Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia, so it’s only expected that the cost of living in this city is higher than in smaller villages or little towns.
It is, among other things, a tourist destination, or at least a stop on their way to Indonesia’s islands.
In some aspects, it is even more expensive than Bali, and Bali can get really pricey. But even though it can get expensive, Jakarta has it all – the cheap and expensive places, you just have to do bits of research.
However, one very important thing about Jakarta is that nowadays, its health care is almost free.
When it comes to going to a restaurant, each tourist can have a different experience. Most average tourist restaurants offer meals for prices somewhere between $5 and $15. Of course, if you go to more expensive ones, you can eat for about $50 per person with a few alcoholic drinks. Local beer is relatively cheap, the domestic ones are about $2.5 while imported ones can cost around $4 especially when bought in some hotels and restaurants.
Apart for supermarkets, which are mostly affordable, you can buy your food at markets, where you can get everything for very cheap prices (if you’re good at haggling, that is!) However, markets in Jakarta can lack food from time to time, which means it tends to be somewhat more expensive than you would expect it to be. Less supply means, higher price. But, if you’re more of a tourist that likes to cook at home, this option is much more budget friendly for you than eating at a restaurant.
Like in any country, you can get ripped off in Jakarta too if you get into a wrong taxi. However, in normal circumstances, transportation in Jakarta isn’t expensive at all, with gasoline prices as low as 0.60$ per liter. You can also buy a one way ticket for public transport for less than 0.30$, while taxi start at a normal tariff is also less than 1$. Even a monthly pass for public transportation is just above 10$ which is more than affordable.
The cost of basic utilities, including heating, water, cooling and electricity in a normal-size (slightly larger) apartment in Jakarta (which means an 85m2 apartment) is rather expensive and goes up to twice as much as it would in, for example Bali or Bandung. However, high speed internet is half the price than in these cities, costing about 28$ per month.
SPORTS & LEISURE
Leisure and sports time! For those interested in splurging their money and wanting to indulge in sports or other types of recreations, such activities will cost more. However, they are not as expensive as it can get in western countries, though it is more expensive than in other known Indonesian cities: a monthly fee for a fitness membership is about 38$. Renting a tennis court is a bit more, but such is the situation in most countries, seeing that tennis is an expensive sport.
CLOTHING & SHOES
If you want to go shopping, you might want to hop to some other Indonesian city to do it! With its high prices in touristy places and popular restaurants, it only makes sense that shopping for clothes can be a bit expensive. For instance, you can buy a pair of quality jeans like Levi’s for nearly 40$, a dress or a plain shirt for about 30$, while branded sneakers are about 75$.
RENT PER MONTH
Renting an apartment in Jakarta is a little bit more expensive than renting it somewhere else in Indonesia, but this is expected – it’s the capital! If you’re planning on renting a studio apartment alone or with a friend, expect it to cost more than 350$ a month, while for larger families (that need larger housing facilities) it can cost up to three times as much. However, it mostly depends on the type of neighborhood you want to rent in.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Jakarta
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$ 2.40|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$ 2.40|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$ 0.25||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$ 1.30|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$ 1.11|
|Eggs (12)||$ 1.60||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$ 0.24|
|Monthly Pass||$ 11.06|
|Gasoline||$ 0.60||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$ 102.95|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$ 0.10|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$ 28.06||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$ 38.44|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$ 9.87|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$ 3.43||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$ 39.80|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$ 27.56|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$ 72.83||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$ 365.36|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$ 213.34|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$ 1091.79|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Jakarta?
As one would expected, in Jakarta too people spend most their money in markets and supermarkets, buying food and drinks, and apart from that, a lot of money goes on rent per month.
Transportation is still a huge part of one person’s cost of living in Indonesia (given that there are many, many people that live outside of the main cities, yet need to travel to them every day).
What is interesting is that, like in other places in Indonesia, more money is spent on sports and leisure than on shopping for clothing.
Again, there are many restaurant goers in Jakarta too: as much as 9.7% of all money is spent in restaurants.
Jakarta: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
With a minimum wage of about 250.42$ monthly, citizens of Jakarta do earn more than citizens of other Indonesian cities, but with high rates of renting fees and utilities, it’s barely enough to cover the expenses.
Average monthly salary in Jakarta is a bit higher, but it’s still not enough to cover taxes, expenses and all necessary life conditions, if you’re expected to pay the rent and the bills.
Generally speaking, if you’re a tourist living in Jakarta and your household income is beyond 1500$, you already enjoy a top-10% life.
Cost of Living by City in Indonesia
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|City||Cost of Living Index|