The practical information about Indonesia

The practical information about Indonesia below is the basic information you need to know as it would be really helpful for your Indonesia trip.

Indonesia Time zones


Indonesia has three time zones, those are Western Indonesia Time [Indonesian : Waktu Indonesia Bagian Barat or WIB], it is GMT +7 and covers Sumatra, Java, Madura, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan.

The second one is Central Indonesia Time [Indonesian: Waktu Indonesia Bagian Tengah or WITA], it is GMT +8 and covers East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, Nusa Tenggara.

The third one is Eastern Indonesia Time Time [Indonesian: Waktu Indonesia Bagian Timur or WIT], it is GMT +9 and covers Maluku and Irian Jaya. While the capital Jakarta is GMT + 7 or 16 hours ahead of US Pacific Standard Time.

Indonesia Office Hours

The Indonesia office hours starts from 8 AM to 4 PM (or 9 AM to 5 PM). Lunch break is between 12.00 to 1 PM. Most of the offices are closed on Saturdays and Sunday, this also applies to government offices.

Indonesia Banking Hours
8 AM to 3 PM is the standard banking hours, and it is working days are from Monday to Friday.




Indonesia Currency & Cost to travel to Indonesia

The currency of Indonesia is Indonesia Rupiah and in short written as IDR. The daily exchange rate information can be found in either local banks, newspapers, travel agents, currency exchange office or internet.

Costs vary depending on where you go, but Indonesia remains one of the cheapest travel destinations in Asia. Hotels, food and transport are all inexpensive in US dollar terms.

Food Cost

You can easily find delicious but cheap meals at warung (street vendor stall) which only cost you about Rp 10,000 to Rp. 15,000 per meal, it is about USD 2.

Hostel/Accomodation

Room to stay maybe the most expensive expenses you spend compare to other expenses but again it is stil affordable and of course if you want a fancy food will cost you more.

The budget room with Air Conditioning included cost about US $ 20 to 35 per day, and if you want in the more luxury rooms it costs you around US$40 and US$200 per day.

Indonesia Transport

Public bus, domestics airlines, ferry, online taxi (both car and motorbike) are available in Indonesia.

Nowadays, in the most of big cities in Indonesia there are government owned bus with air conditioning that can transfer you within the city at affordable price, like TransJakarta in Jakarta and TransJogja in Jogjakarta.

The other more convenient option to travel across the archipelago is the domestic flights, such as Garuda airline, citi link, lion air etc. Traveloka is one of the trustworthy sites where you can book your domestic flights using this link https://www.traveloka.com/en/flight

Indonesia Electricity

Indonesia electrical plug
Electric power supply is 220 – 240 volts in all regions. The sockets/plug only fits the two pins rounded-tip plugs (technically known as Type C, E, and F), therefore you should take your adaptors with you.

Indonesia Internet connection

If you need internet connection on your phone, the following options are considered reliable in the most of Indonesia regions.

GSM/UMTS Network (GPRS/EDGE/3G/HSPA) provided by;

  • Telkomsel
  • XL and
  • Indosat.

You can ask help from the phone shop assistance to help you installing one of those simcards for the internet connections.

Most of the hotels provide the internet connections but most likely you have to pay the extra cost. The good news is that most of the modern cafes, coffee shops and restaurants in Indonesia normally have free internet connections for their customers.

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