- intracity buses, KOPAJA in Jakarta (Koperasi Angkutan Jakarta, Jakarta transportation cooperation). They have numbers and routes associated with those numbers. Non air conditioned, and when they're full, the sardines laugh at you for getting on. Notice the ones that pass by around the areas you want to be in. Later, when you're farther away you can hop on those same ones. Rp 2000
- intercity buses. The one I use to go from Bogor to Jakarta and back every day is called Agra Mas. Many other private companies serve this market. Rp 11500
- angkots/microlets. Tiny buses, smaller than American minivans, some are Kijangs. The back seats are configured to hold as many people as possible. I've counted 14 people total in the car and 3 live chickens. Again they have routes and route numbers. Just like buses, notice the ones around the area you want to be in (your house, your favorite supermarket, etc). The big disadvantage is when these guys sit around waiting for their vehicle to get full before they take off. Angkots will serve smaller roads than buses Rp 2500
*Note: neither angkots or buses have a set schedule or stops. You tell them you want to get off about 20 meters or less beforehand and if you're lucky they'll stop. If not they'll slow down.
- Busway buses. I've only taken these one time. Air conditioned, will get full enough that the sardines laugh at you. But seems to be more organized, schedules, stops and all. They are limited to the busways so they get used to get across Jakarta rather than point to point. Rp 3000
- Taxis. Pretty obvious. I was told to be careful with the ones who cheat with the meters. The most reliable one I've been told is Bluebird.
- Bajaj. If you know what tuk-tuks are in Thailand, this is the Indonesian version. Bajaj is actually a motorcycle manufacturer. They make these three wheeled atrocities and since they're cheap (I mean cheap, not inexpensive), many people use them for a business. You bargain for how much you want to pay to get from one place to another. It's not bad when you're in it, usually pretty horrible when you're behind it
- Ojek. Motocycle taxis. They're basically just like a Bajaj, but on two wheels. You bargain for how much you want to pay for the ride. If it's raining, expect to pay more both on the Bajaj and Ojek. Watch your knee, since you're riding in the back, depending on the motorcycle, your knee might be the widest point of the whole contraption. And trust me, the ojek driver will slip into some tight spots that will scrape your knee. Amazingly, aside from light brushes on other cars, my knee is still intact (at least from the ojek experience).
- Becak. Pedicab. Whatever. The driver sits behind you on this three wheeled contraption and they pedal you to your destination. Bargain for how much you want to pay for the ride.
*Note in all of the above transportation methods except the taxi, wear your backpack in front. Separate your money and never take out your big bills. Don't have anything in your back pocket. Hold your bags/purse tightly. When you're on a becak or ojek, people have been known to grab your belongings and ride away on their motorcycle. Pick pockets in angkots and buses.
*Note: I'm not trying to discourage people from taking the above transportations, just some precautions and general info. As a matter of fact, other than the taxi and the buses and obviously becak, the other ones are your best bet to get from one place to another FAST (ojek, bajaj and angkot). They rely on high turn over of passengers so the fastest they get you from one place to another the more money they make.
*I don't know where to find schedules (or at least routes) of these things.\
- http://www.nebeng.com/ and other websites list the different car pool options.