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Why Fly to Jakarta?
Sitting on the north west of Java, one of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands, the capital Jakarta is a rapidly-growing city with a rich colonial past. At the dead centre of the city is Medan Merdeka, a sunburnt grassy square where the 137m high marble, bronze and gold Monas Tower glints in the sunshine, a monument created to symbolise the indomitability of the Indonesian People. Many tourists head for the quaint suburb of Kota during their stay in Jakarta. This former administrative centre of the Dutch trading empire still retains its colonial feel and is centred around the cobbled square Taman Fatahillah which is surrounded by museums and historical buildings. You can use Travelzoo’s SuperSearch to find cheap flights to Jakarta.
Flying to Jakarta from the UK
The majority of flights leaving the UK for Jakarta depart from London Heathrow but there is a service from London Gatwick as well.
Popular Flight Routes to Jakarta
Which Airlines Fly to Jakarta?
Asian and Middle Eastern carriers fly to Jakarta from London Heathrow including Malaysian Airlines, stopping at Kuala Lumpur, Cathay Pacific by way of Hong Kong, Etihad via Abu Dhabi and Qatar Airways stopping at Doha. Singapore Airlines operates services to Jakarta from London Heathrow via Changi airport in Singapore. You can also fly with Emirates from London Gatwick, stopping in Dubai. European carriers Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa also operates Jakarta services from London Heathrow, via Istanbul and Frankfurt respectively.
Mini Travel Guide to Jakarta
In genteel Kota, the pretty Taman Fatahillah square offers up four museums within yards of each other that educate visitors about Jakarta and its people. The Jakarta History Museum tells the city’s story while the Wayang Museum details the Java art of puppetry, in one of the oldest buildings in the city. You’ll also find the Balai Seni Rupa fine art museum and its neighbouring Ceramics Museum. One mile north is the historic harbour at Sunda Kelapa where tourists sit with a cool drink and watch the wooden schooners drift into the 800-year-old port. A bustling market operates here into the evening – a great place to eat fresh grilled fish for supper. You can also have a look around the 19th century watchtower Uitkijk, built to direct boats into the harbour, and the fascinating Maritime Museum, housed in former Dutch/East Indies warehouses and chronicling the area’s historic spice trade tales.
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