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Riding a bus in Indonesia endangers your life more than a roller coaster

As we know, bus only stops at bus stops and the bus arrives in specific time according to the schedule. Japanese people are known for their integrity and punctuality. If the famous bullet train or the bus is late for even 1 minute, the authority must apologize to all the commuters.

However, here in Indonesia, buses are violating every rule that has been made for them.
For example, the stopping-everywhere system enabling you to get into the bus easily at anywhere you want. That will disturb other vehicles because sudden stopping everywhere can cause a traffic jam or even accident. Another consequence of this system is the buses’ arrival is not certain. Sometimes the arrival time between buses is short, but sometimes you have to wait for the longest time for them to arrive.

The other downside of the buses in Indonesia is the driver of the bus. The driver often speeding, smoking, eating, and drinking while driving, and even stopping just to have some chats with another bus driver in the middle of the street that makes the traffic stuck instantly. Another risk of rule violations is, of course, accidents with pedestrians, cars, or motorcycles.

Most buses operating now are old buses. They are used every day from day to night with minimum maintenance. Therefore, broken chairs and doors are not a rare sight anymore for Indonesian busses. The doors are opened to make the passengers get in and out quickly, and for the co-driver to see if there is any person who wants to get on the bus or not. These opened doors allow the bus to have more passengers too, so it is a normal sight when you see an overcrowded bus with people hanging on the edge of the doors in Indonesia.
Furthermore, the buses’ engine often breakdowns in the middle of transporting the passengers, they need to be moved to other buses then.

Other than being neglected, passengers have no time to sit first. The bus will always go after the passenger’s foot is on the step, even though their body is not fully inside the bus. Moreover, there is no way for handicapped people to get on the bus, as there are no facility for them at all. You may see a space for handicapped people inside Transjakarta buses or busway, but there is no access for them to reach the bus stop.

There are also many other threats inside the bus besides the bus and the drivers’ factors. There are criminals inside the bus. Don’t ever trust people you just met easily. They can hypnotize you and take your valuables without you being conscious of it. There are pickpockets too, they usually work in a group or alone and using distraction tactics to steal your wallet or phone. For women, it is a must not to wear anything that shows too much of your body as the sexual harassers are everywhere. The most extreme criminal is the gangsters. They bring sharp weapon and threat every passenger on the bus to give their valuables to them.

Nevertheless how bad it is, many Indonesian people still use this public transportation, either they like it or they have to because they don’t have motorcycles or cars.
Or is it because the new ‘kopaja’ is around? It has a new look, installed with wifi services.

(See this video below to see the new ‘kopaja’)

But still, for international tourists, you really have to think several times before you decide to ride a bus in Indonesia.

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

The best taxi color might be blue

Taxi has always been chosen as the most comfortable public transportation, other than the bullet train like in Japan or Tram in England.
It’s a car, it’s relatively cheap, it feels somewhat luxurious, and it’s convenient.

We also have taxi in Indonesia. In fact, there are many brands of taxis. A developing country with 250 million people with no taxi is ridiculous.
But out of so many brands of taxis, do you know which one to choose?
Because there are other things to be considered beside the service and the fare, such as the argometer and the safety. (Your safety and your wallet safety)

There are two brands that I will talk about here because these two, Blue Bird and Express, are the safest ones with the best service. Take these two brands if you are choosing to go with a taxi. Other than these, take your own risk. Besides, most drivers of these two brands are able to speak English a little.

For Blue Bird, opening the door and confirming that you are riding the taxi will cost you IDR 6.000 ($ US 0,6), going for 1 km costs IDR 3.000 ($ US 0,3), and if you want them to wait, it will cost you IDR 30.000 ($ US 3) per hour.

Now, the service. You can call them 24/7 to go to a designated place. Their service areas are Jakarta, Bali, Bandung, Banten, Batam, Lombok, Medan, Manado, Palembang, Padang, Pekanbaru, Semarang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, and they are still expanding. Their AC is always on and they always use the argometer. They also have services for logistic transportation or mass transportation.

For Express, they used to have cheaper fare than the Blue Bird but now they have the same fare.

For all the good things, there must also be bad things. You have to know that there are some ‘naughty’ taxis. When you get in, they don’t want to use the argometer but a specific price.
You must reject this and ask to use the argometer whenever possible because there is a high chance that you are getting a marked-up price.
You actually only need to spend, say, IDR 50.000 ($ US 5) but you are offered the marked-up price like IDR 100.000 ($ US 10).
Tourists and expatriates are the most targeted people since they don’t know the real distance.

Furthermore, some of the ‘naughty’ taxis which use their argometer might have it tampered. For example, from the actual IDR 50.000 ($ US 5) can go to IDR 75.000 ($ US 7,5).
Even if it’s not tampered, they might choose the longer route just to have higher fare.

For your wallet safety, the wallet is safe but the inside is not always safe.
When you have arrived at your destination and you want to pay, the taxi driver does not always have a change.
For example, the argometer shows IDR 87.900 ($ US 8,8). Then, since you just changed your currency to IDR (Indonesian Rupiah), you only have IDR 50.000 ($ US 5) and IDR 100.000 ($ US 10).
So, you will need to give the driver IDR 100.000 ($ US 10), and the change will be IDR 12.100 ($ US 1,2).
Nowadays in Indonesia, IDR 100 ($ US 0,01) is not used anymore so you can omit it and think of it as giving money to charity.
That leaves you with the IDR 12.000 ($ US 1,2). But as I said before, lying or not, they don’t always have the change. Even if they do have, it will not make up to the IDR 12.000 ($ US 1,2)
I know this is frustrating but just offer them to keep the change.

There is no better solution to this than having a local friend who, of course, is the most familiar of getting around in his or her own country.

(See this video below about the Blue Bird taxi)

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

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