Soekarno-Hatta Jakarta International Airport
The airport is located 12 miles northwest of Jakarta.
Named after the first president, as well as the first vice president of Indonesia, Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) is one of Indonesia’s main aerial hubs. It is located on the large and densely populated island of Java, approximately 12.5 miles west of Jakarta in the city of Tangerang.
Often referred to by locals as Cengkareng, a title originating from the name of a district to the north-west of the city, SHIA is recognised as being the second most punctual airport in the world. That’s a welcome trait as in 2010 it served just under 44 million passengers, making it the 16 busiest airport in the world.
SHIA consists of three terminal buildings. Terminals 1 and 3 handle domestic flights, while Terminal 2 tends to international flights and Garuda Airlines’ domestic flights. Terminals 1 and 2 have a selection of shops, restaurants and cafés, and parking lots are situated conveniently close to all three terminals. Current plans include the building of a fourth terminal building as well as complete refurbishment of the entire airport.
Overall, Soekarno–Hatta International Airport is efficient and well organised. Of course, like all major international airports, it can get chaotic during peak seasons. However, with new upgrades being made all the time, the airport is constantly undergoing development in order to successfully keep up with the ever-increasing number of tourists visiting it each year.
A free shuttle bus runs between the terminals.
Getting into Town
Taxi: A trip via tax to central Jakarta takes 30-45 minutes.
Bus: The DAMRI shuttle bus travels from SHIA to various destinations in Jakarta, including Rawamangun, Pasar Minggu, Blok M, Gambir, Bogor and Bekasi.
Two-thousand parking spots are spread across lots at all three terminals; long-stay parking is available at Terminals 2 and 3.
There are information desks in all three terminals, while Terminal 2 features a tourist information counter.
Money and communications: ATMs, currency exchange and post office.
Luggage: There are left luggage and lost and found facilities, as well as a porter service.
Conference and business: Executive and airline lounges are located in the transit lounge and in the departures area of Terminal 2. The departures area of Terminal 1 features a VIP lounge and the nearby Sheraton Hotel rents out several meeting rooms.
Other facilities: Facilities include a first aid post, childcare rooms and payer rooms.
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi is available at various hotspots throughout Terminal 2 as well as in lounges.
Shopping: Shops at SHIA include a large duty free area stocking a variety of typical duty free products like cigarettes and alcohol, as well as some gift shops and bookstores. Find some of the world’s top clothing brands at Plaza Bali in the International Hall.
Food and drink: Terminals 1 and 2 feature an assortment of restaurants, cafés and fast food kiosks offering both local and international menus.
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