Jakarta International Airport – also known as the Soekarno-Hatta Airport – is located on the Indonesian island of Java and serves the Greater Jakarta area, including the capital city itself. Often referred as ‘Cengkareng Airport’ by locals, it is considered the main international airport in Indonesia and one of Southeast Asia’s busiest. Named after the first President of Indonesia (Soekarno) as well as the first vice-President (Mohammad Hatta), the Airport today has 3 terminals with a fourth one under construction and serves over 40 million passengers each year.
Free shuttle buses are available to help tourists travel between Terminals 1, 2 and 3 – these run every 5-10 minutes. Terminal 2 is usually reserved for international arrivals and departures (with some exceptions) whilst Terminals 1 and 3 are used for domestic flights.
Services and Facilities
A limited number of duty-free shops can be found within Soekarno-Hatta Airport. F&B outlets like restaurants, cafeterias and bars are also available; these include A&Ws, traditional restaurants like Anglo Resto and Ayam Goreng Fatmawati, cafes like Bagus Café, Baskin Robbins, Beard Papa, Dunkin Donuts and many others. Other facilities available at Soekarno-Hatta Airport include ATMs, money-changing facilities, smoking lounges, prayer rooms and baggage storage facilities.
For travelers needing to some shut-eye before their next flight, an Airport Hotel is available in Terminal 2E of Soekarno-Hatta Airport. Rooms can be booked in time blocks, or over the night.