As a capital city, Jakarta also provides many public transportation options that connect almost all areas at affordable prices. Yes, some are packed but using public transportation is more efficient than riding or driving your own vehicles.

Public Transportation

1. TransJakarta/Busway

ransJakarta is a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Jakarta. The buses run in dedicated lanes so it is free from traffic jam most of the time (unless on several corridors where lanes are also used by private vehicles). It is also very cheap, only Rp2.000 (from 5am to 7am) and Rp3.500 for a single trip on regular hours.

Automatic fare collection system installed.


2. KAI Commuter Jabodetabek

A Commuter Jabodetabek (or more commonly known as Commuterline) is a commuter rail system within Jakarta. KA (Kereta Api or train) Commuter serves commuters in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, South Tangerang, and Bekasi. The trains used for Commuterline are all air-conditioned, clean, and some have female-only carriages as well. The ticket price for the first 25 kilometers is Rp2.000 and Rp1.000 for the next 10 kilometers.

Automatic fare collection system installed.


3. Private owned Buses

There are a number of private operators such as Mayasari Bakti, Jasa Utama, Kopaja, Metromini, etc. Information for these is harder to get and there is no timetable either. Buses with “AC” sticker on it indicate that the buses are air-conditioned, but some are not. Each bus has a number on it that indicates the route it serves. These buses do not always stop at bus stops, they stop practically everywhere they find people stop them.
Automatic fare collection system installed.

Buses- Jakarta

Cards support public transportation as well as retails

1. Flazz card from BCA bank

Flazz card is multi-functional and can be used to pay at food and beverage, mini-market, supermarket, hypermarket, gas station, parking, book store, recreation, public transport (Transjakarta, Commuter Line Jabodetabek, and Trans Jogja) and many more merchants at more than 57 thousand outlets. Flazz top up using cash is now available.
Top up from machine : BCA branch, ATM BCA Non-Cash, Top Up Center Flazz, and/or EDC machine at merchants with Top Up Flazz logo, such as: Alfa Express, Alfamart, Alfa Midi, Circle K, Es Teler 77, Indomaret, Lawson, Solaria, Superindo, Toko Buku Gramedia, etc.

Top up using cash: Alfa Express, Alfamart, Alfa Midi, Es Teler 77, Lawson, and Gramedia book store.

2. TapCash from BNI bank.

TapCash is an Electronic Money substitute for cash that can be refilled, can be used for payments at BNI cooperation merchants.
TapCash can be used in:

  • TransJakarta Bus
  • Jabodetabek Commuter Line Trains
  • Reska E-Parking
  • Trans Semarang Bus
  • Trans Jogja Bus
  • Toll Gates
  • Alfamart
  • Lawson
  • Snowbay Waterpark
  • And more…



The success of automatic fare collection (AFC) and cashless payment in Jakarta sets a base of a similar development in other cities of Indonesia

There are over 14 cities in Indonesia with a population of over 1 million people.

1 East Jakarta 2,693,896
2 Surabaya 2,765,487
3 Medan 2,097,610
4 Bekasi 2,334,871
5 Bandung 2,394,873
6 West Jakarta 2,281,945
7 South Jakarta 2,062,232
8 Makassar 1,338,663
9 North Jakarta 1,645,659
10 Depok 1,738,570
11 Semarang 1,555,984
12 Tangerang 1,798,601
13 Palembang 1,455,284
14 South Tangerang 1,290,322

There is a good opportunity to develop an AFC system and cashless payment in these cities.

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Post Author: Keith Lau

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