If you ask anyone about Jakarta, one of the first things they'll mention is the traffic. It's one of the greatest challenges that people new to the city experience.

About four million people commute in and out of Jakarta every day. Traffic is an unavoidable reality. Fortunately, Nord Anglia School Jakarta is within a quiet, residential area of Jakarta, and the popular neighbouring expat areas make transport to and from school relatively simple.


Motor vehicles

In many expat contracts, companies provide a vehicle and driver to help navigate Jakarta’s chaotic and poorly marked streets. Public transport is limited. Travelling in a car remains one of Jakarta's realities. To rent your own vehicle, expect to pay around $1,000 per month.

Taxis are also plentiful and affordable. The flag fall is 8000Rp for the first kilometre and each subsequent 100 metres is charged at around 300Rp. It can be helpful to have your destination written in Bahasa, because many cab drivers have limited English. Other transport companies include Grab and Uber. Each of these companies have apps that you can use to request a driver from anywhere in the city at a reasonable rate.

Motorcycle taxis (or ojeks) can navigate their way around traffic easier than cars. GoJek is an app similar to Grab and Uber that connects passengers with drivers for motorcycle transport.



Many parents around expatriate communities in Kemang, Sudirman, and Kuningan cycle as a sustainable alternative to driving. It’s a handy way to avoid gridlocked traffic, reduces the use of petrol, avoids parking costs, and supports your fitness. We encourage you to wear a mask, however, to avoid health issues from pollution.


We've been new before, too. And we’re passionate about supporting you through every step of your child’s learning journey – including helping your family settle into Jakarta's unique rhythms.

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