Communications and the Internet in Indonesia

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To communicate with loved ones back home while in Indonesia it is best to use cell phones, but not the home operator. You can buy a local SIM card or use the special travel SIM cards. To use for calls home to landlines in hotels is very expensive. And now more about each type of communication:

Mobile telephony in Indonesia

Mobile voice communication in Indonesia is not worse than in other countries. Coverage covers all popular tourist resorts and major cities, there is no signal only on small Islands or in remote areas of Papua province.

The country has three main operators, and if you buy a SIM card, it is best to buy one of them:

  • Telkomsel
  • Axiatra XL (Excelcomindo)
  • Indosat

Calls to the Russian Federation to implement a code 01017+number in Russia without 8, ie for example, if you need to call a number in FR 8999**1212 you need to dial 01017 999**1212. In this case, minute of conversation will cost 10 rubles, SMS – 2 rubles.

Local calls will cost 3-6 rubles, tariffication is per second. The first minute is more expensive after the first minute is much cheaper, i.e. the longer a conversation lasts, the cheaper the rate. Rates will be in effect throughout the country, roaming the regions no. Evening and night call cost a little lower.

For calls from Russia and other countries on local cell phone numbers you need to replace the first 0 in the number is +62 (country code of Indonesia).

Internet in Indonesia

Better not use the Internet access in Indonesia SIM card from your home operator, it's too expensive. Costs can reach tens of thousands of rubles. You can connect special options from Russian operators, it will not be ruined, but will still be much more expensive special travel SIM cards or local cards.

Unlike most of South-East Asia, where every hotel Wi-Fi is the norm in Indonesia is worse. Wireless Internet is not in all hotels, even in popular tourist spots. If you absolutely need Internet access for work, it is best when looking for the hotel to consider this feature. If network access is needed only to maintain a connection that will be enough to buy a SIM card with mobile Internet, and does not bind to the search of hotels with Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi can "catch" in cafes and restaurants, large shopping centers, in Internet cafes for a fee.

Mobile Internet is developed worse, than in Russia. 3G network, though in fact the rate even lower. 4G is just starting to develop. When buying a SIM card for Internet use do not try to buy cards with supposedly high speed access, in fact it will still be small. But the good thing is that though slowly but surely: the network operates without failures, the signal is good.

To connect to the network it is better to buy SIM card of one of the major operators:

  • Telkomsel
  • Axiatra XL (Excelcomindo)
  • Indosat

It is better to use packages. Provides many options of different duration and scope. One of the most popular with tourists – SimPATI from Telkomsel. Tariffs on packages for example SimPATI:

  • 5GB in 3 days – 28000 rupees (120 rubles)
  • 5GB for 7 days – 36000 rupees (150 rubles)
  • 10GB for 7 days – 45000 rupees (190 rubles)
  • 6GB for 30 days – 60,000 rupees (250 rubles)
  • 9ГБ for 30 days – 90000 rupees (380 rubles)
  • 16GB for 30 days – 140000 rupees (600 rubles)

Please note that on some tariffs the traffic volume is divided into day and night. So for example 2 GB you can use only 3GB and only at night. This is all stated in the descriptions of tariffs, more can be found here -

In order not to waste a lot of time and study a lot of information about packages that can immediately focus on the SimPATI package, or when buying just specify to sellers the terms (how should the amount and expiration date), and you will be offered options to choose from.


Where to buy SIM card

To purchase a SIM card does not require a passport. You can buy a card in mobile phone stores on the street, in salons, in stores, at the airport. In tourist areas and big cities a lot of them, you will find no problems. If the situation endures, it is better not to hurry and not to buy a map at the airport. Cheapest cards in shopping malls.

It is better when buying ask the seller to activate the card and connect the Internet.

Cards are sold at a price of 20000 rupees (80 rubles), while the score will be a token amount, which is enough for 1-2 call. If more are needed, including the Internet, immediately refill when you purchase the desired amount. If you fill up late fees may apply.

Where to recharge the SIM card

Recharge is possible in any salon that sells cards. Payment is made in cash to the seller. Can also be recharged via electronic money (PayPal, Webmoney, etc.), but for this Commission, and to deal for too long, it is easier to do in the cabin.

