekarno–Hatta Airport (CGK) and Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (HLP)
Jakarta has two international airports – Soekarno-Hatta International Airport CGK and Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport HLP. CGK is the main airport serving Jakarta, and is located about 20 km (12 miles) northwest of the city center in the Tangerang Regency. HLP is closer to the city center (about 15 km / 9 miles) and it serves only domestic flights.
  • Once in Jakarta, take advantage of frequent intercity flights operated by domestic airlines such as Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia, Lion Air, Batik Air, Citilink, NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air, Super Air Jet, Susi Air, TransNusa, Trigana Air, and Wings Air. Those in-country carriers typically offer lower fares, operate from smaller airports located closer to city centers (you save on ground transportation) and provide flexible schedules – with a wide range of departure times.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Jakarta can be easily reached with regional low-cost carriers (LCCs) by the likes of AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, FlyNas, VietJet Air, and Scoot. If you have a layover in Jakarta and plan to fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries, these budget airlines are an excellent way to save money.

Flights to Jakarta
from United States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Jakarta. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Jakarta, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop.
  • Jakarta is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Jakarta with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada.
  • The best airlines to fly to Jakarta from the US and Canada are: American Airlines, Emirates, EVA Air Japan Airlines, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.

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Flights to Jakarta from Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Jakarta — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. Currently, only Garuda Indonesia and Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) are offering direct flights from Europe to Jakarta. Both airlines operates a few non-stop flights a week from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport AMS to Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta airport CGK. These direct flights cover the route in about 14-16 hours at the cost of around $600-$800 if booked early. If you are looking for the shortest journeys, consider airlines that operate flights from Europe to Jakarta with only one stop Singapore Airlines (from Frankfurt via Singapore), Malaysia Airlines (from Amsterdam or Frankfurt via Kuala Lumpur), Thai Airways (from Brussels or Frankfurt via Bangkok) or Cathay Pacific (from Amsterdam via Hong Kong)
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Jakarta include Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Garuda Indonesia, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Thai Airways, and Turkish Airlines.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to Jakarta from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Leverage frequent promotions from European budget carriers like RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to reach a major hub; from there, take a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination, potentially saving hundreds of euros.

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Things to know before flying to Jakarta
Airlines flying to JakartaAeroflot, Aeromexico, Air Baltic, Air China, Air France, AirAsia, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Batik Air, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Citilink, Egypt Air, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, FlyNas, Garuda Indonesia, Iberia, IndiGo, Japan Airlines, Jet Blue, KLM, Korean Air, Lion Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Nam Air, Oman Air, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, SAS, Saudia, Scoot, Shadong Airlines, Shenzen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Sriwijaya Air, SWISS, Super Air Jet, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines, Wings Air, Xiamen Airlines
Indonesian airlinesAirAsia, Lion Air, Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air, Super Air Jet, Susi Air, TransNusa, Trigana Air, Wings Air
Main airports in JakartaSoekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK)
Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport (HLP)
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €700 – €1100 (from Europe)
✈ $1000 to $1700 (from USA)

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Destination Bali? Consider flying to Jakarta or Singapore first

Depending on your departure airport, you may find flight prices to Jakarta and Singapore much lower than airfare directly to Bali’s Denpasar. Jakarta to Bali is just a 2 hours flight, and if you switch to a local budget airline (AirAsia, Citilink, Batik Air), it shouldn’t cost you more than $50 – $80. You can find similar flight deals from Singapore to Bali with local carriers such as Scoot, Jetstar, and AirAsia (~ $100 – $150).

The cheapest time to fly to Jakarta

The cheapest time to fly to Bali is from October to April (excluding dates around Christmas and New Year).

Being a tropical country, Indonesia has just two seasons – the dry season and the wet (rainy) season. Weather patterns vary across the country, with the rainy season in Bali typically running from October to April. It is the low tourist season when Bali experiences humid and rainy weather and fewer visitors. However, the rains are usually short and sharp, come in the late afternoon or evening, and are interspersed with sunny days with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees. It makes it a lovely time to be on the Island of Gods, and the travelers who brave the downpours are rewarded with the cheapest flights, low hotel rates, and a more relaxed atmosphere.

Another good option for cheap flights to Bali is from April to June – it is the spring/summer shoulder season that comes just before the high season. The island isn’t yet packed with tourists, and flight prices can be 30-50% cheaper than in the peak months from July to September.

Don’t book tours or activities in advance

For most Bali tourist destinations, anything you see online will be more expensive than what you pay at your local travel agent. So do research online, choose your itinerary, then wait till you arrive and you can negotiate a much lower price in person.

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Don’t use currency exchange kiosks at the airport

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Indonesian airports are no exception. Exchange kiosks at the Denpasar Airport in Bali usually charge higher fees which are sometimes hidden within the poorer exchange rates they offer – their business is based on charging extra for being a convenient, last-minute option.

Plan ahead and exchange some money for the Indonesian rupiah at home.

Flying on Indonesian public holidays is expensive

Big holidays and events such as Chinese New Year (February), Ramadan and Idul Fitri (May), and Idul Adha (July) will undoubtedly affect your trip to Bali – adjust your travel dates to avoid expensive tickets. As many Indonesians choose Bali as their holiday destination, airfares and accommodation prices are rising, and transportation may be limited.

Prices also skyrocket during such national holidays as Hari Merdeka (31 August), Wesak Day (10 May), and Hari Raya Puasa (May). Last but not least, try to avoid school holidays in May, June and December.

Please note that on Nyepi Day (Balinese New Year, and the day of complete silence) Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar is totally closed – no planes land or take off for 24 hours (starting at 6 am). Also, all hotels in Bali do not accept check-ins or check-outs throughout that day.

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Domestic flights from Jakarta

Most domestic routes in Indonesia are operated by local carriers. When traveling to popular tourist destinations such as Bali, Surabaya, Makassar, Medan, Yogyakarta, Balikpapan, Lombok from Jakarta Airport, you’ll likely fly with one of these domestic airlines: Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia, Lion Air, Batik Air, Citilink, NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air, Super Air Jet, Susi Air, TransNusa, Trigana Air, and Wings Air.

This is often the best transportation method, providing speed, convenience, and cost-effectiveness. Local airlines often offer multiple daily flights to key destinations, providing flexibility in scheduling and competitive pricing. They also serve smaller regional airports, enabling access to a wider range of Indonesian destinations.

Flights to Jakarta
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Flights to Jakarta
from major hubs in Asia

  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to Jakarta look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Jakarta will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting Indonesia and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet, and VietJet Air. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.

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