The Ultimate Jakarta Itinerary 3 Days

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Planning a Jakarta Itinerary for 3 days would be challenging as it is Indonesia’s largest city. Nonetheless, by sacrificing a few things, we may be able to check out many of the must-visit places in Jakarta.

This city is Indonesia’s main and largest city, located on the island of Java. It is well known for its notorious traffic on the one hand and its hidden treasures and shopping delights on the other. Another highlight here is the nightlife in Jakarta.

Flying into Indonesia will also bring you here as it is the home to the international airport. Taking a few days to visit this city may be rewarding. Read on for our suggested Jakarta itinerary for 3 days.

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Why is this The Ultimate Jakarta Itinerary 3 Days

This Jakarta itinerary for 3 days will cover all the essential tourist attractions in Jakarta, such as the old city of Jakarta, Merdeka Square, and Monas and Pasar Baru. We also don’t forget to get some delicious food in a vintage atmosphere at Cafe Batavia or dinner at Jalan Mannga Besar. In the first two days, you will be packed with a walkable itinerary to discover the aforementioned and more. On the last day, there are options to spend it shopping, doing something Jakarta is famed for, or heading for more cultural immersion at Taman Mini Indonesia.

Jakarta itinerary 3 days - tourist attractions map

Jakarta Itinerary 3 Days – Tourist Attractions Map
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Jakarta Itinerary Day 1 – Jakarta’s Old City, Chinatown, and surroundings

With limited days, we shall visit mainly the inner cities of Jakarta. Head to Fatahilah Square (Jakarta’s old city), walk around, and marvel at the old Dutch colonial architecture. The Jakarta History Museum is also located here when of interest. Also, do pop by Cafe Batavia, a favorite of tourists and locals alike, with a vintage atmosphere and high-quality local food.

Next, head to Glodok, Jakarta’s Chinatown, where you can find Jakarta’s well-preserved oldest temple, Jin De Yuan Temple, and many other exciting features. Since we are in this area, sneak in shopping at the local’s favorite Mangga Dua Mall. Then, end the day with a delicious dinner at Jalan Mangga Besar Raya, where various street food vendors offer delicacies such as fried rice noodles, mixed rice, Bakso, and Soto Mie.

Jakarta history museum at fatahillah square

Jakarta History Museum at Fatahillah Square. Photo by edi wibowo


  • Fatahilah Square (Jakarta’s old city)
  • Jakarta History Museum
  • Cafe Batavia
  • Glodok, Jakarta’s Chinatown
  • Jin De Yuan Temple
  • Shopping at Mangga Dua Mall

Jakarta Itinerary Day 2 – Merdeka Square, Monas, arts and culture

Today, we shall explore Merdeka Square and its surroundings. This place is the very heart of Jakarta. You can get here via train to Station Gambir. First, check out the National Gallery across the station, a combination of museum and art gallery.

Then, head north, passing by the many attractive spots such as the Istiqlal Mosque and the Jakarta Cathedral. Then check out the vibrant Pasar Baru (market), where many local and family-run businesses sell everything from clothes and watches to food and drinks. You may also want to check out Pasar Jalan Surabaya, the small charming strip of Antique Market.

After that, look for the Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Arts Theater), a Dutch colonial concert hall. There are various programs here, from theater shows to musical performances. Or chill out at the Taman Lapangan Banteng for a break at one of the best parks in Jakarta.

Next, loop back to Merdeka Square, passing by Monas, the National Monument symbolizing the fight for Indonesia. Also, visit the National Museum (temporarily closed now for restoration) to familiarize yourself with Jakarta and Indonesia’s history and culture. Before heading back, look at the National Monument again, as it lights up beautifully during the night.


  • Merdeka Square
  • National Gallery
  • Istiqlal Mosque
  • Jakarta Cathedral
  • Pasar Baru (market)
  • Jakarta Arts Theater
  • Monas (National Monument)
  • National Museum

Jakarta Itinerary Day 3 – Shopping Bonanza or Taman Mini Indonesia

Shopping Bonanza

Your shopping in Jakarta requires a day from you, thanks to the traffic in Jakarta. But if you are short on time, choose one or two shopping places. Check out the Plaza Indonesia for designer goods in central Jakarta and the large shopping mall, Grand Indonesia. If you are looking for cheap yet quality imitation goods, head to Mangga Dua in the north (if you have not checked it yet on your second day). Else, head south to Blok M mall, where you will find all sorts of fashion goods, from shoes to clothes and bags.

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Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. Photo by Seorang Fadli on Unsplash

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

If shopping is not your cup of tea, you might want to consider visiting one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area – Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. This cultural and recreational park showcases the diverse traditions, architecture, and arts of Indonesia’s 34 provinces. It features scaled-down replicas of traditional houses, museums highlighting Indonesian history and culture, cultural performances, an amusement park, and educational facilities. The park offers visitors a comprehensive experience of Indonesia’s cultural heritage in one place.

For more: Jakarta Travel Guide

How to get to Jakarta

By Air
Jakarta is served by Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK), the main international airport in Jakarta. You can book a flight to Jakarta * from major cities worldwide. Upon arrival, you can take a taxi or ride-sharing service to reach your desired destination within Jakarta.