Useful codes and mobile

  • Code for calling to Russia - 01017 and number in Russia 8
  • Dialling code for Indonesia is +62
  • 118 – ambulance
  • 110 – police
  • 113 – fire
Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Lisa0212 7 June, 2018
In Yogyakarta that are worth a look? The zoo was? Prambanan and Borobudur attended? How was the trip?
As is the situation with availability of train tickets? What is the optimal time to buy? What class of train was moving?
How to get to Bromo? Where we stayed - which town?
As with the ferry from Java to Bali working time, the cost? How to get to the tourist centre: Denpasar or Kuta - what?
What to see in Lovina and Sanur, except the dolphins and waterfalls? What is the cost of petrol and rent a bike in Bali? Maybe about a rental car will tell: where, how much it costs, if you take one city, can drop it off at another? ...
admin 7 June, 2018

In Yogyakarta especially nothing to watch. From all that I looked at, and it's several museums, the Sultan's Palace, water castle, Fort, more or less I did not like the water castle, Taman Sari, since it is a fairly large attraction. And the Palace... Well, look, of course it is, but really there is nothing to watch, it is more local interesting. Generally, in Joke a lot of local tourists, Europeans more nemnogo.
Prambanan and Borobudur visited on a motorbike. Very much local, just like ants, all doing a selfie. Left a mixed impression. On the one hand, like such important attractions, famous all over the world, and on the other the price matches the ticket to Angkor for three days, and to do in Borobudur more than 30 minutes nothing. The same is true about the noise. Honestly, I was more interesting to look at other small churches in the surrounding area of Prambanan, than his.
Train tickets are definitely worth buying in advance. The price of the train is very high. In principle, I have a link with the trains already gave you where everything is, nothing has changed.
To Bromo traveled with the tour from Yogyakarta, so it was cheaper and the money and time, than to go by train and then connect with all sorts of grifters.
With the ferry to Bali as always: working around the clock, something worth about 5,000 rupees (do not remember exactly, then the guide will give pasapasa), goes often.
From Gilimanuk did not go to Kuta and Lavinna local bus. From there buses depart to Denpasar. Are in the occupancy, of course. But there be ready to divorce, will try to take five times more, you have to haggle. But before that we need to Wake up more to fend off the pile pestered with taks ...
Lisa0212 June 8, 2018
Please tell us more about how and where he took a tour to Bromo from Yogyakarta
Can keep the contacts or address of the Agency?
What is the cost?
The tour bus? ...
admin June 8, 2018

In Yogyakarta on the main touristic street of Malioboro and Jalan Sosrowijayan many turagentsva, there and sold. I moved a few agentsvr bought at the tourist information centre - Price not remember exactly, but something in the region of 600 thousand rupees for the tour Bromo + Ijen. It includes two nights accommodation in guesthouses, transport (including jeep to Bromo), tour guide services. Entrance fee and meals extra. Tour options in General a lot of there there in a jeep, there are foot, separately Bromo, Ijen separately, oustom in Goku or with landing on the jetty in Bali, or option bus to Denpasar. Tours are by bus and train. Those that train more. ...
Lisa0212 9 June, 2018

Tell me, please, one day is enough for the exam?
Not dangerous on the roads on the bike?, for example, shows the route to these temples? ...
admin 9 June, 2018

Enough for one day, but honestly if you have the opportunity, I would suggest two days. Just because of the road and the heat will be tired in Borobudur, and the Prambanan inspection will not have to experience. In General, Borobudur is best visited at dawn, for this there are special tours. Or try at least to the opening to arrive, then even more less less local tourists and Chinese. After 10 hours already it's Packed like an ant hill. But keep in mind that the road will take at least 2 hours. Generally when you move a motorbike in Indonesia expect that will not cover more than 25 kilometers per hour, no matter how careful. And don't forget near Borobudur two more churches to see.
As for is it dangerous.... For me it was not dangerous, quietly went. But the traffic everywhere is pretty dense, even far from Yogyakarta, so be careful. The route will prompt any Navigator and a bunch of signs on the road, easy access.
Keep in mind that to visit both temples cheaper for a single ticket and not separate, on the two temples 40 dollars worth in rupees of course. This ticket is valid for two days, i.e. you can just split the visit to the temple on the day. For access to meet the dawn you need to pay extra. In General, almost all about Borobudur here already painted - about Prambanan here ...
Lisa0212 9 June, 2018

Rights issues no decorated international, which are valid in Indonesia.
Maybe you know the sites where you can book and rent a car? ...
admin 10 June, 2018
PS why not register for the forum, also it will be easier to receive notification of replies ...
IgorS Jun 11, 2018

It seems to me that the Asker is interested in a beach vacation (otherwise I would not from Indonesia chose Bali).
What about a beach holiday, I would choose Bali, because there is the ocean, the waves beautiful.
If I'm wrong and the Asker is interested in the attractions, I agree, Thailand is certainly better.
And if you are interested in nature is best for Indonesia as a whole - and there are volcanoes, jungles and coral. ...
admin Jun 11, 2018

And I think you signed up just to leave your link, and was deleted along with another message. ...

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