Faculty of Computer Science (New Building), Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Greater Jakarta, Indonesia
Currency and Exchange Rate
The Indonesian currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), with an exchange rate of 1 USD = ~15,000 IDR as of early June. Please note that IDR usually has a very bad exchange rate abroad. We therefore recommend bringing commonly used foreign currencies (typically USD, but AUD, SGD, EUR, and GBP are also widely accepted in money changers across Jakarta) to Indonesia, and exchange the currency to IDR once you arrive in Jakarta. There are various money changers at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK; Jakarta's main airport), but typically the exchange rates are a bit worse than in money changers outside the airport.
Debit or credit cards (typically Visa and Mastercard) are largely accepted at shops and restaurants in the mall, but they are not usually accepted for taxi payment or meals at the university canteens or streetside stalls. We therefore recommend carrying enough IDR in cash for such purposes.
International flights typically arrive at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) in Tangerang, Greater Jakarta. The easiest way to get from the airport to Depok (where the event will be located) is by taxis, which will take 1-1.5 hours depending on traffic (could be more during weekday rush hours). The taxi cost will be roughly 20-30 USD (300k-450k IDR), including the toll road fee. We advise SEAMLS participants to find fellow participants with similar travel schedules on the mailing list/Facebook Group in order to share the taxi cost from the airport to Depok. We strongly recommend participants to only use Blue Bird Group (https://www.bluebirdgroup.com/) and Express Group (http://expressgroup.co.id/expressweb/) taxis.
Please note that most taxis do not accept card payment, so travellers will have to pay the IDR amount in cash. The only exception is the premium Silver Bird Taxi, which accepts card payment but is more expensive than regular taxis. There are also public transportation options from Soekarno-Hatta Airport to Depok, but they generally take much longer and are somewhat hard to navigate for non-Indonesian speakers.
Participants travelling by train will typically arrive at Gambir Railway Station in Central Jakarta. Taxis from Gambir Station to Depok would take around 1 hour (can be more during weekday rush hours), and cost around 15-20 USD (200k-300k IDR). There are also public transportation options, which similarly take much longer and can be hard to navigate for non-Indonesian speakers.
There are several accommodation options in Depok. None of the hotel options are inside the Universitas Indonesia campus, where the event will be located. While some of these options might be within walking distance to the event venue (the closest one is a 23-minute walk), we advise participants to use taxis or ride-sharing apps (our sponsor GO-JEK has various ride-sharing options through their app) to travel between the hotel and the event venue. The accommodation price ranges from 30-80 USD per night depending on the hotel. If needed, we advise SEAMLS participants to find fellow participants to share a hotel room. Some of the hotel options are listed below:
- The Margo Hotel (closest to the event venue, 23-minute walk, and very close to Margo City, which is the biggest mall in the area)
- Savero Hotel Depok
- Favehotel Margonda Depok (budget hotel)
- Hotel Bumi Wiyata
- Hotel Santika Depok
Other options are available, such as through AirBnb and our sponsor Airy Rooms. Student participants who were awarded accommodation as part of the travel grant will be allocated rooms at The Margo hotel.
Check-in Time and Arriving Early
Check-in time at The Margo Hotel (where student participants who were awarded accommodation will be staying) is at 14:00 (2 PM) local time, on Sunday, July 7th 2019. For participants who are arriving on Saturday (July 6th) or very early in the morning on Sunday, one option is to book their own accommodation for one night between Saturday and Sunday.
Some hotel options near Soekarno-Hatta Airport (non-exhaustive, please double check the price for your date; prices range from 25 - 70 USD per night depending on the hotel):
- Jakarta Airport Hotel (the only hotel directly inside the airport, located in terminal 2E)
- Ibis Budget Jakarta Airport
- Amaris Hotel Bandara Soekarno Hatta
- Bandara International Hotel by AccorHotels
Alternatively, participants can also stay between Saturday and Sunday in Depok (hotel options as mentioned above).