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By Train
If you are in Indonesia, you can take a train to Jakarta *. The city is well-connected by railway networks, and there are several train stations in Jakarta, including Gambir Station and Pasar Senen Station. You can check the train schedules and book your tickets in advance at * or check out Train Rail Map, Timetable, and Fare Price.

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By Bus
Jakarta is connected to various cities in Indonesia through a network of intercity buses*. Bus terminals in Jakarta include Kampung Rambutan Terminal and Pulogadung Terminal. Bus companies operate routes to and from different regions in the country.

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By Sea
If you come
from nearby islands or neighboring countries, you can consider traveling to Jakarta by sea. Tanjung Priok Port is Jakarta’s main seaport serving passenger and cargo ships. Ferries and cruise ships also operate in the area.

Best Tours for Jakarta Itinerary 3 Days

Jakarta City Tour

Hassle-free tour of Jakarta’s capital with a friendly guide. Visit famous attractions, learn about the city’s history and culture, and enjoy convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.

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  • National Monument
  • Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
  • Private Vehicle

The Old Batavia Jakarta Day Tour

Explore the historical charm of Old Batavia in Jakarta with a private car tour. Admire the Dutch-style architecture and visit renowned attractions like the Fatahillah Museum and the National Museum of Indonesia.

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  • Old Batavia
  • Fatahillah Museum
  • National Museum

Jakarta: Full-Day Highlights Tour

Explore Jakarta’s rich history, art, traditions, and spirituality on a full-day outing. Follow your guide and see some of the city’s most popular landmarks on this specially curated highlights tour.

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  • National Monument, Istiglal Mosque
  • Old Batavia
  • Sunda Kelapa Old Harbor

Where to stay in Jakarta for 3 Days

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The best areas to stay in Jakarta would be north and central Jakarta, which have most of the tourist attractions. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend for a stay in Jakarta:

Luxury (from 150 USD)

The Hermitage, by Marriott, Central Jakarta


A charming refurbished colonial house made into an elegant hotel. The location is also strategic, near a train station and quick access to the city center and beyond. With an outdoor pool, a gym, a luxurious lounge area, and a restaurant in a courtyard, this hotel also gives a romantic atmosphere with some rooms opening up to a back garden. It’s truly a dream.
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Ritz-Carlton Hotel Jakarta Pacific Place, Kuningan, Central Jakarta

For those who want high security and a well-known hotel with world-class services. You will find all the usual luxury here, with an impressive outdoor pool and bar featuring a city skyline view. Kuningan is also well known for its upmarket shopping malls and restaurants with good sidewalks.
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Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

Harris Vertu Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta

For those looking for the best value mid-range hotel in the middle of the action. It is situated smack between all the top places to visit in Jakarta. Recommended for savvy travelers who want to cover everything in a short time. Modern, clean rooms, an outdoor pool with a view, spa, gym, and restaurant.
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Ascott Jakarta


Ascott Jakarta is a well-regarded, serviced apartment hotel in the heart of Jakarta. It offers spacious, fully furnished apartments with separate living and dining areas, kitchens, and modern amenities. The hotel has a fitness center, swimming pool, and dining options. Ascott Jakarta is known for its comfortable accommodations, convenient location, and excellent service, making it a popular choice for business and leisure travelers.
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Budget (below 50 USD)

Wonderloft Hostel, North Jakarta

For those on a budget who still want to be in the city center. This hostel is in the north, right at the corner of the famous Jakarta’s Old City, Fatahillah Square. It has a charming mix of old colonial style with hipster-inspired interiors. Best value for money!
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Yello Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta

It is for those on a budget who want an alternative to a hostel. This place has private rooms in a hip and stylish budget hotel style. The location is excellent, within walking distance of the National Monument Park. There is also a restaurant if you are too lazy to go out and brave the traffic at the end of the day.
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FAQ for Jakarta Itinerary

What is the currency used in Jakarta?

The currency used in Jakarta is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Carrying cash in smaller denominations for daily expenses is advisable, although credit and debit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls.
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What is the weather in Jakarta?

Jakarta has a tropical monsoon weather, characterized by hot and humid weather throughout the year. The city experiences two distinct seasons: the wet season (October to April) and the dry season (May to September). Temperatures average around 27-32 degrees Celsius (81-90 degrees Fahrenheit) year-round.

What transportation options are available in Jakarta?

Jakarta has various transportation options, including taxis, ride-hailing services like Grab and Gojek, public buses, the TransJakarta Bus Rapid Transit system, commuter trains, and the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system. Traffic congestion is common in Jakarta, so it’s advisable to plan your trips accordingly.

What are some local dishes to try in Jakarta?

Jakarta is renowned for its diverse culinary scene. Some popular local dishes to try include nasi goreng (fried rice), sate (grilled skewered meat), gado-gado (vegetable salad with peanut sauce), rendang (spicy beef curry), and martabak (stuffed pancake).
-> See Top 10 Indonesian Food You Must Eat

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