There are many options to travel around Indonesia, especially on Java. Trains are cheap, air conditioned and if you book executive or business class, seats are allocated. There are intercity buses between all major cities and towns which will depart and drop you off at the bus terminal.
Minibus services offer a door to door service to main destinations too. Road travel is not as pleasant as the train and often takes longer due to the lack of toll roads in Java.
Air travel is a little bit more expensive but with high competition between the airlines and frequent promo flights, it is an affordable option and by far the quickest. Flights to Bali & Lombok can usually be purchased for under $100/£60 return. There are many airlines flying in Indonesia and there are often heavily discount promo fares to be found. Register with the airlines to receive a newsletter informing you of current promotions.
Hotels across South East Asia are very good value for money and Indonesia is no exception. A 4 star hotel in Java can cost as little as $40 and a simple but clean hotel with pool in Bali $15-20.
More articles about living in Indonesia
- Sidoarjo city guide
- Cost of living in Indonesia
- Money, banks and saving
- Is travelling expensive?
- Are weekend breaks possible?
- What can I do outside of work?
- What about the food? Being vegetarian?
- Western women in Indonesia
- What’s the culture like?
- EF housing