As one of Southeast Asia’s best kept secrets, Indonesia comprises of over 170,000 islands, each one more beautiful than the last, and each one offering the promise of forever captivating the soul of a humble tourist.
Home to the world’s second largest tropical forest, active volcanoes, a diverse variety of wildlife, and some of the most pristine beaches on earth, Wonderful Indonesia offers a little something for everybody. With the cheap flights on offer, there has never been a better time to start planning your trip than right now!
Generally speaking, Indonesia’s dry season – running from June through September – is peak tourist season. A lot of entertainment venues close up during Ramadan, and a lot of Indonesians tend to spend time with their families at the end of this time, also known as Eid Al-Fitr. If you’re planning on surfing, make sure you book a cheap flight to Indonesia somewhere between April and September. Keep in mind that peak season in Indonesia sees a spike in accommodation and flight rates, so be sure to book your flights well in advance if you’re planning a peak season Indonesian holiday.
Indonesia’s wet season runs from mid-January through to March and also marks the off season for touristic activities, although this varies greatly depending on which island you’re visiting. The off season offers you with the opportunity to find cheaper flight and accommodation deals, but do make sure you book well in advance to avoid stumbling into availability issues at some of the more popular islands such as Bali.
The Indonesian archipelago has tropical temperatures year round, which means that any time can be a great time to visit the country. The best time to book a flight to Indonesia would generally be between May and September if you’re looking at enjoying dry, sunny weather, but this can cost a lot more than it would should you book a flight between August and April.
Qatar Airways, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, and Kenya Airways all offer cheap flights to and from Indonesia. Although all of them have their own set of pros and cons, you’ll have to decide whether cheaper flight prices or more onboard comfort is essential to you. The cheapest flights to Indonesia are often found using South African Airways, although the more comfortable option might well be flying with an airline such as Qatar Airways.
When you arrive at Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, you can either use the bus service or a taxi to get to the city center. Buses run to the city center every 20 to 40 minutes, although getting there can take up to an hour. Taxi transfers from the Jakarta airport are easy and convenient to use, and they’re also faster if you’re in a hurry.
Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar is located 13km south of the city center, and traveling to the city center is relatively easy when making use of the buses and taxis at the airport. You may also hire a car from a car rental company, although this might be easier said than done with all the traffic in the city.
The Juanda International Airport is located 30km outside of the city center, which can be reached with a direct bus trip from the airport. There are also a variety of metered taxis parked outside of the airport which may get you to the city center faster than the bus.
(prices quotes are from London)